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PanasonicLUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 81 reviews)

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    (56)

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    (22)

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    (0)

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    (1)

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    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (59)
  • Good image quality (58)
  • Easy to use (54)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (45)
  • Large clear LCD (40)

Cons

  • Short battery life (10)
  • Limited zoom (6)
  • Poor flash (3)
  • Poor image quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (45)
  • Family photos (38)
  • Landscape/scenery (35)
  • Low light (27)
  • Video (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (33), Casual photographer (18), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (59), Yes (8)

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

Exellent Camera, Excellent Price

By Robert

from Berkeley, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

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

I bought this camera for a 3 month trip to southern Mexico and Guatemala as well as for daily use afterward. It performed amazingly, perfect for ease of use, compact size, performance, and a variety of settings. The manual control is a great feature to have on a point-and-shoot with plenty of flexibility built into the aperture, ISO, and shutter speed options. I love this camera! I can hardly find any faults...

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5.0

A Camera in hand...

By Jmemmott

from Oberlin, OH

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

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

    A small, pocketable, intelligent camera that shoots sharp well-balanced photos. The perfect travel camera with a wide angle lens that can be well zoomed to capture the far-off item. A concern is that sunlight makes the screen useless and the viewfinder gives you an approximation of what the camera is aimed at. And great video.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Camera Packed With Features

    By Chuck

    from Michigan

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

    This is a great little Camera. Allows you to be creative in the art of photography or just point and shoot. Rare for this size camera. Was also rated high by Consumer Reports. Had excellent experience ordering from B&H.

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    5.0

    A compact powerhouse

    By Buck

    from St. Louis, MO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    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

      Best Uses

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

        We were on the hunt for a high-end compact with a fast lens and an above average sized sensor and WITH A VIEWFINDER. This is one of the very few that fits the bill, and the price is unbeatable. The LF1 takes great shots, does quite well in low light, has very flattering and sharp optics and is overall just a great pocket camera. I'm very impressed and very happy with the purchase. For a camera in this category and price range, I think it's the only choice.

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        • No

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        5.0

        great!

        By BIAGGIO

        from DORAL, FL.

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

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

        The camera is HUGE! I could take a lot of pictures with my family. I recommend this camera if you want something professional and funny at the same time.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Lumix DMC-LF1

        By Cactus

        from TX

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

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

        Used it to take casual photo. The camera is small enough to put it in pocket but powerful enough to take good picture. Having a view finder is good for taking picture in sunny situation. Very happy with the discount I got from B&H. Proud to be the owner of this little camera.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Very good compact camera.

        By Treehugger

        from Green Valley, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Manual Controls
        • Shoots RAW
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact
        • Wi-fi Transfer To Iphone

        Cons

        • Poor viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

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

        This is my hiking camera. It fits in a case that clips to my belt. It is easy to use, but lets me do many manual adjustments. I can do wide-angle landscapes, but also really good close-ups of flowers or butterflies. In addition it takes very good movies of waterfalls or wildlife.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Leica clone

        By Bobrock

        from Chicago

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

        Yes sir! Owned ailot af other brands in this category but this hands down the best.
        Cons I keep pressing the power button to take pictures which turns the camera off
        Pros very happy with the lens body which fits in my beach pants pockets also very fast lens takes very good pictures in low light

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        5.0

        Underrated Lumix Point and Shoot

        By Scotty

        from Seattle, Wa.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        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

          Best Uses

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

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

          I have had both the Lumix LX-5 and LX-7 cameras, and I like the LF-1
          better overall. It is substantially smaller and lighter, yet has most of the feature set of the LX-5, and close enough to the LX-7 specs to meet my
          needs for everyday photography. Also it has a decent viewfinder, which both of the LX's do not. The big trade-off compared to LX-7 would be the 2.0 lens vs. the 1.4, which is a no brainer it would seem, yet the low light capability of the 2.0 is still very good, as is the quality of Bokeh, in my estimation. I do a fair amount of macro photography, and when hand-held I prefer the LF-1 as it is smaller & lighter. Plus giving virtually the same results as far as focusing, although in that area it gets pretty subjective. The LF-1 also excels in with its extended zoom lens, which is far greater than either the LX-5 or 7.
          And I also prefer the overall look and sharpness of the photos compared to the other two models. And when compared the similar size Canon S110 type camera, it looks to do better in most areas to me.
          The only real minus point with this camera is the on/off button, which is
          fairly easy to activate due to its proximity to the shutter release button.
          Once I got used to handling this camera, that has not been a significant deal, compared to the general ease of use, and capabilities of this model.

