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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 12 MP Digital Camera (Black)

3.9 out of 5 stars 110 ratings

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Model name DMC-LF1K
Brand Panasonic
Form factor Compact
Colour Black
Shooting modes Automatic

About this item

  • The only pocketable premium zoom digital camera with an adjustable Electronic ViewFinder (EVF)
  • High sensitivity 12.1 MP MOS sensor
  • 13 built-in creative controls plus Panaroma and Retouch modes
  • Bright F/2.0-5.9 7X zoom
  • Wirelessly links to Smartphone (Wi-Fi and NFC enabled)
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Product details

  • Batteries ‏ : ‎ 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.31 x 2.79 x 6.2 cm; 190.51 Grams
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ Aug. 30 2013
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Panasonic Consumer
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00CFCTDMC
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ DMC-LF1K
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 110 ratings

Product description

The LUMIX DMC-LF1 is the superior choice for challenging shooting conditions, and it's the only pocket-able premium zoom camera with an eye-level adjustable electronic viewfinder in its class. The LUMIX DMC-LF1 brings together modern mobile connectivity with a no compromises approach to photography that many camera enthusiasts demand, plus it slips easily into your pocket. Discover greater control and creative flexibility over most point-and-shoot cameras by integrating features like Creative Panorama and the popular LUMIX Creative Control mode, which boasts 15 fascinating filter effects for photo and HD video. Enthusiasts will love its Exposure Control Ring, Composition Guide, high sensitivity MOS sensor, and super bright 7.1X F2.0 zoom lens. The DMC-LF1 takes advantage of the power of mobile connectivity found in your smartphone. With Wi-Fi connectivity using NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, you can easily connect the camera to your smartphone/tablet anywhere simply by touching them together, making it easier than ever to share images. Utilize a smartphone/tablet as a remote shutter with a monitor, or use the Instant Transfer function to automatically send photos to your smartphone/tablet right after shooting. Combine your smartphone with The Panasonic Image App and you'll be sharing your photos to your favorite Social Networks in no time. Easily archive both photos and videos automatically to your computer at home via a wireless access point (router). Bright F2.0-5.9 7X zoom lens Wirelessly links to Smartphones with Wi-Fi Specifications Sensor - 1/1.7-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / 12.1MP Effective Pixels Lens - F2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Lens Zoom - 7.1x Optical / 14.3x Intelligent Lens Focal Length - f=6.0-42.8mm (28-200mm in 35mm equiv.) Optical Image Stabilizer - Power O.I.S. LCD - 3.0 TFT Screen LCD Display (920K dots, 100% FOV) Vie


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4.0 out of 5 stars Help needed after warranty completed.
By Judy Klein on August 19, 2015
I like the electronic viewfinder but have a big problem with LCD monitor. I can use only half of it's surface. See photo.I bought the camera via Amazon.ca in Mai 2014. The problem started one year after. Can somebody suggest me a solution.
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Spencer Gibb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera. Love it! But read my review before you purchase.
Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2014
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Randy Wakeman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spectacularly Good Compromise
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2014
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wDs
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2014
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M. DiOrio
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic camera and $300 cheaper than the Leica C. same camera
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic camera and $300 cheaper than the Leica C. same camera
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2013
i wasn't sure at first. i have an LX7 which i love. but when i saw it was $300 cheaper tha the same camera,the Leica C,i thought i'd give it a try. i i\didn't need a $300 copy of light room .
so what really sold me is the view finder and the panorama mode. The regular images seem fine for what i do. email and 4x6 prints that i send out as postcards.Actually if ind the images very good. I did by the lvf2 for the lx7 but hate putting it on and off and very bulky to put in a shoulder bag for traveling so i sent it back.
I hate using the lcd screen.i'm 64 years old and have been using nikons and Leica for40 years. i love having a view finder. this one is great. it works for me. plus i can get the info for the shot in it. i like the feature and a lot of camera makers just don't care to build one in their cameras.
NOw as to the panorama mode. I love panorama shots and it couldn't be easier and faster thatn with the lF1.
there are many creative setting.but i like B&W ones. so that's easy too.
I do love my LX7 as i loves my LX5.i thought they were the best point and shoot cameras on the market and told many friends to but one.
now i have the dilemma of keeping or selling the LX7. this litle camera about the size of a regular iPod is a wonderfull tool. i highly recommend it

if you need the red Leica dot go ahead and buythe Leica C,but you're wasting $300
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maxmasa31
4.0 out of 5 stars A great all-around, connected, pocket camera
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great all-around, connected, pocket camera
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2013
Right off the bat, no, the Lumix DMC-LF1 does NOT produce images that rival the RX100. I've owned both and if image quality (resolution, sharpness, noise, shallow depth of field) is your ONLY priority, stop reading this review and go buy the RX100 or RX100 Mk II. The larger 1" sensor really does make a big difference.

But image quality isn't the be-all-and-end-all of cameras, otherwise I wouldn't have sold my Sony four months ago. So my review won't be comparing the two cameras, as that's already been done to death. No, I'll be focusing on why I chose the LF1 and what I see are the pros and cons.

