Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models introduced by the same brand - Panasonic. Although both products are offered by the same brand, they come from different categories. Thus, Panasonic, is a camera from Pro Mirrorless category, while Lumix DMC-G85 is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera. The first common feature of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 that is worth mentioning is sensor. Both cameras feature 16.0 MP CMOS sensors.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Key Features:
Since Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has been around for some time, it was substituted by Panasonic GH5.
Being a newer model, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 substituted Panasonic GH3.
|Continuous Shooting||12 fps vs 9 fps||3 fps faster|
|Flash Range||17 vs 6.2||10.8 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Battery Life||500 shots vs 330 shots||170 more frames with a single charge|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 3840 x 2160||Higher Resolution Video|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Dxo Color Depth||23.2 vs 22.8||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||12.8 vs 12.5||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||791 vs 656||Better High ISO performance|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 1,036k dots||0.4% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||505 g vs 560 g||55 g lighter|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,360k dots vs 2,359k dots||0% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.74 vs 0.67||0.07 better magnification|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,036k dots | 1,040k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Fully Articulated||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||12.0 fps | 9.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 55g less than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 come equipped with the same CMOS that has a resolution of 16.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 by the size of their sensors.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4||Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 deserves a higher Total Score than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4||Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85|
|Model||Lumix DMC-GH4||Lumix DMC-G85|
|Announced||Feb 07, 2014||Sep 19, 2016|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456||4592 x 3448|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||200||100|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||94||94|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x||2x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||1,036k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,359k dots||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||12.0 fps||9.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/redeye reduction, forced off||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||74||71|
|DxO Color Depth||23.2||22.8|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.8||12.5|
|DxO Low Light ISO||791||656|
|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)||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||560 g||505 g|
|Physical Dimensions||133 x 93 x 84 mm||128 x 89 x 74 mm|
|Battery Life||500 shots||330 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|