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Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic LF1

Portability
67
Imaging
37
Features
62
Overall
47
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
55
Overall
44

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic LF1 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ100
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 540g - 124 x 82 x 92mm
  • Launched July 2010
  • Renewed by Panasonic FZ200
Panasonic LF1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400 (Raise to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-200mm (F2.0-5.9) lens
  • 192g - 103 x 62 x 28mm
  • Released November 2013
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Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic LF1 Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Panasonic FZ100 versus Panasonic LF1, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both are offered by Panasonic. The resolution of the FZ100 (14MP) and the LF1 (12MP) is very similar but the FZ100 (1/2.3") and LF1 (1/1.7") boast different sensor size.

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The FZ100 was brought out 4 years prior to the LF1 which is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FZ100 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic LF1 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a complete comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the FZ100 scores versus the LF1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ100 over the Panasonic LF1

 FZ100 LF1 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic LF1 over the Panasonic FZ100

 LF1 FZ100 
ReleasedNovember 2013July 2010More modern by 40 months
Display resolution920k460kClearer display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FZ100 and Panasonic LF1

 FZ100 LF1 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display size3"3"Same display size
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic LF1 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry around your camera often, you have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ100 comes with physical dimensions of 124mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 540 grams (1.19 lbs) while the Panasonic LF1 has dimensions of 103mm x 62mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 192 grams (0.42 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic FZ100 versus Panasonic LF1 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Following is a front view over all size comparison of the FZ100 vs the LF1.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic LF1 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FZ100 and LF1 is 67 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic LF1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic LF1 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to picture the gap between sensor sizes just by going over a spec sheet. The picture below will help offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ100 and LF1.

Clearly, the 2 cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The FZ100 due to its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field trickier and the Panasonic FZ100 will offer you extra detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images way more aggressively. The more aged FZ100 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic LF1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic LF1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic LF1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Portrait photography info
Panasonic LF1 Portrait photography info
54
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
offers face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
42
manual focus
has face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
can't use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FZ100
Street photography with Panasonic LF1
58
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (540 grams)
65
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FZ100
Sports photography with Panasonic LF1
51
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
offers tracking focus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
38
image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ100
Travel photography with Panasonic LF1
59
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
rather wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (540 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
64
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic LF1 Landscape photography factors
51
focusing manually
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
exports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of Time Lapse function
54
manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ100 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic LF1 as a Vlogging camera
64
rather wide (25mm)
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has mic support
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competition in class (540 grams)
36
decently wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic port
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Panasonic FZ100 vs Panasonic LF1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ100 and Panasonic LF1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2010-07-21 2013-11-26
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Highest boosted ISO - 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 23
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-200mm (7.1x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.2 f/2.0-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 4.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 11.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 9.50 m 7.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (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)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic 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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 540g (1.19 lbs) 192g (0.42 lbs)
Physical dimensions 124 x 82 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") 103 x 62 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 52
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.6
DXO Low light rating not tested 211
Other
Battery life - 250 pictures
Battery form - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail cost $500 $500