Panasonic GF8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 front

Panasonic GF8 overview

Panasonic GF8 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera originally launched on February of 2016. It features a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4592 x 3448.

Panasonic introduced this model in order to improve the previous Panasonic GF7 (Read Full Comparison)

The GF8 is rated #71 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all-around #343 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to check out our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personalized factors.

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Below is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic GF8 history

The Panasonic GF8 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GF8 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GF8 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
GF8 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GF8 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF816MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GF8 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
GF8 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM5
GF8 vs GM5
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
GF8 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GF8 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GF8 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
GF8 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GF8 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GF8 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
GF8 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GF8 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GF8 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
GF8 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GF8 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GF8 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GF8 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GF8 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic GF8 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Panasonic GF8 based on aspects which are generally viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

comes with face detect autofocus
comes with tracking focus
decent sized screen (3 inches)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
has built in flash
has HDMI out
includes focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16MP)
NFC support
saves RAW files
screen has good resolution (1,040 k dots)
screen is touchscreen
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
tilting screen
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
you can focus manually
bad battery (230 shots)
does not have headphone support
does not have image stabilization
does not have microphone support
does not have Timelapse mode
low max shutter speed (1/500s)
no external flash support
no phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.8 frames per second)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Panasonic GF8 Sensor specifications

The Panasonic GF8 is run by the Venus Engine chip. The spec of the sensor in the Panasonic GF8 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4592 x 3448 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 16MP and includes a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. This ISO can be increased digitally to a minimum of 100. RAW files are saved which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the GF8's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The GF8 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GF8 dimensions

Panasonic GF8 weighs 0.59 lb (266g or 9.38 ounces) & has outer size of 107mm x 65mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329g so the Panasonic GF8 is lighter compared with various competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Panasonic GF8 alongside a soft drink to help you get a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the GF8.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 topview buttons dials

Panasonic GF8 Lens specifications

The GF8 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses on the market today. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the GF8.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-16mm-f2.0-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS16mmf/2.0 583g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Summilux-10-25mm-F1.7-ASPH lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH10-25mmf/1.7690g
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Samyang-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS--Rokinon-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 21mm F1.4 ED AS UMC CS21mmf/1.4275g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-12-60mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH-Power-OIS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS12-60mmf/3.5-5.6 210g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-150-400mm-F4.5-TC-1.25x-IS-PRO lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC 1.25x IS PRO150-400mmf/4.5 1850g
Samyang-85mm-F1.4-Aspherical-IF-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF85mmf/1.4 539g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-8-25mm-F4-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm F4 Pro8-25mmf/4 411g
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Panasonic GF8 Connectivity

The GF8 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy files and at times change settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Several applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Panasonic GF8 Video specifications

The maximum video resolution in the Panasonic GF8 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance between video quality versus file sizes but FULL HD is not going to give you any room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone socket which means you have no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to buy an alternative model if you need decent audio for your videos.

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Panasonic GF8 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Panasonic GF8 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Panasonic GF8 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GF8 features a 3" tilting screen boasting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means that you can switch focus points as well as change settings with your fingertips.

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The View Finder specifications for Panasonic GF8 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather helpful during sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Panasonic GF8 Shutter specifications

Panasonic GF8 has the ability to shoot continuously at 5.8 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/500s. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Beware that the electronic shutter can result in "rolling shutter" in certain conditions.

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Panasonic GF8 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic GF8 comes with only built-in flash with no external flash ability.

Panasonic GF8 Autofocus specifications

Panasonic GF8 comes with just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and precise compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detection making it helpful for people photography.

The Sensor features 23 focus points to select from. Panasonic GF8 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to switch focus points. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Panasonic GF8 has the ability to use manual focus if needed during low light occasions or you want more precise focus control.

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Panasonic GF8 Battery life

The battery in the Panasonic GF8 is built to last for 230 photographs as per the CIPA standards which is less as compared with it's competitors. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 comes with the highest possible (750) battery life within this category of cameras.

Following is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras with the best battery life:

Panasonic GF8 for specific styles of photography

The following bar chart gives a analysis of the Panasonic GF8 for specific styles of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Panasonic GF8

The Panasonic GF8 has a score of 65 which is above average, meaning that it is a fine option to use for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos together with the option to utilize external lighting.

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you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focus
saves RAW files
external flash not possible

Panasonic GF8 Street photography details

Getting a wonderful score of 80, the Panasonic GF8 is a outstanding option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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screen tilts
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
supports focus via touch
great high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization

Panasonic GF8 Sports photography factors

A modest sports photography rating of 49 indicates the Panasonic GF8 is reasonably suitable for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
MP count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/500 seconds)
low fps (5.8 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
bad battery pack (230 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Panasonic GF8

Weight is extremely important when buying a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic GF8 gets a above average 66 as a travel camera which is a good fit to buy for your journeys.

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boasts focus by touch
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse mode
bad battery pack (230 per charge)
does not have a selfie friendly display

Panasonic GF8 as a Landscape photography camera

If you find yourself planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Panasonic GF8 at it's nice score of 65 for a landscape camera is a fine choice compared to it's rivals.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3")
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
bad battery (230 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse function

Panasonic GF8 Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Panasonic GF8 is just not good for vlogging as it delivers a low rating of 33.

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touchscreen enabled
offers face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have external mic support

Panasonic GF8 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the GF8, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall within the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line graph just below gives you an overview of the GF8 vs it's top ranking rivals suggested above.

Following are several cameras you might look into as alternate options. To read a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4592 x 3448
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum boosted ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/500 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
5.8 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.60 m (at ISO 200)
Flash options
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
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
266g (0.59 pounds)
107 x 65 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.6" x 1.3")
Battery life
230 shots
Battery style
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3-shot/10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Launch cost