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Panasonic DMC-LF1EB-K Lumix Compact Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP) 3.0 inch LCD

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  • F2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Lens
  • 1/1.7-inch, 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • 0.2-inch 200K-dot Equivalent EVF (Electronic Viewfinder)
  • Control Ring and Composition Guide
  • Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® / NFC

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 cm ; 168 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: DMC-LF1EB-K
  • ASIN: B00CJC02DW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 24 April 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,752 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Product Description

Panasonic DMC-LF1 - A Pocket-size Premium Compact Digital Camera with High Image Quality and the Joy of Composing Shots

The LF1 is a pocket-sized compact digital camera that includes a large 12.1-megapixel MOS sensor and a built-in Electronic View Finder. The sleek design includes a F2.0 Leica lens with a 7x zoom range from 28 to 200mm (equivalent) focal length. Wi-Fi connectivity is also supported allowing photos to easily be shared to social networking sites or across your home network.

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Despite its compact size of the LF1, an electronic viewfinder is built-in.

Photo Quality

New Large 12.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor

Larger than the sensor used in conventional compact digital cameras, this new 12.1 megapixel type on-board the LF1, offers a larger light-receiving area. This results in beautiful low-noise photos, even in dimly lit situations.

Bright and Fast F2.0 Leica DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Lens

The newly developed super bright F2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens minimises distortion for stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. The wide aperture F2.0 performance makes the best of low light situations or when shooting indoors without a flash. Faster shutter speeds can be used which result in sharper images when movement is involved. It also provides a shallow depth of focus for those professional looking blurred background type shots.

Premium Features

Powerful 7.1x Optical Zoom Lens

The LF1 offers a focal range of 28-200mm in 35mm equivalent terms. This means a very useful 7.1x zoom ratio, allowing you to zoom closer to your subjects when it's not possible for you to move closer.

Power O.I.S. with Active Mode for Video

Power O.I.S. is about twice as effective as our conventional system at reducing low-frequency vibration-caused blur. It is especially useful when using slow shutter effects or shooting night scenes. With the option of Active mode available during movie recording, videoing from a moving vehicle or while walking is also more precise.

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A manual control ring makes for easier camera setting.
Control Ring for Direct, Intuitive Operation

A knurled Control Ring on the lens barrel provides smoother control of the aperture, shutter speed and zoom, leaving your right hand to concentrate on shutter operation.

10 Frames per Second High Speed Burst Shooting

High-speed burst shooting, up to 10 frames per second at full resolution, is possible. This enables you to capture high speed action with a sequence of still pictures that are sharp and defined, even when it is difficult to keep the subject in the centre of the frame. You can review the images after you have captured the action and choose the best composed shot.

Ease of Use

920k Pixels, 3.0 Inch, Wide Viewing Angle LCD Screen

A high resolution (920,000 pixels) Liquid Crystal Display is offered with a 3.0 inch viewing area that works well in bright light due to the Auto Brightness sensor that automatically increases brightness by up to 40% when in sunny conditions. The wide viewing angle also means a number of people can review the pictures at the same time.

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Professional composition examples to help you compose your shot.
Composition Guide to Aid Taking the Shot

To help compose your shot, five composition example photos are included with guidelines that show how the shot was composed. This is a handy learning tool that will help you take better photos.

Enhanced Shooting Assist Function - Level Gauge

A handy Level Gauge is provided on the display that helps you to correctly align the camera. Whether shooting in a landscape or portrait orientation, the camera's internal gyro sensor always knows the angle of the camera and displays guide lines on screen to help you hold the camera level.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Shooting Mode with iA Plus

iA mode has been a highly appreciated feature of all Lumix models as it helps you take the picture without you having to worry about what settings to use. The camera intelligently works out the type of scene that you are trying to capture from a number of pre-set programmes. iA+ allows you to add an element of your own creative control where you can experiment with the overall look of the shot before you take the picture. New for 2013 is the "Meal Mode" which automatically recognises when you are taking a picture of plated food and optimises the settings accordingly.

