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Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GF8

Portability
83
Imaging
51
Features
62
Overall
55
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 front
Portability
90
Imaging
54
Features
62
Overall
57

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GF8 Key Specs

Panasonic G3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 336g - 115 x 84 x 47mm
  • Announced July 2011
  • Replaced the Panasonic G2
  • Replacement is Panasonic G5
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
  • Announced February 2016
  • Older Model is Panasonic GF7
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Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GF8 Overview

Here is a detailed review of the Panasonic G3 and Panasonic GF8, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are created by Panasonic. The image resolution of the G3 (16MP) and the GF8 (16MP) is pretty comparable and both cameras provide the same sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The G3 was introduced 5 years earlier than the GF8 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic G3 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic GF8 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving into a thorough comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the G3 matches up against the GF8 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G3 over the Panasonic GF8

 G3 GF8 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF8 over the Panasonic G3

 GF8 G3 
AnnouncedFebruary 2016July 2011Fresher by 56 months
Screen resolution1040k460kClearer screen (+580k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic G3 and Panasonic GF8

 G3 GF8 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen size
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GF8 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera, you will need to factor its weight and measurements. The Panasonic G3 has got outside dimensions of 115mm x 84mm x 47mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 1.9") having a weight of 336 grams (0.74 lbs) and the Panasonic GF8 has proportions of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") with a weight of 266 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are working with at the time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the G3 against the GF8.

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GF8 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the G3 and GF8 is 83 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GF8 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GF8 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very hard to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing only by seeing specifications. The photograph underneath will help give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the G3 and GF8.

To sum up, both of those cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the same exact megapixels and you should expect comparable quality of images but you have to factor the release date of the cameras into account. The older G3 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GF8 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GF8 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GF8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G3 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic GF8 as a Portrait photography camera
70
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
65
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G3 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GF8 as a Street photography camera
75
screen articulates fully
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
offers focus by touch
lack of image stabilization
80
screen tilts up and down
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
features touch to focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G3 Sports photography advice
Panasonic GF8 Sports photography advice
46
megapixel count decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery (270 shots)
lack of phase detect AF
49
silent mode (1/16,000s)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/500s)
slow frames per second (5.8 fps)
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery (230 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G3 Travel photography features
Panasonic GF8 Travel photography features
70
offers focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
lack of Timelapse function
not so great battery (270 shots)
66
features touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse mode
not so great battery (230 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G3 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic GF8 Landscape photography factors
62
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery (270 CIPA)
lack of Timelapse function
65
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery (230 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G3 Vlogging details
Panasonic GF8 Vlogging details
70
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
comes with face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lack of image stabilization
lack of external microphone port
33
built-in touchscreen
supports face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
lack of external mic port
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Panasonic G3 vs Panasonic GF8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G3 and Panasonic GF8
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2011-07-11 2016-02-15
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4592 x 3448 4592 x 3448
Max native ISO 6400 25600
Lowest native ISO 160 200
RAW pictures
Lowest boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/500s
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0fps 5.8fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 11.00 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
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps)) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format AVCHD, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 336 gr (0.74 lbs) 266 gr (0.59 lbs)
Physical dimensions 115 x 84 x 47mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 1.9") 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.6 not tested
DXO Low light rating 667 not tested
Other
Battery life 270 pictures 230 pictures
Form 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
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $500 $549