Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Summary
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Assessment
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 offers complete direct photographic controls and a built-in EVF in a body barely larger than an usual ultra-compact. Its dual control-dials, traditional mode-dial and high number of buttons put it among the most efficient fixed-lens cameras to date.
The LF1 provides a versatile wide-angle 7X optical-zoom lens with image stabilization along with a huge range of exposure parameters.
This compact camera uses a 12 megapixels CMOS sensor similar to other models of the same size yet delivers above average image-quality due to very nice internal processing with balances details and noise extremely well.
This Lumix is generally fast with good performance in a number of areas. Autofocus in particular can lock-in very fast at wide-angle yet slows down considerably at the opposite end of the zoom.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 provides a unique offering to either learn photography or for people with DSLRs or mirrorless cameras who like to play when they must leave their larger gear at home.
|Excellent balance of details and noise||Dim lens slows AF towards telephoto|
|Low image noise until ISO 400||Below-average Auto White-Balance|
|Very reliable metering||Low color accuracy|
|Excellent resistance to chromatic aberrations||Half-press required for Exposure-Priority and correct Live-Histogram|
|Low optical distortion||Poor EVF resolution|
|Very fast autofocus near wide-angle||Slow optical zoom|
|Instant shutter-lag||1s Filming delay|
|Fast shot-to-shot speed||1080i @ 60 FPS|
|Smallest camera with built-in EVF||Poor tripod mount placement|
|Good build quality||Very short battery-life|
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Panasonic DMC-LF1 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Fixed Lens||ISO 80-12800|
|7.1X Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/4000-250s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.20" Built-in EVF 200K Pixels||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|10 FPS Drive, 12 Images||Spot-Metering|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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