Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Digital Camera 12mp with 7.1x Optical Zoom 14.3x Intelligent Zoom, Electronic Viewfinder, 3.0" 920-K dot touch Screen, Full HD, 3D Able, Wi-Fi, NFC - Black

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About Panasonic DMC-LF1

• The Panasonic DMC-LF1 is a sleek, stylish digital compact camera but it comes with 0.2-inch EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) with 200K-dot resolution, 100% field of view. It assures stable framing and high visibility of live view image even under strong sunlight.

• The DMC-LF1 is equipped with newly developed 28mm wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens with 7.1x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-200mm). This supreme lens features F2.0 high speed, which boasts approx. 2x higher speedof F2.8 lens, itself generally considered a fast lens. The extraordinarily rich amount of light allows not only using higher shutter speed to capture stunningly clear, sharp, blur-free images in lower lighting situation, but also giving impressive expression to the image by reproducing exquisite gradation and mellow defocus.

• The DMC-LF1 integrates 1/1.7-inch, 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor which is larger in size than standard digital compact cameras. Thanks to the extensive light receiving area of each cell, the performance of high sensitivity image recording in low light is obviously superior with its excellent S/N ratio and wide dynamic range.

• The result is a high resolution image with stunning clarity not only in high sensitivity recording but also in low ISO setting reproducing rich gradation with the exquisitely wide dynamic range even when the situation is highly contrasted.

• 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 filter of Creative Control / Creative Panorama.

• To assist learning photography, Composition Guide is available in DMC-LF1. It is easy to shoot a photo in good composition by just choosing most suitable pattern of composition from- Rule of Thirds Offset, Diagonal Lines, Tunnel, Radiation1, Radiation and S-shape - and framing the subjects along the guided lines. Well-composed image has a stunning perspective and dramatically look refined.

• The DMC-LF1 features sleek, stylish profile with EVF. Designed uncompromisingly in every part, it offers a sense of luxury even to satisfy fashion-conscious people.

• The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses the low-frequency vibration hand-shake component, 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.

• The high speed digital signal output technology is integrated to realize high speed consecutive shooting at 10 fps in full resolution with mechanical shutter and to record full-HD 60i (NTSC area) / 50i (PAL area) smooth video in AVCHD/MP4*. It also contributes to the high speed Sonic Speed AF to catch the most fleeting shooting opportunities. In addition, the high speed burst shootingat 60 fps is available to capture subject with fast motion**.

• With the Creative Panorama function, it is possible to apply 13 filter effects to the horizontal / vertical panoramic image, which can be shot by sweeping the camera in any four directions to right, left, top or bottom.

• The DMC-LF1 is equipped with popular Creative Control and Creative Retouch featuring a total of 15 filter effects. The Creative Control lets users shoot with a filter effect while checking how it makes difference on the picture, which can be used for video recording, too. The Creative Retouch enables applying a filter effect on the picture even after shooting in camera.

• With NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, you can connect the camera with a smartphone/tablet by just bringing them together. What is new is that the Wi-Fi® setup is extremely easy and finishes within a few seconds, making it possible to pair the camera directly to the smartphone/tablet without connection procedure of information input for authorization.

• With Panasonic "Image App", remote shooting of both photo and video* is available by using the smartphone/tablet for a remote shutter with a monitor which displayed live at smooth 30 fps. Not only releasing a shutter, zooming, focusing and settings of shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation are all controllable with a smartphone / tablet.

• The Instant Transfer function allows the camera to transfer the photo data to the designated electronic devices automatically whenever shutter is released. In playback mode, users can also touch the image displayed on the camera to transfer it directly to the smartphone/tablet right on the spot.

• Easy Share: You can instantly upload and share your images on an SNS (Social Networking Service) using the "Panasonic Image App" on a smartphone / tablet.
Geotagging: In addition, it is possible to tag the location information to the image by utilizing the GPS (Global Positioning System) log of a smartphone / tablet.

• Wireless TV Playback: The Wi-Fi Direct function allows direct playback of images on the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) - compliant VIERA HDTV.
• Wireless Print: You can print out recorded pictures wirelessly from a PictBridge (wireless LAN compatible) printer.
Cloud Sync: With the Panasonic's exclusive Cloud Sync. Service, photos and videos can be synchronized among the compliant electronic devices you use.
• Auto Transfer: Images are transferred on your camera to a computer or other compliant devices while charging the battery via the wireless access point at home.

