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Panasonic DMC-LF1 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.1MP 7.1x Feb 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good expert reviews
Compact size
Poor battery life
25 Reviews

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Power

Poor Battery Life

Four people who purchased it mentioned that it did not have a good battery life. Three years ago D. Tripathi said on expert review site Amazon “I have at times inadvertently shut down the camera when I meant to take a shot! The battery life is not great” however they scored it 80 out of 100. Mrs. M. Eager scored it 3 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of the Panasonic DMC-LF1 on expert website Amazon “Sadly for me, let down by disappointing image quality and battery life”. Garth Riley wrote on expert website Amazon “Battery life is not great if you start searching through the menus so a spare battery is a must” but in spite of that he still rated this digital camera 80 out of 100.


Reviews

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on three expert reviews from sites including overpress.it, portablegear.nl and tech.uk.msn.com the average expert rating of this low megapixel camera is 82%. Experts think this Panasonic camera is one of the better digital cameras of this age and spec.

Good User Reviews

On average, based on 19 user reviews this camera has an overall user rating of 86 out of 100. 8 reviewers (83% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 9,075 expert and owner reviews (including 704 verified purchases), Panasonic has good reviews for its digital cameras. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 95% of those that bought a Panasonic digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. P. Collins mentioned on expert review site Amazon “Lumix are great cameras and this has all normal features and fits easily into pocket”. Dawn Sedgwick gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100 and she said on expert review site Amazon two years ago “Great little camera! Wide range of features; clear images showing fine details; easy to carry around”.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact Size

Eight customers wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Dp Review wrote “Compact size” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Dpreview.com mentioned “With smartphones taking over the low-end compact camera market, manufacturers have been striking back with feature-rich top-tier compacts”. R. P. Scott said in their review of this digital camera “I wanted to give her something better than a four/five year old compact so I started doing some research”.

Average Weight

With a weight of 170 grams, the DMC-LF1 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic DMC-FT4 (175g).

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was February 2014 when Panasonic released the DMC-LF1.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The DMC-LF1 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Panasonic DMC-LF1 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Panasonic camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of this type and age.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera, the DMC-LF1 does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the SX230 HS, or the S110 both from Canon or the Panasonic DMC-FT3.

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Features Calendar

The DMC-LF1 features calendar. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also feature calendar.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera is 2.6", and the display diagonals range from 1" to 3.5". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the DMC-LF1 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, or the P7700 both from Nikon or the Canon SX230 HS.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of 920,000 pixels, the DMC-LF1 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera. The display resolutions (numeric) of low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera range from 640 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 410,000 pixels.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Panasonic DMC-LF1 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also support video capability.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to consider including the 230 HS, or the SX220 HS both from Canon or the Panasonic LUMIX GF3K which all of have better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DMC-LF1 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, or the Canon 230 HS.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Panasonic DMC-LF1 has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Panasonic DMC-LF1 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The DMC-LF1 supports Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera which do not support Wi-Fi.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras which support Wi-Fi and we think the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, and the Canon S110 which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The DMC-LF1 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The DMC-LF1 does not feature bluetooth. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera also do not feature bluetooth.

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Lens System

Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 7.1 times zoom factor, the DMC-LF1 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

There are a number of alternative 7.1x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Nikon P7700 which has better reviews.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon SX280 HS (20x and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 (£427) (24x and higher rated).

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

Low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 3. With a minimum aperture number of only 2, the Panasonic DMC-LF1 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DMC-LF1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the SX220 HS, and the SX130 IS both from Canon or the Panasonic LUMIX GF3K which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic DMC-LF1 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This digital camera has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras of this spec and age have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1536 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 1920, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1536, 2448 x 2448, 2560 x 1440, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1920, 2992 x 2992, 3264 x 1840, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 2448 and 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2672. The best still image resolution of all low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera is 4032 x 3024 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels digital camera.

Alternative 12.1MP cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of their better review scores, the 230 HS, the PowerShot SX260 HS, or the SX50 HS all from Canon.

If this Panasonic camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the GE A1250 (12.2MP and higher rated), or the Nikon Coolpix P340 (12.2MP and higher rated).

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The DMC-LF1 has a hand strap, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic DMC-LF1 has a batteries included. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The DMC-LF1 features voice recording, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The DMC-LF1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The DMC-LF1 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Memory

Quite Big Internal Memory

The Panasonic DMC-LF1 has a fairly big internal memory (87 megabytes) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera. The smallest internal memory of low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 8MB, the biggest is 7.5GB, and the average internal memory is 300MB.

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Light Exposure

Supports Ten ISO Sensitivities

The Panasonic DMC-LF1 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "80", "100", "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800" and "Auto" are also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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Viewfinder

Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

With a viewfinder screen size of only 0.2 inches, the Panasonic DMC-LF1 has a quite small viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the viewfinder screen sizes range from 0.2" to 3".

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Design

Robust

Two owners who bought the Panasonic DMC-LF1 said that it was well made. D. Tripathi mentioned on expert review site Amazon “It is cheaper, has a built in viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Image Quality

Eight owners who bought the product thought it was good quality. Dp Review mentioned “Good build quality, handles nicely, good balance between simplicity”. They also said “Good image quality” in their review. Expert review site Dpreview.com wrote “These cameras out-perform the smartest of phones by offering much better image quality, useful zoom ranges”.

Full Manual Control

Four customers mentioned that it was easy to use. Dp Review wrote “Full manual control”. Website Tech.uk.msn.com said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “It's really easy to use, nice”. A. Peterson wrote on expert review site Amazon “We like small easy to use point and shoot cameras”.

Two customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Geoff mentioned three years ago “Very good performance - and clear menus for personalising commonly used settings” in their review of this digital camera. Music Maven wrote “Brilliant camera, Really good pictures on auto settings, rich colours, good detail” in their review of this digital camera.

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Zoom Range

Seven customers who purchased the Panasonic DMC-LF1 wrote that it had a good zoom. Dp Review said “Wide zoom range”. D. Tripathi wrote on expert review site Amazon “The extra zoom is useful here” in their review of this digital camera. They also said “The zoom is considerably more versatile” in their review.

Three owners who reviewed it thought it had a good lens. D. Tripathi wrote “Outdoor shots very sharp and the lens quality really shines”. A. Peterson said “It has a decent lens and bigger sensor taking excellent pictures” . Two years ago Music Maven wrote on expert website Amazon “A bright lens that would shoot well in low light” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Two owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. P. Collins wrote on expert review site Amazon “To it s credit can adjust for eye focus and give full view of actual photo including any adjustments”. D. Tripathi said on expert review site Amazon three years ago “Could not live with the unreliable focus and slow write times for raw photos” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.

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Electronic Viewfinder

Eight owners who bought the product thought it had a good viewfinder. Four years ago Dp Review said “Electronic viewfinder”. A. Peterson mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It even has a basic viewfinder just-like-they-used-to-have, so you can see what you are taking in bright sunlight”. Garth Riley rated it 80 out of 100 and he wrote in his review of this digital camera two years ago “A compact camera with a viewfinder (EVF”.

Good Quality Pictures

Seventeen people who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was able to produce good images. P. Collins wrote on expert website Amazon three years ago “The LF 1 takes as good pictures”. Music Maven said in their review of this digital camera “On the other hand the auto mode takes great pics for general use”. D. Tripathi scored it 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “The image stablilisation is a winner”.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic dmclf1k, panasonic dmclf1w, dmclf1egw, dmclf1ew
Barcodes 04902704230133, 05025232739004, 05025232739011, 05025232739028, 05025232739127

Panasonic DMC-LF1 Review Sources

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