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Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4

Portability
82
Imaging
47
Features
50
Overall
48
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front
Portability
66
Imaging
53
Features
88
Overall
67

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4 Key Specs

Panasonic G1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Increase to 3200)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 360g - 124 x 84 x 45mm
  • Announced January 2009
  • Newer Model is Panasonic G2
Panasonic GH4
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 560g - 133 x 93 x 84mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GH3
  • Replacement is Panasonic GH5
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Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4 Overview

Below, we will be evaluating the Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Pro Mirrorless and they are both offered by Panasonic. There exists a noticeable gap between the image resolutions of the G1 (12MP) and GH4 (16MP) but they come with the exact same sensor sizing (Four Thirds).

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The G1 was brought out 6 years earlier than the GH4 which is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before we go through a complete comparison, below is a quick overview of how the G1 grades against the GH4 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G1 over the Panasonic GH4

 G1 GH4 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Panasonic G1

 GH4 G1 
ReleasedFebruary 2014January 2009Newer by 61 months
Screen resolution1036k460kCrisper screen (+576k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic G1 and Panasonic GH4

 G1 GH4 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera, you will want to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic G1 provides outside dimensions of 124mm x 84mm x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") along with a weight of 360 grams (0.79 lbs) and the Panasonic GH4 has dimensions of 133mm x 93mm x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") and a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are employing at that time. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the G1 versus the GH4.

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the G1 and GH4 is 82 and 66 respectively.

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is tough to see the contrast between sensor dimensions only by checking technical specs. The picture here should offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the G1 and GH4.

As you can tell, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You can expect the Panasonic GH4 to give greater detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The more aged G1 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G1 Portrait photography features
Panasonic GH4 Portrait photography features
58
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
low resolution sensor (12MP)
71
manual focus
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G1 Street photography details
Panasonic GH4 Street photography details
72
screen articulates
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
no image stabilization
71
screen can move to multiple angles
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
supports focus via touch
weather sealing
lighter than others in class (560 grams)
great high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic G1
Sports photography with Panasonic GH4
33
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
max fps low (3.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
lacks phase detect autofocus
62
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
weather sealing
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic G1
Travel photography with Panasonic GH4
62
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
missing Timelapse mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
77
lighter than others in class (560 grams)
weather sealing
supports focus via touch
good MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic G1
Landscape photography with Panasonic GH4
58
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
missing Timelapse mode
72
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G1 Vlogging features
Panasonic GH4 Vlogging features
18
no video
71
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
features face detection autofocus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
comes with external microphone support
lighter than others in class (560g)
does not have image stabilization
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Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GH4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G1 and Panasonic GH4
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Announced 2009-01-19 2014-02-07
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - 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 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 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 3200 -
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 49
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 460k dots 1,036k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.67x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 10.50 m 17.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, auto/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/redeye reduction, forced off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/160 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 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 None 4096x2160
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 360 gr (0.79 pounds) 560 gr (1.23 pounds)
Dimensions 124 x 84 x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") 133 x 93 x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 53 74
DXO Color Depth rating 21.1 23.2
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.3 12.8
DXO Low light rating 463 791
Other
Battery life 330 pictures 500 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - DMW-BLF19
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs (single or three-shot))
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/MMC/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $0 $1,500