• The DMC-LF1 records 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC area) / 50i (PAL area) full HD videos with full-time AF and high quality stereo sound in the AVCHD format whichexcels 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 any having to make any extra setting adjustments. Videos can also be recorded in MP4 format for playback on a PC or other portable electronic devices without having to convert the files.

• The 7.1x optical zoom lets you zoom up close even when shooting videos. This single camera will capture both photos and videos of highly natural expressions from people and animals and sports scenes.

• The videos also come with the high-quality stereo sound of Dolby® Digital, to offer highly realistic sound to the motion images. The stereo microphone comes with zoom noise reduction system, and the Auto Wind Cut function blocks out mostof the noise from background wind.

• The Creative Control renders highly unique expressions by matching the colors toyour subject and surroundings. In Miniature Effect Mode, the video recorded is played back in 10x fast-forwarding making it more comical to watch*.

• The Level Gauge lets the camera detect the horizontal / vertical angle of view which is convenient to make level in composition.
For beginners, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode supports taking beautiful pictures with a variety of shooting-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.

• The 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot Intelligent LCD with super high resolution and a wide viewing angle features automatic brightness adjustment in 7 steps as the surrounding brightness level changes, ensuring easy visibility at all times. Thebig screen with AR coating reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting.



The Panasonic DMC-LF1 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery and more.The Panasonic DMC-LF1 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Panasonic DMC-LF1: Compact, Convenient, Durable, Easy to use, Exceeded expectations, Good image quality and Inexpensive

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Compact (12),Easy to use (11),Convenient (6),Exceeded expectations (6),Inexpensive (6),Durable (4),Good image quality (4),Good in low light (3),Zoom range/performance (3)
Cons:
Difficult to use (3),No in-camera raw processing (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (4),Family photos (3),Low light (3),Travel (3)

Panasonic DMC-LF1 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels
12.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
1/1.7-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor / 12.8 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture
F2.0 - 5.9 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.0 - 8.0 (W), F5.9 - 8.0 (T))
Optical Zoom
7.1x
Focal Length
f = 6.0 - 42.8 mm (28 - 200 mm in 35 mm equiv.) (31 - 220 mm in 35 mm equiv. in video recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
8.7x (4:3 / 8M), 11.1x (4:3 / 5M), 13.9x (4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom
14.3x
Lens
LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 10 elements in 8 groups (4 Aspherical Lenses / 7 Aspherical Surfaces / 1 ED Lens)
2-Speed Zoom
Yes
Optical Image Stabilizer
POWER O.I.S. (On / Off)
Digital Zoom
4x (When Digital Zoom is used simultaneously with Intelligent Zoom, you can only increase the zoom ratio up to 2x.)
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 80 cm - infinity Macro / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 3 cm - infinity / Tele 80 cm - infinity
AF Assist Lamp
Yes (On / Off)
Focus
Normal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom / MF Quick AF On / Off (on in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture) Manual Focus, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Metering
Face / AF Tracking / 23-area / 1-area
Shutter Speed
Approx. 250 - 1/4,000 sec, Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
Viewfinder
0.20" Color EVF
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3) / RAW, DPOF 3D Image: MPO Motion Picture: AVCHD, MP4
Rec Mode (Mode Dial)
Intelligent Auto, P (Program), A (Aperture Priority), S (Shutter Priority), M (Manual), C1 (Custom), C2 (Custom), Panorama Shot, Scene, Creative Control
Creative Control Mode
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, One Point Color (15 filters)
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, Starry Sky, Glass Through, 3D Photo
Continuous Shooting Mode
Full-Resolution Image: 10 frames / sec, Max. 12 images with AF Tracking: 5 frames / sec, 2 frames / sec
Intelligent Burst
High-speed Burst: Approx. 60 frames / sec (Speed priority) Approx. 40 frames / sec (Picture quality priority)
Flash Burst
Motion Picture Recording*
HD Video: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels: NTSC Area; AVCHD, 60i (FHD: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 60fps) MP4, 30fps (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor output is 30fps)
280 x 720 pixels NTSC Area: AVCHD, 60p (HD: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 60fps) MP4, 30fps (HD: 10Mbps) (Sensor output is 30fps)
STD Video: 640 x 480 pixels NTSC Area; MP4, 30fps (VGA: 4Mbps) (Sensor output is 30fps)
Actual Recordable Time(Motion Pictures)
AVCHD [FHD]: Approx. 30 min MP4 [FHD]: Approx. 35 min
Continuous Recordable Time: MotionPictures: AVCHD [FHD]: Approx. 70 min MP4 [FHD]: Approx. 80 min
Exposure
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV step, ±2 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing
1/3 - 1 EV step, Max. ±1 EV, 3 frames
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity (Standard Output)
Auto / i.ISO / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Extended)
Still Image Recording
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 3,000 pixels (12M), 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,672 pixels (10.5M), 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,248 pixels (9M), 1:1 Aspect Ratio: 2,992 x 2,992 pixels (9M),(@ 5 options available)
Image Quality
RAW / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / Fine / Standard
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set / White Balance Adjustment (Except Auto)
Color Mode
Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Vivid (except in iA Mode), Happy (only in iA Mode)
Digital Red-Eye Correction
Yes
Wi-Fi
IEEE 802.11b/g/n - 2412 MHz 2462 MHz (1-11 ch) - WPA / WPA2 - Infrastracture Mode / WPS / Wi-Fi Direct - Wi-Fi Button
NFC
ISO/IEC 18092 (NFCIP-1) NFC-F
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture
Yes
Self Timer
2 sec / 10 sec
Playback Mode
All, Slideshow, Filtering Play (Picture Only, Video Only, 3D Play, Category Selection, Select Date, Favorite), Calendar
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
12, 30 thumbnails / Yes
Calendar Display
Yes (Menu / Zoom lever)
Set Favorites
Yes
Other Features
Show Histogram, DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection, Creative Retouch / Auto Retouch, Resize / Cropping, Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp, Cut Animation, Video Divide, PictBridge Support (Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF)
OSD Language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Vietnamese
LCD
3.0" (7.5 cm) TFT Screen LCD Display (920K dots), AR Coating - Field of View: Approx. 100% - Auto Power Monitor Mode, Power Monitor Mode
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Digital Red-eye Correction - 0.6 - 7.0 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 0.8 - 2.3 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in Memory
Approx.87 MB
Microphone / Speaker
Stereo / Mono
Interface
micro HDMI, AV Output, USB (AV / USB Multi)
Power
Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7V, 950 mAh, 3.6 wh) AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Included)
Battery Life (Approx.)
250 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Included Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.2 AE SILKYPIX® Developer Studio Adobe Reader
Dimensions (W x H x D)(Approx.)
102.5 x 62.1 x 27.9 mm (4.0 x 2.4 x 1.1 inch)
Weight (Approx.)
170 g (0.37 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card
192 g (0.42 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card

