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Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic SZ8

Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
55
Overall
44
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 front
Portability
94
Imaging
40
Features
31
Overall
36

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic SZ8 Key Specs

Panasonic LF1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400 (Bump to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-200mm (F2.0-5.9) lens
  • 192g - 103 x 62 x 28mm
  • Announced November 2013
Panasonic SZ8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 159g - 100 x 60 x 27mm
  • Launched January 2014
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Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic SZ8 Overview

On this page, we will be comparing the Panasonic LF1 versus Panasonic SZ8, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are manufactured by Panasonic. There exists a sizable gap between the sensor resolutions of the LF1 (12MP) and SZ8 (16MP) and the LF1 (1/1.7") and SZ8 (1/2.3") boast different sensor sizing.

Photography Glossary

The LF1 was manufactured very close to the SZ8 and they are of a similar age. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a in depth comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the LF1 grades versus the SZ8 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LF1 over the Panasonic SZ8

 LF1 SZ8 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Screen resolution920k460kSharper screen (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ8 over the Panasonic LF1

 SZ8 LF1 

Common features in the Panasonic LF1 and Panasonic SZ8

 LF1 SZ8 
LaunchedNovember 2013January 2014Similar age
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Neither includes Touch screen

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic SZ8 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to travel with your camera frequently, you will need to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic LF1 features outside measurements of 103mm x 62mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1") having a weight of 192 grams (0.42 lbs) and the Panasonic SZ8 has measurements of 100mm x 60mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic LF1 versus Panasonic SZ8 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you select during that time. The following is a front view physical size comparison of the LF1 vs the SZ8.

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic SZ8 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the LF1 and SZ8 is 92 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic SZ8 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic SZ8 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to picture the contrast between sensor dimensions just by reviewing specifications. The pic underneath should give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the LF1 and SZ8.

Plainly, both of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The LF1 due to its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF simpler and the Panasonic SZ8 will offer greater detail due to its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs a bit more aggressively.

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic SZ8 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic SZ8 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic SZ8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LF1 Portrait photography details
Panasonic SZ8 Portrait photography details
42
you can focus manually
provides face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
35
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LF1 Street photography advice
Panasonic SZ8 Street photography advice
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (159 grams)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LF1 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic SZ8 as a Sports photography camera
39
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect AF
34
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
max fps low (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
terrible battery (200 CIPA)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LF1 Travel photography information
Panasonic SZ8 Travel photography information
64
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
67
lighter than competition in class (159 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
great zoom (288mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
terrible battery (200 per charge)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LF1 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic SZ8 as a Landscape photography camera
54
you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
42
really wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
terrible battery (200 shots)
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic LF1
Vlogging with Panasonic SZ8
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decently wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic port
32
really wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
lighter than competition in class (159g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone jack
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Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic SZ8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LF1 and Panasonic SZ8
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2013-11-26 2014-01-06
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Maximum boosted ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-200mm (7.1x) 24-288mm (12.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.0-5.9 f/3.1-6.3
Macro focus distance 3cm -
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 920k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech TFT Color LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 8s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.00 m 5.20 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
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 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 192 grams (0.42 pounds) 159 grams (0.35 pounds)
Physical dimensions 103 x 62 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1") 100 x 60 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 52 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.6 not tested
DXO Low light score 211 not tested
Other
Battery life 250 photos 200 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $500 $275