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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White)

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Product Highlights
  • 12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Leica DC Vario-Summicron 7.1x Zoom Lens
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28-200mm
  • 3.0" 920k-Dot Intelligent LCD Monitor
  • 0.2" 200k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • HD 1080i Video Recording at 60fps
  • POWER O.I.S. Optical Image Stabilization
  • Built-In Wireless and NFC Connectivity
  • Exposure Control Ring

The white LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera from Panasonic is a sleek, compact camera with a 12.1 High Sensitivity MOS 1/1.7" sensor and the LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 7.1x optical zoom lens. The sensor is large by compact camera standards and provides clear, high resolution images at both high and low ISO settings and rich tonal gradations with a wide dynamic range. Its Venus Engine image processor enables fast performance including 10 fps of continuous shooting at full resolution and fast Sonic Speed autofocus. The LF1 supports HD 1080i video capture in the AVCHD format with stereo audio recording and 30i capture in the MP4 format for simplified playback. A dedicated button immediately starts video recording even from stills mode.

The lens on the LF1 provides the 35mm focal equivalent of a 28-200mm lens which provides broad coverage from true wide-angle to telephoto. Its maximum aperture is f/2.0 which enables fast shutter speeds, effective low-light imaging and shallow depth of field focus. In addition, POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses the vibration from hand-shake for clear shots in low light and at long focal lengths.

 Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with Near Field Communication (NFC) allows for instant transfer of your images to a computer, smart phone or tablet. NFC lets you connect your smart phone to your camera by simply bringing them together. This significantly simplifies the process of image transfer. And with the free Panasonic Image App you are able to use your device as a remote control and monitor, upload directly to social media sites, playback wirelessly on compliant TV's and sync and store your images in the cloud.

For image composition and playback the LF1 features a 3.0" 920k-dot Intelligent LCD monitor with automatic brightness adjustment and also offers a built-in 0.2" Electronic Viewfinder with 200k-dot resolution and 100% field of view. Use either as your needs demand, the LCD for odd angles and large screen viewing or the EVF for stable control and to reduce the effects of glare.

A control ring built around the lens enables direct, intuitive adjustment of numerous settings including zoom and manual exposure control. Also, the LF1 provides a Level Gauge for proper image alignment and a composition guide to assist in the creation of pleasing images. Intelligent Auto allows the camera to adjust itself according to the scenes it reads utilizing each of the camera's assistive modes and Creative Control lets you add creative filter effects in standard still mode and in panorama mode. 

