Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH5 - A Detailed Comparison

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH5Here we compare and contrast the Sony Alpha A6000 and the Panasonic GH5. Two mirrorless cameras from two different companies. The Alpha A6000 with its 24.0MP APS-C sensor and the GH5 with its 20.0MP Four Thirds sensor. Here's a brief overview of their main specifications before we get into more detail.

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH5 Specs

 Specifications

Sony A6000

Panasonic GH5

Megapixels24.320.3
Sensor TypeCMOSLive MOS
Sensor FormatAPS-CMicro Four Thirds
Crop Factor1.5x2.0x
AA FilterYesNone
Image Resolution6000 x 40005184 x 3888
Body Image StabilizationNoYes
Lens MountSony EMicro Four Thirds
ISO100 -25,600200 - 25,600
Expanded ISO51,200100
AF Points179225 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points179 phase0 phase
Continuous Mode11fps12fps
LCD3.0" - Articulating3.2" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution921,600 dots1,620,000 dots
TouchscreenNoYes
Focus PeakingYesYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeEVF (1.44M)EVF (3.68M)
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification1.07x1.52x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/24p)4096x2160 (24p)
3840x2160 (60/50/30/25/24p)
Microphone JackNoYes
Headphone JackNoYes
Memory Card TypeSD or MS ProSD + SD
Dual Card SlotsNoYes
SD UHS SupportUHS-IUHS-II
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/16000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"60"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size47600
RAW Buffer Size2260
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesNo
Max Flash Sync Speed1/1601/250
Startup Time2.2s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCYesNo
BluetoothNoYes
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 3.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)360 shots410 shots
Battery IncludedYes (NP-FW50)Yes
Weight12.1 oz (344g)25.6 oz (725g)
Size4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8"5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20142017

Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A6000 Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Electronic) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
Max Resolution24 MP vs 20 MP
LCD Screen Size3″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution922k dots vs 1.620k dots
Continuous Shooting11.0fps vs 12.0fps
AE BracketingYes vs Yes

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH5 Size Comparison

With regard to size, the Sony A6000 is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 19mm narrower, 31mm shorter and 42mm thinner than Panasonic GH5. Furthermore, the Sony A6000 is significantly lighter (381g ) than the Panasonic GH5. Something you ought to consider when you plan on having long sessions without a tripod or carrying your camera around.

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH5 – Comparison

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH5 – Comparison

Also, an additional factor to weight is the lenses that you plan to use with your digital cameras. The Lumix GH5 features a smaller Four Thirds sensor. Hence, Panasonic's lenses at a similar aperture and focal lend tend to be lighter than those for Sony's A6000.

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH5 Sensor Comparison

The Sony A6000 has a 24.0MP APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features a Bionz X processor. The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has a 20.0MP Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features Venus Engine processor.

The Panasonic GH5's sensor lacks an anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. This is good as your images tend to be sharper and more detailed. However, there is also a chance that some scenes may have slight moire.

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH5 Sensor Comparison

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH5 Sensor Comparison

The Sony A6000 has a 1.6x Larger sensor area than Panasonic's GH5. Larger sensors allow for more control over the depth of field and blurry background compared to smaller sensors when shot in same focal length and aperture.

Why You Should Choose The Panasonic GH5

Built-in Image StabilizationSensor-shift vs None
Touch ScreenYes vs No
Number of Focus Points225 vs 179
LCD Screen Size3.2″ vs  3″
LCD Screen Resolution1.620k dots vs 922k dots
Max Shutter Speed1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting12.0fps vs 11.0fps
Battery Life410 shots vs 360 shots
Microphone PortYes vs No
Headphone PortYes vs No
Environmental SealingYes vs No
Timelapse RecordingYes vs With optional app
Viewfinder Resolution3680k dot vs 1440k dot
Max Video Resolution4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
Flash Sync PortYes vs No
Selfie Friendly LCDYes vs No
4K Photo ModeYes vs No
6K Photo ModeYes vs No
BluetoothYes vs No
Focus StackingYes vs No
Post Focus ModeYes vs No
Storage Slotvs 1
Smartphone_remote controlYes vs No
Support for UHS Memory CardsUHS-II vs none

Advantages of the Panasonic GH5 Over the Sony A6000

  • AA Filter – The Panasonic GH5 has no AA filter.
  • Body Image Stabilization – The Panasonic GH5 has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • AF Points – 225 Contrast vs 179.
  • Continuous mode – 12fps vs 11fps. It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″ and it’s fully articulated.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • Microphone Jack – If you’re going to record videos where audio quality is important, a microphone jack is super helpful.
  • Headphone Jack – Useful for previewing your audio quality straight out the camera.
  • Dual Card Slots – More room for extra photos, or simply for backup.
  • UHS-II – Faster writing speeds than UHS-I, but you need a memory card that can handle such speeds.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/16000 vs 1/4000.
  • Slower Max Shutter Speed – 60” vs 30”.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 600 vs 47.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 60 vs 22.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/160.
  • Bluetooth Support
  • USB 3.0 – Faster file transferring out the camera.

Video: Panasonic Lumix GH5 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Sony A6000

Built-in FlashYes vs No
Max Sensor Resolution24 MP vs 20 MP
Weight344 g vs 725 g
Sensor Pixel Area15.28µmvs 11.16µm2
Price$498 vs $1,998
NFC ConnectionYes vs No

Advantages of the Sony Alpha A6000 Over the Panasonic GH5

  • Megapixels –  4.0 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Sony A6000 is a much better choice.
  • Sensor Format – APS-C is bigger than MFT, which results in slightly less noise at higher ISO levels.
  • ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • Cross-type AF Points – 179 phase vs 0 phase.
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in NFC
  • Weight – The Sony A6000 weighs 381g less.
  • Size – The Sony A6000 is noticeably smaller.
  • Price - The Sony A6000 is much cheaper

Video: Sony A6000  Hands-on Review