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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 12 MP Digital Camera (Black)
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- The only pocketable premium zoom digital camera with an adjustable Electronic ViewFinder (EVF)
- High sensitivity 12.1 MP MOS sensor
- 13 built-in creative controls plus Panaroma and Retouch modes
- Bright F/2.0-5.9 7X zoom
- Wirelessly links to Smartphone (Wi-Fi and NFC enabled)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||250 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3), RAW, MPO|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||87|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|HDMI Type||Mini HDMI|
|ISO Range||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 1.1 x 4.06 inches|
|Item Display Weight||4.8 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.42 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||950 Milliampere Hour (mAh)|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||28 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||3 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year parts and labor|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0 - F5.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||0.7 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.1 x 4.06 x 2.44 in||1.2 x 4.2 x 2.2 in||1.2 x 4 x 2.2 in||4.4 x 1.62 x 2.64 in||5.31 x 5.35 x 2.09 in||4.4 x 1.7 x 2.5 in|
|Item Weight||6.72 ounces||6.08 ounces||0.5 lb||0.71 lb||0.97 lb||0.69 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||20.3 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||20 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)||1080p_hd||1080p||4k||60p||4k|
|Viewfinder||LCD||Electrical||Electrical||electronic viewfinder||electronic viewfinder||electronic viewfinder|
LUMIX DMC-LF1K 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera. The only pocketable premium zoom camera with an adjustable EVF. High sensitivity MOS sensor. 15 in-camera creative controls. Bright F2.0-5.9 7X zoom. Wirelessly links to Smartphones. Battery and Battery Charging Cable included. Black.
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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1K Wi-Fi, Electronic Viewfinder, Pocket-able, HD Video, 7.1x Zoom, F2.0 Lens, Creative Controls, Creative Panorama Mode, Black
The NFC Wi-Fi Enabled LUMIX DMC-LF1 Unwires Your Creativity
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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1 compact point and shoot digital camera is the superior choice for challenging shooting conditions, and the only pocket-able premium zoom camera with an eye-level adjustable electronic viewfinder in its class (as of 04/24/2013 time of announcement). The DMC-LF1 digital camera brings together modern mobile connectivity with a no compromises approach to photography that camera enthusiasts demand, plus it slips into your pocket. Discover greater control and creative flexibility over most point-and-shoot cameras by integrating features like Creative Panorama and the popular LUMIX Creative Control mode, which boasts 15 fascinating filter effects for photo and HD video. Enthusiasts will love its Exposure Control Ring, Composition Guide, high sensitivity MOS sensor, and super bright 7.1X F2.0 zoom lens.
Built-In Electronic Viewfinder, Sleek Stylish Design, 3.0-Inch LCD
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The Panasonic DMC-LF1 digital camera is a sleek, stylish digital compact camera with a 0.2-inch EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) with 200K-dot resolution and 100% field of view. This assures controllable framing and high visibility of even in strong sunlight. Designed with an eye for detail, it offers a sense of luxury that will satisfy even the most fashion-conscious. The 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot Intelligent LCD with super high resolution and a wide viewing angle features automatic brightness adjustment in 7 steps as the surrounding brightness level changes. This ensures easy visibility at all times. The big screen's AR coating reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting.
Be Inspired With Creative Controls, Panorama, and Composition Guides
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The LF1 digital camera's Creative Control and Creative Retouch modes feature 15 filter effects. The Creative Control mode lets you shoot with a filter while checking how it looks on the picture. Certain filters can be used for video recording as well. The Creative Retouch mode lets you apply a filter on a picture, in camera, even after shooting. With the Creative Panorama function, you can apply 13 filter effects to your horizontal/vertical panoramic images. Composition Guide helps you learn photography. It's easy to shoot a photo with great composition by simply choosing the most suitable pattern of composition and framing along the guided lines.
Shoot Impressive Pictures With 12.1-Megapixels and iA (intelligent Auto) / iA Plus Mode
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For beginners, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode helps you make beautiful pictures with a variety of shooting-assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control. The iA Plus mode lets you adjust background focus, exposure compensation, and white balance for even more control. The Panasonic DMC-LF1 integrates a 1/1.7-inch, 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor, which is larger than standard compact point and shoot digital cameras. The result is a high-resolution image with stunning clarity. The extensive light receiving area of each cell delivers high sensitivity image recording in lower light with its excellent S/N ratio and wide dynamic range.
