Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4

Portability
79
Imaging
70
Features
88
Overall
77
Canon EOS M50 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front
Portability
66
Imaging
55
Features
88
Overall
68

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4 Key Specs

Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Increase to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Launched February 2018
  • Refreshed by Canon M50 II
Panasonic GH4
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 560g - 133 x 93 x 84mm
  • Announced February 2014
  • Previous Model is Panasonic GH3
  • Later Model is Panasonic GH5
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Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4 Overview

Let's examine more in depth at the Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Pro Mirrorless by manufacturers Canon and Panasonic. There exists a significant gap among the sensor resolutions of the M50 (24MP) and GH4 (16MP) and the M50 (APS-C) and GH4 (Four Thirds) come with different sensor dimensions.

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The M50 was announced 4 years after the GH4 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before diving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a short summation of how the M50 scores vs the GH4 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Panasonic GH4

 M50 GH4 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018February 2014Newer by 50 months
Display resolution1040k1036kSharper display (+4k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Canon M50

 GH4 M50 

Common features in the Canon M50 and Panasonic GH4

 M50 GH4 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch display Easily navigate

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to think about its weight and proportions. The Canon M50 has external measurements of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") along with a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GH4 has measurements of 133mm x 93mm x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") along with a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you use at that moment. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the M50 against the GH4.

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the M50 and GH4 is 79 and 66 respectively.

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4 top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its hard to imagine the gap in sensor dimensions merely by going through specifications. The image underneath might offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the M50 and GH4.

Plainly, each of these cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The M50 having a larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field simpler and the Canon M50 will produce more detail with its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also let you crop pics much more aggressively. The more recent M50 provides an advantage in sensor technology.

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4 sensor size comparison

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon M50
Portrait photography with Panasonic GH4
82
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
73
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon M50
Street photography with Panasonic GH4
84
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
boasts touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
71
fully articulated screen
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
supports focus via touch
environment proof
lighter than competitors in class (560g)
good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon M50 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic GH4 as a Sports photography camera
76
built in image stabilization
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has tracking focus
sensor has phase detect autofocus
not so great battery power (235 shots)
65
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proof
good battery power (500 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 Travel photography advice
Panasonic GH4 Travel photography advice
78
supports bluetooth
boasts touch to focus
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
not so great battery power (235 per charge)
77
good battery power (500 per charge)
lighter than competitors in class (560g)
environment proof
supports focus via touch
good resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 Landscape photography information
Panasonic GH4 Landscape photography information
80
you can focus manually
change lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
not so great battery power (235 per charge)
73
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
good battery power (500 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M50 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic GH4 as a Vlogging camera
85
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization
has face detect autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
includes microphone support
71
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
provides face detection focus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
comes with external mic jack
lighter than competitors in class (560 grams)
does not have image stabilization
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Canon M50 vs Panasonic GH4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 and Panasonic GH4
 Canon EOS M50Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
General Information
Company Canon Panasonic
Model type Canon EOS M50 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2018-02-26 2014-02-07
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 8 Venus Engine IX
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 6000 x 4000 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Max boosted ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 143 49
Lens
Lens support Canon EF-M Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 23 107
Focal length multiplier 1.6 2.1
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dot 1,036 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.67x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 17.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash settings - Auto, auto/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/redeye reduction, forced off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 25p, 30p), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p), 1280 x 720 (24p, 25p, 30p), 640 x 480 (25p, 30p)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 4096x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB No USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 390g (0.86 lb) 560g (1.23 lb)
Dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 133 x 93 x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 74
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.2
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.8
DXO Low light rating not tested 791
Other
Battery life 235 photographs 500 photographs
Battery format Built-in Battery Pack
Battery ID - DMW-BLF19
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs (single or three-shot))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Retail cost $779 $1,500