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Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH4

Portability
62
Imaging
50
Features
82
Overall
62
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front
Portability
66
Imaging
53
Features
88
Overall
67

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH4 Key Specs

Panasonic GH5S
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 51200 (Raise to 204800)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 660g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Released January 2018
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
  • Launched February 2014
  • Replaced the Panasonic GH3
  • Refreshed by Panasonic GH5
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Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH4 Overview

Here, we are contrasting the Panasonic GH5S versus Panasonic GH4, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are sold by Panasonic. There is a sizable difference between the image resolutions of the GH5S (10MP) and GH4 (16MP) but both cameras boast the identical sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

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The GH5S was released 3 years later than the GH4 and that is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before going into a thorough comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the GH5S matches up versus the GH4 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5S over the Panasonic GH4

 GH5S GH4 
LaunchedJanuary 2018February 2014More recent by 48 months
Display size3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1620k1036kClearer display (+584k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Panasonic GH5S

 GH4 GH5S 

Common features in the Panasonic GH5S and Panasonic GH4

 GH5S GH4 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH4 Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera frequently, you'll have to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic GH5S features exterior measurements of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") and a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs) and the Panasonic GH4 has specifications of 133mm x 93mm x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") accompanied by a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic GH5S versus Panasonic GH4 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the GH5S compared to the GH4.

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH4 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the GH5S and GH4 is 62 and 66 respectively.

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH4 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH4 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its difficult to see the difference between sensor measurements just by looking at technical specs. The visual here should provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the GH5S and GH4.

As you can tell, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same MP. You can expect to see the Panasonic GH4 to resolve extra detail as a result of its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images way more aggressively. The younger GH5S is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH4 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic GH5S
Portrait photography with Panasonic GH4
62
has manual focus
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focus
saves RAW formats
MP count low (10 megapixels)
71
has manual focus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Street photography highlights
Panasonic GH4 Street photography highlights
68
fully articulated screen
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
has touch focus
environment proofing
great high ISO (51,200)
does not have image stabilization
71
screen articulates fully
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
has touch focus
weather sealing
lighter than others in class (560 grams)
above average ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH5S Sports photography info
Panasonic GH4 Sports photography info
56
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
62
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
weather sealing
lack of image stabilization
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GH5S
Travel photography with Panasonic GH4
61
environment proofing
connects via bluetooth
has touch focus
selfie friendly display
missing Time Lapse function
MP count low (10MP)
77
lighter than others in class (560g)
weather sealing
has touch focus
decent MP (16MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH5S as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GH4 as a Landscape photography camera
63
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
great high ISO (51,200)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
2 card slots
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (10 megapixels)
missing Time Lapse function
72
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
lack of image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GH5S
Vlogging with Panasonic GH4
68
selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
includes face detect focus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
has mic support
does not have image stabilization
71
selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
comes with face detect autofocus
video resolution high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
has microphone socket
lighter than others in class (560 grams)
lack of image stabilization
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Panasonic GH5S vs Panasonic GH4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH5S and Panasonic GH4
 Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5SPanasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Type Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Released 2018-01-08 2014-02-07
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine 10 Venus Engine IX
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3680 x 2760 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 51200 25600
Highest enhanced ISO 204800 -
Minimum native ISO 160 200
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 225 49
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen size 3.2 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,620 thousand dots 1,036 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,680 thousand dots 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.67x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 12.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 17.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off 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
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 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)
Highest video resolution 4096x2160 4096x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.1 USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 660 grams (1.46 lbs) 560 grams (1.23 lbs)
Physical dimensions 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") 133 x 93 x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 74
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.2
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.8
DXO Low light score not tested 791
Other
Battery life 440 photographs 500 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model DMW-BLF19 DMW-BLF19
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/3 images) Yes (2 or 10 secs (single or three-shot))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-II V60 cards supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 2 Single
Launch price $2,498 $1,500