• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • 21.00mm - 1365.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic GH5 advantages over Canon SX70

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Slower slow-motion
    180 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.34 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 410 vs 325 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    87 mm vs 116 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    405k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.9 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX70 advantages over Panasonic GH5

  • Less expensive
    $549* vs $1498
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer video battery life
    85 vs 55 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 20MP sensor; Better per-pixel sharpness; Very good, slightly improved dynamic range and high ISOs; Stellar 4K video up to 60p with no crop; 6K Photo; Dual UHS-II SD slots; Good battery life for its class.

  • Buffer is deep, but slow to clear; Expensive; Menus still confusing; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon P610

Panasonic GH5
Nikon P610
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger sensor
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon SX70
Nikon P610
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • RAW file ability
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon B700

Panasonic GH5
Nikon B700
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon SX70
Nikon B700
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • External Mic Jack
  • Newer
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Panasonic G85

Panasonic GH5
Panasonic G85
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon SX70
Panasonic G85
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Panasonic GH5
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon SX70
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic G9

Panasonic GH5
Panasonic G9
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Top deck display
Canon SX70
Panasonic G9
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
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