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.


Body type
Body type Compact
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
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
  • 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 types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included 87 MB Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes With NFC capabilities
Remote control No
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


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


Slave Flash Mystery

For travel, I use a Panasonic LF1 compact camera (an excellent, small c ompact). A frequent image I want to capture is of my family standing in the shade against a bright scenic background. So I purchased a small Sunpak optical slave flash; there is no hotshoe on the LF1. In testing the flash I noticed something remarkable. When the slave is set to low power the image capture is darker than if the same scene is captured by the camera's internal flash alone. I thought I was imagining this, so tested it many times. So, I get it that the slave may be firing a pre-flash pulse that the camera is reading (though even that surprises me), but what seems utterly impossible is that the camera knows that I've set the slave to low power. Put another way, I get it that the camera would adjust to the fact that the slave is firing and level the exposure to what would be captured without the slave. But how does the camera know that the slave is set to underexpose? I am baffled.

Lobalobo asked
18 days ago


Isn't photography a wonderful hobby? I would imagine your camera fires a preflash to asses the exposure. The preflash fires the off-camera flash, and the camera then - because it does not know the light came from the off-camera flash - assumes that much more ligth is reflected from the subject. Because of that, the camera will calculate a lower exposure. When the camera then fires its flash for the exposure, the off-camera flash is still recharging and cannot fire, so the picture will be underexposed. You don't see the camera's pre-flash, the time between the pre-flash and the exposure is very short. If your camera's manaul mode fires the buuilt-in flash without preflash, that might be your way around it, but you'll have to experiment to find out, perhaps even read the manual. It also depends on your off-camera flash, it could have a "digital slave" mode which will ignore the preflash and only fire on the exposure. Again, you'll have to figure this out somehow. Does any of this make ... Continue Reading

Klaus dk answered
18 days ago

Well that's really interesting. This thread has convinced me that my in-camera flash is not necessarily under-powered for my purposes but fooled bright background light into reducing flash intensity even with forced flash on (a seemingly dumb design as the "force" setting should tell the camera that the user doesn't want to rely in its metering). If my LF1 works the way your Canon does, I can avoid carrying the external flash by using manual mode, a fine trade-off. Time to experiment. I'll report back. Continue Reading

Lobalobo answered
17 days ago

Right, your compact will require a slave that has a mode that can ignore the preflash,so that it triggers only on the next full flash.   Yongnuo and Neewer call these slave modes S1 (regular) and S2 (ignores preflash). Or, unlikely, but it may be alternately possible that the compact camera allows setting its own flash to Manual flash mode (where you specify flash power, like 1/2 or 1/8 power level).    Manual flash has no preflash, so the slave can work.  But most compacts have no manual flash mode. The compact automatic flash must first fire a weak preflash, which it will meter to determine proper flash exposure.  This prefkash triggers a regular slave (which fires too early, when shutter is still closed, too early to contribute to the final picture lighting).  Then the camera, thinking it is metering the preflash, is metering the sum of preflash and the slave remote.  This is brighter than expected, so it thinks less of its own flash power is necessary, and the picture is dim (no ... Continue Reading

WFulton answered
18 days ago


need help buying a compact camera

need help finding a new camera what i would like is something like the hx50v but without the zoom because of the small censor.i want the best image quality possible. my budget is about $300.i like all the features in the hx50v (wifi,panoramas,hdr,1080p 60fps since ill be doing videos) besides the image quality and also theres something about the popup flash that i love lol so i want that on the camera as well.would like RAW and a decent zoom but if not then thats ok too looked at the lf1,lx7,olympus XZ2,nikon p330,pentax mx1 nex3n fuji xf1 but i think thats to big for my liking. i just dont know just want some thoughts and opinons thanks (ps. going on a cruise soon so i need a new camera, i also do alot of videos) its time to upgrade from just using my galaxy s4

jon121 asked
2 months ago


You can pick up a good condition GX1 and a 14-42 kit lens for about $300 total. $90 or so for the lens and a hair over $200 for the camera. This gives you extremely good video IQ with a stabilized lens, a small zoom to work with that covers WA to portraits, and decent stills IQ. You won't really find much better than this for the price in any format or brand. If video is of great interest to you, HERE is a sample of the GX1. Continue Reading

Ontario Gone answered
2 months ago

look at the sony nex3 for 289 dollars including lens\case\sd card,in wallmart, amazon and other stores, its a bargain price, and it have the biggest sensor in the cameras of that list similar to those in dlsrs but with less buttons \ features. Continue Reading

pew pew answered
2 months ago

Hell no. Sony video is well known to be soft, and it appears the NEX3 can only do 720, at least that's all i can find on it. AF is poor as well and there is less room to grow with lenses within the system. The GX1 also allows bounce flash with the bending of the flash unit. If i ended up with a NEX3 instead of a GX1 i'd cry myself to sleep that night. Continue Reading

Ontario Gone answered
2 months ago


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
2 months ago


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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

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