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 GF8 and Nikon 1 S2 side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Panasonic GF8 has external dimensions of 107 x 65 x 33 mm (4.21 x 2.56 x 1.3″) and weighs 266 g (0.59 lb / 9.38 oz) (including batteries). Nikon 1 S2 has external dimensions of 101 x 61 x 29 mm (3.98 x 2.4 x 1.14″) and weighs 190 g (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Panasonic GF8 and Nikon 1 S2. Nikon 1 S2 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 6mm narrower, 4mm shorter and 4mm thinner than Panasonic GF8.
Here is the back view size comparison of Panasonic GF8 and Nikon 1 S2.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Panasonic GF8 and Nikon 1 S2.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Nikon 1 S2 is significantly lighter (76g ) than the Panasonic GF8 which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Also keep in mind that body weight is not the only deciding factor when comparing two interchangeable camera bodies, you have to also take into account the lenses that you will be using with these bodies.
Unfortunately neither Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 nor Nikon 1 S2 provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top Mirrorless Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Panasonic GF8 and Nikon 1 S2's LCD screens has the same diagonal size of 3".
On the other hand, Panasonic GF8 features a Tilting screen
where you can change the angle of the screen to make it easier to shoot from waist or over the head levels whereas the Nikon 1 S2 has a fixed type screen which provides less flexibility in shooting positions compared to GF8.