Panasonic DMC-LF1 Reviews

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4.1

(based on 15 reviews)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

FANTASTIC CAMERA, LOADS OF FEATURES, SMALL BODY

As an instructor in Digital Photography at a small college I am often asked" what camera should I get?" My answer up until December of 2013 when I got the LF1 was always ambiguous. I didn't want to recommend one camera and have a student have bad luck using it. My position has changed a great deal with my purchase of the LF1. I carried the LF1 along with my FZ200 on a trip to Laos and Cambodia in January of 2014. I left my dSLR and my mirrorless cameras along with a bunch of lenses home. I di...

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As an instructor in Digital Photography at a small college I am often asked" what camera should I get?" My answer up until December of 2013 when I got the LF1 was always ambiguous. I didn't want to recommend one camera and have a student have bad luck using it. My position has changed a great deal with my purchase of the LF1. I carried the LF1 along with my FZ200 on a trip to Laos and Cambodia in January of 2014. I left my dSLR and my mirrorless cameras along with a bunch of lenses home. I didn't want to try changing lenses over dusty bumpy roads or skimming over water. I was never so happy that I traveled "light". The results from the LF1 were just great. Great color and very little noise even at ISO 800. I was doing most of my shooting from a moving vehicle or a fast moving boat so I shot in shutter priority mode at 1/1000 second. The LF1 grabs focus extremely fast with almost no lag whatever between depressing the shutter and the camera fully responding. I also used BURST mode a great deal in capturing action at the peak, things such as fisherman throwing out their fishing nets. The camera responded very well. Picture quality was superb, great color and sharpness. Exposure was right on in almost all cases and we were going from bright skies to deep shadows. The custom settings, panorama mode and function keys make this camera as responsive, if not more so, than all my other equipment. About 6 of my students followed my lead and bought the LF1 at very favorable prices. I have not heard one bit of remorse from any of them let alone any complaint. The pictures they bring into class are all very good although a few of them need to remember the rules for composition. I thought the small electronic viewfinder might be a minor problem for one or two, but that was not the case. They all like having that feature, especially when shooting in bright light. It is even helpful in dim light.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mac Users - Forget It!

