Panasonic GH6 vs Sony A9

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6 front
Sony Alpha A9 front

Panasonic GH6 vs Sony A9 Key Specs

Panasonic GH6
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 5760 x 2880 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 823g - 139 x 100 x 100mm
  • Announced February 2022
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GH5 II
Sony A9
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  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 673g - 127 x 96 x 63mm
  • Launched April 2017
  • Replacement is Sony A9 II
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Panasonic GH6 vs Sony A9 Overview

The following is a in depth assessment of the Panasonic GH6 and Sony A9, both Pro Mirrorless cameras by rivals Panasonic and Sony. The resolution of the GH6 (25MP) and the A9 (24MP) is very close but the GH6 (Four Thirds) and A9 (Full frame) use totally different sensor dimensions.

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The GH6 was released 4 years after the A9 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before getting straight into a thorough comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the GH6 matches up against the A9 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH6 over the Sony A9

 GH6 A9 
LaunchedFebruary 2022April 2017Newer by 59 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1840k1440kSharper display (+400k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony A9 over the Panasonic GH6

 A9 GH6 

Common features in the Panasonic GH6 and Sony A9

 GH6 A9 
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Display dimension3.00"3"Identical display sizing
Touch display Easily navigate

Panasonic GH6 vs Sony A9 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera frequently, you will need to factor its weight and volume. The Panasonic GH6 offers outer measurements of 139mm x 100mm x 100mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.9") and a weight of 823 grams (1.81 lbs) while the Sony A9 has sizing of 127mm x 96mm x 63mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.5") accompanied by a weight of 673 grams (1.48 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are working with at that time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the GH6 versus the A9.

Panasonic GH6 vs Sony A9 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the GH6 and A9 is 56 and 65 respectively.

Panasonic GH6 vs Sony A9 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH6 vs Sony A9 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be difficult to see the gap in sensor dimensions simply by researching specifications. The picture here will provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the GH6 and A9.

To sum up, both cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The GH6 due to its smaller sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field more challenging and the Panasonic GH6 will provide you with greater detail as a result of its extra 1MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The more modern GH6 will have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Panasonic GH6 vs Sony A9 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH6 vs Sony A9 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH6 vs Sony A9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH6 Portrait photography features
Sony A9 Portrait photography features
has manual focus
MP count amazing (25 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
has face detection focus
saves RAW files
manual focus
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic GH6
Street photography with Sony A9
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
supports touch to focus
environment sealing
above average ISO range (25,600)
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
supports focus via touch
weather sealing
above average high ISO (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic GH6
Sports photography with Sony A9
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count amazing (25MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
environment sealing
terrible battery (360 per charge)
lacks phase detect auto focus
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
fast shooting (20.0 frames per second)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
weather sealing
good battery power (650 per charge)
supports phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GH6
Travel photography with Sony A9
environment sealing
has bluetooth
supports touch to focus
MP count amazing (25 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
terrible battery (360 per charge)
good battery power (650 per charge)
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
supports focus via touch
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH6 Landscape photography information
Sony A9 Landscape photography information
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3.00 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count amazing (25MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
two card slots
terrible battery (360 CIPA)
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
above average high ISO (51,200)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
good battery power (650 per charge)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GH6
Vlogging with Sony A9
selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detection focus
video resolution high (5760 x 2880 pxls)
comes with external microphone socket
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with mic socket
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Panasonic GH6 vs Sony A9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH6 and Sony A9
 Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6Sony Alpha A9
General Information
Make Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6 Sony Alpha A9
Type Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Announced 2022-02-22 2017-04-19
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - BIONZ X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 25 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5776 x 4336 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 25600 51200
Highest boosted ISO - 204800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Minimum boosted ISO 50 50
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 693
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Total lenses 118 121
Crop factor 2.1 1
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display sizing 3.00 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,840 thousand dots 1,440 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,680 thousand dots 3,686 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.78x
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/32000 seconds 1/32000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 14.0 frames/s 20.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 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 Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/250 seconds -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 5760 x 2880 @60p, 4096 x 2160 @ 120p -
Highest video resolution 5760x2880 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (10 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 823 gr (1.81 lbs) 673 gr (1.48 lbs)
Dimensions 139 x 100 x 100mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.9") 127 x 96 x 63mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 92
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.9
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 3517
Battery life 360 photographs 650 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID DMW-BLK22 NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/3 images) Yes (2, 5, 10 secs + continuous)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Slot 1: CFexpress Card (CFexpress Type B), Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/UHS-II, Video Speed Class 90 standard) Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots 2 2
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