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Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4

Portability
74
Imaging
71
Features
47
Overall
61
Leica M Edition 60 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front
Portability
66
Imaging
53
Features
88
Overall
67

Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4 Key Specs

Leica M Edition 60
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 680g - 139 x 80 x 42mm
  • Introduced September 2014
Panasonic GH4
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 560g - 133 x 93 x 84mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic GH3
  • Newer Model is Panasonic GH5
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Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4 Overview

Below is a extensive analysis of the Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by competitors Leica and Panasonic. There is a substantial difference between the image resolutions of the M Edition 60 (24MP) and GH4 (16MP) and the M Edition 60 (Full frame) and GH4 (Four Thirds) posses different sensor size.

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The M Edition 60 was released 8 months later than the GH4 and they are both of a similar age. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Leica M Edition 60 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic GH4 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting right into a full comparison, here is a simple summation of how the M Edition 60 scores vs the GH4 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Leica M Edition 60 over the Panasonic GH4

 M Edition 60 GH4 
ReleasedSeptember 2014February 2014More recent by 8 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Leica M Edition 60

 GH4 M Edition 60 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1036k920kClearer display (+116k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Leica M Edition 60 and Panasonic GH4

 M Edition 60 GH4 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size

Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and measurements. The Leica M Edition 60 features outer measurements of 139mm x 80mm x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7") having a weight of 680 grams (1.50 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GH4 has proportions 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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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have attached at that moment. The following is a front view size comparison of the M Edition 60 against the GH4.

Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the M Edition 60 and GH4 is 74 and 66 respectively.

Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4 top view buttons comparison

Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is difficult to picture the gap between sensor measurements just by going over specifications. The photograph below might give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the M Edition 60 and GH4.

To sum up, both cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The M Edition 60 due to its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field simpler and the Leica M Edition 60 will offer extra detail as a result of its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop photos more aggressively. The younger M Edition 60 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4 sensor size comparison

Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica M Edition 60
Portrait photography with Panasonic GH4
82
focusing manually
decent MP (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
71
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GH4 as a Street photography camera
68
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
71
screen articulates
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
comes with touch to focus
environment sealing
lighter than competition in class (560 grams)
above average ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 Sports photography details
Panasonic GH4 Sports photography details
56
decent MP (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
environment proof
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
has no phase detect auto focus
62
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
environment sealing
no image stabilization
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic GH4 Travel photography highlights
63
environment proof
decent MP (24 megapixels)
missing Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
77
lighter than competition in class (560g)
environment sealing
comes with touch to focus
good megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 Landscape photography details
Panasonic GH4 Landscape photography details
74
focusing manually
change lenses (Leica M mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
does not have image stabilization
missing Time Lapse recording
72
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment sealing
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica M Edition 60 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic GH4 Vlogging highlights
26
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing mic port
71
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
offers face detection autofocus
great video quality (4096 x 2160 pxls)
does have external microphone socket
lighter than competition in class (560g)
no image stabilization
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Leica M Edition 60 vs Panasonic GH4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica M Edition 60 and Panasonic GH4
 Leica M Edition 60Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
General Information
Brand Leica Panasonic
Model type Leica M Edition 60 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Category Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2014-09-23 2014-02-07
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine IX
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5952 x 3976 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 49
Lens
Lens support Leica M Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 59 107
Focal length multiplier 1 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 920k dots 1,036k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (rangefinder) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x 0.67x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 17.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash settings Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync Auto, auto/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/redeye reduction, forced off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 24 fps) 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)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 4096x2160
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 680 gr (1.50 lb) 560 gr (1.23 lb)
Physical dimensions 139 x 80 x 42mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 1.7") 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 - 500 shots
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID - DMW-BLF19
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs (single or three-shot))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Retail price - $1,500