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Panasonic GH5s vs Nikon D500

Panasonic GH5s vs Nikon D500 – A very interesting comparison ahead! Though, Panasonic GH5s is dedicated lowlight camera, but D500 has maximum ISO range of 1640000, comparatively larger than GH5s. If you just take a look to the table below you can clearly see that Nikon D500 fights rigorously, but somewhere the AF system and video capability of GH5s does some counter attack, as a result, the two cameras come close and gives us to see a neck and neck fight.

Have a look at the detail comparison of Panasonic GH5s and Nikon D500!

Feature/Models Panasonic GH5s Nikon D500
Megapixel 10.2 megapixels
21 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Image processor  Venus Engine 10
Expeed 5
AF system Contrast detect Contrast Detect + Phase detect sensor
AF points  225 AF points 153 AF points
ISO  80-208400 50-1640000
Shutter speed 1/16000 to 30 sec
1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization No No
Continuous shooting speed  12fps 10fps
Video Cinema 4K @60 fps 4K Video at 30 fps
Display 3.2″ 1,620k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
3.2″ 2,539k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 440 shots 1240 shots
Weight  660 g 860 g
Size 138,5×98.1×87.4 147 x 115 x 81 mm

Image quality

Nikon D500 implements APS-C image sensor with 21 MP effective resolution. The APS-C sensor is comparatively larger than MFT sensor so we can assume that Nikon D500 will deliver us much sharper images than GH5s, because we know that a large sensor allows maximum light to fall on the board and as a result sharp images will be produced. On the other hand, Panasonic GH5s comes with newly developed 10.2MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor that promises enhanced image quality in low light. Also, Nikon D500 can give you the large print of the subjects due to maximum number of effective resolution.


AF system

Panasonic GH5s is based on contrast detect sensor only but withdraws a dedicated AF technology called DFD (Depth from Defocus, which comprehensively boosts the AF performance of the camera. Plus, for accurate focusing of the subjects GH5s offers more numbers of AF areas (225), which advantage the shooters while taking the stills of the subjects during lowlight shooting. Nikon D500, meanwhile, using both Contrast as well as Phase detect AF sensor but it doesn’t have any dedicated AF hardware. The D500 integrates Multi-CAM 20K AF system, which features 153 total phase-detection points, including 99 cross-type sensors, however, only 55 of the points are selectable (Not so advanced as GH5s).


ISO

Panasonic GH5s comes with large 204800, whereas Nikon D500 with 1640000, leading in ISO range. D500 has the native ISO range of 100 – 51,200, expandable to 50 – 1,640,000 equivalent, ensuring that you capture the shots with great details and with minimal noise. But GH5s implements the Dual Native ISO feature, providing low range (400) and high range (2,500) ISO environments.


Shutter speed

Panasonic GH5s offers faster shutter speed of 1/16000 seconds allows you to capture fast actions of the subjects, such as fast moving train or speed running deer etc. 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 Nikon D500.


Continuous shooting speed

Panasonic GH5s has adjustable high-speed continuous burst shooting up to 12 fps enables the easy tracking and capturing of fast moving subjects almost any location of shooting. On the other side,  Nikon D500 offers the shooting speed of 10fps only.


Video

Panasonic GH5s is one of the best video mirrorless cameras available in the current time. Panasonic GH5s offers 4K (4096 x 2160p @60fps) and Full HD in 240 fps. In the field of video Panasonic has done some extensive work and this camera is surely the camera for the cinematographers and the filmmakers. Nikon D500, on the contrary, also allows Full HD video but it offers 3840 x 2160 @30fps.

Additionally, Panasonic video AF system is a bit advanced than this Nikon camera. While recording 4K the Nikon camera shift to the contrast detect sensor only, which is slower than the DFD of Panasonic.


Shots

Nikon D500 is really a camera with powerful battery that can snap around 1240 shots at a time, whereas GH5s can snap 440 shots only at a time.


Verdict

Undoubtedly, Panasonic GH5s is a great camera for the filmmakers and videographers. It also has advanced AF system than Nikon D500. So the photographers who want to a video dedicated camera go with this incredible Panasonic Product. For stills, Nikon D500 is a wise choice.

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