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

11 Reasons For
1% higher megapixel Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 16.1MP digital camera. That's 0.050000000000001MP 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.

75% smaller maximum aperture number Edit
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is 22 maximum aperture. That's 16.4 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (5.6).
4mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 4mm shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (28mm).
0.1m smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a closest focusing distance of 0.2m, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 0.3m closest focusing distance digital camera (0.1m larger).
Higher magnification Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 1.48x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 1.23x 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.

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

Lighter lens weight Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a lens weight of 93g, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 265g lens weight digital camera (172g heavier).
52.5mm shorter lens length Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 22.5mm lens length digital camera. That's 52.5mm shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (75mm).
6.4mm smaller lens diameter Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a lens diameter of 60.6mm, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 67mm lens diameter digital camera (6.4mm bigger).
750.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II takes 750.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however 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.

Cheaper by $146
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is $145.97 cheaper than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.
5 Reasons For
Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 280mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 196mm longer than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (280mm).
15x smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 1,600 minimum ISO speed digital camera (1,500 bigger).
Significantly higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is only a 103,700 pixels display resolution digital camera (933,300 pixels lower).
Available from 3 shops
The more stores stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
User reviews are hugely 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 20% (based on 1 review).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
196mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 84mm, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 280mm maximum focal length digital camera (196mm longer).
94% bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has an ISO sensitivity (min) of 1,600. That's 1,500 bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (100).
Lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a display resolution (numeric) of 103,700 pixels. That's 933,300 pixels lower than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 (1,037,000 pixels).
Fewer sellers
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is only stocked by 7 stores, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is stocked by 10 stores. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by nine months
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is nine months older than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.
User review Rating is significantly Worse
The average user rating of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is only 20%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is 96% (based on 192 reviews).
11 Reasons Against
Marginally lower megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a megapixel of 16.05MP, however the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 16.1MP 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 number Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a maximum aperture number of 5.6, however the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera (16.4 smaller).
Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is 28mm minimum focal length, but the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 24mm minimum focal length digital camera (4mm shorter).
34% 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 OM-D E-M5 Mark II (0.3m).
Hugely lower magnification Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is only 0.25x lens magnification ratio, but the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 1.48x 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 480g digital camera. That's 63g heavier than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (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.

Heavier lens weight Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 265g lens weight digital camera. That's 172g heavier than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (265g).
52.5mm longer lens length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has a lens length of 75mm, however the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a 22.5mm lens length digital camera (52.5mm shorter).
10% bigger lens diameter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a 67mm lens diameter digital camera. That's 6.4mm bigger than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (67mm).
Two hundred and fifty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a digital camera that takes 500.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II only takes 750.00 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.

$146 more expensive
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is more expensive than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II by $145.97.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel
16.1MP
BEST
16.05MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 Live MOS
 Live MOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 EXIF
 MPO
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 17.3 x 13
Total Megapixels
17.2MP 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
 Magnesium
 Plastic
 Magnesium
 Plastic
Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
22
BEST
5.6
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 3.5
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
84mm 280mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm
BEST
28mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
14 - 42 14 - 140
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
15/11 14/12
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
Number of Aspheric Elements
3 3
Number of Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
37mm 58mm

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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
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
0.2m
BEST
0.3m
Auto Focus (AF) Points
81 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
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
 64
 80
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 100
 64
 80
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 100
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 25,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
1,600 100
BEST
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)
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 Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
 M-JPEG
 H.264
 MP4
 MOV
 AVI
 M-JPEG
 H.264
 MP4
 MOV
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
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
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
Wind Filter
 Wind filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording

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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
103,700 pixels 1,037,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

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

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 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)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Sunny
 Daylight
 Halogen
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Sunny
 Daylight
 Halogen
Photo Effects
 Neutral
 Vivid
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Anti-dust function
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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Thumbnails
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Thumbnails
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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)
-6 - -2 -4 - 4
Eye Relief
Unknown - Click to provide data 21mm
Scene Modes
 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
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
417g
BEST
480g
Height
85mm 93.4mm
Depth
44.5mm 83.9mm
Width
123.7mm 132.9mm
Lens Weight
93g
BEST
265g
Lens Length
22.5mm
BEST
75mm
Lens Diameter
60.6mm
BEST
67mm
Weight (including Battery)
496g
BEST
560g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
BLN‑1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,860mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
750 shots
BEST
500 shots
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)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
-10 - 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
 Built-in flash
 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
Feedback