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Canon T7i vs Panasonic GH5 – Comparison

This comparison may not be totally fair because the Canon T7i is a mid-range DSLR and the Panasonic GH5 is a more expensive, 4K mirrorless monster.

Our comparison table below covers the important specifications of each camera. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.

Canon T7iGH5
Sensor TypeCMOSLive MOS
Sensor FormatAPS-CMicro Four Thirds
Crop Factor1.6x2.0x
AA FilterYesNone
Image Resolution6000 x 40005184 x 3888
Body Image StabilizationYes (Movie only)Yes
Lens MountCanon EF/EF-SMicro Four Thirds
ISO100 - 25,600200 - 25,600
Expanded ISO51,200100
AF Points45225 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points450 phase
Continuous Mode6fps12fps
LCD3.0" - Fully Articulated3.2" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution1,040,000 dots1,620,000 dots
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF (3.68M)
Viewfinder Coverage95%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.82x1.52x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/30/24p)4096x2160 (24p)
 1280x720 (60/50p)3840x2160 (60/50/30/25/24p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackNoYes
Memory Card TypeSD SD + SD
Dual Card SlotsNoYes
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/16000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"60"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer SizeUnlimited600
RAW Buffer Size2760
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesNo
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/250
Startup Timex 
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built- in NFCYesNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 3.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)600 shots410 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E17)Yes
Weight18.8 oz (532g)25.6 oz (725g)
Size5.2 x 3.9 x 3.0"5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4"
Release Date20172017

Canon T7i Advantages:

  • 4 More Megapixels – Not a big difference, but 4MP more is an advantage if you’re going to print really big or crop.
  • Bigger Sensor – APS-C is bigger than MFT and you can expect better high ISO results
  • Higher Max ISO -1 stop higher maximum ISO. Not an advantage for most situations because it’ll result in images with way too much noise, but it could prove to be useful in really extreme low light places
  • AF System – Despite having less points, all 45 of those are phase-detection and each of those points is cross-type. These are faster and more accurate in low light conditions. The GH5 is absolutely good and usable too, it’s just that the T7i will be more accurate with fast subjects.
  • Built-in Flash
  • Connectivity – The T7i also has built-in NFC support
  • Battery Life – 200 shots longer battery life
  • Size & Weight – The T7i is almost 200g lighter and slightly narrower
  • Less Expensive – The T7i body is around $1250 cheaper

As you can see from the price difference, these two cameras were made for different types of photographers/videographers.

The T7i is a compact Rebel with a longer battery life, bigger sensor and the 45-point AF system borrowed from the more expensive Canon 80D. We’re still waiting on high ISO samples from the GH5 but expect the noise results to be very similar, despite the T7i having a bigger sensor.

If you’re looking to spend little and don’t need more than Full HD video at 60fps, the T7i will be more than fine.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews.

Panasonic GH5 Advantages:

  • No AA Filter – Results in slightly sharper files
  • Body Image Stabilization – The GH5 has built-in 5-axis image stabilization that works for photos and videos
  • 12 vs 6fps – Twice as fast burst mode
  • LCD Screen – 3.2″ vs 3.0″ with a higher resolution so you can see more details on the screen itself
  • Focus Peaking – Every mirrorless camera offers focus peaking. If you’re focusing with a manual lens or have a bad eye sight, the camera highlights what part of your image is in focus. Great for video too!
  • Viewfinder – Its coverage is 100% and what you see in the viewfinder is exactly what you get (exposure wise too).
  • 4K Video – The GH5 is a monster here. Cinema 4K at 24p, UHD 4K at 60/50p, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording. For more, check here. There’s also Full HD at 180p!
  • Headphone Jack – For monitoring audio
  • Dual Memory Cards – Two SD slots
  • UHS-II – The G85 supports SD UHS-II cards which have faster minimum writing/reading speeds
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/16000 vs 1/4000
  • Slowest Shutter Speed – 60″ vs 30″. Both have Bulb mode though.
  • RAW Buffer – 60 vs 27, much better if you photograph action in RAW.
  • Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/200
  • USB – 3.0 vs 2.0 is a lot faster
  • Environmentally Sealed – The GH5’s magnesium alloy body is more protected for shooting in tougher conditions (rain/snow/dust etc.)

The GH4 was an awesome camera. The new GH5 is even more impressive. If you’re serious about video recording and want a compact camera that can do it all, and in 4K (not to mention 1080p at 180fps), this is your best option. There’s so much new stuff you’d better check out this in-depth video of all specifications.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews.

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