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Panasonic Lumix LF1 Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with the new Panasonic Lumix LF1 - the serious compact with a built in electronic viewfinder, and f/2.0 7.1x optical zoom lens.

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Panasonic Lumix LF1 Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Lumix LF1 Camera (4) (Custom)

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. 

Key Features

  • 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

Panasonic Lumix LF1 Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Lumix LF1 Camera (5) (Custom)

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.

Panasonic Lumix LF1 Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Lumix LF1 Camera (1) (Custom)

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. 

Panasonic Lumix LF1 Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Lumix LF1 Camera (2) (Custom)

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.

Panasonic Lumix LF1 Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Lumix LF1 Camera (6) (Custom)

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.

Panasonic Lumix LF1 Hands-On Preview: Panasonic Lumix LF1 Camera (15) (Custom)

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 Aperturef/2 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent28mm - 200mm
Optical Zoom7.1x
Image Sensor
Pixels12.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4000
Pixels (H)3000
Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
Sensor Size1/1.7 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 3:2
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution920K dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Incandescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS50i
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)250shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera, Battery Pack, AC adaptor, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM

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mikesavage 20 299 2 England
24 Apr 2013 4:18AM
Nice to see it has a built-in EVF. If I was paying this much for a serious compact, I'd expect it.
petebfrance 11 3.2k France
24 Apr 2013 1:21PM
Finally - an EVF on a small compact! I hope it sells like hot cakes so that lots of others follow (come to think of it, if it bombs I'll be able to pick one up cheapWink)
r1Gel 10 Philippines
5 May 2013 3:03AM
"The optical viewfinder has dioptre correction"

joshwa Plus
12 927 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 9:09AM

Quote:"The optical viewfinder has dioptre correction"


16 May 2013 4:25PM
Why the "Huh" about the dioptre or diopter correction?
So few portable cameras have an optical viewfinder, for me it is a priority Smile in a limited choice +/- 5 cameras out of 539.
PHOIS 10 Brazil
24 May 2013 12:03AM
Everybody interested in the optical viewfinder! Pay attention on the small button at left side of the EVF window (enlarge the picture to see easily)! What do you think it is!!! To me its evident this Lumix ,as every Lumix with EVF, has an dioptre correction!
But what please me in the LF1 EVF is that its on the uper left corner of the camera, just like the old and first super zoom, the FZ1 (my first lumix that stay working till now in my work shop taking records/pictures of complicate jobs)! This is a clever place because you can press the left side of the camera on your nose, holding with the right hand while your eye cath the EVF and the LCD stay free of smearings from your nose! Most cameras get the LCD full of "nose prints" every time you look at the EVF!
Kudos to Panasonic !!!
Im quite sure this camera will be a sucess !!!
ASAP Ill buy one !
24 May 2013 3:14PM
About the Viewfinder, Here is an interesting opinion... Wink
(There is a mention of LF1)

"My Camera Must have an Electronic Viewfinder"
"Why I hate Optical Viewfinders"

mike0101 18 35 3 United Kingdom
28 May 2013 8:48PM
I'd like to see a comparison of the LX7 with the LF1...

I still have an LX1 and I think the LF1 may be the nearest replacement for it. The current LX7 is larger and almost 50% heavier than my LX1 - no longer as pocketable! Every LX iteration is a bit more portly!!

Also I'd like to know how good that lens protector is? I put my LX1 in a pocket along with coins and keys and the 'old fashioned' lenscap keeps the lens safe. Are those shutter flap things locked in place when the camera's off?
29 May 2013 12:09AM
Must read this (mention on LF1) Wink My Camera Must have an Electronic Viewfinder
Why I hate Optical Viewfinders

29 May 2013 12:31AM
Sorry for the repost about the viewfinder. Sad

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