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Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5

Portability
62
Imaging
50
Features
82
Overall
62
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 front
Portability
59
Imaging
60
Features
89
Overall
71

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 Key Specs

Panasonic GH5S
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 51200 (Boost to 204800)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 660g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Released January 2018
Panasonic GH5
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 725g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Introduced January 2017
  • Superseded the Panasonic GH4
  • Refreshed by Panasonic GH5 II
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Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 Overview

The following is a extended analysis of the Panasonic GH5S and Panasonic GH5, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras and they are both designed by Panasonic. There exists a sizeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the GH5S (10MP) and GH5 (20MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor dimensions (Four Thirds).

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The GH5S was unveiled 13 months after the GH5 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before going through a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief summary of how the GH5S scores against the GH5 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5S over the Panasonic GH5

 GH5S GH5 
IntroducedJanuary 2018January 2017Newer by 13 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5 over the Panasonic GH5S

 GH5 GH5S 

Common features in the Panasonic GH5S and Panasonic GH5

 GH5S GH5 
Manual focus More precise focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display sizing3.2"3.2"Equivalent display sizing
Display resolution1620k1620kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to travel with your camera frequently, you will have to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic GH5S provides exterior measurements of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") accompanied by a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs) while the Panasonic GH5 has specifications of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") having a weight of 725 grams (1.60 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have at the time. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the GH5S vs the GH5.

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the GH5S and GH5 is 62 and 59 respectively.

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its difficult to visualise the gap between sensor dimensions only by looking at specs. The image below might provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the GH5S and GH5.

All in all, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same resolution. You should expect to see the Panasonic GH5 to give you greater detail having an extra 10MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop images a little more aggressively. The younger GH5S will have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic GH5S
Portrait photography with Panasonic GH5
62
focusing manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (10MP)
76
focusing manually
decent MP (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Street photography information
Panasonic GH5 Street photography information
68
screen articulates
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
features touch focus
weather proofing
great high ISO (51,200)
lack of image stabilization
74
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
has touch focus
weather proof
good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Sports photography details
Panasonic GH5 Sports photography details
56
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
silent mode (1/16,000s)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
weather proofing
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
no phase detect AF
68
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proof
low battery life (410 per charge)
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Travel photography features
Panasonic GH5 Travel photography features
61
weather proofing
connects via bluetooth
features touch focus
selfie friendly display
does not have Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (10MP)
68
weather proof
supports bluetooth
has touch focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
low battery life (410 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH5S as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GH5 as a Landscape photography camera
63
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3.2")
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
no low pass filter
great high ISO (51,200)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
2 card slots
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
does not have Time Lapse recording
75
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3.2 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (20MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
has dual storage slots
low battery life (410 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GH5S as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic GH5 as a Vlogging camera
68
selfie friendly display
touch screen
includes face detect focusing
video res high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
comes with mic support
lack of image stabilization
75
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detection focus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
has external mic jack
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Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH5S and Panasonic GH5
 Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5SPanasonic Lumix DMC-GH5
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5
Category Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Released 2018-01-08 2017-01-04
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine 10 Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3680 x 2760 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 51200 25600
Highest enhanced ISO 204800 -
Min native ISO 160 200
RAW pictures
Min enhanced ISO 80 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 225 225
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 3.2 inches 3.2 inches
Screen resolution 1,620k dot 1,620k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,680k dot 3,680k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.76x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/16000 secs 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 12.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, Auto/Redeye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Redeye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Redeye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Highest video resolution 4096x2160 4096x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.1 USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 660g (1.46 pounds) 725g (1.60 pounds)
Dimensions 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 77
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.9
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.0
DXO Low light rating not tested 807
Other
Battery life 440 images 410 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID DMW-BLF19 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/3 images) Yes (2 or 10 secs; 10 secs w/3 shots)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-II V60 cards supported) Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
Storage slots Two Two
Pricing at release $2,498 $1,298