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Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX8

Portability
66
Imaging
53
Features
88
Overall
67
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 front
Portability
74
Imaging
59
Features
84
Overall
69

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX8 Key Specs

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
  • Released February 2014
  • Previous Model is Panasonic GH3
  • Renewed by Panasonic GH5
Panasonic GX8
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 487g - 133 x 78 x 63mm
  • Launched July 2015
  • Previous Model is Panasonic GX7
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Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX8 Overview

The following is a extensive comparison of the Panasonic GH4 and Panasonic GX8, one is a Pro Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced Mirrorless and both are offered by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the GH4 (16MP) and the GX8 (20MP) is fairly similar and both cameras offer the same sensor sizing (Four Thirds).

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The GH4 was introduced 17 months before the GX8 making them a generation away from each other. Both the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic GH4 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic GX8 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting into a in depth comparison, here is a brief summary of how the GH4 grades versus the GX8 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Panasonic GX8

 GH4 GX8 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX8 over the Panasonic GH4

 GX8 GH4 
LaunchedJuly 2015February 2014Newer by 17 months
Display resolution1040k1036kCrisper display (+4k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic GH4 and Panasonic GX8

 GH4 GX8 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX8 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to travel with your camera, you should factor in its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic GH4 offers outer 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) and the Panasonic GX8 has dimensions of 133mm x 78mm x 63mm (5.2" x 3.1" x 2.5") accompanied by a weight of 487 grams (1.07 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the GH4 versus the GX8.

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX8 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the GH4 and GX8 is 66 and 74 respectively.

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX8 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX8 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor dimensions only by reviewing technical specs. The picture underneath might give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the GH4 and GX8.

As you can tell, each of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You should anticipate the Panasonic GX8 to offer you extra detail using its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The more aged GH4 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX8 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX8 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Portrait photography details
Panasonic GX8 Portrait photography details
71
manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
75
manual focus
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Street photography features
Panasonic GX8 Street photography features
71
fully articulated screen
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
features touch focus
environment sealing
lighter than others in class (560 grams)
good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
80
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
features focus via touch
environment sealing
great high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Sports photography factors
Panasonic GX8 Sports photography factors
62
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
environment sealing
no image stabilization
lack of phase detect autofocus
68
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
environment sealing
bad battery life (330 shots)
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GH4
Travel photography with Panasonic GX8
77
lighter than others in class (560 grams)
environment sealing
features touch focus
good MP (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
73
environment sealing
features focus via touch
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
bad battery life (330 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Landscape photography information
Panasonic GX8 Landscape photography information
72
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment sealing
no image stabilization
76
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
bad battery life (330 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Vlogging information
Panasonic GX8 Vlogging information
71
selfie friendly screen
screen is touchscreen
has face detect autofocus
video resolution high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
comes with microphone jack
lighter than others in class (560 grams)
no image stabilization
81
display is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with microphone support
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Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH4 and Panasonic GX8
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Type Pro Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Released 2014-02-07 2015-07-16
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine IX Venus Engine
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 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
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 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 25600 25600
Minimum native ISO 200 200
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 49 49
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 1,036 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech OLED -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dots 2,360 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.67x 0.77x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 17.00 m (at ISO 200) no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, auto/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/redeye reduction, forced off Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest 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) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 4096x2160 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 560g (1.23 lbs) 487g (1.07 lbs)
Physical dimensions 133 x 93 x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") 133 x 78 x 63mm (5.2" x 3.1" x 2.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 74 75
DXO Color Depth score 23.2 23.5
DXO Dynamic range score 12.8 12.6
DXO Low light score 791 806
Other
Battery life 500 photos 330 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model DMW-BLF19 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs (single or three-shot)) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots One One
Launch cost $1,500 $898