Panasonic GH4 vs. Nikon D5300

The Nikon D5300 features APS-C sensor and no optical low-pass filter made for still shooters and on the other hand the GH4 features 4K video recording with multiple frame rates.. take a look at the details below

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Major Features

  • 16.05 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • DCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24p
  • UHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24p
  • Full HD up to 60p
  • 3.0″ 1,036k-Dot OLED Monitor
  • 2,359K-Dot OLED Live View Finder
  • Support for 59.94p, 23.98p, 50p, & 24p
  • 4:2:2 8-Bit or 10-Bit HDMI Output
  • High-Speed 49-Point Autofocus
  • Magnesium Alloy, Weather-Sealed Body

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Nikon D5300 Major Features

  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.2″ 1,037k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5 fps
  • 39-Point Multi-CAM 4800DX AF Sensor
  • Expandable Sensitivity to ISO 25600
  • Active D-Lighting and Built-in HDR

Major Difference

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 vs. Nikon D5300 Specification Comparison Table.

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Megapixel: Nikon D5300 feature more resolution compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, hence you get life size images, excellent for large print- out + you also get more details in your images compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.


Bigger Sensor Size:  Nikon D5300 have bit bigger sensor size compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, the bigger sensor area gives you more dynamic range in your images, more color depth and better low light performance aka less amount of noise visible during HIGH ISO mode.

The NO-OLPF benefit – Since Nikon D5300 model doesn’t have low-pass filter, we will sure see improvement in noise performance / more details due to the absence of Optical Low pass filter.

New generation of Venus image Processor in GH4 – 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR) and Multiprocessor Noise Reduction (MNR) work together to attain superb noise-reducing performance.

AF System: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 feature contrast based AF system but due to integration of DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology, you get AF speeds of approximately 0.07 sec in AFS mode. On the other hand Nikon D5300 feature Contrast Detect +Phase Detect (Hybrid) AF System with 39 AF Points.

More AF Points: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 have More AF points Compared to Nikon D5300, hence you get more area under AF points with Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.

Top Continuous shooting speed: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 features fast shooting speed compared to Nikon D5300.

Electronic Front & Rear Shutter – Panasonic Gh3 uses electronic shutter for optional noise free operation. On the other Nikon D5300 feature mechanical shutter only.

The Panasonic GH3 can record 4K videos – GH4 can record 4K video at 23.98p, 24p or 29.97p, and 17:9 DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) 4K 4096×2160 videos at 24p. 4K resolutions can be recorded as MOV or MP4 files in high bitrate 100 Mbps IPB codec. On the other hand Canon EOS 5D Mark III is limited to Full HD video recording.

The Nikon D5300 is limited to Full HD Video Recording – With Nikon D5300 you can record Full HD videos upto 60 fps frame rate.

Display: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 features bigger and high resolution display compared to Nikon D5300.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 features Touch Screen display on the other hand Nikon D5300 have fixed display, so we get more flexibility while composing our shot with Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.

Viewfinder: Nikon D5300 features optical viewfinder on the other hand Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 features EVF,

Battery Life (CIPA): Nikon D5300 features longer battery life (According to CIPA) compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.

Weight: Nikon D5300 light-weight than Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.

Dimensions: Nikon D5300 is smaller than Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.

Other features

In-Camera RAW Data Development – The Panasonic DMC-GH4 offers in-camera RAW conversion tool where you can customize the color space setting (SRGB / Adobe RGB) white balance, noise reduction, sharpness, and hue. Pre-Styles such as Lumix’s Photo Style, Intelligent D-Range Control, and Intelligent Resolution can also be applied.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 features weather sealed body, no such feature available in Nikon D5300.

High ISO Test Between Panasonic GH4 vs. Nikon D5300 

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Verdict: Since the D5300 have bit bigger sensor and no optical low-pass filter hence you will get super sharp images with D5300 however 4K video recording only available at Panasonic GH4 camera so if you are a filmaker buy Panasonic GH4, otherwise go for Nikon D5300

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