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          5.0

          Can't go wrong...

          By just for fun

          from nyack, ny

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

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

            The camera - LF1 - is well built has the right amount of features yet keeps in mind the most important fact that it's main purpose is to help capture a very good photo. It has enough capabilities for simple shots or to manipulate it manually for more difficult levels.

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            A Pocket Camera That Does The Job

            By EssGee Photography

            from Queens, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

              Features I like: Leica lens, EVF viewfinder, RAW capture, and will easily fit in a pocket. I also have the FZ-150 and like the way Panasonic's sensor handles noise. I call it a combination of smooth sharpness or sharp smoothness. The output reminds me of film quality with a faint grain depending on the ISO choice.

              The EVF sensor is tiny, but again it will do the job - all information is displayed - or some depending on user set-up. A nice feature is the movable multiple use ring lens collar which can even act as a zoom control.

              If you own Panasonic cameras, very little learning is required to get you started.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great camera!

              By anonymous

              from VA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I love this camera! It can easily be used as a point and shoot camera and will take great pictures. It also offers a lot of features that allow the user to make adjustments and enhancements. It is compact and light weight. My only complaint is that it took me a little while to get used to the location of the on/off switch. It is where I naturally hold my finger to take a picture and was a bit frustrated at first when I shut the camera off instead of taking a picture.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Very good camera

                  By Alex Wieder

                  from New York

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  I wrote another review and promised some pictures, so here's a sample.

                  While the Lumix has more noise, do keep in mind that it's still an excellent camera and the images are extremely sharp. According to a colleague, the lower noise level in the Canon is likely to be due to in-camera, built-in, noise-reduction.

                  Alex

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                  5.0

                  Happy family

                  By Sam

                  from Brooklyn

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

                  I am very happy with the camera. It is small in size and takes quality pictures. I first purchased a large camera but my wife wouldn't take it out because it was too big. She is using this camera often and enjoying the picture quality and camera speed.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Unbelievably Wonderful!

                  By Hargou

                  from Vancouver, BC, Canada

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Fast Aperture
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact
                  • Very Reasonable Price

                  Cons

                  • Poor Flash
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  As a freelance photographer, I use both DSLR and Mirrorless systems as well as 35mm to 4x5 film cameras for my work. Funny is that I hate carrying camera bags around if it isn't necessary, not even the small one for the light weight mirrorless camera. I was looking for a tiny point & shoot camera to be in my pocket everyday but pretty much all of them in the market didn't shoot in RAW format; even those did were quite expensive. I had in my mind that I wanted a point & shoot for taking casual candid and street photos which:
                  1) has RAW format;
                  2) has big aperture;
                  3) has good zoom range for scenery and portrait;
                  4) has manual function;
                  5) has a viewfinder for shooting under the sun;
                  6) has an attractive price tag.

                  So, I had done quite an extensive research online before I finally decided to purchase this LF1. I was taking a chance since this is my first Lumix camera and I had never tried it before, got no idea what the quality of the machine and picture would like; but boy, what a great camera it is! I have got it for almost a week now and I'm still testing it indoor, outdoor, on M mode, on P mode, Scene mode, Creative Control mode, and all the pictures have come out breathtakingly gorgeous. I haven't tested the video function of it yet but besides the audio could be a bit problematic due to the small microphone, I'm sure the video picture quality is superb.
                  The photos below are straight from the camera, from RAW to JPEG without any correction.

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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

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                    • 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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