If you have a Mac and use iPhoto as your primary import program, forget it because iPhoto doesn't recognize the RAW format. Nor does it recognize the Creative Control settings. I am traveling in Asia with only a MacBook Air and don't have space for Photoshop and the software you get with the camera is unacceptable. I sent home a G2 and iPhotos recognized RAW but now I'm screwed until I get home? Maybe I'm doing something wrong but I'm disappointed. Panasonic doesn't cater to Apple users. They...

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If you have a Mac and use iPhoto as your primary import program, forget it because iPhoto doesn't recognize the RAW format. Nor does it recognize the Creative Control settings. I am traveling in Asia with only a MacBook Air and don't have space for Photoshop and the software you get with the camera is unacceptable. I sent home a G2 and iPhotos recognized RAW but now I'm screwed until I get home? Maybe I'm doing something wrong but I'm disappointed. Panasonic doesn't cater to Apple users. They are stuck in the stone age as far as computers go. Pass this up.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not for novices

By

from Indianapolis, IN

The LF1 had the potential to be a great camera. The reality does not live up to that potential. I love the idea of a pocket camera with an eye-level viewfinder. But the viewfinder on this thing is so tiny it's almost useless. If the camera were just a little bit taller, the viewfinder could be a little larger and vastly more useful. You really have to squint. The camera's button configuration is pretty terrible. With the on/off switch on the outside edge, it's too easy to accidentially shut the camera off when reaching for the shutter button. I know space is at a premium with a viewfinder and a big LCD screen, but for usability, I think it's nearly criminal not to have a dedicated button to turn the flash on and off or to turn the burst mode on and off. And to use the same button for "Back" in menus that you use to delete photos is REALLY confusing. When setting up the WiFi for my mother (who is regretting her purchase now), I could not enter her username from her PC because it has a space in it, and the camera does not allow you to enter spaces. I confirmed this with a Panasonic rep. So now she will need to change her Windows 7 username just to make the camera work over WiFi. When I put the camera in shutter priority mode, it did not warn me at all that I was setting the shutter too fast to properly expose the photo at any aperture/ISO combination. In fact, it did not show these values or the exposure value by default. The result? Very underexposed photos. This will not encourage novice users like my mother to get out of auto mode. The image quality on this camera is fantastic for a point-and-shoot all the way up to ISO 800 -- and even ISO 1600 looks decent. The flash metering is quite good, so even though it's probably not the best photographic idea, my mom can use the flash and still not come out with photos of people and pets looking like complete ghosts. It's definitely a powerful imaging tool (for a point-and-shoot). It's just not an intuitive camera; even for a more advanced photographer like me. My poor mother can't stand it at all. I hope Panasonic thinks about these considerations for the next generation. One more thing: 7.1X is just a bit low on the zoom for a camera like this. I realize it's a larger sensor than most compacts, but with those heading up to 30X, couldn't Panasonic get this one to 10X or 12X? That would be about perfect. A little grip might help. Small is good because it means you will take it with you more often, but this camera is probably just a smidge TOO small. With just a few tweaks, the next generation could be a lot better.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little camera

By

from Atlanta, GA

This is a great little camera that I carry in my bag along with my full size DSLR bodies and lenses. The camera does everything well and is a dependable back-up for its big brothers. I often use the video on this camera to document or scout for shooting locations. The GPS is perfect to ensure venues can be identified during final selection.The camera also serves well for shooting in circumstances where silence is necessary. It allows me to keep shooting and not disturb neurotic subjects or skittish critters. I am often asked to recommend cameras, and I always put the Lumix at top of my list of choices.

 
5.0

Not a perfect P&S, but closer than most.

By

from CO

When you want a P&S that is capable (with the right input from the user) of very good results, that will fit a pocket, have a VF that is half decent, and not cost a small fortune... this is pretty much the bees knees. I purchased one for my wife, who will not tote anything larger, but wanted very good IQ and a viewfinder. After using it for a 2 week trip to the UK, I have to say it covered 99% of what I wanted too. I typically used an LX5 for this purpose, or my Nikon DSLR's and lenses for high end work or pro stuff. So my frame of reference (pun intended) is broad. Will it make toast and tea, no. But what it is intended to do, it does very well IMO. Solid product lacking very little for its purpose, with its only downside being the need for about a 24mm eq. wide end of the lens.

