Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GH4 Key Specs

Panasonic FX580
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 167g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2009
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FX550
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
  • Announced February 2014
  • Replaced the Panasonic GH3
  • Later Model is Panasonic GH5
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Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GH4 Overview

In this write-up, we are contrasting the Panasonic FX580 and Panasonic GH4, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Pro Mirrorless and both of them are built by Panasonic. There is a substantial difference between the resolutions of the FX580 (12MP) and GH4 (16MP) and the FX580 (1/2.3") and GH4 (Four Thirds) possess totally different sensor size.

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The FX580 was brought out 6 years prior to the GH4 and that is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FX580 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GH4 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving through a thorough comparison, below is a brief summation of how the FX580 scores versus the GH4 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX580 over the Panasonic GH4

 FX580 GH4 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Panasonic FX580

 GH4 FX580 
AnnouncedFebruary 2014January 2009Fresher by 61 months
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1036k230kClearer display (+806k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FX580 and Panasonic GH4

 FX580 GH4 
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GH4 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera frequently, you'll need to consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FX580 enjoys physical measurements of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) and the Panasonic GH4 has measurements of 133mm x 93mm x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") accompanied by a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilising at the time. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the FX580 and the GH4.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GH4 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the FX580 and GH4 is 95 and 66 respectively.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GH4 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GH4 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's hard to see the contrast between sensor sizing simply by reviewing specs. The graphic here should provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the FX580 and GH4.

All in all, the 2 cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The FX580 because of its tinier sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field harder and the Panasonic GH4 will offer extra detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos a little more aggressively. The older FX580 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GH4 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX580 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic GH4 as a Portrait photography camera
has face detect focusing
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Street photography factors
Panasonic GH4 Street photography factors
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
screen articulates fully
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
has focus by touch
weather sealing
above average ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FX580
Sports photography with Panasonic GH4
has image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
weather sealing
better than average battery power (500 shots)
no image stabilization
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FX580
Travel photography with Panasonic GH4
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
better than average battery power (500 shots)
weather sealing
has focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Landscape photography details
Panasonic GH4 Landscape photography details
fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
manual exposure not available
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
better than average battery power (500 per charge)
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FX580
Vlogging with Panasonic GH4
fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing mic socket
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
provides face detect focusing
good video quality (4096 x 2160 resolution)
has mic socket
no image stabilization
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Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic GH4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX580 and Panasonic GH4
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Also Known as Lumix DMC-FX550 -
Category Small Sensor Compact Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2009-01-27 2014-02-07
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine IX
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 25600
Max boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 200
RAW files
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 49
Lens mount type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 25-125mm (5.0x) -
Max aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Available lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.9 2.1
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dots 1,036k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen technology - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.67x
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 2.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.00 m 17.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, auto/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/redeye reduction, forced off
External flash
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/250 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 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)
Max video resolution 1280x720 4096x2160
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 167g (0.37 lb) 560g (1.23 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 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
Battery life - 500 images
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID - DMW-BLF19
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs (single or three-shot))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $499 $1,500