• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 51,200
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 80 - 102,400

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Differences

Panasonic GH5S advantages over Sony A7S III

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $1798 vs $3198
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A7S III advantages over Panasonic GH5S

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 4.51 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.90x vs 0.76x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 204800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • $1998
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7S III
Panasonic G85
  • $3348
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic GH5
  • $1998
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1348
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7S III
Panasonic GH5
  • $3348
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $1348
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic G9

Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic G9
  • $1998
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1065
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7S III
Panasonic G9
  • $3348
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $1065
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A9 II

Panasonic GH5S
Sony A9 II
  • $1998
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7S III
Sony A9 II
  • $3348
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon R6

Panasonic GH5S
Canon R6
  • $1998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $2066
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7S III
Canon R6
  • $3348
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2066
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
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