12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
The DMC-LF1 integrates 1/1.7", 12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor which is larger in size than standard digital compact cameras. Thanks to the extensive light receiving area, low light capture is superior with excellent S / N ratio and wide dynamic range. The result is clear, high resolution images not only in high ISO sensitivity recording but also in low ISO setting reproducing rich tonal gradation with a wide dynamic range.
LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 7.1x Optical Zoom Lens
The DMC-LF1 is equipped with newly developed 28mm wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 7.1x optical zoom lens with the 35mm equivalent of 28-200mm. This lens features a maximum aperture of f/2.0 which allows using higher shutter speeds to capture sharp, blur-free images in lower lighting situations as well as providing shallow depth of field focus.
3.0" 920k-dot LCD
The 3.0", 920,000-dot Intelligent LCD with high resolution and a wide viewing angle features automatic brightness adjustment in 7 steps as the surrounding brightness level changes, ensuring easy visibility at all times. The big screen with Anti-Reflective coating displays fine details, making it easy to check focus before shooting.
Built-in 0.2" Electronic Viewfinder
The DMC-LF1 comes with 0.2" EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) with 200k-dot resolution and a 100% field of view. It assures stable framing and high visibility of live view images even under strong sunlight.
1080i HD Video Recording in AVCHD and MP4
The DMC-LF1 records HD 1080i video at 60 fps 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, users can instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make any extra setting adjustments. Videos can also be recorded in HD 720p and in MP4 format for playback on a PC or other portable electronic devices without having to convert the files. Zoom function is supported during video recording.
Built-in Stereo Microphone
Video recording also comes with the high-quality stereo sound of Dolby Digital. The stereo microphone comes with a zoom noise reduction system, and the Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind.
Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
With NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, you can connect the camera with a smartphone or tablet by just bringing them together. The Wi-Fi setup is extremely easy and finishes within a few seconds, making it possible to pair the camera directly to the device without connection procedure of information input for authorization. With Wi-Fi connectivity you can instantly transfer images to your smartphone the free Panasonic Image App lets you perform multiple wireless tasks, including remote shooting and viewing from your smartphone, direct sharing to social media sites, geotagging, real time broadcasting and Cloud Sync storage of images across compliant devices.
POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode
The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses the low-frequency vibration created by hand-shake, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed. The O.I.S. also works for powerful zoom shots, which are especially susceptible to hand-shake. Plus, the Active Mode is effective for video recording.
Wide ISO Range and Extended ISO
The combination of the MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves ISO 6400 (Auto) and maximum of ISO 12800 in Extended Mode. Images shot in low-lit situations are clear with sharp resolution and minimal noise.
Control Ring
Manual control is easy to try thanks to the Control Ring, which enables direct, intuitive control over frequently-used settings - zooming, aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and the filters of Creative Control and Creative Panorama.
Built-in Flash
The built-in flash provides numerous modes including Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off and Digital Red-eye Correction.
Composition Guide
To assist learning photography, Composition Guide is available in the DMC-LF1. It is easy to shoot a photo in good composition by just choosing the most suitable pattern of composition from Rule of Thirds Offset, Diagonal Lines, Tunnel, Radiation 1, Radiation 2 and S-shape; and framing the subjects along the guided lines.
Intelligent Auto Mode and iA Plus Mode
iA (Intelligent Auto) mode allows taking beautiful pictures with a variety of assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control. The iA Plus mode lets you adjust defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.
Creative Control and Creative Panorama
The Creative Control mode allows you to enhance images prior to shooting and includes 15 filter options. With the new Creative Panorama function, it is possible to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image and adjust it by using 12 filter effects of Creative Control. The Creative Control Filters in Still mode are Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, and One Point Color.
Creative Retouch
Creative Retouch makes it possible add the filters of Creative Control after the image has been shot.
Playback Modes
All, Slideshow, Filtering Play (Picture Only, Video Only, 3D Play, Category Selection, Select Date, Favorite), Calendar
Languages Supported
English and Spanish
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 12.8 Megapixel
Effective: 12.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/1.7" MOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC+, Dolby Digital 2ch
Max Resolution 12MP: 4000 x 3000
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Optics
Lens Leica DC Vario-Summicron, 10 elements in 8 groups
4 Aspherical, 1 ED
EFL: 6-42.8 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28-200 mm)
Aperture: f/2 (W) - 5.9 (T) to f/8
Zoom Optical: 7.1x
Digital: 4x
Intelligent Zoom: 14.3x
Focus Range Wide: 19.69" (50 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 31.50" (80 cm) - Infinity
Wide Macro: 1.18" (3 cm) - Infinity
Tele Macro: 31.50" (80 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-6400 (Extended Mode: 12800-)
Shutter 250 - 1/4000 seconds in Manual Mode
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes Cross-Process
Expressive
High Dynamic
High-Key
Impressive Art
Low Key
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
Old Days
One Point Color
Retro
Sepia
Soft Focus
Star Filter
Toy Camera Effect
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Incandescent, Shade, White Set
Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 12.1 MP for up to 12 frames
Up to 40 fps
Up to 60 fps
Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec
Interval Recording No
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On
Off
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.97 - 22.97' (0.6 - 7 m)
Telephoto: 2.62 - 7.55' (0.8 - 2.3 m)
Memory
Built-in Memory 87MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 30 Minutes 35 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (920,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11b/g/n built-in
Software System Requirements Windows: 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Mac: OS 9 or later
Power
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 950mAh
AC Power Adapter AC Adapter (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.0 x 2.4 x 1.1" / 10.2 x 6.1 x 2.8 cm
Weight 6.00 oz / 170 g without battery or card
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White)
  • DMW-BCN10 Lithium-ion Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • PHOTOfun STUDIO 9.2 AE Software
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio Software
  • Adobe Reader Software
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    PanasonicLUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 42 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (32)
    • Good image quality (30)
    • Easy to use (28)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (25)
    • Large clear LCD (19)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (6)
    • Limited zoom (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (23)
    • Family photos (19)
    • Landscape/scenery (19)
    • Low light (16)
    • Video (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (23), Casual photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (32), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A fine camera

