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Canon 850D vs Panasonic GH5s

The Canon EOS 850D (called Canon T8i in some regions) and the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5s are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2020 and January 2018. The 850D is a DSLR, while the GH5s is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on an APS-C (850D) and a Four Thirds (GH5s) sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 24 megapixels, whereas the Panasonic provides 9.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 850D versus Panasonic GH5s
Canon 850D Panasonic GH5s
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Micro Four Thirds lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 9.9 MP, Four Thirds Sensor
4K/24p Video 4K/60p Video
ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200) ISO 160-51,200 (80 - 204,800)
Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder (3680k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.2 LCD, 1620k dots
Swivel touchscreen Swivel touchscreen
7.5 shutter flaps per second 12 shutter flaps per second
not weather sealedWeathersealed body
800 shots per battery charge440 shots per battery charge
131 x 103 x 76 mm, 515 g 139 x 98 x 87 mm, 660 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 850D and the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5s? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Canon 850D and the Panasonic GH5s are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon 850D vs Panasonic GH5s
Compare 850D versus GH5s top
Comparison 850D or GH5s rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon 850D and the Panasonic GH5s are of equal size. However, the GH5s is markedly heavier (28 percent) than the 850D. It is noteworthy in this context that the GH5s is splash and dust-proof, while the 850D does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. A larger imaging sensor will tend to go along with bigger and heavier lenses, although exceptions exist. You can compare the optics available for the two cameras in the Canon EF Lens Catalog (850D) and the Micro Four Thirds Lens Catalog (GH5s). Mirrorless cameras, such as the GH5s, have moreover the advantage that they can use many lenses from other systems via adapters, as they have a relatively short flange to focal plane distance.

Concerning battery life, the 850D gets 800 shots out of its LP-E17 battery, while the GH5s can take 440 images on a single charge of its DMW-BLF19 power pack.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 850D 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 749 i
2.
 
Panasonic GH5s 139 mm 98 mm 87 mm 660 g 440 Y Jan 2018 2,499 i
3.
 
Canon RP 133 mm 85 mm 70 mm 485 g 250 n Feb 2019 1,299 i
4.
 
Canon 250D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 111 mm 61 mm 46 mm 340 g 230 n Jul 2019 899 i
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 105 mm 61 mm 41 mm 304 g 235 n Jul 2019 749 i
7.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
8.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
9.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549 i
10.
 
Canon 800D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 749 i
11.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749 i
12.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649 i
13.
 
Panasonic GH5 139 mm 98 mm 87 mm 725 g 410 Y Jan 2017 1,999 i
14.
 
Panasonic FZ300 132 mm 92 mm 117 mm 691 g 380 Y Jul 2015 599 i
15.
 
Panasonic GH4 133 mm 93 mm 84 mm 560 g 500 Y Feb 2014 1,499 i
16.
 
Panasonic GH3 133 mm 93 mm 82 mm 550 g 540 Y Sep 2012 1,299 i
17.
 
Panasonic G2 124 mm 84 mm 74 mm 428 g 360 n Mar 2010 599 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The 850D was launched at a markedly lower price (by 70 percent) than the GH5s, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon 850D features an APS-C sensor and the Panasonic GH5s a Four Thirds sensor. The sensor area in the GH5s is 32 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.6 and 2.0. The sensor in the 850D has a native 3:2 aspect ratio, while the one in the GH5s offers a 4:3 aspect.

In terms of underlying technology, both cameras are build around CMOS sensors.

Canon 850D and Panasonic GH5s sensor measures

With 24MP, the 850D offers a higher resolution than the GH5s (9.9MP), but the 850D has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 3.72μm versus 4.77μm for the GH5s). However, the 850D is a much more recent model (by 2 years and 1 month) than the GH5s, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the GH5s has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Canon 850D implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the 850D for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 30 x 20 inches or 76.2 x 50.8 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 24 x 16 inches or 61 x 40.6 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 20 x 13.3 inches or 50.8 x 33.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Panasonic GH5s are 18.4 x 13.5 inches or 46.7 x 34.3 cm for good quality, 14.7 x 10.8 inches or 37.4 x 27.4 cm for very good quality, and 12.3 x 9 inches or 31.2 x 22.9 cm for excellent quality prints.

