Panasonic Lumix LF1 Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 12 MP 1/1.7" CMOS sensor
  • 28-200mm equivalent F2.0-5.9 lens
  • 1080/60, 50, 30, 25 fps HD video (MPEG-4, AVCHD)
  • 3" LCD with 920,000 dots
  • 10 fps continuous shooting (maximum of 12 frames)
  • PSAM + 16 Scene Modes
  • Built-in electronic viewfinder with 200,000 dots
  • 3 cm (1.18") macro minimum focus distance
  • Customizable control ring
  • Raw and Raw+JPEG

Product Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1, the first in a new line of Raw-shooting enthusiast compacts. The LF1 marries the sensor from the LX7 to a longer, slower lens and adds an electronic viewfinder. The camera combines a 12MP 1/1.7" CMOS sensor with a 28-200mm equivalent F2.0-5.9 lens and finds room for a 202k dot-equivalent electronic viewfinder. It becomes the fifth Panasonic model to offer Wi-Fi for remote control and wireless communication that can be set up using NFC.

Specs

Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 13 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)
White balance presets 4
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Image stabilization notes Power O.I.S.
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–200 mm
Optical zoom 7.1×
Maximum aperture F2.0 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (Max 4x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT Color LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 7.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive 10 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes 1920 x 1080 (60i FHD: 17Mbps, Sensor Output is 60fps; 30fps FHD: 20Mbps / MP4, Sensor Output is 30fps)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included 87 MB Internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes With NFC capabilities
Remote control No
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery Life (CIPA) 250
Weight (inc. batteries) 192 g (0.42 lb / 6.77 oz)
Dimensions 103 x 62 x 28 mm (4.06 x 2.44 x 1.1)
Other features
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Reviews

User Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
  • madnina, Jul 3, 2013 GMT:
    Truly versatile compact camera

    A TRUE compact camera: fits into my jeans pocket (and I'm a girl, those things are small). Fantastic image quality thanks to the 1/1.7" sensor which delivers popping colors and performs quite well in low light at wide angle end (F of 2.0). Fast performance (I don't save in RAW though) and excellent quality build; a real pleasure to handle, and I did not find the lack of grip to be a problem at all (though some may dislike it). Not only does it have all the dials and modes expected from an ...

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  • Julian Kirkness, Aug 24, 2013 GMT:
    Great little camera!

    As a long term user of dslr (and more recently E-M5) I have been waiting for a decent pocket camera with a viewfinder and good zoom range. Along comes the LF1!! I've only had it for 24 hours but already have a good feeling about it. I also bought a Sony experia z tablet at the same time and the WiFi (using NFC) works fantastically allowing shots to be viewed on the tablet or even transferred to it for editing etc. I have read a lot of negative reviews of the viewfinder and whilst it isn't ...

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  • Timur Born, Sep 19, 2013 GMT:
    LF1: Experience report

    This is an ongoing experience report of the Panasonic LF1, which I bought just last month. It's not so much an article, but more a list of observations I made during everyday use of the LF1 as mostly a snapshot camera. My main motivation to buy the LF1 was top complement my always around fixed lens iPhone with something that offered a zoom lens while still fitting into trouser pockets . Everything else I consider bonus, but of course welcome bonus. I do own an Olympus E-M5, which is not a ...

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  • XPlanes, Sep 22, 2013 GMT:
    Disappointing EVF Viewfinder - Nice Camera for Someone (but not me)

    Bought this Lumix LF1 as part of the Holy Grail Search to find THE camera to fill the void between my iPhone and my DSLR. (Spoiler alert - I am still looking...) My photographic needs are generally simple ones and the Canon A1200 was *so* close. Nice optical viewfinder! Such high hopes... But I missed the shots I cared about for a year, proving out all the reviews that said it was too slow to capture anything moving faster than rocks and flowers. (They were so right...) The Canon A1200 is too ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Which camera LF1 or ZS40?

As the title, I currently have a ZS7 that I am relatively happy with but am hankering after a change and have narrowed it down to the LF1 or ZS40. So the ZS7 has x12 zoom which is mostly long enough, but it is probably just too big for a trouser pocket when in its' case. Pictures I take are mainly holiday, sporting or music events. For the latter zoom is important for the former wide angle, pocket ability and low light. Key criteria for me are: some sort of manual control size zoom Picture quality low light capability I suppose my questions: is the quality of the LF1 that much better than my ZS7? What will I see from a ZS40 to my ZS7,is it a noticeable upgrade? All things being equal which gives better pictures LF1 or ZS40? x30 zoom, is that useable or does camera shake come into it? One way around the lack of zoom is to crop, do the LF1 pics stand up to that - and if so how much? With respect to the lenses seems both have issues, LF1 at wide angle ZS40 at zoom, is that right? LF1 ...

z1ggy66 asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

I have had an LF1. I have a ZS40. The improvement of the IQ in the LF1 over and above the ZS40 is pixel peeping stuff - most people wouldn't even notice it for the most part. it's small and has an EVF too, but it's major flaw for me is it's only 28mm at its widest, so not the best tool indoors or in the city. Limited zoom too. The ZS40 has a massive Zoom, commencing at 24mm and it has an EVF too. It's bigger than an LF1 but not a lot. IQ? I have no complaints. I have had clearviewers too (4 of them including 2 premiums - I still have 2) and they are good if you are out on a photography expedition, camera ever ready, but then it converts a compact in to an unwieldy thing with a bit stuck out of the back., which is OK if the camera is in constant use and carried in the hand. For general use though (and Erik will disagree with me on this!), they are a complete nuisance. They don't add that much thickness to the camera body but it's enough to notice and they ruin the smooth lines that ... Continue Reading

saudidave answered
1 month ago

I don't have either camera mentioned, but I agree with Dave about the Clearviewer, which I have on my ZS20. To take shot in bright sun, when you have plenty of time, the Clearviewer is very useful. However, the folding and unfolding gets old pretty fast when you carry the camera in a case. It does make my ZS20 more usable than it otherwise would be,......but I doubt if I will ever buy another LCD only camera. Even the tiniest EVF would be welcome. Jack Continue Reading

