Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Review

Overall 35
Imaging 6
Features 13
Size 72
Price 100

Main Features

  • 7.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 146 x 87 x 77 mm
  • Weight: 606 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-L1 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Apr 11, 2007. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 7.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #181 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 35/100 and it takes a rank of #1140 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 95
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Number Of Focus Points: 3
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 has the following external dimensions 146 x 146 x 77 mm (57.48 x 34.25 x 30.31″) with the weight of 606 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 77mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 — 77 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 — 606 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 boasts of a resolution of 7.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 has the following ISO range 100 - 1600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 features a 7.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 207k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentamirror) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in Lumix DMC-L1 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.46x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Lumix DMC-L1 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-L1 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-L1 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 4. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 61. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Four Thirds(17.3 x 13 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (146 x 87 x 77 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (3)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 can be called a 60 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (146 x 87 x 77 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (3)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (606 g)
  • Big size (146 x 87 x 77 mm)
  • Video is not available

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 can be called a 48 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (7 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-L1
Announced Apr 11, 2007
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 45
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 207k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.46
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 13
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye Auto, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Slow Sync (1&2)
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.90 mm2
Sensor Resolution 7.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3136 x 2352
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 3
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 606 g
Physical Dimensions 146 x 87 x 77 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/MMC card
Storage Slots 1

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