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Nikon Z6 vs Panasonic DC GH5

We compare the Nikon Z6 to the Panasonic DC GH5: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Mirrorless category.

Here are both models side by side. The Nikon Z6 is on the left, the Panasonic DC GH5 on the right:

Z6 vs DC GH5 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Nikon Z6 vs Panasonic DC GH5: Specifications at a glance

Z6

  • Introduced in August 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 24 megapixel
  • 12 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Z Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 134 x 100.5 x 67.5mm³ (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.7")
  • 675g (21.8 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Z6

DC GH5

  • Introduced in January 2017
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 20 megapixel
  • 12 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4mm³ (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4")
  • 725g (23.4 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DC GH5

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for Z6 and DC GH5

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

Z6 vs DC GH5: The sensors

The Z6 features a Full frame sized sensor, while the DC GH5 uses a Four Thirds sensor.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Infographic: Z6 and DC GH5 sensor area comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

Boasting an area of 856mm² (1.37 sq.in.) the sensor of the Z6 is a lot larger than the DC GH5's chip at 225mm² (0.36 sq.in.). In most cases a larger sensor will yield better results in low light, a considerable advantage in many situations (e.g. interior images), a clear disadvantage of the Four Thirds format.

Advantage: Nikon Z6

Z6 vs DC GH5: The viewfinders

The Z6 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.80x.

The DC GH5 features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.76x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

Z6 (0.80x)

DC GH5 (0.76x)

Simulated viewfinder of the Z6Simulated viewfinder of the DC GH5

Note: Differences in the image area are the result of different image ratios, 3:2 or 4:3. That can make it difficult to compare the viewfinder magnification of both cameras.

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Nikon Z6 on the left, the Panasonic DC GH5 in the right column:

Advantage Nikon Z6...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Z6

DC GH5

Larger sensor (5)Full frameFour Thirds
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.5020.30
More AF points (4)273225
Sensitivity (4)100 - 51200 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)2.101.62
More portable (2)909cm³
(57 cu.in.)
1187cm³
(75 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Z6 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Nikon are the larger sensitivity, that the display has a higher resolution and the more compact size.

The Z6 scores 22 points.

...and here's where the Panasonic DC GH5 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Z6

DC GH5

Larger lens selection (3)380
Longer battery life (3, photos)330410

Conclusion: Advantages of the DC GH5 are the larger selection of lenses and that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 6 points for the DC GH5.

...and here's what both have in common

Z6

DC GH5

Speed (frames/second)1212
Sensor cleaning
Image stabilizer
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
External microphone
Almost equal weight675g725g
WiFi
Environmentally sealed

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Nikon Z6 again on the left, Panasonic DC GH5 on the right:

Front view of the Z6 and the DC GH5...

Z6 und DC GH5, front viewZ6 und DC GH5, front view

...and here we see the Nikon and the Panasonic from above:

Z6 und DC GH5, view from aboveZ6 und DC GH5, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Nikon Z6

Panasonic DC GH5

22
6

CameraCreativ recommends the Nikon Z6.

Our rating of the Nikon Z6

No rating available.

Our rating of the Panasonic DC GH5

When Panasonic released the GH4 in 2014 it became an instant success with videographers. 4K resolution with 24p cinematic mode in a compact package at a reasonable price point were an irresistible proposition.

The GH5 improves on the predecessor with support for 4K video at 60 frames per second. Full HD video can be recorded with up to 180 frames per second. A first in budget priced digital cameras is the GH5's support for 4:2:2 10 bit 4K video. Continuous drive for still photography with full resolution stands at 12 photos per second. The new model also adds USB 3.0 and a built-in image stabilizer. A worthy upgrade to an already excellent camera, the GH5 gets our unreserved recommendation.

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