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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (White)

B&H # PADMCLF1W Mfr # DMC-LF1W
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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
Environmental
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)
     
    4.6

    (based on 66 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (45)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (48)
    • Good image quality (47)
    • Easy to use (43)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (39)
    • Large clear LCD (32)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (7)
    • Limited zoom (4)
    • Poor image quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (38)
    • Family photos (32)
    • Landscape/scenery (28)
    • Low light (23)
    • Video (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (28), Casual photographer (16), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (51), Yes (5)

    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.

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    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 Stashia

    from South Dakota

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

    Easy to use, takes fantastic pictures. It has amazing zoom.

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    5.0

    Nice compact camera

    By LeForestier

    from Quebec, Canada

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • 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):

      Nice pictures in low light. You have the choice... Automatic or many settings

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Big surprises in a small package

      By Pixel Counter

      from NJ

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

      If you are looking for a pocketable camera with a lot of options that DSLR offers for less than [$], this is the one. Fast focus, good closeup, shooting mode, manual controls, F2.0, EVF. I usually carry my big full frame dslr with prime lenses but once in a while, I like to be hand free but not miss any photos opportunity and this is the solution. I would have bought the Sony rx100 II For [$]if the LF1 is not on sale. I am very happy with this purchase.I have been buying my cameras, lenses and photographic accessories from B&H since 2007 and have been fully satisfied.

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      5.0

      GRRRREAT

      By Russ

      from Michigan

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

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

        My son purchased this camera last year and his photos are great so I decided it was time for me to have one (since I am a professional photographer). Good quality and I love the panorama feature plus it is small enough to carry in my coat pocket. And the sale price was great too.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Camera

        By LS

        from Yakima, WA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos

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

          Very happy with this camera - very minimal shutter delay. Primary reason for purchase was for wife taking pictures of fast moving grandkids.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Not a good upgrade from a Canon S110

          By AlexWieder

          from NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact
          • Viewfinder
          • Viewfinder Yay

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Hi,

              Considering that the S110 dates back to Sept. 2012, and this camera has a viewfinder, which the former doesn't (and the price right now is excellent), I figured this should be a good idea as an upgrade.

              Both, the DMC-LF1 and the S110 are practically the same size and weight.

              In essence, the Lumix is a good camera, but I expected the image quality to beat my S110, since the sensor is the same size but about 2 years newer. In this regard, image quality is fairly similar for anything under iso 800 with no in-camera enhancements (I'm basing this exclusively on RAW images), but above that, grain becomes more noticeable than in my S110's images. I'm not going to mention image quality in the pros/cons section because that wouldn't be fair. The image quality is good, don't get me wrong, but not as good as the S110 or as good as I expected. I took the exact same pictures using the same settings on both cameras in order to compare the quality. While not a lab test, it was pretty structured and controlled. (If I can update this review, I'll post a link to my blog or some comparison images in about a month.)

              The Electronic View Finder, while a very practical thing to have has very low image quality. I'm mentioning this so you know what to expect. It's good for composing and I would've ended up using it exclusively if I kept this camera, but color rendition and resolution are nothing to write home about.

              At the time of this writing, the S110 is still available here in B & H and at an excellent price. If that weren't the case, I would, maybe, recommend the Lumix at the sale price, but you would be doing yourself a favor taking a look at the S110 (if anything, you'd save some money).

              The only thing about this camera that's actually irritating is the power button. Very close to the shoot button and very soft to press in spite of being recessed - I accidentally turned off the camera a few times. This is something you could get used to, but it's quite possible that if you hand the camera to someone else to take a picture, s/he will turn it off instead.

              Timer-release is for 10 seconds only (I sometimes use the 2s release on the S110 when I place the camera on top of something to take a long exposure.

              It doesn't come with a separate battery charger. You must connect the camera to the power adapter (which, thankfully, is very compact) or use a computer (iPhone or any USB charger would work too).

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              4.0

              good

              By goshaart

              from new york

              Verified Buyer

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

              very good product, but we chance to sony Good in Low Light

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              5.0

              High End Point & Shoot

              By the f/stops here

              from San Antonio, NM

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • 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

              • No Hot Shoe

              Best Uses

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

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

              This camera is a replacement another high end point ande shoot. I wanted a camera that would allow me to make the same adjustments I might with a DSLR but small and light weight and easy to carry around. This was an excellent choice and has been everthing I wanted!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great Camera - Easy To Use

              By Mike1007

              from New Jersey

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

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

                A lot of features that are easy to use.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Extraordinary Little Camera!

