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The Panasonic Lumix LF1 is the latest "Serious compact" camera from Panasonic and features a bright f/2.0 Leica 7.1x optical zoom lens, 12 megapixel sensor, and rather uniquely for a compact camera, it has a built in electronic viewfinder.
- 12.1mp 1/1.7inch MOS sensor
- Venus engine
- Built in compact EVF with dioptre correction
- Control ring and composition guide
- f/2.0-5.9 Leica DC Vario Summicron lens
- 7.1x optical zoom 28mm wide-angle - 200mm equivalent
- Full HD video with stereo sound (AVCHD)
- Wi-Fi built in
- Available in black or white
Panasonic Lumix LF1 Handling
Looking at the classic design, you can imagine that this compact camera will be picked up by Leica, for a Leica version. The lens is impressive with a bright f/2.0 aperture at the wide end, although at the telephoto end this reduces to f/5.9. The camera is quite compact, noticeably smaller than the nearest competitor, the Nikon Coolpix P7700, with a size more similar to the Olympus XZ-10.
On the top of the camera is stereo microphones for video, the mode dial, with manual controls as well as two custom modes and panoramic shooting, as well as the shutter release surrounded by the zoom control and finally the on/off switch.
The electronic viewfinder has dioptre correction which should help those that wear glasses, particularly as the electronic viewfinder is quite small, so you will want to be as close to it as possible. There is a manual switch to switch between the rear screen and the EVF as there is no built in eye-detection feature.
The camera has a number of different grid overlays to aid composition, which can be seen above, with example photos showing you how to use the guide.
On the bottom there is a battery / memory compartment, as well as a metal tripod thread. The camera uses a compact battery, and also features a small built in flash, and you can see from the design of this camera that Panasonic has really worked on keeping this camera as compact as possible. We will be posting our full review when production versions of the camera are available.
Panasonic Lumix LF1 Hands-On Photos of Equipment
Panasonic Lumix LF1 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 200mm|
|CCD pixels||12.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS Sensor|
|Sensor Size||1/1.7 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||920K dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||60sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 12800|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Box Contents||Camera, Battery Pack, AC adaptor, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM|