• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • $2468 Average Retail $1700 MSRP
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • $1487 Average Retail $1400 MSRP

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Advantages

Panasonic GH4 over Olympus E-M1

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Olympus E-M1 over Panasonic GH4

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance

Review Excerpt

  • Excellent still image quality for its class; Fantastic, highly-detailed video quality; Superior video recording chops with 4K video (both Cinema 4K and Ultra HD); Responsive all-around performer with great AF performance and burst shooting; Rolling shutter is minimal with 60p and 30p video; Splash- and dust-proof magnesium alloy body; Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC.

  • High ISO performance not as good as some APS-C models (IQ drops quickly past ISO 3200); Overall still image quality not significantly better than the GH3; Sluggish buffer clearing with RAW files; Rolling shutter noticeable on 4K video; Not as compact as most mirrorless cameras.

  • Exceptional rugged, weather-proof, professional build; Lightning fast contrast-detect AF, and phase-detect AF that makes Four Thirds lenses far more responsive; Tons of useful physical controls with immense customizability; Arguably the best image quality of any Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested to date; Large, sharp, high-resolution electronic viewfinder; Advanced Wi-Fi capabilities, including remote control shooting in PASM exposure modes.

  • Bigger and heavier than many other compact system cameras; Most expensive Micro Four Thirds camera on the market to date; Menu system and customization options have a steep learning curve; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M5

Panasonic GH4
Olympus E-M5
  • $2468
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $1300
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M5
  • $1487
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $1300
  • 4/3
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