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Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8

Portability
89
Imaging
48
Features
54
Overall
50
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 front
Portability
90
Imaging
54
Features
62
Overall
57

Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8 Key Specs

Panasonic GF5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 267g - 108 x 67 x 37mm
  • Revealed April 2012
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GF3
  • Successor is Panasonic GF6
Panasonic GF8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 266g - 107 x 65 x 33mm
  • Revealed February 2016
  • Replaced the Panasonic GF7
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Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8 Overview

Below, we are analyzing the Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are built by Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference between the image resolutions of the GF5 (12MP) and GF8 (16MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor measurements (Four Thirds).

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The GF5 was announced 4 years before the GF8 which is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go in to a in-depth comparison, below is a short overview of how the GF5 scores vs the GF8 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF5 over the Panasonic GF8

 GF5 GF8 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF8 over the Panasonic GF5

 GF8 GF5 
RevealedFebruary 2016April 2012Newer by 47 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k920kSharper display (+120k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic GF5 and Panasonic GF8

 GF5 GF8 
Manual focus More exact focus
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurements
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch display Easily navigate

Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera often, you should consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GF5 comes with physical measurements of 108mm x 67mm x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5") having a weight of 267 grams (0.59 lbs) while the Panasonic GF8 has proportions 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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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you select at that moment. Following is the front view size comparison of the GF5 and the GF8.

Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the GF5 and GF8 is 89 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to visualize the gap between sensor dimensions purely by checking technical specs. The picture underneath will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the GF5 and GF8.

As you can tell, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You can anticipate the Panasonic GF8 to resolve extra detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The more aged GF5 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF5 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic GF8 Portrait photography advice
55
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
supports RAW files
external flash not possible
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
65
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focusing
saves RAW files
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic GF5
Street photography with Panasonic GF8
70
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
includes focus by touch
fixed screen
no image stabilization
80
tilting screen
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
supports focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic GF5
Sports photography with Panasonic GF8
40
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
max fps very slow (4.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
has no phase detect auto focus
49
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/500s)
max frames per second very slow (5.8 fps)
lack of image stabilization
bad battery (230 shots)
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GF5
Travel photography with Panasonic GF8
61
includes focus by touch
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse recording
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
66
supports focus by touch
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
no Time Lapse recording
bad battery (230 per charge)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GF5 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GF8 as a Landscape photography camera
59
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
no image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse recording
65
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
bad battery (230 shots)
no Time Lapse recording
Photography Glossary

Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GF5
Vlogging with Panasonic GF8
32
has touchscreen
offers face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
lack of microphone port
33
touchscreen
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
no mic support
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Panasonic GF5 vs Panasonic GF8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF5 and Panasonic GF8
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2012-04-05 2016-02-15
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor 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 area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4592 x 3448
Highest native ISO 12800 25600
Lowest native ISO 160 200
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/500s
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shooting rate 4.0fps 5.8fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.30 m 5.60 m (at ISO 200)
Flash options 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
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 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 (60, 50 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 267g (0.59 pounds) 266g (0.59 pounds)
Dimensions 108 x 67 x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5") 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 50 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.0 not tested
DXO Low light score 573 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 photos 230 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3-shot/10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $600 $549