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Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX850

Portability
66
Imaging
54
Features
88
Overall
67
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 front
Portability
90
Imaging
56
Features
70
Overall
61

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX850 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
  • Revealed February 2014
  • Superseded the Panasonic GH3
  • Renewed by Panasonic GH5
Panasonic GX850
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 269g - 107 x 65 x 33mm
  • Launched January 2017
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9
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Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX850 Overview

Let's take a closer look at the Panasonic GH4 versus Panasonic GX850, one being a Pro Mirrorless and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both of them are created by Panasonic. The image resolution of the GH4 (16MP) and the GX850 (16MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (Four Thirds).

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The GH4 was brought out 3 years before the GX850 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic GH4 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic GX850 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short summary of how the GH4 matches up vs the GX850 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Panasonic GX850

 GH4 GX850 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX850 over the Panasonic GH4

 GX850 GH4 
LaunchedJanuary 2017February 2014Fresher by 35 months
Screen resolution1040k1036kCrisper screen (+4k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic GH4 and Panasonic GX850

 GH4 GX850 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX850 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera often, you'll have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic GH4 offers external dimensions of 133mm x 93mm x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") with a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs) and the Panasonic GX850 has dimensions of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") along with a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you use during that time. Following is a front view size comparison of the GH4 against the GX850.

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX850 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the GH4 and GX850 is 66 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX850 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX850 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its tough to see the difference in sensor sizing only by seeing technical specs. The visual here might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the GH4 and GX850.

As you have seen, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size and the exact same resolution and you should expect comparable quality of images however you may want to consider the release date of the cameras into account. The older GH4 will be behind in sensor tech.

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX850 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX850 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX850 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Portrait photography information
Panasonic GX850 Portrait photography information
72
focusing manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focusing
supports RAW files
66
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH4 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GX850 as a Street photography camera
71
screen articulates fully
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
provides touch to focus
weather sealing
lighter than average in class (560 grams)
good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
80
screen tilts up and down
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
provides touch to focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH4 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic GX850 as a Sports photography camera
62
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
good megapixels (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
no image stabilization
has no phase detect AF
53
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/500 seconds)
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery power (210 shots)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GH4
Travel photography with Panasonic GX850
77
lighter than average in class (560 grams)
weather sealing
provides touch to focus
good megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
79
provides touch to focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
not so great battery power (210 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Landscape photography details
Panasonic GX850 Landscape photography details
72
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
good megapixels (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
no image stabilization
71
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
does not have anti-alias filter
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery power (210 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GH4 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic GX850 as a Vlogging camera
71
screen is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
supports face detection focusing
high res video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
does have external mic jack
lighter than average in class (560 grams)
no image stabilization
73
screen is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
comes with face detection focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
lack of image stabilization
lack of external mic port
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Panasonic GH4 vs Panasonic GX850 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH4 and Panasonic GX850
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850
Alternate name - Lumix DMC-GX800 / Lumix DMC-GF9
Category Pro Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2014-02-07 2017-01-04
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
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 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4592 x 3448
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Minimum native ISO 200 200
RAW files
Minimum boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 49 49
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 1,036k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology OLED -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.67x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/500s
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shooting speed 12.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 17.00 m (at ISO 200) 4.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, auto/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/redeye reduction, forced off Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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 / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 560 gr (1.23 pounds) 269 gr (0.59 pounds)
Physical dimensions 133 x 93 x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 74 73
DXO Color Depth rating 23.2 23.2
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.8 13.3
DXO Low light rating 791 586
Other
Battery life 500 pictures 210 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID DMW-BLF19 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs (single or three-shot)) Yes (2, 10 sec, 3 images/10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC microSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $1,500 $548