• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

Buy From

Differences

Panasonic GH4 advantages over Canon G3X

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • 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
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    791 vs 521 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 530 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Less shutter lag
    0.19 vs 0.41 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.8 fps vs 7.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.8 fps vs 0.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon G3X advantages over Panasonic GH4

  • 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
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 1037k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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.
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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

Buy From

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.

  • Good overall optical performance from the 24-600mm eq. lens; Very good image quality and high ISO performance for this class, especially with RAW; Lots of external controls; Comfortable grip; Shoots 1080/60p video; Includes both mic and headphone jack, Focus peaking for video; Clean HDMI.

  • No built-in EVF; Mediocre AF speeds; Sluggish burst rate with RAW/RAW+JPG and with servo AF; Below average battery life; No 4K video unlike competitors.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GH3

Panasonic GH4
Panasonic GH3
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $823
  • 4/3
Canon G3X
Panasonic GH3
  • $849
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $823
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Panasonic GH4
Olympus E-M1
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • On-sensor phase detect
Canon G3X
Olympus E-M1
  • $849
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)

Panasonic GH4
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon G3X
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $849
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Panasonic G7

Panasonic GH4
Panasonic G7
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
  • $484
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon G3X
Panasonic G7
  • $849
  • 1 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • NFC
  • $484
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic FZ2500

Panasonic GH4
Panasonic FZ2500
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon G3X
Panasonic FZ2500
  • $849
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Compare Other Cameras?