Superior Quality F2.0 LEICA Lens, 7.1x Optical Zoom, and POWER O.I.S.
The DMC-LF1 is equipped with a newly developed 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens with 7.1x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-200mm) even when shooting videos. This high quality lens features F2.0, which boasts approximately 2x higher speed than an F2.8 lens. The extraordinary amount of light allows for higher shutter speeds to capture stunningly clear, sharp, blur-free images in lower lit situations, and shallow depth of field. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses vibration from hand-shake when pressing the shutter button, shooting at night with a slow shutter speed, or using a powerful zoom. The Active Mode is effective for video recording.
Enjoy Wi-Fi Features On the Go and Transfer Photos Easily With Instant Transfer
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With Wi-Fi you can instantly upload and share your images on a Social Networking Service using the Panasonic Image App on your smartphone/tablet. Geotagging makes it possible to tag the location information of images by utilizing the GPS (Global Positioning System) log of your smartphone/tablet. The Instant Transfer function allows the camera to transfer your photos to your smartphone/tablet automatically whenever the shutter is released. In playback mode, you can also touch the image displayed on the camera to transfer it directly to your smartphone/tablet with the Panasonic Image App.
One-Touch Connection, Sharing, Remote Shooting, and At Home Connectivity
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With NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, connect the camera with a smartphone/tablet simply by touching them together. With the Panasonic Image App, remote photo/video shooting is available using your device as a remote shutter with a monitor displaying the images live. Remotely release the camera's shutter, focus, and set the shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation. Easy to use wireless TV Playback of your images with the Wi-Fi Direct function on a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) - compliant VIERA HDTV. Print pictures wirelessly from a PictBridge printer using Wireless Print, and Panasonic's exclusive Cloud Sync Service synchronizes photos and videos among your devices.
Full-HD Video in AVCHD and MP4 With High Quality Stereo Sound
The DMC-LF1 records 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) full HD videos with full-time AF and high quality stereo sound in the AVCHD format which excels in both compression efficiency and compatibility with AV equipment for playback. With a dedicated video record button on the back, you can instantly start recording videos while shooting pictures. Videos can also be recorded in MP4 format (30p (NTSC) for playback on a PC or other device without having to convert the files. High-quality stereo sound offers realistic sound, and the stereo microphone delivers a zoom noise reduction system. The Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind.
Premium Accessories for the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1
Leica 3.8x, 24-90mm
Leica 7.1x, 28-200mm
11 elements / 10 groups / (3 ASPH. / 2 ED)
10 elements / 8 groups / (4 ASPH. / 1 ED)
Lens Shift (POWER O.I.S.)
Lens Shift (POWER O.I.S.)
Optional Hotshoe Mountable OVF / EVF2
Built-in 0.2" 20K-dot EVF with Diopter
ISO80-6400 - 12800
ISO80-6400 - 12800
|RAW Format Recording|
|Creative Control Modes|
16 Filter Effects
15 Filter Effects
Yes Plus 13 Creative Filter Effects
|Composition Guide Feature|
AVC Progressive - 1920 x 1080, 60fps
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080, 60 fps
|Neutral Density Filter Lever|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)|
110.5 x 67.1 x 45.6mm
102.5 x 62.1 x 27.9mm
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First of all, I am a professional photographer. I could easily write a long, detailed review and get technical but I'm going to keep it short as this is a relatively simple camera, and other pro websites have already gone into enough detail. Google it. My review is more about "in the field" performance and why I bought and love this camera. My pro rig is mostly Olympus based, and I shoot manually, including manual focus 99% of the time. I wanted a good tiny point and shoot camera that could fit in my pocket but also had some professional features. Not only the standards such as aperture priority etc., but also some tactile buttons and wheels to make these selections. A viewfinder was a must for me if possible (this is also the only camera in this size class that has one by the way). I shoot a lot of low light/no flash photography, so a wider aperture was a priority also. I looked into sticking with the Olympus options as naturally the menus were very familiar. Nothing really jumped out. I LOVE the Stylus 1, with it's floating 2.8 and amazing EVF, but it was just a little too big of a camera for this purpose. I used to shoot with a lot of Leica cameras and had many of the D-Lux series over the years as a backup (which is the same series as the Panasonic Lumix LMX series). Great cameras and I seriously looked into the new Leica D-Lux 6/Lumix LMX 7 when it came to this research. Again, I loved this camera too. Wide open lens at 1.4 and great viewfinder, but still too big for me, not to mention the viewfinder is an expensive optional extra that slides on in a slightly precarious way. I love Leica glass, and the Leica/Lumix menus are still comfortable to navigate for me given my past experience with their systems. I stumbled upon this model after looking at the new Leica C (same camera) and assumed that Panasonic had their own version. They did, so I played around with it and fell in love. The 2.0 aperture was wide enough for me, the size/weight were perfect and the buttons felt good. So here's the breakdown, and REMEMBER, this is a fairly simple point and shoot camera, so at the end of the day, don't expect a number of the bells and whistles they have sacrificed to achieve the compact size.
