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Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8

Portability
82
Imaging
47
Features
50
Overall
48
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 front
Portability
90
Imaging
54
Features
62
Overall
57

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8 Key Specs

Panasonic G1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Bump to 3200)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 360g - 124 x 84 x 45mm
  • Announced January 2009
  • Replacement is Panasonic G2
Panasonic GF8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 266g - 107 x 65 x 33mm
  • Launched February 2016
  • Older Model is Panasonic GF7
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Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8 Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both are manufactured by Panasonic. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the G1 (12MP) and GF8 (16MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizing (Four Thirds).

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The G1 was unveiled 8 years before the GF8 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic G1 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic GF8 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight to a complete comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the G1 grades against the GF8 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G1 over the Panasonic GF8

 G1 GF8 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF8 over the Panasonic G1

 GF8 G1 
LaunchedFebruary 2016January 2009Fresher by 86 months
Screen resolution1040k460kSharper screen (+580k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic G1 and Panasonic GF8

 G1 GF8 
Manual focus Very precise focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera regularly, you're going to have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic G1 features outer measurements of 124mm x 84mm x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") accompanied by a weight of 360 grams (0.79 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GF8 has dimensions of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") along with a weight of 266 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have at that moment. Following is a front view scale comparison of the G1 versus the GF8.

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G1 and GF8 is 82 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very hard to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing purely by checking out a spec sheet. The visual underneath will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the G1 and GF8.

As you can see, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different resolution. You should count on the Panasonic GF8 to produce extra detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older G1 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G1 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic GF8 Portrait photography factors
58
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
65
manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features face detection focus
supports RAW files
can't use external flash
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G1 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GF8 as a Street photography camera
72
screen can move to multiple angles
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization
80
screen tilts
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
has focus via touch
good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G1 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic GF8 Sports photography highlights
33
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
lack of phase detect AF
49
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/500s)
slow continuous shooting (5.8 fps)
no image stabilization
terrible battery pack (230 shots)
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic G1
Travel photography with Panasonic GF8
62
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
66
has focus via touch
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse function
terrible battery pack (230 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G1 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GF8 as a Landscape photography camera
58
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
65
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3")
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
no image stabilization
terrible battery pack (230 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G1 Vlogging information
Panasonic GF8 Vlogging information
18
no video shooting
33
touchscreen capability
features face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
does not have external microphone jack
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Panasonic G1 vs Panasonic GF8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G1 and Panasonic GF8
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2009-01-19 2016-02-15
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4592 x 3448
Maximum native ISO 1600 25600
Maximum enhanced ISO 3200 -
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW files
Min enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 23
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/500 secs
Max quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames/s 5.8 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.50 m 5.60 m (at ISO 200)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, flash off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 360 grams (0.79 lb) 266 grams (0.59 lb)
Physical dimensions 124 x 84 x 45mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 1.8") 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 53 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 463 not tested
Other
Battery life 330 shots 230 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3-shot/10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $0 $549