• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic G5 advantages over Sony A6300

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony A6300 advantages over Panasonic G5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 310 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    48 mm vs 70 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    6 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 6.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    44 vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Small, compact body with excellent focusing and exposure capabilities; Newly enhanced touchpanel LCD screen makes image capture and review a joy; Excellent HD video recording quality.

  • Some controls difficult to access; Too easy to activate menus and options while shooting; Lack of a microphone-in jack limits video recording usefulness.

  • Excellent image quality; Improved high-ISO performance; Better JPEG quality; Fast autofocus; Very good subject tracking with real-time live view feature; All-magnesium body construction; 4K video.

  • Slow buffer clearing (no UHS-II support); No touchscreen, Clunky menus; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GH3

Panasonic G5
Panasonic GH3
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Higher-res screen
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
Sony A6300
Panasonic GH3
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic G5
Panasonic G6
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A6300
Panasonic G6
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Panasonic G5
Olympus E-M1
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $1049
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A6300
Olympus E-M1
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $1049
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Samsung NX500

Panasonic G5
Samsung NX500
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A6300
Samsung NX500
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth

Compared to Fujifilm X-A3

Panasonic G5
Fujifilm X-A3
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A6300
Fujifilm X-A3
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
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