This article is a comparison of the specifications of the following low budget 4K cameras under $2,500 that shoots 60 fps or more:
- Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera 4K (Amazon, B&H)
- Panasonic GH5 (Amazon, B&H) and GH5s (Amazon, B&H), and the
- Z CAM E2 (Amazon, B&H)
Important: Some of the information is unverified. Some are just rumors. Therefore, don’t take this comparison seriously. Don’t take the prices or the specifications seriously either. For accurate information please consult manufacturers’ websites and data. Don’t take any decisions based on this comparison.
Let’s start with the camera bodies:
|Camera||Price of body||What you get||Warranty||Notes|
|GH5||$1,998||Battery, charger, body cap, USB cable, shoulder strap, cable holder||12||Could have added V-Log|
|GH5s||$2,498||Battery, charger, body cap, USB cable, shoulder strap, cable holder, BNC cable||12||N/A|
|Pocket Camera 4K||$1,295||DaVinci Resolve Studio ($299), AC Power supply, dust cap||12||Could have added a battery|
|Z CAM E2||$1,999||Unknown||12||Huge price jump from the E1|
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera 4K (Amazon, B&H) is definitely looking good here. Not only is it the cheapest, but you also get the full version of Davinci Resolve ($299). But we’re just getting started.
Comparison of sensors
Here’s how the camera sensors compare:
|Camera||Sensor Size (mm)||Native Aspect Ratio||Maximum Resolution||ISO Range||Notes|
|GH5||17.3 x 13 mm||4:3||4992 x 3744||200-25600||18% larger sensor|
|GH5s||4:3||4096 x 2160||160-51200 (Dual Native)||Best low light|
|Pocket Camera 4K||18.96 x 10 mm||1.89:1||4096 x 2160||Up to 25600 (Dual Native)||UHD might be cropped to 17.7 x 10mm|
|Z CAM E2||17.3 x 13 mm||4:3||4096 x 2160||100-6400|
The Pocket Camera 4K is slightly wider, which is good. But on the other hand, the other cameras have a native 4:3 sensor so it gives you extra options. With the GH5, you can almost shoot in 5K in 4:3 mode, which is a great advantage.
The GH5S has great low light ability, which is its USP. The Pocket Camera 4K also has dual native ISO, though it → continue…