4K Video Battle: iPhone X Vs Panasonic GH5

iphone-x_panasonic-gh5By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS)

Much has been written, and will be written, about Apple’s hot new iPhone X, with its nearly complete screen, Face ID, and much more. Including the stellar cameras Apple engineered for it and the iPhone 8/8 Plus (read our write-up here on tests). But what happens when you compare 4K and 1080p video from the iPhone X with the equally hot Panasonic GH5? Well, our friends at FStoppers decided to put it to the test.

Let’s jump right to the video of the iPhone X / GH5 battle royale, from Lee Morris of FStoppers:

Here’s what Lee had to say about video comparisons at 4K 24p, between the two cameras:

“Everyone in our office liked the footage out of the iPhone better than the raw or graded footage out of the GH5 at first glance. After zooming in, however, it became easier to see that the GH5 had a significantly sharper image and a higher bitrate.”

I think the conclusion here is that in some cases, the best camera is the one you have with you. But when it comes to professional film and video production, the iPhone X holds up well, and Lee and his team use iPhones in addition to their GH5 cameras for paying jobs. For mobile filmmakers, the iPhone X is a terrific addition to your toolkit, and with the proper app and gear, you’ll be getting some fantastic, professional-quality 4K video for films and more.

Quick breakdown of the key video and still features of the iPhone X and GH5…

Apple iPhone X (you can buy here):

  • 12 megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Optical zoom; 6x digital zoom
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)

Panasonic GH5 (you can buy here):

  • 20.3 megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • 4K Video with No Crop
  • Internal 4:2:2 10-Bit 4K Video at 24/30p
  • 4K/59.94p and 50p shooting with 10-bit 4:2:2 external output, or 8-bit, 4:2:0 internal at 150Mbps IPB (via Philip Bloom)
  • 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 2

Source: FStoppers (via Loop Insight)

About Heath McKnight 18 Articles
Former Editor-in-Chief and Writer at doddleNEWS, from April 2012 to December 2017. Heath helped grow doddleNEWS into an industry-leading filmmaking news, reviews, and education site. He's been a news editor and writer for over 15 years, and a producer/director/editor in film and video for over 24 years. He's written for TopTenREVIEWS, Digital Media Net, Videomaker, MovieMaker, MacWorld, and other sites and magazines.

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