Setter Dog answered
1 month ago

First off - Welcome aboard, Tim ! Short answer: ZS25 with a Clearviewer. Costs less than the LF1 or ZS40, even counting a "Premium" Clearviewer. OK - what's a clearviewer and why should I care? Answer: It's a magnifying viewfinder which attaches to your camera and makes the screen into a giant "EVF". Here is a recent discussion, with photos: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3701050?page=2 I started this on page 2, but the whole thread is worth a read. SO - on to the camera, I'm discussing the ZS25 in relation to ZS40 & LF1 ZS25 has PASM. ('P', Aperture & Shutter Priority, ans 'M' - full manual.) I recommend "A" mode, wide open (ƒ/3.3) which gives a slight edge in sharpness and in bright outside light, often 1/2000th second exposures which will stop most action (the camera - fixed by you at ƒ/3.3 (or whatever the largest opening is when zoomed) has no choice but to use the highest shutter speed which gives a good exposure. I use -.66 EV for general use, and if in very bright ... Continue Reading

Erik Ohlson answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

LX7 or LF1?

im going to get one of these 2 i just cant decide they both have about the same features can anyone tell me which one has better IQ and better Video Quality tough decision for me hopefully someone can help me make the decision thanks

mikey201 asked
7 months ago

ANSWERS

The LF1 has more than twice the reach The LX7 is wider at the wide-end The LX7 is 1 stop faster at the wide end, and about 2 stops faster at 90mm The LF1 is a smaller, genuinely pocketable camera The LF1 has WiFi The LX7 has a significantly more configurable JPEG engine The LF1 has a built-in EVF (modest as it is) IQ at base ISO is essentially the same. All other things being equal, the LX7 will produce better IQ in challenging lighting conditions by being able to use a lower ISO for the same shutter speed, whereas the LF1 will produce better IQ beyond 90mm as you'll have to employ digital zoom on the LX7 to keep up (or use a teleconverter). Can't speak to video performance as video is second only to WiFi on my list of camera features that I don't care about. I hope I've added some perspective, but more likely I've simply added to the dilemma. Such is the reality of trying to choose between two cameras with quite different feature sets. What's your budget anyway? Can it stretch ... Continue Reading

cainn24 answered
7 months ago

The LX7 has a constant aperture lens above F/2.3, The LX7 has fully adjustable manual controls while recording video, the LX7 records at 100 frames per second. The LX7 is wider on the wide end and sharper on the long end than the LF1. The LX7 has a sharper lens from edge to edge, the LF1 has some edge softness. The LF1 has a viewfinder if that's import to you, the LF1 has double the zoom... But... It's not a constant aperture lens, and you don't have external aperture control as such... If video is important to you then the LX7 stands out. Continue Reading

Lumixdude answered
7 months ago

I sent the LF1 back, finding the IQ poor compared to the LX7, though in absolute terms I'm sure it is good. Other reasons I sent the LF1 back: the 200mm was handy but the lack of 24mm not good at all; it's tiny dimensions and control ring made handling difficult; the wifi wasn't 100% functional. Also, too expensive at the time for the IQ (in the UK it has now dropped from £349 to £279). The LX7 is a fantastic camera, with only two irritants: the LVf2 is way overpriced here (twice the USA price) and whoever implemented a mutually exclusive AEB and Self Timer deserves the sack. Otherwise it is incredibly versatile , with fantastic IQ. if considering the LF1, then I'd wait for full / more analysis of the ZS40. It has potential for similar IQ albeit at reduced aperture but with 24-720 and a better size for handling. Good a Luck. Continue Reading

windmillgolfer answered
7 months ago

QUESTION

LF1 video in low light is terrible - is this normal?

I have had the LF1 for some time now and am very happy with it including in low light - for still photography. However I have recently started making casual use of the video function. I am finding it useless in low light due to very poor light sensitivity; my cheap phone is way better! Presumably the problem is nothing more than a setting, but I cannot find it! Can anyone enlighten :-) me?

Dusty Hat asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

I don't think I can add too much, but.... I've used video function just once, and it was to test low light capability. It was in a cathedral at very low light (Tenebre service) which kept getting darker, and there was no direct light on the subjects (the choir). I thought the camera did quite well. I was recording to the mpeg4 format, not sure if that makes a difference. I also applied negative exposure compesation so the camera would not over brighten the scene. I also took some stills along with the video, and they turned out well. I was either at ISO 800 or 1600. The camera did very well until all of the lights were completely out (!!). Were you at a focal length where the lens was reasonably open? In my own case, I was occasionally using the lens at its max length and it still did OK. Sorry I can't provide definite answers other than to encourage you to keep trying. Based on my experience, if you had any direct light at all on your subject (I didn't), you should do very well. I ... Continue Reading

G Margue answered
2 months ago

Warranty Information

"If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company or Panasonic Puerto Rico, Inc. (collectively referred to as “the warrantor”) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (“warranty period”), at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished parts, or (b) replace it with a new or refurbished product. The decision to repair or replace will be made by the warrantor."

PRODUCT OR PART NAME PARTS LABOR
DIGITAL STILL CAMERA 1 (ONE) YEAR 1 (ONE) YEAR
CCD 6 (SIX) MONTHS 90 (NINETY) DAYS
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK (IN EXCHANGE FOR DEFECTIVE BATTERY PACK) 90 (NINETY) DAYS NOT APPLICABLE


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