It's light, small and thin. Feels solid and the auto lens cover isn't too flimsy.
It has an electronic viewfinder with all of the same menu options as the main screen. The viewfinder is particularly useful in bright sunlight.
Battery life is good. I've heard people complain about only being able to charge the camera via a cable. I have no problem with this but it's also not true. There are plenty of additional batteries and external chargers for sale right here on Amazon.
The zoom is solid and provides good options.
The mode selection dial and zoom switch on the top of the camera are familiar to any long time shooter. Also, the ring around the lens is customizable to a variety of features from focus to aperture selection to zoom and others. Pretty cool.
Also, and worth mentioning as I usually can't stand "art scene" modes that recreate "looks" that everyone is presetting into cameras these days, these ones are actually pretty cool...
The image quality is fantastic in my opinion for a camera and sensor this small. Again, DON'T expect TOO much!:)
The viewfinder is pretty crappy. It really helps with bright sun and framing, and does have a diopter, but I do constantly feel that the focus is a little off. It's not, it's just the resolution is weak and the viewfinder is small. The technology is out there for a crisper EVF and it seems like a real oversight on the part of Panasonic/Leica to drop the ball on this. One company produces state of the art electronics and the other is world famous for it's optics. Their other viewfinders are great and being that this is the ONLY camera in this size class to have one, they could have stepped it up. It would be well worth spending an extra $50 to $100 to have it. That being said, using the EVF is optional, and many people won't care one way or the other. For me having the option was a big selling point, and despite it's flaws it still is.
The menu functions are a little clunky.I'm not going to go into too much detail but it seems like sometimes you have to press one too many buttons to get to a setting, not to mention that some of the features are hiding in unintuitive places. It's a minor gripe, and again anyone familiar with the Panasonic menu system won't have too much of a problem, but it feels a little awkward, especially for a camera of this size, which I feel should be able to really be flexible at a moments notice.
I know that I have already said that we shouldn't bitch about losing some of the more professional bells and whistles, because this is a pocket camera with great features and does feel pro, BUT I have to bitch about the loss of one of my favorite features that EVERY Panasonic/Leica model above this one has: The ability to dial the amount of flash up and down. I love this on the D-Lux/LMX series and it's gone from here. I shoot a lot of black and white, and rarely any flash ever, so this feature was something I would use as a moody, "noir" effect a lot in low light situations. Again, maybe not an issue for most people, but I wish it was still there.
In addition, I do highly recommend the purchase of a Flipbac Camera grip. The G3 or G4. They really make a difference in the field,and are only about $10. I wish they had built one into the body the way Sony and a number of other companies have, and it seems a small complaint until sweaty hands make you lose grip of a tiny camera....;)
Summation: I do love and recommend the camera, and I hope this review is helpful.
But image quality isn't the be-all-and-end-all of cameras, otherwise I wouldn't have sold my Sony four months ago. So my review won't be comparing the two cameras, as that's already been done to death. No, I'll be focusing on why I chose the LF1 and what I see are the pros and cons.
- Size. The LF1 is surprisingly small, especially taking into account that it has a viewfinder.
- Connectivity. I love that I can easily connect to and control it or transfer images to my Nexus 7 and iPhone 5. If you have an NFC-compatible device, it pairs easily, without the need to manually input the SSID and password. It can be hit-or-miss at times and may take up to a minute to pair devices.
- Viewfinder. This is a pro and a con, actually. I love that it's there, but it's of VERY low-quality (washed out, low-resolution, tunnel-vision). Despite that, I use it regularly and it does have a diopter adjustment for users with glasses.
