• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GH4 advantages over YI M1

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    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
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 530 vs 380 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/125 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.8 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

YI M1 advantages over Panasonic GH4

  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $798*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 96 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 83 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    280g vs 569g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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.

  • Cheap as chips (and with a kit lens!); Quality Sony Exmor Four Thirds sensor; Widely-supported Micro Four Thirds lens mount; Good image quality from raw files; Reasonable burst performance for price; 4K video capture.

  • Poor ergonomics; Controls too easily bumped; Frustrating user interface; Mediocre JPEG image quality; Heavy-handed noise reduction; Unreliable white balance; No raw+JPEG; Buffer is almost nonexistent; Focus confirmation beep happens while still focusing; AF is poor in low light; Laggy user interface in playback; Extreme crop for 4K video; Kit lenses feel cheap; No bundled flash.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GH3

Panasonic GH4
Panasonic GH3
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $823
  • 4/3
YI M1
Panasonic GH3
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $823
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

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
YI M1
Olympus E-M1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Panasonic GH4
Panasonic GF7
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Thinner
YI M1
Panasonic GF7
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic G7

Panasonic GH4
Panasonic G7
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
YI M1
Panasonic G7
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GX850

Panasonic GH4
Panasonic GX850
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
YI M1
Panasonic GX850
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
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