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

Megapixels 24.3 20.3
Sensor Type CMOS Live MOS
Sensor Format APS-C Micro Four Thirds
Crop Factor 1.5x 2.0x
AA Filter Yes None
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 5184 x 3888
Body Image Stabilization No Yes
Lens Mount Sony E Micro Four Thirds
ISO 100 -25,600 200 - 25,600
Expanded ISO 51,200 100
AF Points 179 225 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points 179 phase 0 phase
Continuous Mode 11fps 12fps
LCD 3.0" - Articulating 3.2" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution 921,600 dots 1,620,000 dots
Touchscreen No Yes
Focus Peaking Yes Yes
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type EVF (1.44M) EVF (3.68M)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.07x 1.52x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (60/24p) 4096x2160 (24p)
3840x2160 (60/50/30/25/24p)
Microphone Jack No Yes
Headphone Jack No Yes
Memory Card Type SD or MS Pro SD + SD
Dual Card Slots No Yes
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-II
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/16000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 60"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 47 600
RAW Buffer Size 22 60
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes No
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/160 1/250
Startup Time 2.2s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC Yes No
Bluetooth No Yes
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 3.0
Environmentally Sealed Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 360 shots 410 shots
Battery Included Yes (NP-FW50) Yes
Weight 12.1 oz (344g) 25.6 oz (725g)
Size 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8" 5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2014 2017

Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A6000 Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Articulating Screen Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Electronic) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
Max Resolution 24 MP vs 20 MP
LCD Screen Size 3″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution 922k dots vs 1.620k dots
Continuous Shooting 11.0fps vs 12.0fps
AE Bracketing Yes 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 Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Touch Screen Yes vs No
Number of Focus Points 225 vs 179
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs  3″
LCD Screen Resolution 1.620k dots vs 922k dots
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 12.0fps vs 11.0fps
Battery Life 410 shots vs 360 shots
Microphone Port Yes vs No
Headphone Port Yes vs No
Environmental Sealing Yes vs No
Timelapse Recording Yes vs With optional app
Viewfinder Resolution 3680k dot vs 1440k dot
Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
Flash Sync Port Yes vs No
Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs No
4K Photo Mode Yes vs No
6K Photo Mode Yes vs No
Bluetooth Yes vs No
Focus Stacking Yes vs No
Post Focus Mode Yes vs No
Storage Slot vs 1
Smartphone_remote control Yes vs No
Support for UHS Memory Cards UHS-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 Flash Yes vs No
Max Sensor Resolution 24 MP vs 20 MP
Weight 344 g vs 725 g
Sensor Pixel Area 15.28µmvs 11.16µm2
Price $498 vs $1,998
NFC Connection Yes 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