Pros:
- Size. The LF1 is surprisingly small, especially taking into account that it has a viewfinder.

- Connectivity. I love that I can easily connect to and control it or transfer images to my Nexus 7 and iPhone 5. If you have an NFC-compatible device, it pairs easily, without the need to manually input the SSID and password. It can be hit-or-miss at times and may take up to a minute to pair devices.

- Viewfinder. This is a pro and a con, actually. I love that it's there, but it's of VERY low-quality (washed out, low-resolution, tunnel-vision). Despite that, I use it regularly and it does have a diopter adjustment for users with glasses.

- Control. With the control ring on the lens, the wheel by the d-pad in the back, and the Fn and Q button, most users will have access to most controls they need quickly.

- RAW. Another pro and con. I like that I can shoot RAW, but I don't like that it's not the open DNG format. C'mon camera makers, just standardize DNG!! You also can't preview RAW photos in the iOS or Android apps--JPEG only.

- Zoom. My zoom lens for my "big-boy" camera is only about 3x, but the LF1 has a 7x zoom. If I'm getting a compact camera, I want something that goes farther than that, otherwise, what's the point? I'd have two cameras with almost the exact same focal length.

- Creative control. I love that if I shoot in JPEG, I can later add all the in-camera effects. For example, with all the other cameras I've used, if I wanted an in-camera B&W photo, I'd have to shoot in B&W and that's all I'd have. With the LF1, I can use any PASM mode and just convert the image later using any of the 13 effects.

- In-camera battery charging. Yes, I know some people hate it, but I actually love it. I don't like lugging extra chargers on vacation. Plus, I always have a USB battery pack with me, so I can charge the camera anywhere and not worry about swapping batteries. No dead batteries!

- Made in Japan. Checking the photography forums, I know this means something to others as well, so I wanted to put it out there.

- Excellent image stabilization. And I mean EXCELLENT. Because of the lens ring and viewfinder, I tend to hold the LF1 like a mini rangefinder, so even without stabilization, I could probably squeeze off a clear shot at 1/25 second. With Panasonic's IBIS, I fired off a surprisingly blur-free image at 1/4 sec.! Crazy!

Cons:
- Poor customization. The control dials can only be set to a handful of preset modes, many of which aren't necessarily the modes I'd use or are outright redundant. I guess I'm spoiled from having used the Ricoh GRD4 for the past two years, but I like being able to assign any function I want to any button.

- No Auto High-ISO limits. Let's be honest, with a compact camera, you don't want to shoot higher than ISO800. Other enthusiast compacts allow users to put an ISO limit, but the LF1 does not, so I'd be wary of using AutoISO, lest you fire one off at ISO3200 and have a watercolor painting instead of a photo.

- Proprietary charging cable. Well, I don't know about proprietary, as I think I've seen the connection before, but if Sony can adopt microUSB (and they're notorious for proprietary everything), I don't see why other companies can't. It's just one more cable I have to carry and worry about losing.

- No grip. When a camera is this small, it needs one. The extra-smooth metal finish only exacerbates the "bar of soap" feeling.

- No in-camera RAW conversion. Some premium compacts offer this, so I was sad to learn that the LF1 does not. This is especially troublesome, as you can't view RAW files in either iOS or Android apps. So if you want to use your tablet or smartphone to preview your images, you'll have to shoot either completely in JPEG or in JPEG+RAW (which wastes memory card space).

Overall, I'm quite happy with the LF1. It offers many features I had wanted in a compact camera and with good image quality up to ISO800 (and even ISO1600, if you convert to B&W). The IBIS, f2.0 lens, and RAW all help to counteract the low-light woes of most compact cameras, allowing most photographers to keep noise to a minimum by shooting at ISO400 in most situations. It also excels in macro photography, with a 3cm minimum focus distance at full wide and bokeh looks quite pleasant.

The LF1 isn't for everyone, but if you want a viewfinder, longer zoom, and wireless connectivity with remote control, this is your only choice that will fit in your pocket and still be under $500. The number one reason to buy any camera--image quality--is certainly still there, but it's not perfect (no camera is), so for that, I'll give the Lumix LF1 a very solid four stars.

--Update 11/25/13: After taking the camera with me on vacation and using it extensively, I've noticed some things I didn't cover. The biggest being the poor placement of the power button. I can't even count how many times I accidentally turned it on when I was putting it into my camera pouch or even just holding it. Based on its position, it should be a switch instead of a button to prevent accidentally extending the lens while in a pouch.

This also pointed out another flaw: the power button can be unresponsive. There were times when I thought I had turned the camera on while in its pouch, but was mistaken. However, while this was helpful in not damaging the lens, it was a giant pain when I wanted to quickly take a shot and the camera wouldn't power on!

I would lower my rating to 3 stars because of these issues, but I found the handling and responsiveness (shot-to-shot and auto-focus speed) of this camera, combined with the excellent shake reduction exceeded my expectations, so I'll give it 3.5 stars.
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