Panasonic L1 vs Sony A7

Portability
65
Imaging
43
Features
38
Overall
41
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 front
 
Sony Alpha A7 front
Portability
78
Imaging
73
Features
80
Overall
75

Panasonic L1 vs Sony A7 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
  • Released April 2007
Sony A7
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 50 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 474g - 127 x 94 x 48mm
  • Introduced January 2014
  • Refreshed by Sony A7 II
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Panasonic L1 vs Sony A7 Overview

Below, we are contrasting the Panasonic L1 versus Sony A7, former being a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Pro Mirrorless by rivals Panasonic and Sony. There exists a large gap among the resolutions of the L1 (7MP) and A7 (24MP) and the L1 (Four Thirds) and A7 (Full frame) enjoy different sensor size.

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The L1 was revealed 7 years before the A7 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic L1 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony A7 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the L1 matches up versus the A7 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic L1 over the Sony A7

 L1 A7 

Reasons to pick Sony A7 over the Panasonic L1

 A7 L1 
IntroducedJanuary 2014April 2007More recent by 82 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1230k207kCrisper display (+1023k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic L1 and Sony A7

 L1 A7 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Panasonic L1 vs Sony A7 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you'll need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Panasonic L1 has got physical dimensions of 146mm x 87mm x 77mm (5.7" x 3.4" x 3.0") and a weight of 606 grams (1.34 lbs) and the Sony A7 has measurements of 127mm x 94mm x 48mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 1.9") having a weight of 474 grams (1.04 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at the time. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the L1 and the A7.

Panasonic L1 vs Sony A7 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the L1 and A7 is 65 and 78 respectively.

Panasonic L1 vs Sony A7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic L1 vs Sony A7 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor measurements merely by checking out a spec sheet. The photograph underneath might offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the L1 and A7.

As you can see, both of those cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The L1 having a smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF tougher and the Sony A7 will provide greater detail because of its extra 17MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop images much more aggressively. The older L1 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic L1 vs Sony A7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic L1 vs Sony A7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic L1 vs Sony A7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic L1
Portrait photography with Sony A7
55
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (7 megapixels)
83
you can focus manually
good resolution (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
has face detection focus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic L1 as a Street photography camera
Sony A7 as a Street photography camera
58
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
lighter than competition in class (606 grams)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
79
has a tilting screen
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
lighter than average in class (474g)
above average high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic L1 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A7 as a Sports photography camera
41
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (7MP)
67
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
good resolution (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
weather proofing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
slow frames per second (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery power (340 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic L1
Travel photography with Sony A7
50
lighter than competition in class (606 grams)
flash built-in
no Timelapse function
sensor resolution not great (7MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
69
lighter than average in class (474 grams)
weather proofing
good resolution (24 megapixels)
terrible battery power (340 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic L1 Landscape photography factors
Sony A7 Landscape photography factors
48
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
small screen (2.5")
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (7MP)
no Timelapse function
77
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a good size (3")
good resolution (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
above average high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery power (340 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic L1 Vlogging details
Sony A7 Vlogging details
9
can't record video
36
has face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external microphone socket
lighter than average in class (474 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
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Panasonic L1 vs Sony A7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic L1 and Sony A7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1Sony Alpha A7
General Information
Brand Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Sony Alpha A7
Category Advanced DSLR Pro Mirrorless
Released 2007-04-11 2014-01-22
Physical type Mid-size SLR SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 855.6mm²
Sensor resolution 7MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3136 x 2352 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 1600 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 50
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 3 117
Cross type focus points - 25
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Number of lenses 45 121
Crop factor 2.1 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 2.5" 3"
Resolution of display 207k dots 1,230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech - Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.71x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 13.00 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2) no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/160s 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 606 grams (1.34 lbs) 474 grams (1.04 lbs)
Dimensions 146 x 87 x 77mm (5.7" x 3.4" x 3.0") 127 x 94 x 48mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 90
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 2248
Other
Battery life - 340 photos
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/MMC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $1,500 $798