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Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH4

Portability
70
Imaging
51
Features
65
Overall
56
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front
Portability
66
Imaging
53
Features
88
Overall
67

Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH4 Key Specs

Panasonic GH2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 442g - 124 x 90 x 76mm
  • Released March 2011
  • Older Model is Panasonic GH1
  • Newer Model is Panasonic GH3
Panasonic GH4
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 560g - 133 x 93 x 84mm
  • Introduced February 2014
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic GH3
  • Replacement is Panasonic GH5
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Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH4 Overview

In this article, we will be looking at the Panasonic GH2 and Panasonic GH4, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the latter is a Pro Mirrorless and both are produced by Panasonic. The image resolution of the GH2 (16MP) and the GH4 (16MP) is relatively comparable and they use the same exact sensor dimensions (Four Thirds).

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The GH2 was unveiled 3 years before the GH4 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before we go through a detailed comparison, below is a brief summation of how the GH2 grades vs the GH4 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH2 over the Panasonic GH4

 GH2 GH4 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Panasonic GH2

 GH4 GH2 
IntroducedFebruary 2014March 2011More recent by 35 months
Screen resolution1036k460kClearer screen (+576k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic GH2 and Panasonic GH4

 GH2 GH4 
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH4 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to lug around your camera, you need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic GH2 has got outer dimensions of 124mm x 90mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0") with a weight of 442 grams (0.97 lbs) while the Panasonic GH4 has dimensions 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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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you select at the time. Underneath is the front view proportions comparison of the GH2 and the GH4.

Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH4 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the GH2 and GH4 is 70 and 66 respectively.

Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH4 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH4 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be tough to envision the gap in sensor measurements just by checking out technical specs. The visual underneath may give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the GH2 and GH4.

As you can tell, both of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same resolution so you should expect comparable quality of photos although you need to take the release date of the cameras into account. The older GH2 will be behind in sensor tech.

Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH4 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic GH4 Portrait photography highlights
70
focusing manually
decent MP (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
71
has manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Street photography features
Panasonic GH4 Street photography features
68
screen can move to multiple angles
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
no image stabilization
71
screen articulates fully
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
has focus via touch
weather proofing
lighter than competition (560g)
great high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Sports photography information
Panasonic GH4 Sports photography information
46
decent MP (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
not so great battery pack (330 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
62
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proofing
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic GH4 Travel photography highlights
62
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
not so great battery pack (330 CIPA)
77
lighter than competition (560 grams)
weather proofing
has focus via touch
resolution is good (16MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH2 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic GH4 Landscape photography highlights
60
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3")
decent MP (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
no image stabilization
not so great battery pack (330 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
72
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3")
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GH2 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic GH4 as a Vlogging camera
71
selfie friendly screen
touch screen
offers face detection autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with external mic support
no image stabilization
71
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
offers face detection focus
video resolution high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
has external microphone support
lighter than competition (560 grams)
no image stabilization
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Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH2 and Panasonic GH4
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Type Advanced Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Released 2011-03-23 2014-02-07
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD 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 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 12800 25600
Min native ISO 160 200
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 23 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 diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 1,036 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.71x 0.67x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 15.60 m 17.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash settings 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
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24, 30, 60fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps) 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 1920x1080 4096x2160
Video data format AVCHD, Motion JPEG 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 442 grams (0.97 pounds) 560 grams (1.23 pounds)
Dimensions 124 x 90 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0") 133 x 93 x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 60 74
DXO Color Depth rating 21.2 23.2
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.3 12.8
DXO Low light rating 655 791
Other
Battery life 330 photographs 500 photographs
Style of battery 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/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $1,000 $1,500