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Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic LX3

Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
55
Overall
44
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 front
Portability
91
Imaging
34
Features
40
Overall
36

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic LX3 Key Specs

Panasonic LF1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 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
  • Revealed November 2013
Panasonic LX3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-60mm (F2.0-2.8) lens
  • 265g - 109 x 60 x 27mm
  • Launched November 2008
  • Renewed by Panasonic LX5
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Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic LX3 Overview

Below, we are evaluating the Panasonic LF1 and Panasonic LX3, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are designed by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the LF1 (12MP) and the LX3 (10MP) is fairly close but the LF1 (1/1.7") and LX3 (1/1.63") come with totally different sensor sizes.

Photography Glossary

The LF1 was brought out 5 years after the LX3 which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a quick summation of how the LF1 scores versus the LX3 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LF1 over the Panasonic LX3

 LF1 LX3 
LaunchedNovember 2013November 2008Newer by 62 months
Display resolution920k460kCrisper display (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX3 over the Panasonic LF1

 LX3 LF1 

Common features in the Panasonic LF1 and Panasonic LX3

 LF1 LX3 
Manually focus More exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic LX3 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to travel with your camera, you are going to need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic LF1 has outer dimensions of 103mm x 62mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 192 grams (0.42 lbs) while the Panasonic LX3 has dimensions of 109mm x 60mm x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 265 grams (0.58 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic LF1 and Panasonic LX3 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you use at that moment. Here is the front view size comparison of the LF1 compared to the LX3.

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic LX3 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the LF1 and LX3 is 92 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic LX3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic LX3 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very difficult to see the gap in sensor dimensions just by researching specifications. The pic underneath should provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the LF1 and LX3.

Plainly, both of those cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The LF1 due to its larger sensor will make getting shallow DOF simpler and the Panasonic LF1 will provide you with greater detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The more modern LF1 is going to have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic LX3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic LX3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic LX3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LF1 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic LX3 Portrait photography advice
42
has manual focus
comes with face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
no external flash support
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
40
you can focus manually
supports RAW files
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.63")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LF1 Street photography features
Panasonic LX3 Street photography features
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/1.63")
heavier than competition (265g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic LF1
Sports photography with Panasonic LX3
39
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect AF
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.63")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LF1 Travel photography advice
Panasonic LX3 Travel photography advice
64
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
missing Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
60
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (265g)
megapixel count low (10MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LF1 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic LX3 Landscape photography highlights
54
has manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
missing Time Lapse mode
52
you can focus manually
really wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.63")
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LF1 Vlogging factors
Panasonic LX3 Vlogging factors
36
reasonably wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
missing external mic socket
30
really wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have mic socket
heavier than competition (265 grams)
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Panasonic LF1 vs Panasonic LX3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LF1 and Panasonic LX3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2013-11-26 2008-11-04
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/1.63"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 8.07 x 5.56mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 44.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 12800 -
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 23 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-200mm (7.1x) 24-60mm (2.5x)
Highest aperture f/2.0-5.9 f/2.0-2.8
Macro focus distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 4.8 4.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 920 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per second 3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m 8.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 1280 x 720 (HD 24 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (10fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 192 gr (0.42 lb) 265 gr (0.58 lb)
Dimensions 103 x 62 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1") 109 x 60 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 52 39
DXO Color Depth score 20.8 19.6
DXO Dynamic range score 11.6 10.8
DXO Low light score 211 94
Other
Battery life 250 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $500 $449