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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 vs Sony Alpha A7R II

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

5 Reasons For
Touchscreen Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a touchscreen, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R II does not have a touchscreen.
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 ninety more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 takes 530.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Sony Alpha A7R II only takes 340.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

£274 cheaper
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is £274 cheaper than the Sony Alpha A7R II.
User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 328 user reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has an average review score of 95%, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R II has an average rating of 85% (based on 272 reviews).
4 Reasons For
Significantly higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has a megapixel 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.

Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony Alpha A7R II is 1,228,800 pixels display resolution, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is only a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (191,800 pixels lower).
9% bigger eye relief Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has an eye relief of 23mm. That's 2mm bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (23mm). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

Available from 12 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Hugely lower megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a megapixel 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.

19% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a display resolution (numeric) 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).
Smaller eye relief Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 21mm Eye relief digital camera. That's 2mm smaller than the Sony Alpha A7R II (23mm). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

Fewer sellers
Only 14 stores sells the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, but 26 stores sell the Sony Alpha A7R II. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Two months older
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is older than the Sony Alpha A7R II by two months.
4 Reasons Against
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 ninety less battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Sony Alpha A7R II is 340.00, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 only takes 530.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

£274 more expensive
The Sony Alpha A7R II is more expensive than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 by £274.
A lot Lower user review Score
The Sony Alpha A7R II's average user rating is 85%, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4's is 95% (based on 328 reviews).

Awards

18 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
altomdata.dk: Recommended
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
Digital Versus: 5 Star
DP Review: Gold
Ephotozine: Editor's Choice
Expert Reviews: Ultimate
homecinemachoice.com: Best Buy
kamerabild.se: Top Class
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 6 Star
M3.idg.se: Recommended
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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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel
16.05MP 42.4MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 35.9 x 24
Total Megapixels
17.2MP 43.6MP
BEST
Sensor Format
 Full-frame
 Full-frame
Supported Aspect Ratios
 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 Number
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
280mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
14 - 140 Unknown - Click to provide data
Extra/Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 2x
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 Blade
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 spot
 multi point
 flexible spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 One Shot Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 multi point
 flexible spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 One Shot Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Unknown - Click to provide data 399
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 50
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 50
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 102,400
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
10
BEST
50
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Hi-speed sync
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Hi-speed sync
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1s
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 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
 Shoe mounting point
 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 Formats Supported
 MP4
 MOV
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 MOV
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
Video Resolutions
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
BEST
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
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 Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 AC3
 LC-AAC
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 AC3
 LC-AAC
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 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 Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
BEST
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,037,000 pixels 1,228,800 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.5" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 Electronic
BEST
 electrical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Halogen
 Fluorescent
 Underwater
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Halogen
 Fluorescent
 Underwater
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Art
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Art
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,3,10 5,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
16x Unknown - Click to provide data
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
 Anti-dust function
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
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 Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi Burst Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Multi burst mode
Camera Playback
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-4 - 4 -4 - 3
Eye Relief
21mm 23mm
BEST
Scene Modes
 Portrait
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Portrait
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Twilight
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 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
Weight (including Battery)
Unknown - Click to provide data 625g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Capacity
1,860mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
530 shots
BEST
340 shots
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported (mac)
 Operating systems supported (mac)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Systems Supported (windows)
 Operating systems supported (windows)
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
BEST
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Wrist Strap Included
 Wrist strap included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
Headphone Connectivity
 3.5 mm
 3.5 mm
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