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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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.

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PROS CONS
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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By Neocamera on 2014-04-04

Panasonic DMC-LF1 Highlights


Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm

1/1.7" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 80-12800
7.1X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-250s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Built-in EVF 200K PixelsCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
10 FPS Drive, 12 ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 920K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
Internal Memory
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