The 850D has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Canon EOS 850D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 100-51200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5s are ISO 160 to ISO 51200, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 80-204800.

850D versus GH5s MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 850D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p...... ..
2.
 
Panasonic GH5s Four Thirds 9.9 3680 27004K/60p...... ..
3.
 
Canon RP Full Frame 26.2 6240 41604K/30p...... ..
4.
 
Canon 250D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p...... ..
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p...... ..
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p...... ..
7.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.91009 71
8.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.3971 78
9.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.41041 79
10.
 
Canon 800D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p...... ..
11.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.0919 71
12.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.0915 70
13.
 
Panasonic GH5 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/60p23.913.0807 77
14.
 
Panasonic FZ300 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30004K/30p19.311.097 38
15.
 
Panasonic GH4 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34564K/30p23.212.8791 74
16.
 
Panasonic GH3 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/60p22.712.4812 71
17.
 
Panasonic G2 Four Thirds 12.0 4000 3000720/30p21.210.3493 53

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the GH5s provides a faster frame rate than the 850D. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/60p, while the Canon is limited to 4K/24p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the GH5s has an electronic viewfinder (3680k dots), while the 850D has an optical one. Both systems have their advantages, with the electronic viewfinder making it possible to project supplementary shooting information into the framing view, whereas the optical viewfinder offers lag-free viewing and a very clear framing image. The viewfinder in the GH5s offers a wider field of view (100%) than the one in the 850D (95%), so that a larger proportion of the captured image is visible in the finder. In addition, the viewfinder of the GH5s has a higher magnification (0.76x vs 0.51x), so that the size of the image transmitted appears closer to the size seen with the naked human eye. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Canon 850D and Panasonic GH5s in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 850Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5 Y n
2.
 
Panasonic GH5s3680 n 3.2 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 12.0 n n
3.
 
Canon RP2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n
4.
 
Canon 250Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark IIInone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y
7.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon 200Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon 800Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon 750Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
13.
 
Panasonic GH53680 n 3.2 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 12.0 n Y
14.
 
Panasonic FZ3001440 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
15.
 
Panasonic GH42359 n 3.0 1036 swivel Y 1/8000s 12.0 Y n
16.
 
Panasonic GH31746 n 3.0 614 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
17.
 
Panasonic G21440 n 3.0 460 swivel Y 1/4000s 2.6 Y n

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The 850D has one, while the GH5s does not. While the built-in flash of the 850D is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, the GH5s is one of those camera that have an additional electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Canon 850D and the Panasonic GH5s both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 850D and the GH5s write their files to SDXC cards. The GH5s features dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails. In contrast, the 850D only has one slot. The GH5s supports UHS-II cards (on both slots), while the 850D can use UHS-I cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 850D and Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5s and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 850DYstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Panasonic GH5sYstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
3.
 
Canon RPYstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon 250DYstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II-stereomono--micro3.1Y-Y
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III-stereomonoY-micro3.1Y-Y
7.
 
Canon 2000DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon 77DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
9.
 
Canon 200DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
10.
 
Canon 800DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
11.
 
Canon 750DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
12.
 
Canon 760DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
13.
 
Panasonic GH5YstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
14.
 
Panasonic FZ300YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y--
15.
 
Panasonic GH4YstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-
16.
 
Panasonic GH3YstereomonoYYmini2.0Y--
17.
 
Panasonic G2Ystereomono--mini2.0---

It is notable that the GH5s has a headphone jack, which makes it possible to attach external headphones and monitor the quality of sound during the recording process. The 850D lacks such a headphone port.

Studio photographers will appreciate that the Panasonic GH5s (unlike the 850D) features a PC Sync socket, so that professional strobe lights can be controlled by the camera.

