Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A7S II: which 4K camera is for you?

Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A7S II: which 4K camera is for you?

What’s the story?

The new top dog in Panasonic’s Lumix G range, this is the first compact system camera that can record 4K footage at 60fps. First isn’t necessarily always the best, but it’s one up on the Sony’s 30fps maximum at this resolution.

What’s more, at £1699 you’re paying a lot less for 4K if you side with the Lumix instead of the Sony. And that’s not to say Panasonic’s flagship compact is only good for video – it has plenty of other fine specs. The OLED viewfinder is gorgeous and the tilt-and-swivel screen is touch-sensitive, so you can use it as another way to tweak the many, many controls.

Is it any good?

The GH5’s 4K footage looks glorious, especially in good lighting. It delivers astoundingly rich detail and clean colours, while that higher frame-rate means you can pan more smoothly with less judder. Plus you can record in HDR and then watch the eye-poppingly realistic footage back on your HDR telly.

The GH5’s only weakness – and it’s a minor one – is its middling performance in bad light. We wouldn’t recommend it over the Sony if low-light performance is your primary concern, but it’ll hold its own in a dimly lit pub.

In all other respects – build quality, control layout, autofocus, usability and image quality – it’s a fantastic camera, and those enthusiasts who prize creative control and flexibility will adore it.

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Published at Wed, 10 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000

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