Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review

Overall 45
Imaging 19
Features 74
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 12.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 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)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 133 x 93 x 84 mm
  • Weight: 560 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Panasonic GH3.
  • Replaced by Panasonic GH5.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-GH4 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Feb 07, 2014. This model is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Panasonic developed this model to replace their older product GH3 and, after some time, Panasonic has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one GH3.

In Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #137 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #354 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Continuous Shooting: 12.0 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Af Touch: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 12.8
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 791
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 With Other Cameras in Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has the following external dimensions 133 x 133 x 84 mm (52.36 x 36.61 x 33.07″) with the weight of 560 g.

The typical weight for average Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 672g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 84mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 — 500 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 432 shots
Max: 870 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 — 84 mm
Min: 37 mm
Average: 63 mm
Max: 97 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 — 560 g
Min: 465 g
Average: 672 g
Max: 1320 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 comes with Venus Engine IX processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has the following ISO range 200 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 features a 16.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 74 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,036k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,359k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 are its 12.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Lumix DMC-GH4 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Lumix DMC-GH4 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, Lumix DMC-GH4 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Post Focus

Apart from the focus features described above, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 also comes packed with a special Post Focus mode. This mode uses its 4K video and combines bracketing features together in order to take a series of shots and later merge them into one image. It also gives you more opportunities for further processing of your shots. For example, after the picture is taken, you can change the focus point of it using the LCD screen of your camera. This feature offers photographers some significant flexibility. However, bear in mind that the resulting photo will come with only 8 MP resolution.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 4096 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Lumix DMC-GH4.

In addition, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Lumix DMC-GH4 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Lumix DMC-GH4 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 provides a shooting life of 500, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 432 shots.

Compared to all models in the Pro Mirrorless category, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 offers the highest battery life that reaches 500 shots.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-GH4 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Large Four Thirds(17.3 x 13 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (133 x 93 x 84 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 can be called a 94 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (12.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big size (133 x 93 x 84 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (49)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (791)
  • Small battery life (500 shots)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (560 g)
  • Big size (133 x 93 x 84 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 can be called a 88 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (12.8)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (791)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-GH4
Announced Feb 07, 2014
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 94
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,036k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,359k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.67
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 12.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 17
Flash Modes Auto, auto/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/redeye reduction, forced off
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 74
DxO Color Depth 23.2
DxO Dynamic Range 12.8
DxO Low Light ISO 791
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.90 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 200
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 49
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
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)
Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 560 g
Physical Dimensions 133 x 93 x 84 mm
Battery Life 500 shots
Battery Type 500 shots
Battery Model DMW-BLF19
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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