Both the 850D and the GH5s are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The 850D replaced the earlier Canon 800D, while the GH5s does not have a direct predecessor. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Panasonic websites.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Which of the two cameras – the Canon 850D or the Panasonic GH5s – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS 850D:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (24 vs 9.9MP) with a 58% higher linear resolution.
  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better image quality: Features a larger and more technologically advanced imaging sensor.
  • Richer colors: The sensor size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger sensor captures a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger sensor produces good images even in poorly lit environments.
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 145g or 22 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (800 versus 440) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (70 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 1 month of technical progress since the GH5s launch.

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Advantages of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5s:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (4K/60p versus 4K/24p).
  • Better sound control: Has a headphone port that enables audio monitoring while recording.
  • More framing info: Has an electronic viewfinder that displays shooting data.
  • More complete view: Has a viewfinder with a larger field of view (100% vs 95%).
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.76x vs 0.51x).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.2" vs 3.0") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1620k vs 1040k dots).
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (12 vs 7.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Better sealing: Is splash and dust sealed for shooting in inclement weather conditions.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (3.1 vs 2.0).
  • More solid recording: Has a full-sized HDMI port for a sturdy connection to an external recorder.
  • Better studio light control: Has a PC Sync socket to connect to professional strobe lights.
  • Greater peace of mind: Features a second card slot as a backup in case of memory card failure.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Supports a more advanced SD data transfer standard (UHS-II vs UHS-I).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in January 2018).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the GH5s is the clear winner of the contest (19 : 13 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

850D 13:19 GH5s

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 850D and the Panasonic GH5s place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the 850D or the GH5s. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 850D4/5+80/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 749 i
2.
 
Panasonic GH5s....84/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2018 2,499 i
3.
 
Canon RP4/5+..4.5/54/5 Feb 2019 1,299 i
4.
 
Canon 250D..o79/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II4/5+82/100..4/5 Jul 2019 899 i
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III..+ +81/1004/5.. Jul 2019 749 i
7.
 
Canon 2000D..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
8.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..82/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
9.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549 i
10.
 
Canon 800D4.5/5..80/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 749 i
11.
 
Canon 750D5/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749 i
12.
 
Canon 760D5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649 i
13.
 
Panasonic GH54.5/5+ +85/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2017 1,999 i
14.
 
Panasonic FZ300..+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Jul 2015 599 i
15.
 
Panasonic GH45/5+ +85/1005/55/5 Feb 2014 1,499 i
16.
 
Panasonic GH35/5+ +79/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 1,299 i
17.
 
Panasonic G2....72/1004/54.5/5 Mar 2010 599 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon 850D vs Panasonic GH5s

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 850D Panasonic GH5s
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Micro Four Thirds lenses
    Launch Date February 2020 January 2018
    Launch Price USD 749 USD 2,499
    Sensor Specs Canon 850D Panasonic GH5s
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor Four Thirds Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 224.9 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 21.6 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 2.0x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 9.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 3680 x 2700 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 4.77 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 4.42 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/24p Video 4K/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 160 - 51,200 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 51,200 ISO 80 - 204,800 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 8 Venus 10
    Screen Specs Canon 850D Panasonic GH5s
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.51x 0.76x
    Viewfinder Resolution 3680k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.2inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1620k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Swivel screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 850D Panasonic GH5s
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 7.5 shutter flaps/s 12 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations200 000 actuations
    Electronic Shutterno E-Shutterup to 1/16000s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Dual card slots
    UHS card support UHS-I Dual UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs Canon 850D Panasonic GH5s
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    Studio Flash no PC Sync PC Sync socket
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 3.1
    HDMI Port mini HDMI full HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket no Headphone port Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Canon 850D Panasonic GH5s
    Environmental Sealingnot weather sealedWeathersealed body
    Battery Type LP-E17 DMW-BLF19
    Battery Life (CIPA)800 shots per charge440 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 131 x 103 x 76 mm
    (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in)
    139 x 98 x 87 mm
    (5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4 in)
    Camera Weight 515 g (18.2 oz) 660 g (23.3 oz)

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