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Panasonic G7 vs Panasonic GH5

Portability
71
Imaging
55
Features
83
Overall
66
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 front
Portability
59
Imaging
61
Features
89
Overall
72

Panasonic G7 vs Panasonic GH5 Key Specs

Panasonic G7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 410g - 125 x 86 x 77mm
  • Launched May 2015
  • Replaced the Panasonic G6
Panasonic GH5
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 725g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Revealed January 2017
  • Superseded the Panasonic GH4
  • Successor is Panasonic GH5 II
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Panasonic G7 vs Panasonic GH5 Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Panasonic G7 and Panasonic GH5, former being a Advanced Mirrorless while the latter is a Pro Mirrorless and both are produced by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the G7 (16MP) and the GH5 (20MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras posses the same sensor measurements (Four Thirds).

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The G7 was launched 19 months earlier than the GH5 which makes them a generation apart from one another. Each of these cameras have the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before getting into a complete comparison, here is a short view of how the G7 grades versus the GH5 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G7 over the Panasonic GH5

 G7 GH5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5 over the Panasonic G7

 GH5 G7 
RevealedJanuary 2017May 2015More recent by 19 months
Screen dimensions3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1620k1040kSharper screen (+580k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic G7 and Panasonic GH5

 G7 GH5 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic G7 vs Panasonic GH5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera, you are going to need to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic G7 features outside dimensions of 125mm x 86mm x 77mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 3.0") having a weight of 410 grams (0.90 lbs) while the Panasonic GH5 has specifications of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") and a weight of 725 grams (1.60 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have at the time. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the G7 versus the GH5.

Panasonic G7 vs Panasonic GH5 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the G7 and GH5 is 71 and 59 respectively.

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Panasonic G7 vs Panasonic GH5 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor measurements merely by reading through specs. The visual below will offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the G7 and GH5.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different MP. You can count on the Panasonic GH5 to give extra detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots more aggressively. The older G7 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic G7 vs Panasonic GH5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G7 vs Panasonic GH5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G7 vs Panasonic GH5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic G7
Portrait photography with Panasonic GH5
73
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
supports RAW files
76
has manual focus
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G7 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GH5 as a Street photography camera
72
screen can move to multiple angles
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
offers focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
74
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
boasts focus via touch
environment proof
great high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic G7
Sports photography with Panasonic GH5
60
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
69
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
environment proof
not so great battery (410 per charge)
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G7 Travel photography advice
Panasonic GH5 Travel photography advice
79
offers focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
69
environment proof
supports bluetooth
boasts focus via touch
MP count decent (20MP)
selfie friendly display
not so great battery (410 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G7 Landscape photography information
Panasonic GH5 Landscape photography information
72
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
76
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
great high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
environment proof
2 card slots
not so great battery (410 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G7 Vlogging factors
Panasonic GH5 Vlogging factors
72
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen enabled
offers face detect focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes microphone support
lack of image stabilization
75
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detect autofocus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
includes mic support
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Panasonic G7 vs Panasonic GH5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G7 and Panasonic GH5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5
Class Advanced Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2015-05-19 2017-01-04
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine
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 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4592 x 3448 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW support
Min boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 49 225
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 3 inches 3.2 inches
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 1,620 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots 3,680 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.76x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/16000s 1/16000s
Continuous shooting rate 7.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 9.30 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, Auto/Redeye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Redeye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Redeye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30, 25, 24, 20fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps 4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 4096x2160
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 410g (0.90 pounds) 725g (1.60 pounds)
Physical dimensions 125 x 86 x 77mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 3.0") 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 77
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.9
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.0
DXO Low light score not tested 807
Other
Battery life 350 photographs 410 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 secs; 10 secs w/3 shots)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots 1 2
Cost at launch $800 $1,298