• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 51,200
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Panasonic GH5S advantages over Nikon Z50

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.76x vs 0.68x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • 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 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.5 fps vs 11.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Z50 advantages over Panasonic GH5S

  • Less expensive
    $997 vs $1798*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Longer video battery life
    75 vs 60 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    60 mm vs 87 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    4 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.9 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

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
  • 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
  • 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 Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent video quality; Very good high ISO performance; Cinema 4K & UHD video up to 60p; Full HD up to 240p; 10-bit internal video recording; Tons of features & options for advanced/pro videographers.

  • 10MP resolution is limiting for still photos; No in-body image stabilization; Slower AF than GH5; Buffer clearing could be faster; No 6K Photo features due to sensor resolution.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G85

Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic G85
  • $1798
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon Z50
Panasonic G85
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic GH5
  • $1798
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1398
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon Z50
Panasonic GH5
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1398
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Panasonic G9

Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic G9
  • $1798
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite
Nikon Z50
Panasonic G9
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Panasonic GH5S
Canon EOS M50
  • $1798
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Lens selection
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Nikon Z50
Canon EOS M50
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A6400

Panasonic GH5S
Sony A6400
  • $1798
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Nikon Z50
Sony A6400
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC
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