Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Review

Overall 47
Imaging 14
Features 39
Size 87
Price 100

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/1.7" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 80 - 6400 (Expands to 12800)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 103 x 62 x 28 mm
  • Weight: 192 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-LF1 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Nov 26, 2013. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #43 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #181 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 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

  • Max Aperture: F2.0-5.9
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 211
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 23
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact 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-LF1. 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 Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 has the following external dimensions 103 x 103 x 28 mm (40.55 x 24.41 x 11.02″) with the weight of 192 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 28mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 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-LF1 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-LF1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 — 250 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 — 28 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 — 192 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 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-LF1 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-LF1 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 12800.

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-LF1 features a 12.0 MP 1/1.7" 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.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 52 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 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 1/1.7" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

% coverage ensures that that the resulting photo will capture the scene a bit differently from what you could see in the viewfinder while shooting.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Lumix DMC-LF1 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-LF1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Lumix DMC-LF1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Lumix DMC-LF1 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Lumix DMC-LF1 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 provides a shooting life of 250, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 offers the highest battery life that reaches 250 shots.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1’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-LF1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-LF1 to the average Compact camera.

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 46. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 can be called a Intermediate 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:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (103 x 62 x 28 mm)
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7"(7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 can be called a 52 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (23)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (211)
  • Small battery life (250 shots)
  • Small size (103 x 62 x 28 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 0. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (192 g)
  • Small size (103 x 62 x 28 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 can be called a 70 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:

  • Good Dynamic Range (11.6)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (211)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-LF1
Announced Nov 26, 2013
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 3
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 7
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 52
DxO Color Depth 20.8
DxO Dynamic Range 11.6
DxO Low Light ISO 211
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/1.7"
Sensor Dimensions 7.44 x 5.58 mm
Sensor Area 41.52 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO 12,800
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 23
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 192 g
Physical Dimensions 103 x 62 x 28 mm
Battery Life 250 shots
Battery Type 250 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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