Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Panasonic G9 and Fujifilm S8500 side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Panasonic G9 has external dimensions of 137 x 97 x 92 mm (5.39 x 3.82 x 3.62″) and weighs 658 g (1.45 lb / 23.21 oz) (including batteries). Fujifilm S8500 has external dimensions of and weighs 670 g (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Panasonic G9 and Fujifilm S8500. Fujifilm S8500 is 14mm narrower and 10mm shorter than Panasonic G9 but it is also 24mm thicker. As you can tell, actually this is not a fair size comparison since Fujifilm S8500 has a built-in lens but Panasonic G9 doesn't. Once you put a lens on G9, its thickness will increase significantly.
Here is the back view size comparison of Panasonic G9 and Fujifilm S8500.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Panasonic G9 and Fujifilm S8500.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Panasonic G9 is 12g lighter than the Fujifilm S8500 but we don't think this will make a significant difference.
Again, this comparison may not be very useful in real life as we are comparing the weight of a camera with a built-in lens to the body-only weight of an interchangeable lens camera. Once you put a lens on G9, the total kit will weigh much higher.
With its weather sealed body, we believe that G9 has a big advantage over S8500 which doesn't provide any kind of environmental sealing.
LCD Screen Size and Features
Panasonic G9 and Fujifilm S8500's LCD screens has the same diagonal size of 3.
On the other hand, Panasonic G9 sports a Fully Articulated screen
which you can change the angle and position of the screen almost freely, making it possible to shoot from waist or over the head levels, and especially very useful for shooting selfies and video. Fujifilm S8500's LCD screen is a fixed type which provides almost no flexibility in shooting positions compared to G9.