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Share pictures just by touching the two devices together.

Networking

Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC for Easy Set-up and Sharing

Amazing new wireless functionality is now possible with this Lumix model. Features like: Remote Monitor and Shooting, Remote Browsing & Playback and Remote Sharing. Additional NFC (Near Field Communication) capability built in to this model utilises the latest smart communication technology. NFC compatible products can share or be ready to share data just by touching the two devices or bringing them close together.

Remote Monitoring and Control with Smartphone

Use your Smartphone to see the live image through the camera lens and then take the shot. Using the "Peer to Peer" or Wi-Fi function in the camera, the picture can be monitored externally and controlled remotely by a connected smart device (controlling device requires Panasonic Image App for iOS/Android smartphones).

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Enjoy a wireless slide show on your TV.
Remotely Browse, Playback, Transfer or Print via DLNA and Wi-Fi compatible devices

If you have a compatible DLNA equipped smart TV or handheld device, you can browse and view your pictures directly over your wireless network. This means you no longer need to connect to the TV with the AV cable or even take out the SD card and insert it in the TV. The Wi-Fi function also allows you to transfer and back-up your pictures, and if you have a Wi-Fi printer, you can even print them wirelessly.

Remote Sharing - Social Network Site (SNS) File Upload over Cloud Network

Not only can you enjoy videos and still pictures remotely on your Smartphone*, but you can also upload the content directly to your favourite Social Network sites like YouTube and Facebook. Now it's even easier to share your movies or photos with friends.

* Requires Panasonic Image App for iOS/Android smartphones.

Creative Shooting Controls

Extensive Creative Effects for Recording

Any one of 15 creative filter effects can be selected before taking your shot. These effects: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature effect, Toy Effect, Low Key, Star Filter, One-point Colour, Dynamic Monochrome, Soft Focus, Impressive Art, Cross Process and newly added Old Days gives you the expressive power to turn ordinary situations into highly special scenes.

Creative Panorama Shooting Mode with Filter Effects

In addition to the Panorama shooting mode that allows you to capture ultra-wide vistas in a single image, up to 13 filter effects can also be applied to your shot.

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High quality video recording to suit the latest Full HD TVs.

Video Capabilities

FULL HD Video Mode with AVCHD Recording

When shooting video for playback on a Full HD TV, AVCHD 1080 offers amazing high quality recording. Video captured on the camera's SD card can be played back directly on a Panasonic Viera Full HD TV by putting the card in the SD slot on the TV.

Stereo Sound Recording

A built-in stereo microphone means high quality Dolby encoded stereo sound can be recorded when using movie mode.

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Megapixels
12.1 megapixels
10.1 megapixels
Dimensions
102.5 x 62.1 x 27.9 mm / (4.0 x 2.4 x 1.1 inch)
110.5 x 67.1 x 45.6 mm / (4.35 x 2.64 x 1.80 inch)
Viewfinder
0.20" Colour EVF
Optional : DMW-LVF2
Optical Zoom
7.1 x
3.8 x
Intelligent Zoom
14.3 x
7.5 x
Focal Length
28 - 200mm in 35mm equivalent
24 - 90mm in 35mm equivalent
Lens
LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON / 10 elements in 8 groups / (4 Aspherical Lenses / 7 Aspherical surfaces)
LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX / 11 elements in 10 groups / (5 Aspherical Lenses / 9 Aspherical surfaces)
Image Stabiliser
Power O.I.S.
Power O.I.S.
Focus System
Normal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom / MF / Quick AF On / Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture) / Manual Focus, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
Normal / AF Macro / MF / Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture) / AF/AF Macro/MF Switchable, AF/AE Lock Button, Focus Lever, Manual Focus, One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
LCD Screen
7.5cm (3.0") TFT Screen LCD Display (920K dots)
7.5cm (3.0") TFT Screen LCD Display (920K dots)
Battery
Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7V, Minimum: 950mAh)
Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 1250mAh)