    L U M I X L F 1.

    Where I come from
    My 'real ' camera is a micro four thirds (MFT) systems camera. It does everything...Read complete review

    L U M I X L F 1.

    Where I come from
    My 'real ' camera is a micro four thirds (MFT) systems camera. It does everything well I wish for in a camera except it does not fit my pocket. That's why sometimes I prefer a second camera that does. A Canon S 95 filled that place admirably until my canoe capsized submerging it in the floods of a local lake. I wanted a replacement similar to the S 95 but, if possible, with a built in electronic viewfinder (EVF), which was something I got to like very much in my MFT camera. I am far sighted and the diopter adjustment of the EVF will make glasses unnecessary. The LF 1 is the one point and shoot camera to offer this.
    It does not blow my MFT out of the water and the viewfinder image reminds me
    of pre high definition TV. But I can reliably frame the image and see the
    numerical information. When there is no hurry and the sun doesn't blank out the image, I will gladly get my glasses out and use the screen. After using it for a couple of weeks I find the LF 1 to be a likeable companion. It produces well defined photos in point and shoot manner that I am not embarrassed to show side by side with the ones taken with the MFT and even for projects that call for a more deliberate approach the LF 1 does well. The dial for exposure mode settings is of the familiar P/A/S/M layout so I started taking pictures right away without having to go too deeply into the manual.

    Optics and low light level photographs
    I had been used to zoom lenses that cover the focal length range from 28 to 90mm and I was concerned that to stretch this out to 200 mm might take its toll on the general image quality. Not so. I tested the lens at several focal lengths and apertures with an USAF test target and always counted at least 1000 lp/image height. Vignetting and geometric distortion are barely detectable. The jpg compression appears not to reduce the resolution when compared to RAW image files. f:2/28 and ISO 1600 suffice for urban night scenes, snapshots in restaurants and the like and as a last resort in desperate conditions, one can still increase the speed up to ISO 12800. At longer focal lengths the aperture is gradually reduced by maximally 3 f-stops at F 200 mm.

    Image stabilization and use of a tripod
    When using of a tripod it is typically recommended to disable the image stabilizer. The LF1 manual does not mention this and I took some pictures with and without image stabilization. There was no difference I could detect.

    Scene mode settings
    There are 16 scene mode settings. I have not tried many of them except high dynamic range (HDR) where the camera takes three shots of different exposure times in rapid succession and then consolidates them into a single frame. Preliminary experiments look promising.

    I have had this camera now for about a month and I like it very much.
    Yes, I would like more battery capacity. No, I would not like the camera to be bulkier in exchange.

    The camera comes with printed brief instructions and a 256 page manual on CD.
    It is richly illustrated but some things got lost in translation and the lack of an index is regrettable. The LF1 does not take more gladly to a full bath than my S95 and I am selling my canoe.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    poor focus

    I bought it and things seemed fairly decent for the price (barely any shutter lag, decent write speed for RAW were my big concerns). I would have kept it except for the fact...Read complete review

    I bought it and things seemed fairly decent for the price (barely any shutter lag, decent write speed for RAW were my big concerns). I would have kept it except for the fact the images were all soft when you opened it up in Photoshop, and most of them where just blurry. The autofocus was having lots of issues. Overall, there was also more noise than expected.

