We made the same choice, but these are different tools that excel in different areas and one is not inherently better than the other without first defining the context in which it will be used. This video explains some of the convenience wins of the G85 over the A7s II.
We generally don’t like going beyond 24mm for wideness on video, and even at 24mm when things come to close to the lens they start to appear abnormal in a way the viewer will notice. Yet one cannot make hard rules for film making and ultrawides can produce speciality looks as like seen here:
Both the Nikon D500 and D7500 do 4K video and are probably identical in their video performance (same sensor), but the following omissions make it better to pay the few hundred dollars extra for the D500:
- No second card slot that is UHS-I.
- No aperture-ring feeler (No metering with manual focus lenses!)
- Lower resolution rear screen.
- Less buffer, focus points and FPS than D500.
Because of the extensive crop in video, most people don’t buy the D500 et. al. for video purposes. But if you’re a Nikon shooter who doesn’t want to invest in another system and you have wide enough lenses to compensate for the video crop then the D500 will let you produce decent 4K videos up to 30 minutes in length.
It’s nice to see internet personalities having meaningful dialogue about products. These two presenters are better than most and this is a good video to watch if you want clarification on the Panasonic GH5s autofocus capabilities.
And a relevant previous video by Jospeh:
I have to say, I appreciate Max Yuryev clarifying the autofocus capabilities of the Panasonic GH5. If autofocus is the most important feature for you then it’s fair to say that the Panasonic GH5 may not be your first choice. There are specialized applications where autofocus becomes especially relevant, like on a gimbal or crane. For the price, however, the GH5 is a gem and if you can live with its autofocus abilities you’ll be very pleased.
Tony Northrup does an excellent real world comparison of the Panasonic GH5 against others and it comes up surprisingly well, especially when you’re using a speedbooster with a fast lens. The GH5 just keeps looking better and better:
More time is needed for the various settings to be tested and the best practices to be established, but this second video in particular gives us a good example of the autofocus capabilities of the Panasonic GH5: