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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Announced, Price, Specs, Release Date

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Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-LF1, The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 is a lightweight compact camera with a 12MP 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor and a 28-200mm equivalent F2.0-5.9 lens. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 marries the sensor from the LX7 to a longer, slower lens and adds an electronic viewfinder.

The camera combines a  and finds room for a 202k dot-equivalent electronic viewfinder. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 is the fifth Panasonic model to offer Wi-Fi for remote control and wireless communication that can be set up using NFC.

Panasonic Lumix DMC LF1


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Price

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 priced at $499.00 and available from the stores. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 will start shipping on July 5, 2013.

You can pre-order the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 compact camera below.

Store Price Buy Now
Adorama.com $499.00 Pre-Order
Amazon.com $499.00 Pre-Order
B&H Photo Video $499.00 Pre-Order

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Specifications

The LF1 will sit alongside the LX7 and offer fewer direct controls but still represent a significant step up from most conventional compacts. The LF1 includes an exposure mode dial and function ring around its lens, as well as a larger sensor than most compacts. In a sense it’s a competitor to Canon’s S series and the recent Nikon Coolpix P330, but with the added bonus of a longer zoom and built-in EVF. The EVF shares its specifications with the low-resolution, field-sequential LCDs used in Panasonic’s lower-end bridge-style superzooms (such as the FZ60). The rear LCD is a 3.0″, 920k dot panel, which is about normal for this class.

The LF1 offers the same easy-to-establish Wi-Fi connection as the G6, GF6, ZS30 and TS5, if you’re pairing it with a device that supports NFC (Near Field Communication). If not, you’ll have to manually enter the Wi-Fi details into your device, but you still gain the ability to remotely control the camera as well as the option to download images from it. Using Wi-Fi extensively will cut into its already modest 250 shot-per-charge battery life.

MSRP $499.99 / £379
Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 12.1 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 12.8 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.7″ (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)
White balance presets 4
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Image stabilization notes Power O.I.S.
Uncompressed format RAW
File format
  • JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3)
  • RAW
  • MPO
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–200 mm
Optical zoom 7.1×
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (Max 4x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69″)
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18″)
Lens mount None
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT Color LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Photography features
Maximum aperture F2.0 – F5.9
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Panorama shot
  • Sports
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • HDR
  • Food
  • Baby1
  • Baby2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • Glass Through
  • 3D Photo
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 7 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive Yes
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Videography notes 1920 x 1080 (60i FHD: 17Mbps, Sensor Output is 60fps; 30fps FHD: 20Mbps / MP4, Sensor Output is 30fps)
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included 87 MB Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery Life (CIPA) 250
Weight (inc. batteries) 192 g (0.42 lb / 6.77 oz)
Dimensions 103 x 62 x 28 mm (4.06 x 2.44 x 1.1″)
Other features
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 Product Images

Panasonic Lumix DMC LF1


Panasonic Lumix DMC LF1

Panasonic Press Release

Panasonic’s LUMIX DMC-LF1: A new level of compact creativity

DIS, Vienna 24th April 2013 – Panasonic’s new LUMIX DMC-LF1, the latest addition to its high-end compact range, is perfect for enthusiasts looking for the very best in imaging, editing and design. The camera provides unrivalled versatility, with impressive wide angle and zoom range to suit a variety of shooting scenarios. It also boasts a 12.1-megapixel MOS sensor and high ISO sensitivity for outstanding performance in low-light, as well as a host of other functions. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1 gives you complete control of your photography and, with Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, lets you share images and video instantly.

High-performance lens in a slim body

Panasonic’s advanced optical technology has made it possible to fit a 28mm-200mm high performance lens into the LUMIX DMC-LF1’s lightweight and beautifully designed compact body. The new F2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens will offer amazing image quality, even when you find yourself in low-light conditions. The high influx of light allows for faster shutter speeds, ensuring stunning, blur-free images. Similarly, the lens’ F2.0 aperture makes capturing professional looking photos with shallow depth of field and beautiful, warm backgrounds easier than ever before.

The new LEICA lens also offers outstanding range in terms of width and zoom. A 28-200mm wide angled lens with 7.1x optical zoom is designed to help you take perfect shots in a variety of shooting situations. From panoramic photos of rolling landscapes to intricate portrait shots, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1 offers consistently outstanding image quality and performance.

Superior image quality

With the LUMIX DMC-LF1’s new LEICA lens and a 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor, you can take advantage of a wonderfully wide dynamic range of 80 – 12800. Even when your composition includes a strong contrast of light and dark, the LUMIX DMC-LF1 is capable of taking high resolution images with stunning clarity. The camera’s Venus Engine further enhances performance and image quality, thanks to the very latest Panasonic Noise Reduction and Edge Smoothing systems. No matter what time of day or night, the camera will minimise distortion and noise guaranteeing beautiful, true-to-life pictures.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1’s impressive image quality is not limited to still photography. Despite its compact size, it is also capable of capturing beautiful, full HD 1920×1080 50i video recording, in both AVCHD Progressive and MP4 outputs.

Take complete control

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1 has been designed to provide you with complete control over your photography, wherever you find that once-in-a-lifetime shot and whatever the conditions. By framing and aligning subjects with the most suitable pattern from a new composition guide consisting of Rule of Thirds Offset, Diagonal Lines, Tunnel, Radiation 1, Radiation 2 and S-Shape, images will be perfectly composed for stunning perspective and refined results. A new 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder, in addition to the 3-inch LCD display, means you can choose a shooting configuration that perfectly suits your style. Similarly, a Control Ring at the base of the lens barrel makes it easy to manually control aperture, shutter speed and zoom with minimal movement, allowing you concentrate on your target and set up the camera for that perfect picture.

The LUMIX DMC-LF1 also lets you add your own creative touches both before and after you’ve pressed the shutter. Creative Control and Creative Retouch include 15 filter effects and will help turn the most ordinary shots into truly artistic images. 13 of these filter effects can also be applied to panorama shots in Creative Panorama.

Share your creativity

With a combination of NFC and Wi-Fi capability, the LUMIX DMC-LF1 offers unprecedented control, connectivity and ability to share. After a first initial setup, NFC compatibility lets you turn on Wi-Fi with a simple tap of a smartphone or tablet, so no more troublesome menus or setup procedures. Similarly, images and video can be shared between a range connected devices in just moments. With the Panasonic Image App, you can even use your mobile device as a remote controller to view, zoom, set the focus and shoot from distance. Finally, with Easy Share, you can easily upload and share your favourite images and videos to a host of social networking sites, letting you share your latest masterpiece with the world.

Maximising creative expression in a fixed lens camera

Sebastian Drawert, Manager LUMIX G and DSC, at Panasonic Consumer Marketing Europe said: “We believe that the LUMIX DMC-LF1 delivers a new level of performance and functionality for compact camera enthusiasts. We have managed to incorporate a host of features and functions, including a high-performance LEICA lens, into a beautifully designed and incredibly mobile camera. With the LUMIX DMC-LF1, photographers will be in complete control of their images and video, both when composing, shooting and editing. Even better is the fact that you can instantly share that creativity with the world, thanks to the LUMIX DMC-LF1’s amazing connectivity capabilities.”