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    5.0

    Great camera

    By Mike

    from NC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White):

        If you are looking for a good backup camera (backup to your SLR) or want to have a simple point&shoot since is the camera to go with. Just bought it for a vacation in very challenging environmental conditions and I am stunned by the quality of the pictures.

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        5.0

        A great fuuly packed camera for my purpo

        By rummy

        from Lancaster PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

          I researched several more expensive cameras and this one was as good as others and a great price.

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          • No

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          1.0

          poor focus

          By ssc

          from Washington

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Zoom
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor autofocus
          • Poor Image Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White):

            I bought it and things seemed fairly decent for the price (barely any shutter lag, decent write speed for RAW were my big concerns). I would have kept it except for the fact the images were all soft when you opened it up in Photoshop, and most of them where just blurry. The autofocus was having lots of issues. Overall, there was also more noise than expected.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Love this camera!

            By EB

            from Santa Fe, NM

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White):

              It's easy to use, small enough to fit in my pocket, and takes excellent images.

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              • No

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              5.0

              best thing you can put in your pocket

              By OverTime

              from Tehachapi CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

                Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                This camera has a great sensor, low ISO, and just the right amount of settings. I have had many point and shoots but none performs like this. It takes me back to the days of my 35mm SLR; like photography rather than just taking pictures.

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                • No

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Pocket camera with all needed features

                By paul

                from Lake Hopatcong, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Before digital, I had tired of toting an SLR with regular, wide & telephoto lenses. I was happy with my 1st Lumix - DMC-TZ1, but needed a viewfinder and missed the control (f-stop, shutter speed) of the SLR. The LF-1 has all that & more! Picked by Consumers as a best ...

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                  • No

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                  (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I would buy it again

                  By Gideon the biker

                  from Tel Aviv Israel

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                    Great pocket camera for joggers and bikers

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Great Point-and-Shoot

                    By JohnSkar

                    from Elgin, IL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                        I just lost my p&s camera that I had for years.
                        I replaced it with this Lumix LF1.
                        The Leica lens is very sharp and clear with great contrast. This camera has a near perfect feature set (which is why I bought it.)
                        It fits perfectly in a small bag and will be on my hip when traveling where I do not want to carry my larger camera around my neck.
                        Features:
                        - built-in lens cap
                        - handy customizable "focus" ring
                        - perfect auto WB and exposures
                        - exposure compensation
                        - manual focus capability
                        - built-in electronic viewfinder
                        - jpeg, raw and combo capability (even 3D stills???)
                        - mp4 or avchd for videos
                        - easy and informative menuing
                        - great image stabilization

                        So far, I love it.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great little Camera

                        By Mariner

                        from NYC Metro

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White):

                          Used for record keeping & General photo work --
                          Like the independent view finder in bright light where it is often difficult to see the larger screen -- Image stabilization and speed of focus are also very good

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Accurate Color Pictures

                          By LCN

                          from La Crescenta CA

                          Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                          Received my camera from B and H on time and was well packaged. I have carried out tests on the zoom range from wide to full digital zoom. I must say that I was pleased with the results. Even the digital zoom has enough res. for good snapshots. I found that using the P mode on the dial gave me the best res. The colors are a bit subdued but by using the Vivid Mode the colors will make the shot pop for you. Could improve WiFi connection. Use SD adapter to iPad instead.

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                          5.0

                          A fine camera

                          By CJH

                          from Woodcliff Lake, NJ

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                            L U M I X L F 1.

