Olympus PEN-F vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

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Olympus PEN-F
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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
4.25MP higher megapixel 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 megapixels 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 ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Olympus PEN-F is 80 minimum ISO speed. That's 20 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (100).
80% higher magnification Edit
The Olympus PEN-F has a magnification of 1.23x. 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.

Cheaper by £89
The Olympus PEN-F costs £89 less than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.
2 Reasons For
One hundred and seventy more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is 500.00, but the Olympus PEN-F only takes 330.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

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

2 Reasons Against
Only 330.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Olympus PEN-F is 330.00, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 only takes 500.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

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).
7 Reasons Against
4.25MP lower megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a megapixel 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 megapixels Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a total megapixels of 17.2MP, but the Olympus PEN-F is a 21.8MP digital camera (4.6MP more).
Bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is 100 minimum ISO speed, but the Olympus PEN-F is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 smaller).
4x lower magnification Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a magnification 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.

£89 more expensive
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is more expensive than the Olympus PEN-F by £89.
Over one year older
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is older than the Olympus PEN-F by 13 months.

Awards

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel
20.3MP
BEST
16.05MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 Live MOS
 Live MOS
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
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.4 x 13 17.3 x 13
Total Megapixels
21.8MP
BEST
17.2MP
Image Stabilizer Location
 Body
 Body
Supported Aspect Ratios
 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 of Product
 Black
 Black
Material
 Aluminium
 Aluminium
Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 5.6
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 280mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 28mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 14 - 140
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Unknown - Click to provide data 14/12
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
Number of Aspheric Elements
Unknown - Click to provide data 3
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 7
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 58mm

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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 (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
Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.3m
Auto Focus (AF) Points
81 Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 25,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80
BEST
100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

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

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide Number
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 Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 AVI
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVI
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 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 At 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 Formats Supported
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 OLED
 OLED
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% 100%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,037,000 pixels 1,037,000 pixels

Viewfinder

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

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Sunny
 Auto
 Daylight
 Halogen
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Sunny
 Auto
 Daylight
 Halogen
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Muted
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Muted
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,3,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
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
 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 Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Camera Playback
 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 (D-D)
-4 - 2 -4 - 4
Eye Relief
Unknown - Click to provide data 21mm
Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi
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
373g
BEST
480g
Height
72.1mm 93.4mm
Depth
37.3mm 83.9mm
Width
124.8mm 132.9mm
Lens Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 265g
Lens Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 75mm
Lens Diameter
Unknown - Click to provide data 67mm
Weight (including Battery)
427g
BEST
560g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
BLN‑1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (max)
1.33h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,860mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
330 shots 500 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V

Operational Conditions

Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
30 - 90 10 - 80
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-20 - 60 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac operating systems supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating systems supported

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
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Video Capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video capability
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(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
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