• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 47.3 megapixels
  • ISO 50 - 50,000

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Differences

Panasonic GH5 advantages over Leica SL2

  • Less expensive
    $1398 vs $5995*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    600 vs 100 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Leica SL2 advantages over Panasonic GH5

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.30 vs 3.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 87 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    1 month vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    47.3 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 11.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 11.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/40000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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 Olympus E-M1 II

Panasonic GH5
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1398
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
Leica SL2
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic G9

Panasonic GH5
Panasonic G9
  • $1398
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Top deck display
Leica SL2
Panasonic G9
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon Z7

Panasonic GH5
Nikon Z7
  • $1398
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Leica SL2
Nikon Z7
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • High resolution composite
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Panasonic G95

Panasonic GH5
Panasonic G95
  • $1398
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Leica SL2
Panasonic G95
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger sensor
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A7R IV

Panasonic GH5
Sony A7R IV
  • $1398
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • High resolution composite
Leica SL2
Sony A7R IV
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Top deck display
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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