Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A7S II: which 4K camera is for you?

Time to smash open the piggy bank for a 4K snapper, but which one?

Amateur filmmakers no longer need a big, dedicated 8mm film camera to create their budget horror classic - today's DSLRs are more than capable of shooting pro-quality video.

The Spielberg and Lucas of this world, battling it out for movie supremacy, are the frssh-faced Panasonic GH5 and the older, more experienced Sony A7S II.

Both manage to offer 4K video, despite being incredibly portable compact system cameras. But which should be movie-recording sidekick? Let's find out...

Stuff says: ★★★★★

A mighty CSC all-rounder with fantastic video performance


Sensor 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds MOS

ISO range 200-25,600

Video 4K video @ 60fps

Viewfinder OLED EVF and 3.2in LCD screen

Dimensions/weight 139x87x98mm, 725g

Stuff says: ★★★★★

The A7S delivers top-class low-light and video performance


Sensor 2.2MP full-frame Exmor CMOS

ISO range 100 to 409,600

Video 4K video @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps

Viewfinder OLED EVF and 3in LCD screen

Dimensions/weight 127x96x60mm, 627g

Test winner: Sony A7S II

Both of these cameras are five star powerhouses with excellent 4K video. Your decision comes down to two things: budget, and your need for low-light performance.

At the time of writing, the GH5 is £800 less than its Sony rival, and actually edges it in some key areas - it's able to record in HDR as well as 4K at 60fps. 

But for all-round video performance, particularly in low light thanks to its full-frame sensor, the Sony A7S II is still our choice for pro-quality 4K video.  

Buy the Sony A7S II camera here from Amazon