Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
1% higher megapixel count Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 16.1MPMP digital camera. That's 0.050000000000001MP higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (16.05MPMP). 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.

75% smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 16.4 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (5.6).
A little longer maximum focal length Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a maximum focal length of 300mmmm, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is only a 280mmmm maximum focal length digital camera (20mm shorter).
Two more aspheric elements Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has five aspheric elements, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 only has three aspheric elements.
99 smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 1,600 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 99 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (100).
Higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 1.48xx lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 1.23x higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (0.25xx). 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.

16% lighter Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a weight of 417gg, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 480gg digital camera (63g 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.

3.5mm smaller lens diameter Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a lens diameter of 63.5mmmm, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 67mmmm lens diameter digital camera (3.5mm bigger).
750 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II takes 750 shots shots per battery charge, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 only takes 500 shots 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.

7 Reasons For
Smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.5 smaller than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (3.5).
67% smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 0.3mm closest focusing distance digital camera. That's 0.2m smaller than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (0.3mm).
Lighter lens weight Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 265gg lens weight digital camera. That's 18.5g lighter than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (265gg).
12% shorter lens length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a lens length of 75mmmm, however the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is an 83.8mmmm lens length digital camera (8.8mm longer).
$70 cheaper
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 costs $829.00, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is $899.00.
Available from 9 shops
The more stores stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
User reviews are better
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has an average user review score of 96%, but the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has an average rating of 90% (based on 31 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
0.5 larger minimum aperture Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a minimum aperture of 4, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera (0.5 smaller).
0.2m larger closest focusing distance Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a closest focusing distance of 0.5mm, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 0.3mm closest focusing distance digital camera (0.2m smaller).
Slightly heavier lens weight Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a lens weight of 283.5gg, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 265gg lens weight digital camera (18.5g lighter).
Longer lens length Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is an 83.8mmmm lens length digital camera. That's 8.8mm longer than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (75mmmm).
More expensive by $70
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is $70 more expensive than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.
Fewer sellers
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is only stocked by 9 stores, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is stocked by 18 retailers. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
User review Rating is Worse
The average user rating of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is 90%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is 96% (based on 192 reviews).
10 Reasons Against
Marginally lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a megapixel count of 16.05MPMP, however the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 16.1MPMP digital camera (0.050000000000001MP 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.

16.4 bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a maximum aperture of 5.6, however the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera (16.4 smaller).
Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 280mmmm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 20mm shorter than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (280mmmm).
Only three aspheric elements Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a three aspheric element digital camera, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II only has five aspheric elements.
Significantly bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 1,600 minimum ISO speed digital camera (99 smaller).
Hugely lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.25xx, but the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 1.48xx lens magnification ratio digital camera (1.23x 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.

63g heavier Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 480gg digital camera. That's 63g heavier than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (480gg). 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.

6% bigger lens diameter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 67mmmm lens diameter digital camera. That's 3.5mm bigger than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (67mmmm).
Two hundred and fifty less shots per battery charge Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a digital camera that takes 500 shots shots per battery charge, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II only takes 750 shots 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.

One year older
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is older than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II by one year.

Awards

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
16.1MP
BEST
16.05MP
Sensor Type
 Live MOS
 Live MOS
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 3200 x 2400
 1280 x 960
 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
 3200 x 2400
 1280 x 960
 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
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3456
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
 MPO
Full-Frame Sensor Size
17.3 x 13 17.3 x 13
Total Megapixel Count
17.2MP 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
 Magnesium
 Plastic
 Magnesium
 Plastic
Protection Feature
 Dust resistant
 Dust resistant

Lens System

Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Maximum Aperture
22
BEST
5.6
Minimum Aperture
4 3.5
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
300mm
BEST
280mm
Minimum Focal Length
28mm 28mm
Focal Length Range
14 - 150 14 - 140
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
15/11 14/12
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
Aspheric Element
5
BEST
3
Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
58mm 58mm

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
0.5m 0.3m
BEST
Auto Focus Point
81 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
0.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 160
 1600
 25600
 25
 64
 80
 100
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
 160
 1600
 25600
 25
 64
 80
 100
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 25,600
Minimum ISO Speed
1,600
BEST
100
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)
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
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
Flash Sync-Speed
BEST
1s
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
JPEG Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 AVI
 M-JPEG
 H.264
 MP4
 MOV
 AVI
 M-JPEG
 H.264
 MP4
 MOV
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
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 1280x960@30fps
 1280×720@24fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 1280x960@30fps
 1280×720@24fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
BEST
HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST

Memory

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

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 OLED
 OLED
BEST
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Display Resolution
1,037,000 pixels 1,037,000 pixels

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
Lens Magnification Ratio
1.48x
BEST
0.25x
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 electrical
 Electronic
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB B
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Sunny
 Daylight
 Halogen
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Sunny
 Daylight
 Halogen
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Lens priority
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Lens priority
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Muted
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Muted
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
Self-Timer
2,12 2,3,10
Maximum Playback Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Image Adjustment Mode
 Saturation
 Saturation
Image Editing Mode
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Trimming
 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
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Thumbnails
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Thumbnails
Built-In Processor
TruePic VII Venus Engine
Diopter Adjustment
-6 - -2 -4 - 4
Playback Mode
 Slideshow
 Rotation
 Slideshow
 Rotation
Eye Relief
Unknown - Click to provide data 21mm
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 3D Photography
 Beach
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 3D Photography
Display Language
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 JPN
 SLK
 ESP
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 JPN
 SLK
 ESP
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display Language
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 JPN
 SLK
 ESP
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 CRO
 IND
 DAN
 DUT
 POL
 POR
 SWE
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 JPN
 SLK
 ESP
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 CRO
 IND
 DAN
 DUT
 POL
 POR
 SWE

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
417g
BEST
480g
Height
85mm 93.4mm
Depth
44.5mm 83.9mm
Width
123.7mm 132.9mm
Lens Weight
283.5g 265g
BEST
Lens Length
83.8mm 75mm
BEST
Lens Diameter
63.5mm
BEST
67mm
Weight Including Battery
496g
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
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,860mAh
Shot Per Battery Charge
750 shots
BEST
500 shots
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
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
-10 - 40 0 - 40

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)
Included Cable
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV

Technical Details

Relative Aperture (F-Number)
2.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatibility
FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R Unknown - Click to provide data
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