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

Megapixels 24.2 16.1
Sensor Type CMOS Live MOS
Sensor Format APS-C (DX) Micro Four Thirds
Crop Factor 1.5x 2.0x
AA Filter None Yes
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 4608 x 3456
Body Image Stabilization No No
Lens Mount Nikon FX/DX Micro Four Thirds
ISO 100 - 25,600 200 - 25,600
Expanded ISO No 100
AF Points 39 49 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points 9 0 phase
Continuous Mode 5fps 12fps
LCD 3.2" - Fully Articulated 3.0" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution 1,036,800 dots 1,036,800 dots
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Focus Peaking No Yes
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type Optical EVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.82x 1.34x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p) 4096x2160 (24p)
1280x720 (60/50p) 3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No Yes
Memory Card Type SD SD
Dual Card Slots No No
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 60"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 100 Unlimited
RAW Buffer Size 7 21
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/250
Startup Time 0.4s 0.8s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC No No
Bluetooth No No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed No Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 820 shots 530 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL14a) Yes
Weight 14.8 oz (420g) 20.1 oz (569g)
Size 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8" 5.2 x 3.7 x 3.3"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2015 2014

Nikon D5500 vs Panasonic GH4 Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Articulating Screen Yes vs Yes
Built-in Flash Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Touch Screen Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Optical) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
 LCD Screen Resolution 1.037k dots vs 1.036k dots
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
 Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs Yes

Nikon D5500 vs Panasonic GH4 Common Weaknesses

Image Stabilization No 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 Resolution 24 MP vs 16 MP
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3″
Battery Life 820 shots vs 500 shots
Weight 420 g vs 560 g
Color Depth 24.1 vs 23.2
Dynamic Range 14.0 vs 12.8
Low Light ISO 1438 vs 791
Sensor Pixel Area 15.28µmvs 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 Points 49 vs 39
Viewfinder Coverage 100% vs 95%
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 12.0fps vs 5.0fps
Headphone Port Yes vs No
Environmental Sealing Yes vs No
Flash Coverage 17.0m vs 12.0m
Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
AE Bracketing Range ±3 EV vs ±2 EV
Flash Sync Port Yes vs No
4K Photo Mode Yes vs No
Post Focus Mode Yes vs No
Smartphone_remote control Yes 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