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

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
26 days ago

ANSWERS

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
26 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
25 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
26 days ago

QUESTION

New P&S for Vacation

My current P&S is a Sony DSC-W80... until I got my iPhone 5S and realized how much better my pictures could be.  But after 6 months with the new phone I know that any picture heavy trips, such as my upcoming trip to Europe, would benefit from a new stand alone camera with modern specs.  It really doesn't seem like I bought the Sony *that* long ago but I guess I did.  It's nice to not be storage space restricted as you would be on a smartphone that is competing for space with apps/music/movies, as well as not spend the day draining the phone battery taking pictures all the time.  I also do a lot of cycling, which the phone is already draining doing the GPS tracking for my bike ride, I don't want to drain it more taking candid pictures of the ride. Looking at my previous vacation pictures I definitely like taking scenery and shots of the outdoors and plant life as well as candid portraits with friends and family.  I really enjoy doing macros in the spring when everything is in full ...

trickycoolj asked
3 days ago

ANSWERS

You missed a classic with the ELPH 330, I got what was probably the last one in my town and it was the demo one, for $AU169. See the results here: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5128303546/albums/ixus-255 I would get one with a bit of zoom for travelling as you can't always get near your subject, but apart from the excellent canon SX700 there is not much around. Here is my results from the SX260 its predecessor from my last trip: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5128303546/albums/great-ocean-road Brian Continue Reading

brianj answered
3 days ago

It looks like the ELPH 330 is still available on Amazon-US for $240-280 but I see it was originally less than that so I'm hesitant but might go for it anyway. The SX series wasn't really on my radar but I like what I'm seeing in the albums I'm finding with them. Loss of RAW probably isn't going to bother me much. Bummer that they don't have panorama mode but you're right about additional zoom, I recall trips to the zoo thinking if only I could get closer with my zoom!  If I have to have a panorama my 5S would do just fine. I think I need to get to a store and check some of these out in person size wise. I can't really tell if the SX series is "gigantic" or not. I did see the Sony RX100 and HX50 at Costco and didn't find them offensively large (probably because of my vintage 2003 CyberShot). Photos from both the 280 and 700 look great and are reasonably priced, any reason to go for one over the other besides the $100? Really enjoyed your albums and the macros of the iridescent bugs! ... Continue Reading

trickycoolj answered
3 days ago

People have had a lot of trouble with the SX270/280 model due to batteries going flat quickly especially in video mode, otherwise for the few that this didn't happen they are happy with theirs. If I had a choice I would buy another SX240/260 but they are mostly gone now. There is a forum documenting the battery issue here, its up to page 111 now and still no real solution to a lot of unhappy customers. http://forums.usa.canon.com/t5/PowerShot/SX280-battery-life-shooting-video/td-p/22489 That's a lot for the ELPH330, although it is possibly a bit sharper than the longer zoom SX models and has a slightly wider lens at 24mm. The SX series is about as big and heavy as a large cake of soap, and the 330 is noticable smaller and lighter. Its an extremely capable camera unless you really need the super zoom. You can see the settings I use here, I also don't use raw: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53507519 Brian Continue Reading

brianj answered
3 days 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
2 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
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

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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