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Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R V

Portability
66
Imaging
53
Features
88
Overall
67
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 front
 
Sony Alpha A7R V front
Portability
60
Imaging
84
Features
96
Overall
88

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R V Key Specs

Panasonic GH4
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 560g - 133 x 93 x 84mm
  • Launched February 2014
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GH3
  • New Model is Panasonic GH5
Sony A7R V
(Full Review)
  • 61MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.20" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Boost to 102800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 7680 x 4320 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 723g - 131 x 97 x 82mm
  • Launched October 2022
  • Superseded the Sony A7R IV
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Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R V Overview

Let's look more closely at the Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7R V, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by rivals Panasonic and Sony. There exists a sizable gap between the sensor resolutions of the GH4 (16MP) and A7R V (61MP) and the GH4 (Four Thirds) and A7R V (Full frame) provide different sensor sizing.

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The GH4 was revealed 9 years earlier than the A7R V and that is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before diving into a in depth comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the GH4 matches up against the A7R V with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GH4 over the Sony A7R V

 GH4 A7R V 

Reasons to pick Sony A7R V over the Panasonic GH4

 A7R V GH4 
LaunchedOctober 2022February 2014Fresher by 106 months
Display dimensions3.20"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2360k1036kSharper display (+1324k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7R V

 GH4 A7R V 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully articulatedFully Articulated display
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R V Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera regularly, you are going to need to factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GH4 features outside 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) and the Sony A7R V has proportions of 131mm x 97mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") and a weight of 723 grams (1.59 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is a front view size comparison of the GH4 against the A7R V.

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R V size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the GH4 and A7R V is 66 and 60 respectively.

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R V top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R V Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's tough to visualize the gap between sensor sizing simply by reviewing a spec sheet. The visual underneath will provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the GH4 and A7R V.

As you can see, both of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The GH4 using its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field tougher and the Sony A7R V will offer more detail because of its extra 45 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The older GH4 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R V sensor size comparison

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R V Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Portrait photography information
Sony A7R V Portrait photography information
71
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
90
has manual focus
amazing resolution (61 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features face detection focus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GH4 as a Street photography camera
Sony A7R V as a Street photography camera
71
screen articulates fully
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
has touch to focus
environment proofing
lighter than competitors in class (560g)
very good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
79
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
comes with touch to focus
weather sealing
above average ISO range (32,000)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GH4 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A7R V as a Sports photography camera
62
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
92
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
amazing resolution (61 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery power (600 shots)
comes with phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GH4 Travel photography details
Sony A7R V Travel photography details
77
lighter than competitors in class (560g)
environment proofing
has touch to focus
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
80
great battery power (600 per charge)
weather sealing
supports bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
amazing resolution (61 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GH4 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A7R V as a Landscape photography camera
72
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
89
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3.20")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
amazing resolution (61MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
does not have anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (32,000)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
great battery power (600 per charge)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GH4 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A7R V as a Vlogging camera
71
display is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
supports face detect focusing
high res video (4096 x 2160 resolution)
has mic port
lighter than competitors in class (560 grams)
does not have image stabilization
80
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detection focus
high quality video (7680 x 4320 pxls)
does have external mic socket
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Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7R V
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4Sony Alpha A7R V
General Information
Company Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Sony Alpha A7R V
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2014-02-07 2022-10-26
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine IX -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 61MP
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 9504 x 6336
Maximum native ISO 25600 32000
Maximum boosted ISO - 102800
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW pictures
Lowest boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 49 693
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Number of lenses 107 187
Crop factor 2.1 1
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fully articulated
Display diagonal 3 inches 3.20 inches
Resolution of display 1,036k dots 2,360k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology OLED -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dots 9,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.67x 0.9x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 12.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 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 Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync.
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/250 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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) 7680x4320 ( 25p, 23.98)
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 7680x4320
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-I, H.264, H.265
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 560 gr (1.23 lbs) 723 gr (1.59 lbs)
Physical dimensions 133 x 93 x 84mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.3") 131 x 97 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 74 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 791 not tested
Other
Battery life 500 photographs 600 photographs
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID DMW-BLF19 NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs (single or three-shot)) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots
Card slots 1 2
Cost at launch $1,500 $3,900