Nikon D5500 vs Panasonic GH4: A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Panasonic GH4: How does the Nikon D5500, an Entry-Level DSLR with a 24.0MP APS-C sensor compare to the Panasonic Lumix DMC GH4, a Pro Mirrorless camera with a 16.0MP Four Thirds sensor? Let's find out! But first, here's a brief overview of the main specifications and features before we go into more detail.

Nikon D5500 vs Panasonic GH4 Specs

Nikon D5500 vs Panasonic GH4 – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Panasonic GH4 – Comparison

 Specifications

Nikon D5500

Panasonic GH4

Megapixels24.216.1
Sensor TypeCMOSLive MOS
Sensor FormatAPS-C (DX)Micro Four Thirds
Crop Factor1.5x2.0x
AA FilterNoneYes
Image Resolution6000 x 40004608 x 3456
Body Image StabilizationNoNo
Lens MountNikon FX/DXMicro Four Thirds
ISO100 - 25,600200 - 25,600
Expanded ISONo100
AF Points3949 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points90 phase
Continuous Mode5fps12fps
LCD3.2" - Fully Articulated3.0" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution1,036,800 dots1,036,800 dots
TouchscreenYesYes
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage95%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.82x1.34x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)4096x2160 (24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackNoYes
Memory Card TypeSDSD
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
SD UHS SupportUHS-IUHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"60"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size100Unlimited
RAW Buffer Size721
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/250
Startup Time0.4s0.8s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCNoNo
BluetoothNoNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)820 shots530 shots
Battery IncludedYes (EN-EL14a)Yes
Weight14.8 oz (420g)20.1 oz (569g)
Size4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8"5.2 x 3.7 x 3.3"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20152014

Nikon D5500 vs Panasonic GH4 Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
Touch ScreenYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Optical) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
 LCD Screen Resolution1.037k dots vs 1.036k dots
Microphone PortYes vs Yes
Timelapse RecordingYes vs Yes
AE BracketingYes vs Yes
 Selfie Friendly LCDYes vs Yes

Nikon D5500 vs Panasonic GH4 Common Weaknesses

Image StabilizationNo vs No

Panasonic GH4 vs Nikon D5500 Size Comparison

The Nikon D5500 is 9mm narrower and 14mm thinner than the Panasonic GH4. However, it is also 4mm taller. Furthermore, the D5500 is 140g lighter than the Lumix DMC GH4.

Nikon D5500 vs Panasonic GH4 – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Panasonic GH4 – Comparison

And, since the Nikon D5500 has an APS-C sized sensor and the Panasonic GH4 has a smaller Four-Thirds sensor, the Panasonic GH4's lenses for a similar focal length and aperture are lighter and smaller than the Nikon D5500 lenses.

Panasonic GH4 vs Nikon D5500 Sensor Comparison

With regard to the sensor, the Nikon D5500 has a 24.0MP APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features an Expeed 4 processor. Meanwhile, the Panasonic GH4 has a 16.0MP Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features the Venus Engine IX processor. The D5500 sensor has 8MP more than the GH4's sensor. This makes it better for printing large images and cropping the same.

Also, the Nikon D5500's sensor lacks an anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. This increases the sharpness and level of detail in images. However, at the same time, it also increases chances of moire. Lastly, the Nikon D5500 has a 1.6x Larger sensor area than the Panasonic GH4. With this, it allows you to have more control over the depth of field and blurry background.

Why You Should Choose The Nikon D5500

Max Sensor Resolution24 MP vs 16 MP
LCD Screen Size3.2″ vs 3″
Battery Life820 shots vs 500 shots
Weight420 g vs 560 g
Color Depth24.1 vs 23.2
Dynamic Range14.0 vs 12.8
Low Light ISO1438 vs 791
Sensor Pixel Area15.28µmvs 14.12µm2
Price$700 vs $1,198

Advantages of the Nikon D5500 Over Panasonic GH4

  • Megapixels –  8.1 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Nikon D5500 is a much better choice.
  • Sensor Format – APS-C is bigger than MFT, which results in slightly less noise at higher ISO levels.
  • AA Filter – The Nikon D5500 has no AA filter.
  • Cross-type AF Points – 9 vs 0 phase.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • Battery Life – 820 shots vs 530 shots.
  • Weight – The Nikon D5500 weighs 149g less.

Video: Nikon D5500 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Panasonic GH4

Number of Focus Points49 vs 39
Viewfinder Coverage100% vs 95%
Max Shutter Speed1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting12.0fps vs 5.0fps
Headphone PortYes vs No
Environmental SealingYes vs No
Flash Coverage17.0m vs 12.0m
Max Video Resolution4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
AE Bracketing Range±3 EV vs ±2 EV
Flash Sync PortYes vs No
4K Photo ModeYes vs No
Post Focus ModeYes vs No
Smartphone_remote controlYes vs No

Advantages of the Panasonic GH4 Over the Nikon D5500

  • AF Points – 49 Contrast vs 39.
  • Continuous mode – 12fps vs 5fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
  • Viewfinder Coverage – 100% vs 95%.
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • Headphone Jack – Useful for previewing your audio quality straight out the camera.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
  • Slower Max Shutter Speed – 60” vs 30”.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – Unlimited vs 100.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 21 vs 7.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/200.
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Panasonic GH4 is better for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.

Video: Panasonic GH4 Hands-on Review