Panasonic L1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 front
  • 7MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 606g - 146 x 87 x 77mm
  • Released April 2007
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic L1 overview

Panasonic L1 is Panasonic's Advanced DSLR digital camera initially introduced on April of 2007. The camera houses a 7MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a maximum resolution of 3136 x 2352.

The L1 is placed #79 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all round #719 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to check out our Smart camera search to see camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic L1 history

The Panasonic L1 has a history of related cameras. Below, you can check out all previous and brand new models along with main features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-L10 front thumbnailPanasonic L10
L1 vs L10
10MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2007
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-L1 front thumbnailPanasonic L17MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2007
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Panasonic L1 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic L1 based on aspects that are typically viewed as useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
comes with phase detect AF
good min ISO (100)
has manual focus
lighter than competition (606 grams)
saves RAW formats
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
does not have HDMI support
does not have headphone jack
does not have mic jack
does not have Time Lapse function
low resolution screen (207 k dot)
no image stabilization
no video shooting
screen is fixed
screen is not selfie friendly
screen is small (2.5 inches)
sensor resolution not great (7 megapixels)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
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Panasonic L1 Sensor features

The dimension of the sensor on the Panasonic L1 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can resolve 3136 x 2352 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 7 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 1600. RAW files are saved therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.

The image below illustrates the L1's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The L1 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic L1 dimensions

Panasonic L1 weighs 1.34 lb (606 gr or 21.38 ounces) & has exterior proportions of 146mm x 87mm x 77mm (5.7" x 3.4" x 3.0"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Panasonic L1 is lighter compared to its rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Panasonic L1 alongside a softdrink to help you to get a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button design on the L1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 topview buttons dials

Panasonic L1 Lens features

The L1 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses on the market today. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the L1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-12-45mm-F4-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro24-90mmf/4254g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-45mm-F1.2-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 Pro45mmf/1.2410g
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Venus-Laowa-Argus-33mm-F0.95-CF-APO-FourThirds-Mount lensVenus Laowa Argus 33mm F0.95 CF APO33mmf/1590g
Rokinon-35mm-f1.4-Four-Thirds lensRokinon 35mm f1.435mmf/1.4 660g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-14-54mm-f2.8-3.5-II lensOlympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 II14-54mmf/2.8-3.5 440g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-25mm-F1.8 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.825mmf/1.8 136g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-X-Vario-35-100mm-F2.8-II-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 II Power OIS35-100mmf/2.8 357g
Photography Glossary

Panasonic L1 Connectivity

The L1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer images and in some cases change settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Some apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Panasonic L1 Video features

Panasonic L1 doesn't take video. If you are shopping for a digital camera to shoot just photos, it might not be a problem.

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Panasonic L1 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing in the Panasonic L1 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Panasonic L1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic L1 is equipped with a 2.5" fixed screen with a resolution of 207k dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details for Panasonic L1 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.46x

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders can be very helpful.

Panasonic L1 Shutter features

Panasonic L1 can shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Panasonic L1 Flash and Hot shoe features

Panasonic L1 has both built in flash along with external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/160 seconds.

Panasonic L1 Autofocus features

Panasonic L1 has both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and exact compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

The Sensor supports 3 focus points to select from. Panasonic L1 supports manual focusing when needed during low light occasions or you want to have more accurate focusing control.

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Panasonic L1 Battery life

The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 features the highest possible (2260) battery life within this class of cameras.

Below is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras having the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
L1 vs D780
2260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
L1 vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
L1 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
L1 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
L1 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Panasonic L1 for different types of photography

The following illustration indicates a overview of the Panasonic L1 for different types of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section below.

Panasonic L1 Portrait photography info

The Panasonic L1 receives a score of 55 which is average, meaning that it is relatively suited for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos and potential to work with external lighting.

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focusing manually
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
low megapixels (7MP)

Panasonic L1 Street photography features

Getting a modest points tally of 58, the Panasonic L1 is reasonably suited to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competitors in class (606 grams)
fixed screen
no image stabilization

Panasonic L1 as a Sports photography camera

A awful sports photography score of 41 indicates the Panasonic L1 is simply not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs very good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (7MP)

Panasonic L1 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is pretty crucial in buying a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic L1 gets a average 50 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly suited for your vacations.

Photography Glossary
lighter than competition in class (606g)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (7MP)
screen is not selfie friendly

Panasonic L1 Landscape photography factors

In case you're planning to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic L1 at it's modest score of 48 as a landscape camera is somewhat suited among its competition.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (7MP)
does not have Time Lapse mode

Panasonic L1 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging should posses a articulating display, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Panasonic L1 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a awful score of 9.

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can't shoot video

Panasonic L1 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the L1, below is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the category of Advanced DSLR.

The chart underneath will give you an overview of the L1 vs it's top ranked rivals mentioned earlier.

Following are several cameras you may check out as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
7 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
3136 x 2352
RAW format
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.5 inches
Screen resolution
207k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
13.00 m
Flash options
Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2)
External flash
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/160 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Max video resolution
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
606 grams (1.34 lb)
Physical dimensions
146 x 87 x 77mm (5.7" x 3.4" x 3.0")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/MMC card
Storage slots
Launch pricing