Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 review: performance and pocketability?By Kevin Carter - Friday July 12 2013 Sensor Review
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-LF1 is new highly portable compact camera with a 28-200mm (equivalent) f/2.0-5.9 Leica-branded zoom sitting in front of a 12-Mpix back-illuminated 1/1.7inch type CMOS. It’s also the first of its type to adopt an electronic viewfinder and has built-in WiFi with NFC technology for simplified photo-transfer between smart devices. Read on to see it performs in our labs.
Compact camera sales may be slack due to the ubiquity of smart-phones but enthusiast models are still attractive for their manual control, high-image quality and genuinely compact dimensions. At $499 it sits comfortably at the top-end of the market but it features a 12-Mpix back-illuminated 1/1.7-inch type CMOS sensor and a stabilized Leica Vario-Summicron 28-200mm (equivalent) f/2.0-5.9 zoom. Perhaps the main attraction, certainly a unique feature at this level, is the inclusion of a built in 0.2-inch type 200k dot resolution electronic viewfinder. Other features include a 3-0 inch 920K rear LCD, an exposure mode dial on the top plate and a multi-function control ring surrounding the lens, a feature made popular by the Canon Powershot S100. Not only is it small (102 x 61 x 28mm) and light in weight (170g), but throw in 1080/30/25p video and built-in WiFi with NFC capability for remote operation and wireless transfer, and you have a promising and highly portable camera.