• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 1.5 inch 233.8mm2
  • 13.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic GH4 advantages over Canon G1X Mark II

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    791 vs 581 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.8 vs 10.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 530 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 13.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.8 fps vs 5.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.8 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon G1X Mark II advantages over Panasonic GH4

  • Less expensive
    $449 vs $730
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 21 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

User reviews

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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.

  • Wider, longer, faster lens than predecessor, with good overall optical quality; Faster AF performance; Closer macro shooting; Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC with remote shooting; Decent JPEG burst performance; Excellent build quality.

  • Localized flare issue when wide open; No real net improvement in image quality over predecessor; Slow burst mode when shooting RAW files; Poor battery life; Video quality is so-so (not like Canon DSLRs).

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GH3

Panasonic GH4
Panasonic GH3
  • $775
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $823
  • 4/3
Canon G1X Mark II
Panasonic GH3
  • $634
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $823
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Panasonic GH4
Olympus E-M1
  • $775
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • On-sensor phase detect
Canon G1X Mark II
Olympus E-M1
  • $634
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Panasonic GH4
Panasonic LX100
  • $775
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon G1X Mark II
Panasonic LX100
  • $634
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)

Panasonic GH4
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
  • $775
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $935
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon G1X Mark II
Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
  • $634
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $935
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Panasonic G7

Panasonic GH4
Panasonic G7
  • $775
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon G1X Mark II
Panasonic G7
  • $634
  • 1.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • NFC
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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