Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 vs Sony Alpha A7R II

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Sony Alpha A7R II

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
A lot longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 60s, however the Sony Alpha A7R II is only a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Touch sensitive screen Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a touch sensitive screen, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R II does not have a touch sensitive screen.
22% lighter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 480g digital camera. That's 102g lighter than the Sony Alpha A7R II (582g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

One hundred and sixty more shots per battery charge Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 takes 500.00 shots per battery charge, however the Sony Alpha A7R II only takes 340.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£2,063 cheaper
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is £2,063 cheaper than the Sony Alpha A7R II.
Available from 10 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
More popular
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 33916 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R II ranks No. 45492.
6 Reasons For
Significantly higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has a megapixel count of 42.4MP, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is only a 16.05MP digital camera (26.35MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Hugely more total megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has a total megapixel count of 43.6MP, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is only a 17.2MP digital camera (26.4MP less).
Vastly higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has a maximum ISO speed of 102,400, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (76,800 lower).
Smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has a minimum ISO speed of 50, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (50 bigger).
Higher display resolution Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has a display resolution of 1,228,800 pixels, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is only a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (191,800 pixels lower).
0.53x higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has a lens magnification ratio of 0.78x, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is only a 0.25x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.53x lower). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Hugely lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a megapixel count of 16.05MP, but the Sony Alpha A7R II is a 42.4MP digital camera (26.35MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

26.4MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a total megapixel count of 17.2MP, however the Sony Alpha A7R II is a 43.6MP digital camera (26.4MP more).
Significantly lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R II is a 102,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (76,800 higher).
50 bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, however the Sony Alpha A7R II is a 50 minimum ISO speed digital camera (50 smaller).
19% lower display resolution Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a display resolution of 1,037,000 pixels, however the Sony Alpha A7R II is a 1,228,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (191,800 pixels higher).
Significantly lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.25x, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R II is a 0.78x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.53x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Six months older
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is older than the Sony Alpha A7R II by six months.
7 Reasons Against
Shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Sony Alpha A7R II is only 30s maximum shutter speed, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 60s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Does not have a touch sensitive screen Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II does not have a touch sensitive screen, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a touch sensitive screen.
Heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II is a 582g digital camera. That's 102g heavier than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (582g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

One hundred and sixty less shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Sony Alpha A7R II is 340.00, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 only takes 500.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£2,063 more expensive
The Sony Alpha A7R II is more expensive than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 by £2,063.
Less retailers
Only 2 sellers sells the Sony Alpha A7R II, whereas 12 shops sell the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Worse selling
The Sony Alpha A7R II ranks No. 45492 by sales volume, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 ranks No. 33916.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
16.05MP 42.4MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3840 x 2160
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 2448 x 2448
 1712 x 1712
 1824 x 1368
 1824 x 1216
 1920 x 1080
 1824 x 1024
 3984 x 2656
 3984 x 2240
 2592 x 1728
 2592 x 1456
BEST
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3840 x 2160
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 2448 x 2448
 1712 x 1712
 1824 x 1368
 1824 x 1216
 1920 x 1080
 1824 x 1024
 3984 x 2656
 3984 x 2240
 2592 x 1728
 2592 x 1456
Maximum Image Resolution
 7952 x 5304
 7952 x 5304
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Full-Frame Sensor Size
17.3 x 13 35.9 x 24
Total Megapixel Count
17.2MP 43.6MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 Full-frame
 Full-frame
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Digital Zoom
4x 4x
Maximum Aperture
5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length
280mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
28mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
14 - 140 Unknown - Click to provide data
Extra / Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 2x
Lens Structure
14/12 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
Aspheric Element
3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
 single
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus assist beam
Auto Focus Point
Unknown - Click to provide data 399
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 Auto
 50
 102400
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 Auto
 50
 102400
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 102,400
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 50
BEST
Auto Exposure Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Hi-speed sync
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Hi-speed sync
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1s
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure lock
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Pre-Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-flash
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
Video Format
 MP4
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 4K Ultra HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 AC3
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 AC3
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
Memory Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
BEST
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
1,037,000 pixels 1,228,800 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.5" Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Magnification Ratio
0.25x 0.78x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in socket
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone out port
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Daylight
 Shade
 Halogen
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Daylight
 Shade
 Halogen
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
Self-Timer
2,3,10 5,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Anti-dust function
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 MPF
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 MPF
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi Burst Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Multi burst mode
Playback Mode
 Single image
 Slide show
 Single image
 Slide show
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Diopter Adjustment
-4 - 4 -4 - 3
Eye Relief
Unknown - Click to provide data 23mm
Scene Mode
 Portrait
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Portrait
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
480g
BEST
582g
Height
93.4mm 95.7mm
Depth
83.9mm 60.3mm
Width
132.9mm 126.9mm
Lens Weight
265g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
75mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
67mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 625g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Capacity
1,860mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
500 shots
BEST
340 shots
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
 Near field communication
 Near field communication

Other Features

Video Recording
 Video recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Headphone Connectivity
 3.5 mm
 3.5 mm
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