Panasonic LF1

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400 (Push 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
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
92
Imaging
39
Features
55
Overall
45

Panasonic LF1 overview

Panasonic LF1 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally revealed on November of 2013. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/1.7" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The LF1 stands at #15 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #500 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to use our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your personal criteria.

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Panasonic LF1 history

The Panasonic LF1 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-LF1 front thumbnailPanasonic LF128-200mm
F2.0-5.9
12MP1/1.7"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-LX7 front thumbnailPanasonic LX7
LF1 vs LX7
24-90mm
F1.4-2.3
10MP1/1.7"2012
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Panasonic LF1 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic LF1 based on things which are typically viewed as essential in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with HDMI port
flash built-in
has manual focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
in built lens has zoom (28-200mm 7.1 x zoom)
NFC support
rather wide (28mm)
saves RAW files
screen has good resolution (920 k dot)
screen size is good (3 inches)
supports face detect autofocus
supports tracking focus
very good max aperture (f2.0)
very good min ISO (80)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have headphone port
does not have microphone port
does not have Timelapse recording
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no articulating screen
no external flash support
no phase detect autofocus
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Panasonic LF1 Sensor information

The sensor dimension in the Panasonic LF1 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and features a standard ISO range of 80 - 6400. The ISO can also be extended electronically to a maximum of 12800. RAW format is saved therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath displays the LF1's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The LF1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.8 and is pointed out in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic LF1 dimensions

Panasonic LF1 weighs in at 0.42 lb (192 grams or 6.77 ounces) and features external measurements of 103mm x 62mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Panasonic LF1 is more heavy as compared with various competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Panasonic LF1 besides a softdrink so you can have a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the LF1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 topview buttons dials

Panasonic LF1 Lens information

The LF1 comes with a built-in lens having a focal range of 28-200mm giving it a 7.1 x zoom which is definitely not great but it would certainly be convenient in a few situations.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f2.0 which is ideal in low light conditions and capturing good bokeh. It will also let you use a much lower ISO for getting cleaner images. At the long end, 200mm comes to f5.9 making it fairly sluggish and you may have to use slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic LF1 Connectivity

The LF1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send images and at times change camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Several apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Panasonic LF1 Video information

The maximum video resolution in the Panasonic LF1 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance for video quality versus file size but FULL HD won't leave you with much room to downsample. The body doesn't feature a mic or headphone socket which means that you get absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to purchase a different model in case you require decent audio in your videos.

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Panasonic LF1 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Panasonic LF1 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Panasonic LF1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic LF1 includes a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 920k dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 screen and viewfinder Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

The View Finder specifications regarding Panasonic LF1 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

Viewfinders can be rather beneficial for sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Panasonic LF1 Shutter information

Panasonic LF1 is able to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Panasonic LF1 Flash and Hot shoe information

Panasonic LF1 has got just inbuilt flash with no external flash ability.

Panasonic LF1 Autofocus information

Panasonic LF1 has got only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and exact as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which can be useful for people photography.

The Sensor includes 23 focus points to select from. It also boasts Tracking AF for moving subjects. Panasonic LF1 boasts manual focus when needed for low light scenarios or you want to have more precise control on focus.

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Panasonic LF1 Battery life

The battery for the Panasonic LF1 is fashioned to last for 250 pictures based on the CIPA specifications which is comparable with its competitors. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest possible (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Panasonic LF1 for specific kinds of photography

The following bar chart displays a summation of the Panasonic LF1 for specific kinds of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Panasonic LF1 Portrait photography highlights

The Panasonic LF1 receives a points total of 43 which is horrible, and means the camera is not really acceptable to use for portraits. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files and flexibility to use off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
offers face detect focusing
supports RAW files
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")

Panasonic LF1 Street photography information

Getting a very good score of 65, the Panasonic LF1 is a very decent pick for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/1.7")

Panasonic LF1 as a Sports photography camera

A horrible sports photography score of 39 means the Panasonic LF1 is not really acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
resolution not great (12MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
no phase detect AF

Panasonic LF1 Travel photography highlights

Weight is very important in getting a camera for travel. All round, the Panasonic LF1 gets a above average 64 for a travel camera which makes it a good choice to buy for your journeys.

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has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
does not have Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen

Landscape photography with Panasonic LF1

When you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic LF1 at it's modest grade of 54 for a landscape camera is relatively acceptable compared to it's rivals.

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has manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of Time Lapse mode

Panasonic LF1 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera should really come with a moving display, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Panasonic LF1 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a horrible rating of 36.

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pretty wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
does not have mic jack

Panasonic LF1 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the LF1, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart just below gives you an overview of the LF1 compared to it's top scored competitors mentioned earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may look at as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Released
2013-11-26
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
1/1.7"
Sensor measurements
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area
41.5mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW data
Highest native ISO
6400
Highest boosted ISO
12800
Lowest native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
23
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-200mm (7.1x)
Maximum aperture
f/2.0-5.9
Macro focus range
3cm
Focal length multiplier
4.8
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Resolution of screen
920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech
TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
DXO scores
DXO All around score
52
DXO Color Depth score
20.8
DXO Dynamic range score
11.6
DXO Low light score
211
Features
Slowest shutter speed
60 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
7.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
192 gr (0.42 lb)
Dimensions
103 x 62 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Other
Battery life
250 shots
Battery form
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Single
Pricing at launch
$500