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Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic LZ20

Portability
90
Imaging
54
Features
62
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 front
Portability
71
Imaging
40
Features
34
Overall
37

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic LZ20 Key Specs

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
Panasonic LZ20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-525mm (F3.1-5.8) lens
  • 499g - 120 x 76 x 80mm
  • Introduced July 2012
  • Later Model is Panasonic LZ30
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Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic LZ20 Overview

On this page, we will be looking at the Panasonic GF8 versus Panasonic LZ20, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both manufactured by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the GF8 (16MP) and the LZ20 (16MP) is pretty well matched but the GF8 (Four Thirds) and LZ20 (1/2.3") provide different sensor dimensions.

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The GF8 was brought out 3 years after the LZ20 which is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic GF8 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic LZ20 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short introduction of how the GF8 grades vs the LZ20 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF8 over the Panasonic LZ20

 GF8 LZ20 
IntroducedFebruary 2016July 2012More modern by 44 months
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kClearer screen (+580k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ20 over the Panasonic GF8

 LZ20 GF8 

Common features in the Panasonic GF8 and Panasonic LZ20

 GF8 LZ20 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic LZ20 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry around your camera regularly, you will want to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic GF8 comes with external measurements of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") and a weight of 266 grams (0.59 lbs) whilst the Panasonic LZ20 has dimensions of 120mm x 76mm x 80mm (4.7" x 3.0" x 3.1") with a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic GF8 versus Panasonic LZ20 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you choose at that time. Following is a front view proportions comparison of the GF8 compared to the LZ20.

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic LZ20 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the GF8 and LZ20 is 90 and 71 respectively.

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic LZ20 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic LZ20 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be difficult to picture the difference between sensor sizes just by checking specifications. The picture below might provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the GF8 and LZ20.

Plainly, both cameras provide the same megapixel count albeit different sensor sizes. The GF8 features the bigger sensor which should make achieving bokeh less difficult. The fresher GF8 provides a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic LZ20 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic LZ20 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic LZ20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF8 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic LZ20 Portrait photography factors
65
has manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
external flash not possible
37
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GF8 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic LZ20 as a Street photography camera
80
screen tilts
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
comes with focus via touch
good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
45
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
more heavy than competitors in class (499g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic GF8
Sports photography with Panasonic LZ20
49
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
low max shutter speed (1/500s)
continuous shooting slow (5.8 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery (230 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
47
great zoom range (25-525mm 21.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
includes tracking focus
good battery pack (380 per charge)
max frames per second very slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GF8 Travel photography advice
Panasonic LZ20 Travel photography advice
66
comes with focus via touch
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
not so great battery (230 CIPA)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
58
good battery pack (380 CIPA)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
great reach (525mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors in class (499g)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GF8 Landscape photography information
Panasonic LZ20 Landscape photography information
65
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery (230 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
45
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
good battery pack (380 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic GF8
Vlogging with Panasonic LZ20
33
has touchscreen
supports face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have microphone jack
25
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone port
more heavy than competitors in class (499 grams)
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Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic LZ20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF8 and Panasonic LZ20
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2016-02-15 2012-07-18
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4592 x 3448 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 25600 1600
Max enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-525mm (21.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.1-5.8
Macro focusing range - 2cm
Total lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,040k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 15 secs
Max shutter speed 1/500 secs 1/2000 secs
Max silent shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 5.8 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.60 m (at ISO 200) 6.80 m
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, flash off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
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) 1280 x 720p ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
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 266 grams (0.59 lb) 499 grams (1.10 lb)
Physical dimensions 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") 120 x 76 x 80mm (4.7" x 3.0" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 230 images 380 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3-shot/10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $549 $250