• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 51,200
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Panasonic GH5S advantages over Sony A6400

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • 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
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.51 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Higher-res screen
    405k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.76x vs 0.70x
    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
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    600 vs 99 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.5 fps vs 11.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    120 vs 46 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A6400 advantages over Panasonic GH5S

  • Less expensive
    $998 vs $2298*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    125 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
    59 mm vs 87 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G85

Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic G85
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A6400
Panasonic G85
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic GH5
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A6400
Panasonic GH5
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Panasonic G9

Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic G9
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A6400
Panasonic G9
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Panasonic GH5S
Canon EOS M50
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Lens selection
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Sony A6400
Canon EOS M50
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-T100

Panasonic GH5S
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $2298
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Lens selection
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Sony A6400
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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