Nikon D5300 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

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Nikon D5300

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

59

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Movie format
Shoots UHD movies
UHD @ 30fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps

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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Overall image quality
Better image quality
83.0 vs 74.0
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More than 10% better image quality
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,338 ISO vs 791 ISO
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The D5300 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 12.8 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Slightly smaller
124x99x76 mm vs 132x93x84 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
600 shots vs 500 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
480 g vs 560 g
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More than 10% lighter
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$579.00 vs $1,310.00
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The best price we've seen is $731 cheaper (2.3x less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH4

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
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Shoots very high resolution UHD (3840x2160) video but at a lower frame rate
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
49 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              D53001,037k dots
              DMC-GH41,036k dots
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5300Pentamirror
              DMC-GH4Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D53003"
              DMC-GH43.3"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weight Heavy Help
              D5300480 g
              DMC-GH4560 g
              Size Large Help
              D5300124x99x76 mm
              DMC-GH4132x93x84 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 - $999 body only

              $1,049 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $649 body only

              $799 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $857 body only

              $849 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $450 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $970 - $1,047 with 18-140mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,482 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $709 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $898 body only

              $1,135 with 45-150mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $998 - $1,498 body only

              $1,298 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Samsung NX1

              Samsung NX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 - $1,398 body only

              $1,499 - $2,499 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $699 - $898

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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