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Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4

Portability
51
Imaging
82
Features
90
Overall
85
Nikon Z9 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front
Portability
66
Imaging
53
Features
88
Overall
67

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4 Key Specs

Nikon Z9
(Full Review)
  • 46MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Boost to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 7680 x 4320 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 1340g - 149 x 150 x 91mm
  • Launched October 2021
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
  • Released February 2014
  • Replaced the Panasonic GH3
  • Renewed by Panasonic GH5
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Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4 Overview

Let's look a little more closely at the Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by companies Nikon and Panasonic. There is a significant difference between the sensor resolutions of the Z9 (46MP) and GH4 (16MP) and the Z9 (Full frame) and GH4 (Four Thirds) have different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The Z9 was revealed 7 years later than the GH4 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before diving into a in-depth comparison, here is a brief summation of how the Z9 scores vs the GH4 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Z9 over the Panasonic GH4

 Z9 GH4 
ReleasedOctober 2021February 2014Fresher by 94 months
Display size3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2089k1036kClearer display (+1053k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Nikon Z9

 GH4 Z9 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon Z9 and Panasonic GH4

 Z9 GH4 
Focus manually More exact focus
Touch display Easily navigate

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4 Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry your camera frequently, you need to think about its weight and size. The Nikon Z9 has external measurements of 149mm x 150mm x 91mm (5.9" x 5.9" x 3.6") having a weight of 1340 grams (2.95 lbs) and the Panasonic GH4 has specifications of 133mm x 93mm x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") with a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you select at that time. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the Z9 versus the GH4.

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the Z9 and GH4 is 51 and 66 respectively.

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4 top view buttons comparison

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its tough to imagine the difference between sensor sizing simply by looking at specifications. The photograph underneath might give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the Z9 and GH4.

Plainly, the 2 cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The Z9 with its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Nikon Z9 will give greater detail because of its extra 30 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop images way more aggressively. The more modern Z9 should have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4 sensor size comparison

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Z9 Portrait photography information
Panasonic GH4 Portrait photography information
89
has manual focus
fantastic resolution (46MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detection focus
exports RAW formats
71
has manual focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon Z9 Street photography features
Panasonic GH4 Street photography features
70
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
features focus via touch
environment proof
above average ISO range (25,600)
more heavy than competition (1,340g)
71
screen articulates
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
offers focus by touch
environment proofing
lighter than average in class (560 grams)
great ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Z9 Sports photography information
Panasonic GH4 Sports photography information
91
quiet shutter (1/32,000s)
max frames per second high (30.0 frames/s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
fantastic resolution (46 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
environment proof
better than average battery power (740 per charge)
supports phase detect auto focus
62
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Z9 Travel photography info
Panasonic GH4 Travel photography info
65
better than average battery power (740 per charge)
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
features focus via touch
fantastic resolution (46 megapixels)
more heavy than competition (1,340 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
77
lighter than average in class (560 grams)
environment proofing
offers focus by touch
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Z9 Landscape photography details
Panasonic GH4 Landscape photography details
87
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen is a good size (3.2")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
fantastic resolution (46 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
above average ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
better than average battery power (740 CIPA)
two card slots
72
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Z9 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic GH4 as a Vlogging camera
32
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection focus
high quality video (7680 x 4320 pixels)
comes with external microphone socket
display is not selfie friendly
more heavy than competition (1,340 grams)
71
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
comes with face detect focus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pixels)
includes microphone support
lighter than average in class (560g)
does not have image stabilization
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Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic GH4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Z9 and Panasonic GH4
 Nikon Z9Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
General Information
Company Nikon Panasonic
Model type Nikon Z9 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2021-10-28 2014-02-07
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine IX
Sensor type Stacked CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 35.9 x 23.9mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 858.0mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 46 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 8256 x 5504 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Max enhanced ISO 102400 -
Lowest native ISO 64 200
RAW format
Lowest enhanced ISO 32 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 493 49
Lens
Lens support Nikon Z Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 29 107
Focal length multiplier 1 2.1
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 3.2" 3"
Resolution of screen 2,089 thousand dots 1,036 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,686 thousand dots 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.8x 0.67x
Features
Min shutter speed 900s 60s
Max shutter speed - 1/8000s
Max silent shutter speed 1/32000s -
Continuous shutter rate 30.0 frames per sec 12.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 17.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash modes Front-curtain sync, Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Off Auto, auto/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/redeye reduction, forced off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/200s 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 7680 x 4320 @ 30p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 25p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, L 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 7680x4320 4096x2160
Video file format H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1340g (2.95 pounds) 560g (1.23 pounds)
Physical dimensions 149 x 150 x 91mm (5.9" x 5.9" x 3.6") 133 x 93 x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 740 pictures 500 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL18d DMW-BLF19
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 secs (single or three-shot))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Dual CFexpress Type B slots SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Dual 1
Launch pricing $5,500 $1,500