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Panasonic Lumix GH5S Vs Panasonic Lumix GH5 Comparison

Panasonic Lumix GH5S Vs Panasonic Lumix GH5 Comparison - The Panasonic Lumix GH5S updates the popular GH5 but what does the upgrade bring? Find out in our comparison.

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 in Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Panasonic Lumix GH5S Vs GH5 (3)
 

The Panasonic Lumix GH5S is a new mirrorless interchangeable lens camera from Panasonic that will sit alongside the popular GH5, first announced last year, but apart from a letter S in its name, what else does the GH5S bring to the table that the GH5 doesn't? We've compared the two flagship Lumix G cameras to find out. 

We've also got hands-on with the new Panasonic Lumix GH5S so you can find out what our initial thoughts are on the new mirrorless camera from Panasonic. 

Let's talk similarities first and as mentioned, the GH5S and GH5 are both flagship cameras that sit at the top of Panasonic's camera hierarchy alongside the G9. They are also very similar in design, sharing the same weatherproofing, dimensions, measurements, 3.2inch vari-angle touch-screen with 1620K dots and a 3.68m dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 0.76x magnification. The GH5S does have a red ring around the drive mode dial, a new red “REC” button for video recording, and the front GH5S logo, with red ‘S’, and this is probably primarily down to the new Lumix G camera been billed as the 'ultimate video camera'. The previous GH5 had much more emphasis on it being an 'ultimate hybrid camera' whereas the GH5S is definitely targetting photographers with a keen interest in video, videographers and even those with YouTube channels. 

 

Panasonic Lumix GH5S Vs GH5 (1)
 

As for differences, looking at the sensor sizes is as good as place as any to start and you've probably noticed that the sensor in the GH5S has 10MP less than the GH5 but the sensor does, however, feature 1.96x bigger pixels than the 20-megapixel GH5 so those using the new GH5S can capture better video/images in low light. Panasonic says that the sensor and additional technologies built into the GH5S will mean the image quality will match that of a full-frame sensor camera. However, the drop in megapixels might be a little too much for those who primarily shoot stills (and want to crop images) but we'll have to wait for a full test to determine this. The GH5S doesn't feature in-camera sensor-based image stabilisation either as it's something professional video creators don't always need, for example, when recording with the camera mounted inside a moving vehicle. 

The ISO range has been extended to 51200, which is the highest any Micro Four Thirds camera has offered, and it also features Dual Native ISO, a new feature for consumer stills cameras but not for high-end video cameras. 

Battery life on the GH5S is slightly improved with it capturing an extra 30 shots than the GH5 can before the battery dies (440 in total) and it's also slightly lighter weighing in at 660g when the GH5 weighs 725g. 

 

Panasonic Lumix GH5S Vs GH5 (5)
 

When you look through the GH5S's interface you'll find that the DFD AF system can be customised based on your intended use, with 4 custom AF modes available and 225 focus points, plus the GH5S is able to focus in low-light conditions down to -5EV, although AF is slightly slower at 0.07 seconds (on the GH5, it's 0.05 seconds). The menu system also has a customisable My Menu section.

Video is obviously where the main differences sit between the two flagship cameras and the GH5S will record in CINE 4K at 60/50fps, whereas the GH5 can only record CINE 4K at 24fps (and normal 4K at 60/50fps). High-speed video has also improved, with the GH5S offering FullHD at 240fps, compared to 180fps on the GH5. You can also use timecode sync on the GH5S which makes it easier to sync up audio when using multiple cameras and plenty of additional video modes are available. 

 

Panasonic Lumix GH5S Vs GH5 (2)
 

You can compare the two cameras in more detail in the below table as well as in our hands-on with the new Panasonic Lumix GH5S. We actually have a working sample of the GH5S in the office so keep an eye on our reviews section for the full review which will be published soon. 

The Panasonic Lumix GH5S will be available at the end of January 2018 for £2199 (body only) which doesn't make it much more expensive than the GH5 which is currently retailing for around £1599-£1799 body only. 

Read our Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review.

Comparison Table

Panasonic Lumix GH5Panasonic Lumix GH5S
ManufacturerPanasonicPanasonic
Image Sensor
Pixels20Mp (Megapixels)10.28Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5184No Data
Pixels (H)3888No Data
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeMicro Four ThirdsMicro Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in3.2in
Screen resolution1.62m dots1.62m dots
Touch ScreenYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec60sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 2560080 - 204800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-5
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution3680K dot3680K dot
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting12fps12fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPS4K 60fps, FullHD 180fps4K 60fps, FullHD 240fps
Stereo SoundYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYesNo
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB-CUSB-C
Wi-FiYesYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLi-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh, 14Wh)Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh, 14Wh)
Battery Life (CIPA rating)410shots440shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsBattery Charger (AC Cable included), Battery Pack, Body Cap, Hot Shoe Cover, Eye Cup, Flash Syncro Socket Cap, Cover for the Battery Grip Connector, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, Cable Holder, Lens Cap*, Lens Hood*, Lens Rear Cap* *Included with DBattery Charger (AC Cable included), Battery Pack, Body Cap, Hot Shoe Cover, Eye Cup, Flash Syncro Socket Cap, Cover for the Battery Grip Connector, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, Cable Holder, Lens Cap*, Lens Hood*, Lens Rear Cap* *Included with D
Dimensions
Weight725g660g
Width138.5mm138.5mm
Height98.1mm98.1mm
Depth87.4mm87.4mm
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