Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic G2

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 front

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic G2 Key Specs

Panasonic GH5S
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 160 - 51200 (Raise to 204800)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 660g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Launched January 2018
Panasonic G2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 428g - 124 x 84 x 74mm
  • Released July 2010
  • Replaced the Panasonic G1
  • Updated by Panasonic G3
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Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic G2 Overview

Its time to look much closer at the Panasonic GH5S and Panasonic G2, one being a Pro Mirrorless and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and they are both sold by Panasonic. The image resolution of the GH5S (10MP) and the G2 (12MP) is pretty similar and they enjoy the same exact sensor sizing (Four Thirds).

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The GH5S was manufactured 7 years later than the G2 and that is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before diving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the GH5S scores versus the G2 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5S over the Panasonic G2

 GH5S G2 
ReleasedJanuary 2018July 2010More recent by 92 months
Screen sizing3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1620k460kCrisper screen (+1160k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic G2 over the Panasonic GH5S

 G2 GH5S 

Common features in the Panasonic GH5S and Panasonic G2

 GH5S G2 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic G2 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to lug around your camera, you will need to factor in its weight and volume. The Panasonic GH5S has physical measurements of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") with a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs) whilst the Panasonic G2 has sizing of 124mm x 84mm x 74mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.9") with a weight of 428 grams (0.94 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have attached at that moment. The following is the front view overall size comparison of the GH5S versus the G2.

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic G2 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the GH5S and G2 is 62 and 72 respectively.

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic G2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic G2 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to envision the difference between sensor measurements just by going over a spec sheet. The photograph underneath may offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the GH5S and G2.

Clearly, both of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You should expect the Panasonic G2 to offer more detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures far more aggressively. The younger GH5S is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic G2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic G2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic G2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Portrait photography information
Panasonic G2 Portrait photography information
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
manual focus
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
low resolution (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Street photography highlights
Panasonic G2 Street photography highlights
screen can move to multiple angles
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
offers focus via touch
environment proof
very good high ISO (51,200)
lack of image stabilization
screen articulates fully
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
offers focus by touch
lack of image stabilization
heavier than others in class (428g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Sports photography features
Panasonic G2 Sports photography features
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
environment proof
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
doesn't have phase detect AF
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH5S as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic G2 as a Travel photography camera
environment proof
supports bluetooth
offers focus via touch
selfie friendly screen
no Timelapse mode
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
offers focus by touch
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (428g)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Landscape photography advice
Panasonic G2 Landscape photography advice
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3.2 inch)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
very good high ISO (51,200)
exports RAW files
environment proof
has double storage slots
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
no Timelapse mode
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Vlogging advice
Panasonic G2 Vlogging advice
selfie friendly screen
touch screen
features face detection focusing
video res high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
includes external microphone port
lack of image stabilization
display is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
has face detection autofocus
includes external mic socket
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
heavier than others in class (428g)
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Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic G2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH5S and Panasonic G2
 Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5SPanasonic Lumix DMC-G2
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
Class Pro Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2018-01-08 2010-07-12
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine 10 Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3680 x 2760 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 51200 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 204800 -
Min native ISO 160 100
RAW format
Min enhanced ISO 80 -
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 225 -
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Type of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3.2" 3"
Display resolution 1,620k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display technology - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,680k dots 1,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.55x
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 12.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 11.00 m
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/160 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 AVCHD Lite, Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 3.1 USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 660g (1.46 lbs) 428g (0.94 lbs)
Dimensions 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") 124 x 84 x 74mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 53
DXO Color Depth score not tested 21.2
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.3
DXO Low light score not tested 493
Battery life 440 shots 360 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model DMW-BLF19 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/3 images) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-II V60 cards supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Two Single
Price at release $2,498 $1,000