Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A99 II

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S front
Sony Alpha A99 II front

Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A99 II Key Specs

Panasonic GH5S
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 51200 (Bump to 204800)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 660g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Announced January 2018
Sony A99 II
(Full Review)
  • 42MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Boost to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 849g - 143 x 104 x 76mm
  • Released September 2016
  • Older Model is Sony A99
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Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A99 II Overview

Let's look a little more closely at the Panasonic GH5S versus Sony A99 II, one being a Pro Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced DSLR by rivals Panasonic and Sony. There is a crucial difference between the image resolutions of the GH5S (10MP) and A99 II (42MP) and the GH5S (Four Thirds) and A99 II (Full frame) posses different sensor sizes.

Photography Glossary

The GH5S was released 16 months later than the A99 II making them a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic GH5S being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony A99 II being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting right into a in-depth comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the GH5S matches up vs the A99 II in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5S over the Sony A99 II

 GH5S A99 II 
ReleasedJanuary 2018September 2016Fresher by 16 months
Display dimensions3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1620k1229kClearer display (+391k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A99 II over the Panasonic GH5S

 A99 II GH5S 

Common features in the Panasonic GH5S and Sony A99 II

 GH5S A99 II 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully articulatedFully Articulated display
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly

Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A99 II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera frequently, you're going to have to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic GH5S provides outer measurements of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") with a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs) and the Sony A99 II has sizing of 143mm x 104mm x 76mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0") and a weight of 849 grams (1.87 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic GH5S versus Sony A99 II in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you choose during that time. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the GH5S versus the A99 II.

Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A99 II size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the GH5S and A99 II is 62 and 57 respectively.

Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A99 II top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A99 II Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to imagine the difference between sensor sizing only by checking specifications. The visual below might provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the GH5S and A99 II.

To sum up, both of these cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The GH5S because of its tinier sensor is going to make getting bokeh tougher and the Sony A99 II will give you extra detail as a result of its extra 32MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics a bit more aggressively. The fresher GH5S should have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A99 II sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A99 II Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A99 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Portrait photography features
Sony A99 II Portrait photography features
you can focus manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focus
saves RAW formats
low MP (10MP)
manual focus
great MP (42MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic GH5S
Street photography with Sony A99 II
screen articulates
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
boasts focus by touch
weather sealing
great ISO range (51,200)
lack of image stabilization
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
weather proof
good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH5S as a Sports photography camera
Sony A99 II as a Sports photography camera
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great MP (42 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
comes with phase detect autofocus
bad battery (490 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Travel photography features
Sony A99 II Travel photography features
weather sealing
has bluetooth
boasts focus by touch
selfie friendly display
no Time Lapse mode
low MP (10 megapixels)
weather proof
supports bluetooth
great MP (42MP)
selfie friendly display
bad battery (490 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH5S as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A99 II as a Landscape photography camera
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
great ISO range (51,200)
saves RAW formats
weather sealing
2 card slots
lack of image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
no Time Lapse mode
manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great MP (42MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
weather proof
has dual storage slots
bad battery (490 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Vlogging factors
Sony A99 II Vlogging factors
selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
supports face detection focus
great video quality (4096 x 2160 pxls)
includes external mic support
lack of image stabilization
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have external microphone jack
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Panasonic GH5S vs Sony A99 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH5S and Sony A99 II
 Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5SSony Alpha A99 II
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Sony Alpha A99 II
Category Pro Mirrorless Advanced DSLR
Announced 2018-01-08 2016-09-19
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine 10 Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 42MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3680 x 2760 7952 x 5304
Highest native ISO 51200 25600
Highest boosted ISO 204800 102400
Min native ISO 160 100
RAW support
Min boosted ISO 80 50
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 225 399
Cross focus points - 79
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 107 143
Crop factor 2.1 1
Screen type Fully Articulated Fully articulated
Screen diagonal 3.2" 3"
Screen resolution 1,620 thousand dot 1,229 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,680 thousand dot 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.78x
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Off, auto, fill, slow sync, redeye reduction, rear sync, high-speed sync, wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/250 secs
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 -
Highest video resolution 4096x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 3.1 USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 660g (1.46 lbs) 849g (1.87 lbs)
Physical dimensions 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") 143 x 104 x 76mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 92
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.4
DXO Low light score not tested 2317
Battery life 440 pictures 490 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery model DMW-BLF19 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/3 images) Yes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-II V60 cards supported) Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS Duo slots
Storage slots Two Two
Price at launch $2,498 $3,198