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.
The GF8 is rated #65 out of 111 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all-around #311 out of 1431 for cameras in our database. Remember to check out our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personalized factors.
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.
Panasonic GF8 Gallery
You can see the GF8 from various angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
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 325g so the Panasonic GF8 is lighter compared with various competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Underneath is a shot of the Panasonic GF8 alongside a soft drink to help you get a sense of its scale.
The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the GF8.
Panasonic GF8 Lens specifications
The GF8 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 151 lenses on the market today. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the GF8.
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.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.
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.
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 338. Samsung NX mini comes with the highest possible (650) 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 66 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.
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.
Panasonic GF8 Sports photography factors
A modest sports photography rating of 50 indicates the Panasonic GF8 is reasonably suitable for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Panasonic GF8
Weight is extremely important when buying a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic GF8 gets a above average 67 as a travel camera which is a good fit to buy for your journeys.
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 66 for a landscape camera is a fine choice compared to it's rivals.
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.
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.