Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

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Olympus PEN-F
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Reasons For

16 Reasons For
4.25MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Olympus PEN-F is a 20.3MP digital camera. That's 4.25MP higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (16.05MP). 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.

More total megapixel count Edit
The Olympus PEN-F is a 21.8MP digital camera. That's 4.6MP more than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (17.2MP).
Smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Olympus PEN-F is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 16.4 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (5.6).
17% shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Olympus PEN-F is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 4mm shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (28mm).
A lot smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Olympus PEN-F has a closest focusing distance of 0.2m, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 0.3m closest focusing distance digital camera (0.1m larger).
Smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Olympus PEN-F is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 20 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (100).
80% higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Olympus PEN-F is a 1.23x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.98x higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (0.25x). 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.

107g lighter Edit
The Olympus PEN-F has a weight of 373g, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 480g digital camera (107g heavier). 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.

30% shorter Edit
Olympus PEN-F is 72.1mm tall. That's 21.3mm shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (93.4mm).
46.6mm thinner Edit
The Olympus PEN-F is a 37.3mm deep digital camera. That's 46.6mm thinner than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (83.9mm).
Narrower Edit
The Olympus PEN-F is a 124.8mm wide digital camera. That's 8.1mm narrower than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (132.9mm).
Two times lighter lens weight Edit
The Olympus PEN-F has a lens weight of 93g, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 265g lens weight digital camera (172g heavier).
Significantly shorter lens length Edit
The Olympus PEN-F is a 22.5mm lens length digital camera. That's 52.5mm shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (75mm).
11% smaller lens diameter Edit
The Olympus PEN-F has a lens diameter of 60.6mm, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 67mm lens diameter digital camera (6.4mm bigger).
2 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Better selling
The Olympus PEN-F ranks No. 49335 by number of sales, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 ranks No. 77209.
5 Reasons For
70% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 280mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 196mm longer than the Olympus PEN-F (280mm).
Seven diaphragm blades Edit
The number of diaphragm blades on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is seven, but the Olympus PEN-F only has five diaphragm blades.
One hundred and seventy more shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is 500.00, but the Olympus PEN-F only takes 330.00 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.

£149 cheaper
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 costs £149.18 less than the Olympus PEN-F.
User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 192 reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has an average user review score of 96%, however the Olympus PEN-F has an average rating of 80% (based on 1 review).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Significantly shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Olympus PEN-F has a maximum focal length of 84mm, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 280mm maximum focal length digital camera (196mm longer).
Two less diaphragm blades Edit
The number of diaphragm blades on the Olympus PEN-F is five, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 only has seven diaphragm blades.
Only 330.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Olympus PEN-F is 330.00, 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.

More expensive by £149
The Olympus PEN-F is £149.18 more expensive than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.
User review Rating is considerably Worse
The Olympus PEN-F's average user score is 80%, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4's is 96% (based on 192 reviews).
17 Reasons Against
4.25MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a megapixel count of 16.05MP, whereas the Olympus PEN-F is a 20.3MP digital camera (4.25MP 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.

4.6MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a total megapixel count of 17.2MP, but the Olympus PEN-F is a 21.8MP digital camera (4.6MP more).
Significantly bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a maximum aperture of 5.6, whereas the Olympus PEN-F is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera (16.4 smaller).
15% longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a minimum focal length of 28mm, however the Olympus PEN-F is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera (4mm shorter).
Larger closest focusing distance Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 0.3m closest focusing distance digital camera. That's 0.1m larger than the Olympus PEN-F (0.3m).
Bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, but the Olympus PEN-F is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 smaller).
4x lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.25x, however the Olympus PEN-F is a 1.23x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.98x 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.

Heavier Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 480g digital camera. That's 107g heavier than the Olympus PEN-F (480g). 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.

