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Panasonic GH5s vs Sony A6500

Both of these two cameras are Mirrorless. One is MFT (Panasonic GH5s) and other is APS-C featured camera (Sony A6500). Though one is excellent in video and other is marvelous in still photography. Though Panasonic incorporated a dedicated AF hardware inside the core but A6500 comes with something outstanding AF performance. Give a look at the camera’s neck and neck comparison to find the accurate difference of these two cameras:

Feature/Models Panasonic GH5s Sony A6500
Megapixel 10.2 megapixels
24 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Image processor  Venus Engine 10
Bionz X
AF system Contrast detect Contrast Detect + Phase detect sensor
AF points  225 AF points Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169
ISO  80-208400 64-51200
Shutter speed 1/16000 to 30 sec
30sec 1/32000 sec
Image Stabilization No 5-axis sensor stabilization
Continuous shooting speed  12fps 11fps
Video Cinema 4K @60 fps 4K Video at 30 fps
Display 3.2″ 1,620k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 440 shots 350 shots
Weight  660 g 453 g
Size 138,5×98.1×87.4 120 x 67 x 53 mm

Image quality

Absolutely, both Panasonic GH5s as well as Sony A6500 is highly acclaimed mirrorless cameras. Though, A6500 can produce much sharper images with large details since it is taking the advantages of bigger sensor size plus resolution as well (APS-C sized 24.2 MP8 Exmor CMOS sensor), ensuring crystal clear images almost everywhere. Moreoever, the LSI (Large scale integrated) technology of Sony makes it more obvious that you can get superior image and video quality. On the other side, somewhere Panasonic is lagging behind in terms of image quality. But, Panasonic GH5s comes with Panasonic GH5s implements 10.2MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor.


AF system

Sony A6500 looks smart with its AF system and you can say that it is really a tough contender to Panasonic GH5s. Here it looks like the AF system of Sony A6500 is Jupiter that comes with 4D FOCUS system – a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF, which allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds.  Along with that sublime AF feature the camera also has  425 phase detection AF points and High-density Tracking AF Technology, which significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance. Panasonic GH5s is also a massive camera but still looks inferior to Sony A6500 in AF matters? Honestly, the AF system of Panasonic GH5s is also unmatched and super fast than all its other friends in the competitive market, but can’t walk step by step with Sony A6500 because it uses only contrast detect sensor and it features 225 AF points only. However, the overall AF performance must win the heart of the professional shooters but A6500 users must happy to see their camera on the front position in terms of AF. The DFD technology in GH5s can bring excitement while shooting 4K.


ISO

The sensitivity range of Panasonic GH5s is greater than its competitor, Sony A6500. On the other side, GH5s is also backed Up by its trademark Micro Four Third sensor and its Standout feature called Dual Native ISO, providing low range (400) and high range (2,500) ISO environments. By the way, Sony A6500 doesn’t have high ISO range, but has bigger sensor and its BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI ensure superior image and video quality with low noise even when using higher ISO settings. Thankfully, Panasonic GH5s incorporates conventional Multi Process NR(Noise reduction) technology that probably boasts 4x the noise identification accuracy, which helps the users to preserve rich details of the subjects even when shooting at high sensitivities.


Shutter speed

Sony A6500 might be the camera that enables you better working in bright conditions and also gives you the freedom to use the wide aperture since it avails the faster shutter speed of 1/32000 sec. On the other side, Panasonic GH5s offers you to use the highest shutter speed of 1/16000 secs.


Continuous shooting speed

When you shoot at 10.2 MP the Panasonic GH5s allows to use the highest frame rates of 12fps, which is great to capture the action of the fast moving subjects when you shoot at the highest resolution. On the other side, Sony A6500 doesn’t look at all inferior that offers only one frame lesser than GH5s when allows you shooting at its highest resolution of 24MP resolution.


Videos

Both are stunningly capable of recording 4K, but Panasonic GH5 is going to be the best that not only beats Sony A6500, but it is one of the best video cameras in the present world market that offers 4K video at 60fps (4096 x 2160p @60fps) and 1080p@240fps. And the best part is that the camera has no time limit while recording 4K. On the other hand, Sony A6500 offers 3840 x 2160p / 30 fps. Also Panasonic GH5 offers 3840 x 2160p at 60 fps… obviously Panasonic GH5s is leaving it spots of being the best!


Shots

You can take around 440 shots with Panasonic GH5s, whereas Sony A6500 takes 350 shots only.


Verdict

Panasonic GH5s is a camera for the professional videographers that offers 4096 x 2160p@60fps with no time limit. On the other hand, Sony A6500 is affordable and features a hybrid Phase detect AF sensor with 425 phase AF points and not only that sensor is also larger (APS-C) than the GH5 (4/3). Hence for still shooters we still recommend Sony A6500, whereas if you are into Photography as well as cinematography then for a complete package you may go with Panasonic GH5.

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