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Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1

Portability
90
Imaging
54
Features
62
Overall
57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 front
 
Pentax Q-S1 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
54
Overall
44

Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1 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
  • Launched February 2016
  • Superseded the Panasonic GF7
Pentax Q-S1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 203g - 105 x 58 x 34mm
  • Released August 2014
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Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1 Overview

Following is a extended comparison of the Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a significant gap among the resolutions of the GF8 (16MP) and Q-S1 (12MP) and the GF8 (Four Thirds) and Q-S1 (1/1.7") enjoy totally different sensor dimensions.

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The GF8 was revealed 19 months after the Q-S1 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going through a thorough comparison, below is a concise overview of how the GF8 scores against the Q-S1 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF8 over the Pentax Q-S1

 GF8 Q-S1 
ReleasedFebruary 2016August 2014More modern by 19 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kSharper screen (+580k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax Q-S1 over the Panasonic GF8

 Q-S1 GF8 

Common features in the Panasonic GF8 and Pentax Q-S1

 GF8 Q-S1 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry around your camera regularly, you are going to need to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic GF8 provides exterior measurements of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") with a weight of 266 grams (0.59 lbs) whilst the Pentax Q-S1 has sizing of 105mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 203 grams (0.45 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have attached during that time. Following is the front view sizing comparison of the GF8 vs the Q-S1.

Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the GF8 and Q-S1 is 90 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor sizes only by looking through specs. The picture below may offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the GF8 and Q-S1.

All in all, the two cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The GF8 with its bigger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF simpler and the Panasonic GF8 will provide you with more detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop photographs much more aggressively. The fresher GF8 will have a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF8 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax Q-S1 as a Portrait photography camera
65
you can focus manually
good resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
no external flash support
46
manual focus
provides face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GF8 Street photography highlights
Pentax Q-S1 Street photography highlights
80
screen tilts
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
includes focus via touch
above average ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports RAW formats
lighter than competitors in class (203 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic GF8
Sports photography with Pentax Q-S1
49
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
good resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
max shutter speed is low (1/500 seconds)
slow fps (5.8 frames/s)
no image stabilization
not so great battery power (230 per charge)
has no phase detect AF
37
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (5.0 frames per second)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
bad battery pack (250 shots)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic GF8
Travel photography with Pentax Q-S1
66
includes focus via touch
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
missing Timelapse mode
not so great battery power (230 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
60
lighter than competitors in class (203 grams)
has built in flash
bad battery pack (250 CIPA)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic GF8 Landscape photography factors
Pentax Q-S1 Landscape photography factors
65
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
no image stabilization
not so great battery power (230 shots)
missing Timelapse mode
55
manual focus
change lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
bad battery pack (250 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GF8 Vlogging details
Pentax Q-S1 Vlogging details
33
touch screen
includes face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
missing external microphone socket
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors in class (203g)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone socket
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Panasonic GF8 vs Pentax Q-S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF8 and Pentax Q-S1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8Pentax Q-S1
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 Pentax Q-S1
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2016-02-15 2014-08-04
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine Q Engine
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4592 x 3448 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 25600 12800
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW photos
Lowest enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 -
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Pentax Q
Number of lenses 107 8
Focal length multiplier 2.1 4.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,040k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/500 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Max silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 5.8fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.60 m (at ISO 200) 4.90 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, flash off Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24p), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 266 grams (0.59 pounds) 203 grams (0.45 pounds)
Dimensions 107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3") 105 x 58 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
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 shots 250 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3-shot/10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $549 $250