                            Where I come from
                            My 'real ' camera is a micro four thirds (MFT) systems camera. It does everything well I wish for in a camera except it does not fit my pocket. That's why sometimes I prefer a second camera that does. A Canon S 95 filled that place admirably until my canoe capsized submerging it in the floods of a local lake. I wanted a replacement similar to the S 95 but, if possible, with a built in electronic viewfinder (EVF), which was something I got to like very much in my MFT camera. I am far sighted and the diopter adjustment of the EVF will make glasses unnecessary. The LF 1 is the one point and shoot camera to offer this.
                            It does not blow my MFT out of the water and the viewfinder image reminds me
                            of pre high definition TV. But I can reliably frame the image and see the
                            numerical information. When there is no hurry and the sun doesn't blank out the image, I will gladly get my glasses out and use the screen. After using it for a couple of weeks I find the LF 1 to be a likeable companion. It produces well defined photos in point and shoot manner that I am not embarrassed to show side by side with the ones taken with the MFT and even for projects that call for a more deliberate approach the LF 1 does well. The dial for exposure mode settings is of the familiar P/A/S/M layout so I started taking pictures right away without having to go too deeply into the manual.

                            Optics and low light level photographs
                            I had been used to zoom lenses that cover the focal length range from 28 to 90mm and I was concerned that to stretch this out to 200 mm might take its toll on the general image quality. Not so. I tested the lens at several focal lengths and apertures with an USAF test target and always counted at least 1000 lp/image height. Vignetting and geometric distortion are barely detectable. The jpg compression appears not to reduce the resolution when compared to RAW image files. f:2/28 and ISO 1600 suffice for urban night scenes, snapshots in restaurants and the like and as a last resort in desperate conditions, one can still increase the speed up to ISO 12800. At longer focal lengths the aperture is gradually reduced by maximally 3 f-stops at F 200 mm.

                            Image stabilization and use of a tripod
                            When using of a tripod it is typically recommended to disable the image stabilizer. The LF1 manual does not mention this and I took some pictures with and without image stabilization. There was no difference I could detect.

                            Scene mode settings
                            There are 16 scene mode settings. I have not tried many of them except high dynamic range (HDR) where the camera takes three shots of different exposure times in rapid succession and then consolidates them into a single frame. Preliminary experiments look promising.

                            I have had this camera now for about a month and I like it very much.
                            Yes, I would like more battery capacity. No, I would not like the camera to be bulkier in exchange.

                            The camera comes with printed brief instructions and a 256 page manual on CD.
                            It is richly illustrated but some things got lost in translation and the lack of an index is regrettable. The LF1 does not take more gladly to a full bath than my S95 and I am selling my canoe.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Excellent compact P&S w/VF

                            By emelvy

                            from Oak Ridge, TN

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White):

                                When my 7-yr old compact point&shoot camera failed, I looked for a replacement with a view finder. Without a VF I would need reading glasses to set up the camera and compose the shot, and then would have to change to distance glasses to see when the subject would have a good expression for the photo. The LF1 seems to be the only compact camera that has a VF. I find it very useful -- not only does the VF show exactly the same picture as will be recorded (no parallax error), but it also shows all the on-screen information pertaining to the camera setup.

                                I like the LF1's large zoom range. By photographing newspapers spread on the floor, I have found that there is almost no degradation in lens sharpness at full aperture in going from wide-angle to telephoto. Also, I see no color fringing in the corners of any shot. The camera arrived in perfect adjustment for color balance with flash or sunshine, auto focus, and image stabilization.

                                I am amazed at how much capability Panasonic has squeezed into this very small, pocketable camera. I like the fast response of the shutter to a button-press. So far (four days' usage), I am completely pleased with this camera. A wrist strap is included, but I immediately installed a neck strap which I wear all the time -- no dropped-camera disasters for me!

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                                5.0

                                They've got it right

                                By rural Bill

                                from Pigeon, MI

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good in Low Light
                                • Short Lag Time
                                • Small / Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                  The view finder on this camera makes it great for any lighting condition. The fast lens and larger sensor make it great for low light and indoor without a flash. Panasonic really got it right this time. And as always B&H was great with their service.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Tool

                                  By Thunderable

                                  from Denver, CO

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • Good in Low Light
                                  • Great Zoom
                                  • Large Clear LCD
                                  • Small / Compact

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                    I purchased this to take on a trip to Europe last summer, as my old P&S was waning, and I didn't want to haul my Nikon D5100 along. This camera took amazing pics, even at night (some of my best photos), without a tripod.

