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Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5

Portability
66
Imaging
53
Features
88
Overall
67
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 front
Portability
59
Imaging
60
Features
89
Overall
71

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5 Key Specs

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
  • Introduced February 2014
  • Old Model is Panasonic GH3
  • Renewed by Panasonic GH5
Panasonic GH5
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 725g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Introduced January 2017
  • Superseded the Panasonic GH4
  • Later Model is Panasonic GH5 II
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Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5 Overview

The following is a detailed assessment of the Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5, both Pro Mirrorless cameras and they are both offered by Panasonic. The image resolution of the GH4 (16MP) and the GH5 (20MP) is pretty comparable and both cameras posses the identical sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The GH4 was announced 3 years prior to the GH5 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before going straight to a detailed comparison, here is a short summation of how the GH4 matches up vs the GH5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Panasonic GH5

 GH4 GH5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5 over the Panasonic GH4

 GH5 GH4 
IntroducedJanuary 2017February 2014Newer by 35 months
Screen size3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1620k1036kSharper screen (+584k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic GH4 and Panasonic GH5

 GH4 GH5 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to travel with your camera, you'll need to factor in its weight and size. The Panasonic GH4 has external dimensions of 133mm x 93mm x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") and a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs) and the Panasonic GH5 has specifications of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") having a weight of 725 grams (1.60 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have attached at that time. Here is a front view dimension comparison of the GH4 against the GH5.

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the GH4 and GH5 is 66 and 59 respectively.

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its difficult to visualize the difference in sensor dimensions just by seeing specs. The image underneath should provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the GH4 and GH5.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You should expect the Panasonic GH5 to produce more detail with its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs way more aggressively. The more aged GH4 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Portrait photography information
Panasonic GH5 Portrait photography information
71
has manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
76
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic GH4
Street photography with Panasonic GH5
71
screen articulates
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
comes with focus via touch
environment sealing
lighter than competition in class (560 grams)
very good ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
74
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
provides focus via touch
environment sealing
great high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Sports photography factors
Panasonic GH5 Sports photography factors
62
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
environment sealing
does not have image stabilization
has no phase detect AF
68
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
environment sealing
not so great battery pack (410 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic GH5 Travel photography highlights
77
lighter than competition in class (560 grams)
environment sealing
comes with focus via touch
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
68
environment sealing
supports bluetooth
provides focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
not so great battery pack (410 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic GH5 Landscape photography factors
72
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment sealing
does not have image stabilization
75
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3.2")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
great high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
2 card slots
not so great battery pack (410 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GH4
Vlogging with Panasonic GH5
71
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
does have external mic port
lighter than competition in class (560g)
does not have image stabilization
75
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect focus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
does have mic support
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Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GH5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH4 and Panasonic GH5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2014-02-07 2017-01-04
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine IX Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Minimum native ISO 200 200
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 49 225
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen size 3" 3.2"
Screen resolution 1,036k dots 1,620k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology OLED -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dots 3,680k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.67x 0.76x
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Max silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames per second 12.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 17.00 m (at ISO 200) no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, auto/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/redeye reduction, forced off Auto, Auto/Redeye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Redeye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Redeye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250s -
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) 4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 4096x2160
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 560 gr (1.23 pounds) 725 gr (1.60 pounds)
Physical dimensions 133 x 93 x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 74 77
DXO Color Depth score 23.2 23.9
DXO Dynamic range score 12.8 13.0
DXO Low light score 791 807
Other
Battery life 500 photographs 410 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model DMW-BLF19 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs (single or three-shot)) Yes (2 or 10 secs; 10 secs w/3 shots)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots 1 2
Cost at release $1,500 $1,298