• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Panasonic GH5 advantages over Pentax K-1 II

  • Less expensive
    $1498 vs $2197
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Lighter weight
    725g vs 1010g
    Lighter weight
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.76x vs 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.9 fps vs 4.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    600 vs 77 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.9 fps vs 4.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    65 vs 17 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Pentax K-1 II advantages over Panasonic GH5

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.88 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
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 410 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    11 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs None
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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 Pentax K-1

Panasonic GH5
Pentax K-1
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1264
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Pentax K-1 II
Pentax K-1
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $1264
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

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
Pentax K-1 II
Panasonic G85
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

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
Pentax K-1 II
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon D850

Panasonic GH5
Nikon D850
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3097
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax K-1 II
Nikon D850
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3097
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

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
Pentax K-1 II
Panasonic G9
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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