                By Buzz in MC

                from Mill Creek, WA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

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

                  This is a great camera. The size is small, but not too small. It feels good in the hands and is still very pocketable. The LCD screen is very high resolution. Reviewers complain about the built-in viewfinder, which is not great, but still useful just to frame a shot outdoors when the light is very bright. Very few cameras in this category include such a viewfinder. I haven't used it extensively yet, but the results so far have been quite good. This camera is a step above most other high end point and shoot models.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great small camera!

                  By jgnova

                  from Northern VA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

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

                    I had been looking for a few years for something to replace my Canon SD1000 but nothing looked right (too large for not enough performance) until I spotted this as one of the few in ths category with a viewfinder. It would be nice if Panasonic made a case, especially if it didn't increase the bulk.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great point and shoot camera

                    By Lil Fish

                    from Kernersville NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • 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
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

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

                      Got this as a gift for my wife and she loves it. I was able to try the camera out and it does very well in low light and no flash. Fill flash is not an overkill balances very well. Fast 2.0 Leica lens and great color. Have not notices any issue with noise in low light high ISO. Remember this is not a pro camera that cost thousands of dollars but does very well and I would not have a problem printing 11x14 images made with this camera.

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                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Pretty potent for a tiny little camera

                      By Photocles

                      from Galway, Ireland

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Poor Pwr Switch Placement

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro photos
                      • Travel

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

                      To start, let me begin by stating that my normal 'do-all' cameras are typically along the lines of a pro-sumer DSLR with a set of primes and a couple of good-quality zooms. I have also owned a Canon S3is for about seven years now. Whenever I couldn't take the DSLR along, I reached for the S3is. It's important to note that I used the 100k dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) on the S3is as much as the optical viewfinder on my DSLR and with very good results. For a lot of travel situations, I found that the little S3is couldn't be beat. But, after nearly 8 years, it's gotten a bit dated in terms of its features, resolution and low light performance. All in all, when I bought the Lumix LF1, I was looking for a camera that could do what the S3is does very well, but with higher resolution, better low light performance, and the possibility of shooting RAW files all without sacrificing too much space or convenience - and certainly not leaving out the viewfinder!

                      After a lot of reading, I had a tough time choosing between the LF1 and the new TZ60/ZS40. Both cameras are well-specified and have a 200k dot EVF. I was really tempted by the reach of the TZ60's lens, but the sensor size and pixel pitch was a bit too much of a negative trade off. That was really driven home when I compared some of the images from both cameras; without a doubt, the images from the LF1 were sharper and more defined at equivalent focal lengths. I bought the LF1 and immediately took it on vacation.

                      So, how much have I missed the 425 mm equivalent lens of my S3is when using the 222 mm equivalent maximum lens on the LF1? Not much, actually. The resolution is so much greater (12 MP for the LF1 vs 6 MP for the old S3is) that simply cropping images from the LF1 really does give an equivalent image about 90% of the time. With the exception of photographing wildlife, the LF1's 28-200 (closer to 30-222) mm equivalent is plenty of range.

                      A lot of reviews have picked on the AF performance of the LF1 and also its color rendition. I would say that the AF focuses very fast in all but the worst combinations of light and greatest focal length. As far as the quality of the standard output of the JPEGs is concerned, the colors are extremely accurate and the corner-to-corner sharpness isn't bad even at the wide end of the zoom. I vastly prefer the natural fidelity of the LF1 to the 'hot' images produced by the default settings of most of the compacts I've tested or owned.

                      On the other hand, a lot of reviewers have complained about the position of the power button. I will have to agree that it is perhaps the worst placement of a power button on any camera I have ever used. I accidentally turned the LF1 on so many times on my recent trip that I had to re-learn how to hold the camera to keep from doing it. It's especially easy to turn on while removing it from the Ruggard neoprene case I bought with it.

