What I like about Mirrorless system

There have been many hypes on the Internet about the Mirrorless cameras as the best travel camera due to its size, compactness, and weight as compared to the traditional Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera. I own several Canon DSLR bodies and lenses and bringing around the full-frame glasses while traveling is definitely not a fun and easy task. I have been reading about the mirrorless systems over the last few years. Recently, I have seen many game-changing breakthroughs in the last few years. First, it is the sensor technology. Sony has proven that their flagship model Sony A7R III can take anything you throw at it. Next, it is the dynamic range of the sensor and companies making the mirrorless cameras are certainly pushing the boundaries of the mirrorless system each time they release a new model. And thirdly, and it can also be its weakness too, it is the size of the mirrorless lenses. Due to a smaller sensor, as compared to the traditional DSLR, mirrorless lenses can be made smaller and more efficient in controlling the amount the lights going in.

Pansonic GH5s, image taken from Panasonic website
Pansonic GH5s, image taken from Panasonic website

Panasonic GH5s is the new low-light monster

Today,  Panasonic is turning its mirrorless body into a low-light monster and from a hands-on report from Engadget said that the newly-announced GH5s “handily bested” Sony’s top low-light performer, the A7S II. Having a smaller sensor usually needs to sacrifice the image quality, low-light capability, and dynamic range. Today, Panasonic is pushing that limitation to the next level. “The LUMIX GH5s achieves highest-ever image sensitivity and video image quality in the history of LUMIX cameras, especially in low-light situations”, the company says. How is this possible?

Half the resolution of the 20.2 megapixels GH5

The new GH5s has a 10.2 megapixel “dual ISO” sensor and that gives it a much better low-light sensitivity. Coupled together with the GH5‘s full sensor readout at up to Cinema 4k resolution video, 60 frames per second, the GH5s is aimed at making it a better video camera with its improved low-light capability.

What is missing in the new GH5s

The In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) in the new GH5s is missing. This is one of the most important features that I hope that they would not remove. Being small and light-weight, it is so convenient to bring it around without a tripod or a stabilizer. I use the Canon 80D with the Zhiyun Crane Version 2 to take smooth video footages and this setup is heavy to bring it around. What’s stopping me from getting the Panasonic GH5 is the low-light and auto-focus capabilities. What attracts me to the LUMIX mirrorless system is the ability to have double image stabilizations – one on the lenses; the other on the body.

2 options to choose

Well, if you are in the same situation like me, which one will you get?