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Panasonic GH5s vs Canon 80D

Dual Pixel AF sensor inside Canon 80D makes it very strong DSLR for the video purpose. Also, the APS-C sensor with standard resolution, making the camera inevitably suitable for the still shooters. But Panasonic GH5s is indisputably one of the best mirrorless cameras that offers the excellent video format than any other consumer camera currently available in the market. Moreover, GH5s also incorporates DFD technology that enhanced the AF performance of the camera.

Let’s get into the detail comparison to see How Panasonic GH5s eventually smells the fresh aroma of victory.

Feature/Models Panasonic GH5s Canon 80D
Megapixel 10.2 megapixels
24 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) APS-C (22.4 x 15 mm)
Image processor  Venus Engine 10
Digic 6
AF system Contrast detect Contrast detect sensor + Phase detection
AF points  225 AF points 45 AF points
ISO  80-208400 100-51200
Shutter speed 1/16000 to 30 sec
1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization No No
Continuous shooting speed  12fps 7 fps
Video Cinema 4K @60 fps 1080p @60fps
Display 3.2″ 1,620k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
3″ 1.04 million dot Vari-angle LCD
Hot shoe  Yes yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 440 shots 960 shots
Weight  660 g 910 g
Size 138,5×98.1×87.4 149 x 112 x 78 mm

Image quality

The feature called “APS-C sensor” in Canon 80D, ensuring the image quality as the main element to the users, which is comparatively bigger than that of M4/3 of GH5s. Plus, this APSC sized camera also employs more number of effective pixels, clearing that along with the stunning image quality the users can also get outstanding dynamic range while shooting in the conditions where lighting conditions are not up to the mark. However, Panasonic is able to acquire maximum score for its video quality, but its imaging performance drifting it downwards while compared with Canon 80D.


AF system

Luckily, both have additional AF hardware inside the core, but Canon 80D seems to be marvelous for its excellent Dual Pixel AF sensor for fast and smooth AF during Live View and movie shooting as well as a dedicated Phase AF sensor inside the camera. This intelligent technology also excels in providing stellar AF and tracking even in difficult shooting conditions. Panasonic GH5s also has innovative DFD (Depth from Defocus) AF technology that works together with contrast detect AF technology, enhancing the users to track the subjects very fast and accurate as well. On the other GH5s can also lock onto the subjects in lesser than a second.

Interestingly, Panasonic offers distinctive 225 AF points, allowing the users to choose focus areas as per the specific composition required and with the help of joystick located on the thumb position, they can control it easily. On the other hand, 80D dedicated Phase AF sensor manages to offers 45 AF points only.

Panasonic GH5s is really a technically superb camera that offers numerous AF modes like Auto Focusing features including Post Focus function in GH5s enables users to select the specific focus point even after shooting — effectively helps the users during macro shooting (If focus is not exactly as the user intended when the shutter is pressed). Moreover, Focus Stacking function, allowing the users to take multiple images of the same frame with different focus points then you can combine them into one image with the defocus as they like.


ISO

Here Panasonic GH5s is taking the deal. Yes! A mirrorless camera that offers the high ISO of 204800 that clearly suggests that lowight shooting will be no longer worry about. Also, it adds the intruder Dual Native ISO, providing low range (400) and high range (2,500) ISO environments. But, Canon 80D surely gets the advantage of having the large APS-C sensor with 2X more resolution that gently allows much more light to pass, as a result the camera will be partially capable to get slight detail image even in lowlight. But for lowlight we would go with GH5s.


Shutter speed

Panasonic GH5s is highly capable to capture fast actions of the subjects, such as fast moving train or speed running deer etc since the camera offers the incredible faster shutter speed of 1/16000 seconds . Other benefit of faster shutter speed is that it allows you to use the wide aperture while shooting at bright lighting conditions. Unfortunately, you can use the faster shutter speed upto 1/8000 sec only with Canon 80D.


Continuous shooting drive

Sometimes it is difficult to capture the action that happens so quickly that getting perfect shot is impossible. But you can see GH5s offers continuous shooting speed of 12fps that allows you to capture 12 different numbers of shots at a time through which you can pick the best one. On the other hand, Canon 80D allows the faster shutter speed of 7fps only.


It looks like in video term, the Panasonic GH5s is a well finished product and we would happily recommend it as the must have camera for cinematographers since it features 4096 x 2160p @60fps with no time limit (not any other competitors in its range). It also gives you 3840 x 2160p @60fps. On the other side, Canon 80d allows you to record full HD video only (A huge difference between GH5 and 80D). In GH5s, the signal readout speed has been accelerated by max 1.7x in the new Digital Live MOS Sensor, and the new Venus Engine processes signals at max 1.3x higher speed, allowing 4K 60p/50p ultra high-definition, smooth, video recording.

But somewhere, Canon 80D does some tweaks since it has dual pixel AF sensor that helps greatly while taking Full HD video. The only thing you have to do is: get the 80% of the subject in viewfinder and Dual Pixel AF sensor does the rest. Meanwhile, DFD technology looks from the sideline.


Shots

Around 960 shots one can take from Canon 80D in one time charge, whereas Panasonic GH5s being a mirrorless camera can take only 440 shots at a time.


Verdict

Panasonic GH5s is recommended for the cinematographers since the camera offers the full format of 4K without any time limit. Also it has Dual Native ISO feature for lowlight shooting. But Canon 80D can gives you sharp stills since it has 2x larger sensor with maximum number of effective pixels.

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