• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 51,200
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GH5S advantages over Olympus E-M5 III

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.51 vs 3.36 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 310 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
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    600 vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    120 vs 23 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus E-M5 III advantages over Panasonic GH5S

  • Less expensive
    $1369 vs $1798*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    49 mm vs 87 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    3 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    414g vs 660g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.4 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    30.0 fps vs 11.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    30.0 fps vs 12.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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 GX8

Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic GX8
  • $1798
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $948
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-M5 III
Panasonic GX8
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $948
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

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
Olympus E-M5 III
Panasonic G85
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

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
Olympus E-M5 III
Panasonic GH5
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $1398
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus E-M10 III

Panasonic GH5S
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $1798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-M5 III
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer video battery life

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
Olympus E-M5 III
Panasonic G9
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Longer stills battery life
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