- Control. With the control ring on the lens, the wheel by the d-pad in the back, and the Fn and Q button, most users will have access to most controls they need quickly.
- RAW. Another pro and con. I like that I can shoot RAW, but I don't like that it's not the open DNG format. C'mon camera makers, just standardize DNG!! You also can't preview RAW photos in the iOS or Android apps--JPEG only.
- Zoom. My zoom lens for my "big-boy" camera is only about 3x, but the LF1 has a 7x zoom. If I'm getting a compact camera, I want something that goes farther than that, otherwise, what's the point? I'd have two cameras with almost the exact same focal length.
- Creative control. I love that if I shoot in JPEG, I can later add all the in-camera effects. For example, with all the other cameras I've used, if I wanted an in-camera B&W photo, I'd have to shoot in B&W and that's all I'd have. With the LF1, I can use any PASM mode and just convert the image later using any of the 13 effects.
- In-camera battery charging. Yes, I know some people hate it, but I actually love it. I don't like lugging extra chargers on vacation. Plus, I always have a USB battery pack with me, so I can charge the camera anywhere and not worry about swapping batteries. No dead batteries!
- Made in Japan. Checking the photography forums, I know this means something to others as well, so I wanted to put it out there.
- Excellent image stabilization. And I mean EXCELLENT. Because of the lens ring and viewfinder, I tend to hold the LF1 like a mini rangefinder, so even without stabilization, I could probably squeeze off a clear shot at 1/25 second. With Panasonic's IBIS, I fired off a surprisingly blur-free image at 1/4 sec.! Crazy!
- Poor customization. The control dials can only be set to a handful of preset modes, many of which aren't necessarily the modes I'd use or are outright redundant. I guess I'm spoiled from having used the Ricoh GRD4 for the past two years, but I like being able to assign any function I want to any button.
- No Auto High-ISO limits. Let's be honest, with a compact camera, you don't want to shoot higher than ISO800. Other enthusiast compacts allow users to put an ISO limit, but the LF1 does not, so I'd be wary of using AutoISO, lest you fire one off at ISO3200 and have a watercolor painting instead of a photo.
- Proprietary charging cable. Well, I don't know about proprietary, as I think I've seen the connection before, but if Sony can adopt microUSB (and they're notorious for proprietary everything), I don't see why other companies can't. It's just one more cable I have to carry and worry about losing.
- No grip. When a camera is this small, it needs one. The extra-smooth metal finish only exacerbates the "bar of soap" feeling.
- No in-camera RAW conversion. Some premium compacts offer this, so I was sad to learn that the LF1 does not. This is especially troublesome, as you can't view RAW files in either iOS or Android apps. So if you want to use your tablet or smartphone to preview your images, you'll have to shoot either completely in JPEG or in JPEG+RAW (which wastes memory card space).
Overall, I'm quite happy with the LF1. It offers many features I had wanted in a compact camera and with good image quality up to ISO800 (and even ISO1600, if you convert to B&W). The IBIS, f2.0 lens, and RAW all help to counteract the low-light woes of most compact cameras, allowing most photographers to keep noise to a minimum by shooting at ISO400 in most situations. It also excels in macro photography, with a 3cm minimum focus distance at full wide and bokeh looks quite pleasant.
The LF1 isn't for everyone, but if you want a viewfinder, longer zoom, and wireless connectivity with remote control, this is your only choice that will fit in your pocket and still be under $500. The number one reason to buy any camera--image quality--is certainly still there, but it's not perfect (no camera is), so for that, I'll give the Lumix LF1 a very solid four stars.
--Update 11/25/13: After taking the camera with me on vacation and using it extensively, I've noticed some things I didn't cover. The biggest being the poor placement of the power button. I can't even count how many times I accidentally turned it on when I was putting it into my camera pouch or even just holding it. Based on its position, it should be a switch instead of a button to prevent accidentally extending the lens while in a pouch.
This also pointed out another flaw: the power button can be unresponsive. There were times when I thought I had turned the camera on while in its pouch, but was mistaken. However, while this was helpful in not damaging the lens, it was a giant pain when I wanted to quickly take a shot and the camera wouldn't power on!
I would lower my rating to 3 stars because of these issues, but I found the handling and responsiveness (shot-to-shot and auto-focus speed) of this camera, combined with the excellent shake reduction exceeded my expectations, so I'll give it 3.5 stars.