Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic TS6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 front

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic TS6 Key Specs

Panasonic L1
(Full Review)
  • 7MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 606g - 146 x 87 x 77mm
  • Launched April 2007
Panasonic TS6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Introduced January 2015
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FT6
  • Superseded the Panasonic TS5
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Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic TS6 Overview

On this page, we will be reviewing the Panasonic L1 and Panasonic TS6, former is a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Waterproof and both of them are designed by Panasonic. There is a large difference among the resolutions of the L1 (7MP) and TS6 (16MP) and the L1 (Four Thirds) and TS6 (1/2.3") have different sensor sizing.

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The L1 was released 8 years before the TS6 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic L1 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic TS6 being a Compact camera.

Before delving into a in depth comparison, here is a short summation of how the L1 grades against the TS6 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic L1 over the Panasonic TS6

 L1 TS6 
Manual focus More exact focusing

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS6 over the Panasonic L1

 TS6 L1 
IntroducedJanuary 2015April 2007More modern by 94 months
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k207kSharper screen (+253k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic L1 and Panasonic TS6

 L1 TS6 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither offers Touch friendly screen

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic TS6 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry around your camera often, you have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Panasonic L1 offers outer measurements of 146mm x 87mm x 77mm (5.7" x 3.4" x 3.0") with a weight of 606 grams (1.34 lbs) whilst the Panasonic TS6 has proportions of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. Following is a front view over all size comparison of the L1 against the TS6.

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic TS6 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the L1 and TS6 is 65 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic TS6 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic TS6 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's hard to picture the contrast in sensor sizes just by checking out specs. The picture below will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the L1 and TS6.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The L1 because of its bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF easier and the Panasonic TS6 will provide greater detail as a result of its extra 9MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop photographs more aggressively. The more aged L1 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic TS6 sensor size comparison

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic TS6 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic TS6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic L1
Portrait photography with Panasonic TS6
focusing manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution low (7MP)
good MP (16 megapixels)
features face detection focusing
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic L1 Street photography highlights
Panasonic TS6 Street photography highlights
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
lighter than competition (606 grams)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic L1 Sports photography factors
Panasonic TS6 Sports photography factors
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (7MP)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
weather sealing
good battery life (370 shots)
low max shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic L1 Travel photography details
Panasonic TS6 Travel photography details
lighter than competition (606g)
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (7MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
good battery life (370 shots)
weather sealing
good MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic L1 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic TS6 Landscape photography factors
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (7MP)
missing Time Lapse recording
fairly wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
weather sealing
good battery life (370 CIPA)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic L1 Vlogging info
Panasonic TS6 Vlogging info
lack of video recording
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly display
no external mic socket
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Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic TS6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic L1 and Panasonic TS6
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-FT6
Category Advanced DSLR Waterproof
Launched 2007-04-11 2015-01-06
Physical type Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 7MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3136 x 2352 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 3 23
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-128mm (4.6x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Amount of lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.5" 3"
Resolution of display 207 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1300 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 13.00 m 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2) Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160 secs -
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 606 grams (1.34 lb) 214 grams (0.47 lb)
Physical dimensions 146 x 87 x 77mm (5.7" x 3.4" x 3.0") 110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Battery life - 370 photographs
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/MMC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $1,500 $300