 
1.0

worst ergonomic design

By

from pacifica, ca

i have purchased 6 lumix cameras over a period of 9 years. so far this is the model with the worst ergonomic design. i bought this camera because of the viewfinder. it's not perfect but it serves my need for a viewfinder in a compact camera. but i don't understand why panasonic design engineers placed power button beside the shutter... as a result, i always turn the camera off instead of taking a picture. it's so frustrating because most often, i miss important candid moments that i want to capture. a sliding power switch should have been a better alternative but panasonic chose the worst option - a button that feels like a small shutter button. i feel like stupid every time i use this camera so i end up using my dmc-sz7. no view finder but i don't miss my shots...

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FANTASTIC CAMERA, LOADS OF FEATURES, SMALL BODY

By

from Santa Monica, CA, USA

As an instructor in Digital Photography at a small college I am often asked" what camera should I get?" My answer up until December of 2013 when I got the LF1 was always ambiguous. I didn't want to recommend one camera and have a student have bad luck using it. My position has changed a great deal with my purchase of the LF1. I carried the LF1 along with my FZ200 on a trip to Laos and Cambodia in January of 2014. I left my dSLR and my mirrorless cameras along with a bunch of lenses home. I didn't want to try changing lenses over dusty bumpy roads or skimming over water. I was never so happy that I traveled "light". The results from the LF1 were just great. Great color and very little noise even at ISO 800. I was doing most of my shooting from a moving vehicle or a fast moving boat so I shot in shutter priority mode at 1/1000 second. The LF1 grabs focus extremely fast with almost no lag whatever between depressing the shutter and the camera fully responding. I also used BURST mode a great deal in capturing action at the peak, things such as fisherman throwing out their fishing nets. The camera responded very well. Picture quality was superb, great color and sharpness. Exposure was right on in almost all cases and we were going from bright skies to deep shadows. The custom settings, panorama mode and function keys make this camera as responsive, if not more so, than all my other equipment. About 6 of my students followed my lead and bought the LF1 at very favorable prices. I have not heard one bit of remorse from any of them let alone any complaint. The pictures they bring into class are all very good although a few of them need to remember the rules for composition. I thought the small electronic viewfinder might be a minor problem for one or two, but that was not the case. They all like having that feature, especially when shooting in bright light. It is even helpful in dim light.

 
5.0

FANTASTIC CAMERA, LOADS OF FEATURES, SMALL BODY

By

from Santa Monica, CA, USA

As an instructor in Digital Photography at a small college I am often asked" what camera should I get?" My answer up until December of 2013 when I got the LF1 was always ambiguous. I didn't want to recommend one camera and have a student have bad luck using it. My position has changed a great deal with my purchase of the LF1. I carried the LF1 along with my FZ200 on a trip to Laos and Cambodia in January of 2014. I left my Nikon D90 and my Sony NEX6 along with a bunch of lenses home. I didn't want to try changing lenses over bumpy roads or skimming over water. I was never so happy. The results from the LF1 were just great. Great color and very little noise even at ISO 800. I was doing most of my shooting from a moving vehicle or a fast moving boat so I shot in shutter priority mode at 1/1000 second. The LF1 grabs focus extremely fast with almost no lag whatever between depressing the shutter and the camera fully responding. I also used BURST mode a great deal in capturing action at the peak, things such as fisherman throwing out their fishing nets. The camera responded very well. Picture quality was, at least for me and everyone I have shown the 2000+ pictures to #I really have cut it down to 350 or so# superb. Color rendition and exposure was right on in almost all cases. The custom settings, panorama mode and function keys make this camera as responsive, if not more so, than all my other equipment. About 6 of my students followed my lead and bought the LF1 at very favorable prices. I have not heard one bit of remorse from any of them let alone any complaint. I thought the small electronic viewfinder might be a minor problem for one or two, but that was not the case. They all like having that feature, especially when shooting in bright light. It is even helpful in dim light.

