LCD and Viewfinder
Panasonic GF8 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
LCD is Touch screen
type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
GF8 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Mirrorless camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Olympus OM-D E-M10 II (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 (Lumix DMC-GX80 / Lumix DMC-GX7 Mark II) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Panasonic GF8 can shoot continuously at max speed of 5.8 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/500 sec. GF8 also has an electronic shutter which can shoot silently at max speed of 1/16000 sec. One thing to keep in mind is that electronic shutter may cause rolling shutter effects on your images in certain conditions.
Unfortunately GF8 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Panasonic GF8 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 23 points to choose from.
Panasonic GF8 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Panasonic GF8, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60p,60i,50p,50i,30p,25p,24p fps and save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Panasonic GF8 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
GF8 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Panasonic GF8 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Mirrorless camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Canon EOS M6 or Samsung NX30 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Panasonic GF8 features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n with NFC) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection. With its NFC feature, GF8 can communicate with devices such as smartphones which are also equipped with this technology by simply touching each other.One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our GF8. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect GF8 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Panasonic GF8 is powered by a proprietary battery which provides a shooting life of 230 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Mirrorless type cameras is 353 shots, Panasonic GF8 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend GF8 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras
Samsung NX mini with its 650shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras. Check the comparison of Panasonic GF8 vs Samsung NX mini or take a look at Longest Battery Life Mirrorless cameras list.
Panasonic GF8 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Panasonic GF8 is $449.95