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Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic S3

Portability
90
Imaging
55
Features
62
Overall
57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 front
Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
24
Overall
32

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic S3 Key Specs

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
  • Introduced February 2016
  • Old Model is Panasonic GF7
Panasonic S3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 117g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Launched January 2011
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Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic S3 Overview

Below, we are comparing the Panasonic GF8 versus Panasonic S3, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are manufactured by Panasonic. The resolution of the GF8 (16MP) and the S3 (14MP) is fairly close but the GF8 (Four Thirds) and S3 (1/2.3") feature different sensor measurements.

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The GF8 was introduced 5 years after the S3 which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic GF8 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic S3 being a Compact camera.

Before we go straight into a full comparison, below is a simple overview of how the GF8 scores versus the S3 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF8 over the Panasonic S3

 GF8 S3 
LaunchedFebruary 2016January 2011Newer by 63 months
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic S3 over the Panasonic GF8

 S3 GF8 

Common features in the Panasonic GF8 and Panasonic S3

 GF8 S3 
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic S3 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to travel with your camera regularly, you'll have to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic GF8 provides external measurements of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 266 grams (0.59 lbs) whilst the Panasonic S3 has sizing of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have attached during that time. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the GF8 vs the S3.

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic S3 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the GF8 and S3 is 90 and 96 respectively.

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Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic S3 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to picture the contrast in sensor dimensions only by looking through specs. The image below should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the GF8 and S3.

All in all, the 2 cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The GF8 having a larger sensor is going to make getting bokeh simpler and the Panasonic GF8 will result in greater detail using its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will help you crop images somewhat more aggressively. The younger GF8 provides an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic S3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic S3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic S3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF8 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic S3 as a Portrait photography camera
66
focusing manually
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focusing
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
29
megapixel count good (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GF8 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic S3 as a Street photography camera
80
screen tilts
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
has focus via touch
above average ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (117 grams)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GF8 Sports photography factors
Panasonic S3 Sports photography factors
49
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/500 seconds)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.8 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
bad battery (230 shots)
no phase detect AF
35
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
low fps (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GF8 Travel photography factors
Panasonic S3 Travel photography factors
67
has focus via touch
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
no Time Lapse recording
bad battery (230 per charge)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
68
lighter than average in class (117 grams)
megapixel count good (14MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GF8 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic S3 Landscape photography highlights
66
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
bad battery (230 CIPA)
no Time Lapse recording
38
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GF8 Vlogging advice
Panasonic S3 Vlogging advice
33
touchscreen enabled
provides face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
no external mic socket
31
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (117 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic socket
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Panasonic GF8 vs Panasonic S3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF8 and Panasonic S3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2016-02-15 2011-01-05
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4592 x 3448 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW data
Min enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.1-5.6
Macro focus range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/500 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 5.8fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.60 m (at ISO 200) 3.30 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 reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance 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 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4
Mic port
Headphone port
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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 266 gr (0.59 pounds) 117 gr (0.26 pounds)
Dimensions 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") 99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 230 photos 250 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3-shot/10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
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