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Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic LF1

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
29
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
55
Overall
44

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic LF1 Key Specs

Panasonic FX580
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 167g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Released January 2009
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FX550
Panasonic LF1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400 (Bump to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-200mm (F2.0-5.9) lens
  • 192g - 103 x 62 x 28mm
  • Revealed November 2013
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Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic LF1 Overview

The following is a in-depth analysis of the Panasonic FX580 versus Panasonic LF1, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are produced by Panasonic. The resolution of the FX580 (12MP) and the LF1 (12MP) is pretty comparable but the FX580 (1/2.3") and LF1 (1/1.7") possess totally different sensor dimensions.

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The FX580 was launched 5 years prior to the LF1 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a complete comparison, below is a quick summation of how the FX580 grades against the LF1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX580 over the Panasonic LF1

 FX580 LF1 

Reasons to pick Panasonic LF1 over the Panasonic FX580

 LF1 FX580 
RevealedNovember 2013January 2009Newer by 58 months
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Screen resolution920k230kSharper screen (+690k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FX580 and Panasonic LF1

 FX580 LF1 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither contains Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic LF1 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to travel with your camera, you'll have to take into account its weight and volume. The Panasonic FX580 has got external measurements of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Panasonic LF1 has sizing of 103mm x 62mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1") along with a weight of 192 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have attached at the time. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the FX580 versus the LF1.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic LF1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the FX580 and LF1 is 95 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic LF1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic LF1 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be tough to see the contrast in sensor dimensions only by seeing specs. The image below should give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the FX580 and LF1.

All in all, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact resolution albeit not the same sensor dimensions. The FX580 provides the smaller sensor which will make getting shallow depth of field more challenging. The more aged FX580 will be behind in sensor innovation.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic LF1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic LF1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic LF1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Portrait photography details
Panasonic LF1 Portrait photography details
26
comes with face detect focus
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
42
you can focus manually
provides face detection focusing
saves RAW files
external flash not possible
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Street photography details
Panasonic LF1 Street photography details
57
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Sports photography advice
Panasonic LF1 Sports photography advice
27
image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
39
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking autofocus
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FX580
Travel photography with Panasonic LF1
58
flash built-in
fairly wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse function
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
64
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
missing Timelapse function
low resolution (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FX580
Landscape photography with Panasonic LF1
37
fairly wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual exposure
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Timelapse function
54
you can focus manually
quite wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
missing Timelapse function
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic LF1 Vlogging highlights
31
fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone support
36
quite wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone port
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Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic LF1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX580 and Panasonic LF1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
Also called as Lumix DMC-FX550 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2009-01-27 2013-11-26
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Max boosted ISO 6400 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-125mm (5.0x) 28-200mm (7.1x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/2.0-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 4.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 230k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.00 m 7.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 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 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 167 gr (0.37 lb) 192 gr (0.42 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 103 x 62 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 52
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.6
DXO Low light score not tested 211
Other
Battery life - 250 shots
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $499 $500