 
5.0

FANTASTIC CAMERA, LOADS OF FEATURES, SMALL BODY

By

from Santa Monica, CA, USA

As an instructor on digital photography at a small college (Emeritus) in Santa Monica I am often asked about cameras, which is better or what should I get? I always had offered 3 or so suggestions but no longer. If a compact camera seems suited then I am recommending, WITHOUT RESERVATION, the LF!. I took the LF1along with my FZ200 and left at home my Nikon D90 SLR and my Sony NEX6 (and an assortment of lenses) on a trip to Laos and Cambodia. I shot about 1500 pix with the LF1 and 600 or so with the FZ200. Most of the shots taken with the LF1 were from a moving vehicle or boat, I set the camera on shutter priority (1/1000) and fired away. The camera grabbed focus very quickly, images were sharp, color was great, and noise was very low. It was (and is) a pleasure to use and take along. And not trying to change lenses on a bumpy road or even having to lug them around was a pleasure for this old body. About 6 of my students followed my lead and not a one of them has expressed any regrets about buying the LF1. It is a great camera even for a beginner, and the EVF is more than adequate. My only real gripes (2) is the diopter adjustment wheel for the EVF, hard to use with you eye in place and no in-camera RAW processing. I ended up shooting most of my images in JPEG and they required very little in the way of post-processing The burst mode was most useful in capturing the fisherman at the peak of action in throwing out their fishing nets. Hard to figure out how Panasonic got so many features into one very small body.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Holy Grail of Point and Shoots

By

from Westchester, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am a photo enthusiast and a member at a local camera club. This camera has it all! It's perfect for everyday photography: small size, great zoom, excellent low light photography and a view finder to boot. In addition, you can shoot raw and burst shooting at 10 frames per second! I use a MAC and they have fixed the problem with raw as Panasonic sent them the driver for the camera. Aperture and iPhoto now recognize the raw pictures. The only problem as noted is the battery charging which is in the camera. I bought a portable charger and extra batteries which solved this issue.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprising quality for a pocket camera

By

from Jacksonville, FL  -  Pro Photographer

Very small and compact, not much bigger than a cell phone. As a pro photog for 16 years using massive gear all the time I wanted something lightweight to replace my G9 vacation camera. I carried this on vacation in my front pocket for 3 days walking around DC and was very pleased at the quality and the smart capability of the AI setting and was very pleased with the zoom capability and low-light qualities. Although I thought I would like the raw setting capability, I ended up not using it much because the camera does such a good job on it's auto settings I didn't have to change much in post. I only wish it had a flash output control setting, it's either flash on or flash off. The viewfinder was helpful in a few situations, but again another feature I thought I would love, but didn't use much. The battery life was great, the quick start responsiveness was perfect, the image quality is superior to other cameras costing the same or less. I really liked the AI intelligence mode and was pleased how it would detect the scene and then apply the correct settings. Multi-shot combine and HDR were the most used. For several years now I have purchased a small camera just before vacation only to come back and sell it on e-bay because I was disappointed in the results... FINALLY I have found a keeper!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Add to my earlier review (The Downside]

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from New York

Still a fine photo machine that I'm getting to know & enjoy using. BUT...two negatives should be noted (and probably have, or will be, by others): 1. Very short battery life. Multiple back-up batteries are essential. It's also ridiculous that Panasonic proposes charging the battery in-camera via USB, rather than supplying a battery charger. 2. Now, about that USB cable: quite unnecessarily, it has a non-standard, proprietary connection, so that if you misplace it (as I have promptly done)you are faced with Panasonic charging $22 (!) for this tiny cable, even though you have around the house many standard micro or mini USB cables for other gadgets that could work. Is there really a reason for this cable, Panasonic? Or just a means of making life a little more difficult for your users -- and requiring a couple of other purchases (battery charger, USB cable)that can likely be acquired from third parties at reasonable cost, but that should not have to be bothered with. Most unfortunate to have to grumble so about a camera that I genuinely like. Camera manufacturers should put just a bit more thought and consideration into such matters.

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Peter P  setting for continuous shooting?
John T  Sorry, I know it has a setting for that, but I don't it's location, since I never use the camera in that mode.
ERIK B  what is the difference between this and LX 7?
GERALD C  LF1 is smaller and lighter and more pocketable. LX7 has a faster lens, and the lens is sharper and goes wider; but the LF1lens goes longer by more than 2:1. LF1 has an electronic eye level viewfinder; the LX7 does not; but the LX7does have provision for an add on one which has a lot more resolution. LX7 has a full range of internal controls like sharpening, saturation and contrast - the LF1 lacks those and lacks an ability to adjust the flash output. The LX7 has a dedicated hot shoe to mount a flash, the LF1 does not. Both cameras use the same size sensor. The LX7 is much more an enthusiasts camera, and you can add the optional electronic viewfinder, filters, and a larger shoe mounted flash. The LF1 is more the pocketable "always with you" type of camera. It badly needs some kind of finger grip on the front.
David W  will it operate at 14 degrees F or lower? I am looking for a camera with optical viewfinder that is also freeze proof. David Wooley
KARL K  The handbook says freezing point is the lower operational limit. I have used it at -3 C which is about 27F without problems apart from fogging when I moved back to room temperature. I also keep it in an insulated case between shots.
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