                      Overall, though, after three weeks of use I think the LF1 is a great little camera. I can say that its image quality and low-light performance are better than average for a camera so small, light and inexpensive. It's also got a viewfinder, and even though it isn't the best available, is incredibly handy in bright sunlight or when using the lens at full telephoto.

                      I definitely recommend this camera to anyone who typically uses a DSLR or bridge camera and needs something smaller. I doubt you'll be dissappointed.

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                      2.0

                      Horrible lens kills this compact shooter

                      By RJ

                      from Ohio

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Poor Flash
                      • Poor Image Quality
                      • Short Battery Life
                      • Terrible Lens Softness

                      Best Uses

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

                        At first glance, this is a compelling product. It is super small, similar to the category leading Canon S120, but boasts a lens that travels to 200mm that is unmatched in its class. The positives pretty much end there. Although it produces okay low-light photos, I couldn't help but notice the images were coming out with relatively poor image quality. This lens is SO soft that it appears to be more of a children's camera than an enthusiast camera. The softness is present throughout the lens range, but becomes far more apparent at the wide end. It is fairly sharp in the middle, but the bur around the edges of the photo is so bad it renders the images unusable. I truly believe this camera suffers from either a design or manufacturing defect. I have returned this camera and will be giving the Nikon P340 (which is purported to have a super sharp lens) for a spin.

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                        4.0

                        Satisfied customer

                        By Erika

                        from Louisville, Kentucky

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

                        I am very pleased with the camera. It takes very clear pictures, which is what I was looking for. The stabilization works well. It has a lot of options to manually adjust the settings. I still need to learn more about these features but it is going to require reading the guide that came on an accompanying CD. The only thing that I have had problems with is the WI-FI connection. I cannot get the program on my phone to recognize the camera. I have tried the other options for connecting WI-FI with no success. This was my first purchase through B&H and it was terrific. I will definitely recommend them to others. Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase. I would have given it five stars except for the WI-FI problems I am having.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent small camera with huge options

                        By LW

                        from Santa Monica, CA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

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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
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          Bought this camera because of its having an eyepiece viewfinder. My wife takes daytime landscape shots where as often as not the LCD screen is washed out by sunlight. The viewfinder makes accurately seeing what you are taking possible. So far she loves it, we both do, as I use it as well. It has many more customizable options than we are likely to use, but that's fine. The lens is Leica, none finer. So far no complaints. GREAT COMPACT CAMERA

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                          5.0

                          Pocket camera w/ Viewfinder & zoom

                          By Dan

                          from Colorado Springs, CO

                          About Me Casual Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            I mostly take family travel pics, bought this for a Hawaii wedding trip because it fit in my pants pocket!I loved having a viewfinder and zoom lens on a pocketable camera. Pic quality is great in good light.I found the viewfinder very usable and used it on 95% of my shots in Hawii. (I don't wear glasses.) However the v.f. diopter dial on mine was very notchy & hard to set. Twice the size & resolution would make the viewfinder & diopter setting better.The LCD display had excellent resolution, I used it to review pics and for navigating menus. (And for surreptious shots.)Low light pics had sensor noise, needed to use flash after dark. Tripod would have helped for outside night shots.B & H was very helpful.Overall I am very happy with this camera. Haven't tried the video yet.

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic pocket camera

                            By Weiss Guy

                            from Bellingham, WA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Zoom

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              This is the best pocket camera I have had and since it shoots RAW I am using the DSLRs less. The viewfinder has made for good photos when the lighting was bad for the LCD screen. The battery/SD card cover is solid with good latch, while another P & S latch went bad and camera went to recycle. I seemed to get only a bit over 100 photos before the last bar of the battery indicator went away which is far less than advertised. I shot RAW until the battery died and got about 200. The large sensor has captured good photos at high ISO.

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                              4.0

                              Great compact digital camera

                              By Designing Lady

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Great Zoom

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                I've enjoyed having this compact camera along with me. It takes great photos and it's very sturdy. My only complaint is that the shutter button is right next to the on/off button. I'm still getting used to that and have, unfortunately, missed photo opportunities. Can't quite understand why Panasonic would think that's a smart place to put the on/off button.

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                                5.0

                                Super Camera

                                By Beechbomber

                                from Star, NC

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video

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

                                  This is a great camera! I bought it for the view finder which is getting difficult to find. Takes great pictures and video. I am very satisfied!

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