Taller Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is 93.4mm tall, but the Olympus PEN-F is a 72.1mm tall digital camera (21.3mm shorter).
Significantly thicker Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is an 83.9mm deep digital camera, whereas the Olympus PEN-F is a 37.3mm deep digital camera (46.6mm thinner).
8.1mm wider Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 132.9mm wide digital camera, whereas the Olympus PEN-F is a 124.8mm wide digital camera (8.1mm narrower).
65% heavier lens weight Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 265g lens weight digital camera. That's 172g heavier than the Olympus PEN-F (265g).
Significantly longer lens length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a lens length of 75mm, whereas the Olympus PEN-F is a 22.5mm lens length digital camera (52.5mm shorter).
Bigger lens diameter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 67mm lens diameter digital camera. That's 6.4mm bigger than the Olympus PEN-F (67mm).
Less retailers
Only 14 retailers sells the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, whereas 16 shops sell the Olympus PEN-F. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over two years older
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is older than the Olympus PEN-F by two years.
Worse selling
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 ranks No. 77209 by sales volume, however the Olympus PEN-F ranks No. 49335.

Awards

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DP Review: Gold
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onfoto.ru: Gold
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice

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Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
20.3MP
BEST
16.05MP
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 Live MOS
 Live MOS
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
 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
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5184 x 3888
BEST
 5184 x 3888
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Full-Frame Sensor Size
17.4 x 13 17.3 x 13
Total Megapixel Count
21.8MP
BEST
17.2MP
Image Stabilizer
 Body
 Body
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
BEST
 4/3

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Body Material
 Aluminium
 Aluminium
Protection Feature
 Dust resistant
 Dust resistant
Dust Resistant Case
 Dust resistant case
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Maximum Aperture
22
BEST
5.6
Minimum Aperture
3.5 3.5
Maximum Focal Length
84mm 280mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length
24mm
BEST
28mm
Focal Length Range
14 - 42 14 - 140
Fixed Focal Length
17mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
9/6 14/12
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
Aspheric Element
3 3
Diaphragm Blades
5 7
BEST
Filter Size
37mm 58mm

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 Face detection
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 Face detection
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
0.2m
BEST
0.3m
Auto Focus Point
81 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

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
 Auto
 80
 25600
 25
 64
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 80
 25600
 25
 64
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 25,600
Minimum ISO Speed
80
BEST
100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Highlight-weighted
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Highlight-weighted
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

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

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
Flash Guide
13m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 1s
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
JPEG Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 AVI
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVI
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 1280x720@30fps
 1280x720@24fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280x720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 1280x720@30fps
 1280x720@24fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
Lens Magnification Ratio
1.23x
BEST
0.25x
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 electrical
 Electronic
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
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

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Sunny
 Auto
 Daylight
 Halogen
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Sunny
 Auto
 Daylight
 Halogen
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Muted
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Muted
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,12 2,3,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Dioptre Correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
 Anti-dust function
Custom Colour
 Custom colour
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mount
Playback Mode
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Direct Printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Direct printing
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
TruePic VII Venus Engine
Diopter Adjustment
-4 - 2 -4 - 4
Eye Relief
Unknown - Click to provide data 21mm
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
Display Language
 Multi
 Multi
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
373g
BEST
480g
Height
72.1mm
BEST
93.4mm
Depth
37.3mm
BEST
83.9mm
Width
124.8mm
BEST
132.9mm
Lens Weight
93g
BEST
265g
Lens Length
22.5mm
BEST
75mm
Lens Diameter
60.6mm
BEST
67mm
Weight Including Battery
427g
BEST
560g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
BLN‑1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Battery Life
1.33h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,860mAh
Shot Per Battery Charge
330 shots 500 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Storage Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Relative Humidity Operating Range
30 - 90 10 - 80
Storage Temperature Range
-20 - 60 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

System Requirements

Mac Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac operating system
Windows Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating system

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.5 PE (Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8)/SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.1 SE (Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Mac OS X v10.5 / v10.6 / v10.7 / v10.8)/LoiLoScope (trial) (Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8)
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
BEST
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Wrist Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included wrist strap

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication

Other Features

Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
 Built-in speaker
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
Feedback