                                    I love the DSLR-like versatility, as well as having an EVF for when the sun is behind me, and it's hard to see the LCD. It's small enough to keep in one's pocket, but powerful enough to bring distant images into focus with clarity. I like using this more than my DSLR for most situations (especially hiking or snowshoeing), because it's light, easy to use and takes great photos.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great small Camera

                                    By Tom

                                    from Henderson NV.

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                                    Pros

                                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                    • Good Image Quality
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Small / Compact

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                      Good small camera for everyday use. The viewfinder is very useful in bright sunlight. Image Quality is Good. The controls and buttons are small but I have gotten used to them. The Wi-Fi system is complicated to use. I haven't done much with it yet.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great camera

                                      By Ger

                                      from Medellín, Colombia

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                      • Good Image Quality
                                      • Good Image Stabilization
                                      • Great Zoom
                                      • Short Lag Time
                                      • Small / Compact

                                      Cons

                                      • Short Battery Life

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                        For better results, and noise reduction above iso 800, use raw.

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                                        5.0

                                        Powerful little P&S

                                        By Bryan

                                        from Ontario, Canada

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Good Image Quality
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • Good in Low Light
                                        • Large Clear LCD
                                        • Small / Compact

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor Flash

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                        I travel quite a bit and I was looking for a quality, yet affordable p&s camera that went beyond the normal cameras in this class. I love the versatility of this camera. I can get pretty creative with it, yet it is so easy and intuitive to use. Image quality is very good. I love the fact that it has the LVF, when there are bright ight conditions. IThis camera checks all the boxes for me.

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                                        5.0

                                        Awesome in a small package

                                        By HectorRPhotography

                                        from Los Gatos California

                                        Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                        Panasonic does it again. Had a LX3 which I loved and lost. My LF1 out performs the LX3 in every way. Image quality is very good for such a small camera. Controls are intuative. This is the professional photographers shirt pocket special. The only negative is I have big hands and the camera body lacks grip. My solution was an after market half case. Better handling results and body protection. I highly recommend this baby!!!

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                                        4.0

                                        Very good camera

                                        By Poodle Owner

                                        from Seattle, WA

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                                        Pros

                                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                        • Good Image Quality
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • Good in Low Light
                                        • Great Zoom
                                        • Large Clear LCD
                                        • Nice Body Color
                                        • Short Lag Time
                                        • Small / Compact

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Family Photos
                                          • Indoors/Low Light
                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White):

                                          Great Size, Stabilization, Color capture, and Zoom.

                                          Not so Great: Ability to change settings, i.e. white balance, ISO. (Probably just me as I am a long time Canon user.)

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                                          5.0

                                          SMALL BUT VERY POWERFUL

                                          By Jerrys

                                          from Santa Monica, CA and Cambodia

                                          Comments about LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black):

                                          As a instructor in digital photography, I try to stay ahead of my students by buying 4-5 cameras a year. I have owned dSLR FROM Nikon, Canon, and Pentax, a whole slew of Sony's NEX cameras, 3,5, 5N, 6 & 7. I have also had a lot of experience with the 4:3 cameras from Olympus and Panasonic and even have used a bunch of P&S cameras from Nikon, Canon, and Panasonic. With that as background, believe me when I say this camera just blew me away with the image quality I am getting even in dim light. Great detail even at ISO 800. I have shot 400 pictures in a loess than 2 weeks under a variety of conditions. I have been traveling a little over a week in Cambodia and have not regretted my decision to leave a bunch of cameras home and just take the Lf1 and Panasonics FZ200. I find I am using the LF1 about 80% of the time. I have been using shutter priority since many of my shots are from a moving vehicle. All in all, one of the finest cameras I have ever used.

                                          However, there is a major negative. . I wish I had more options for how the lens ring is used. Perhaps I still have to experiment more but if I am in shutter or aperture priority I want the lens ring to control that feature

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