Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH4 - A Detailed Comparison

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH4: Let's take a look at the Sony Alpha A6000 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC GH4. Both mirrorless cameras, the former featuring a 24.0MP APS-C sensor and the latter with its 16.0MP Four Thirds sensor. Here's a side by side look at their specification before we go into more detail.

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH4 Specs

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH4 – Comparison

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH4 – Comparison

Specifications

Sony A6000

Panasonic GH4

Megapixels24.316.1
Sensor TypeCMOSLive MOS
Sensor FormatAPS-CMicro Four Thirds
Crop Factor1.5x2.0x
AA FilterYesYes
Image Resolution6000 x 40004608 x 3456
Body Image StabilizationNoNo
Lens MountSony EMicro Four Thirds
ISO100 -25,600200 - 25,600
Expanded ISO51,200100
AF Points17949 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points179 phase0 phase
Continuous Mode11fps12fps
LCD3.0" - Articulating3.0" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution921,600 dots1,036,800 dots
TouchscreenNoYes
Focus PeakingYesYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeEVF (1.44M)EVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification1.07x1.34x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/24p)4096x2160 (24p)
3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
Microphone JackNoYes
Headphone JackNoYes
Memory Card TypeSD or MS ProSD
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
SD UHS SupportUHS-IUHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"60"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size47Unlimited
RAW Buffer Size2221
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/1601/250
Startup Time2.2s0.8s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCYesNo
BluetoothNoNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)360 shots530 shots
Battery IncludedYes (NP-FW50)Yes
Weight12.1 oz (344g)20.1 oz (569g)
Size4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8"5.2 x 3.7 x 3.3"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20142014

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A6000 Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Electronic) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
LCD Screen Resolution922k dots vs 1.036k dots
Continuous Shooting11.0fps vs 12.0fps
AE BracketingYes vs Yes

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A6000 Common Weaknesses

 Image StabilizationNo vs No

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH4 Size Comparison

The Sony Alpha A6000 is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 13mm narrower, 26mm shorter and 39mm thinner than the Panasonic GH4. Also, the A6000 weighs 216g less than the Panasonic GH4.

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH4 – Comparison

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH4 – Comparison

Also, an additional factor to weight is the lenses that you plan to use with your digital cameras. The Lumix GH4 features a smaller Four Thirds sensor. Hence, Panasonic's lenses at a similar aperture and focal lend tend to be lighter than those for Sony's A6000.

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH4 Sensor Comparison

The Sony A6000 has a 24.0MP APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features a Bionz X processor. The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has a 20.0MP Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features Venus IX Engine processor.

The Panasonic GH5's sensor lacks an anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. This is good as your images tend to be sharper and more detailed. However, there is also a chance that some scenes may have slight moire.

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH4: Sensor Comparison

Sony A6000 vs Panasonic GH4: Sensor Comparison

The Sony A6000 has a 1.6x larger sensor area than Panasonic's GH4. Larger sensors allow for more control over the depth of field and blurry background compared to smaller sensors when shot in same focal length and aperture.

Why You Should Choose The Sony A6000

Max Sensor Resolution24 MP vs 16 MP
Number of Focus Points179 vs 49
Weight344 g vs 560 g
Color Depth24.1 vs 23.2
Dynamic Range13.1 vs 12.8
Low-Light ISO1347 vs 791
Sensor Pixel Area15.28µmvs 14.12µm2
Price$498 vs $1,498
AE Bracketing Range±5 EV vs ±3 EV
 NFC ConnectionYes vs No

Advantages of the Sony A6000 Over Panasonic GH4

  • Megapixels –  8.1 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Sony A6000 is a much better choice.
  • Sensor Format – APS-C is bigger than MFT, which results in slightly less noise at higher ISO levels.
  • ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 179 vs 49 Contrast.
  • Cross-type AF Points – 179 phase vs 0 phase.
  • Built-in NFC
  • Weight – The Sony A6000 weighs 225g less.
  • Size – The Sony A6000 is noticeably smaller.
  • Price - The A6000 is much cheaper than the GH4

Video: Sony A6000 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Panasonic GH4

 Touch ScreenYes vs No
LCD Screen Resolution1.036k dots vs 922k dots
Max Shutter Speed1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting12.0fps vs 11.0fps
Battery Life500 shots vs 360 shots
 Microphone PortYes vs No
Headphone PortYes vs No
Environmental SealingYes vs No
Timelapse RecordingYes vs With optional app
Flash Coverage17.0m vs 6.0m
Viewfinder Resolution2359k dot vs 1440k dot
Max Video Resolution4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
Flash Sync PortYes vs No
Selfie Friendly LCDYes vs No
4K Photo ModeYes vs No
Post Focus ModeYes vs No
Smartphone_remote controlYes vs No

Advantages of the Panasonic GH4 Over the Sony A6000

  • Continuous mode – 12fps vs 11fps. It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
  • LCD – It’s fully articulated.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • Microphone Jack – If you’re going to record videos where audio quality is important, a microphone jack is super helpful.
  • 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 47.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/160.
  • Battery Life – 530 shots vs 360 shots.

Video: Panasonic GH4 Hands-on Review