Box Contains

Battery Charger
Battery Pack
AC Cable
USB Cable
CD-ROM


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I have had a number of "Bridge" cameras. Tried Nikon P series but could not live with the unreliable focus and slow write times for raw photos. I had the Canon S100 which was a fantastic camera and one I would still recommend. However, I really wanted a veiwfinder and a bit more zoom. This is the answer. Perhaps does not feel as solid as the Canon but it is very light and also has a metal body. The viewfinder is not brilliant but is very useful in bright light and also to keep the camera steady.

The picture is very good and matches the Canon in most respects and beats the Canon in low light handheld shots without flash . These are truly amazing (especially if you use raw where the finest details are preserved) with lifelike colours and no blur. The image stablilisation is a winner. The flash photos come out nice too, although colours not completely true to the original. Outdoor shots very sharp and the lens quality really shines.

Video cannot match a dedicated camcorder, but better than average for a camera. There is some judder but sound is pretty good. The extra zoom is useful here.

The main criticism I have is that the power button and the shutter button are right next to each other. I have at times inadvertently shut down the camera when I meant to take a shot! The battery life is not great but you can always get a spare battery for not much outlay.

This may not quite match the likes of RX100 but it is cheaper, has a built in viewfinder, and is even more pocketable. The zoom is considerably more versatile. The camera is highly rated by Consumers' Association in the UK and US.
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Bought this as a Christmas present last year for the other half so have had some experience now in it's use. What a great quality picture in both colour and detail. So much better than the Nikon D60 I gave her a few years ago. Overall this is a solid and quality product. Also good to have a through the lens eye piece as well as a screen being so much better in strong sunlight - rare to get this feature on most compact digitals these days. The only niggle is the wifi - next to useless in what you can do with this feature but if that's unimportant to you I'd highly recommend this camera if you can get it at a good price.
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My initial impressions on day of receipt. The principle feature I was prepared to pay for was a viewfinder, in this case EVF. Yes it's small but will be sufficient to frame the shot in bright sunlight and/or snow. Next a "sensible" zoom. Having just bought a Sony NEX-5 for different duties I knew that 100mm equivalent wasn't going to be enough for travel P&S. The LF1 offers about 200mm equivalent compared with the 90 ish of low zoom quality compacts. In any event I had rejected some well reviewed quality compacts due to the absence of a viewfinder. So a well balanced specification. I like the large control ring but still getting to grips with which settings to configure the ring for.

Initial impressions are that the LF1 is producing a good natural picture compared with the over-saturated picture (even in non-EXR modes) of the Fuji F750EXR which is being replaced.

I paid what I had to pay to get a quality compact with an EVR and mid-range zoom. Not disappointed and delighted with the compactness and quality feel.
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This may appear to many to be a very expensive camera, when there are so many cheap models on the market but as is often in life looks can be deceiving! Let me start by saying this little camera is never going to beat a dSLR in any noise,resolution, dynamic range and other image quality stakes but it can give them a run for their money!

My wife steered me towards this camera as she insists on having a viewfinder to compose with when the sun is out, making using any rear mounted LCD very difficult. The problem is very few compact cameras have any viewfinders theses days! The few models that do have a viewfinder are often a little too big to be pocketable. This Panasonic LF1 is almost certainly the smallest camera with a viewfinder (electronic) and coupled with the very usable 7x zoom lens, with attendant wide aperture, makes for an almost unique proposition in the current market.

Over christmas we took some family photos using this camera and a Panasonic G3 (micro-four-thirds). Overall my wife commented how the images from the LF1 were nearly always better than the images from the G3! I have to agree with her, the images looked more natural from the LF1 and certainly had as much detail and low noise as the G3.

On a walkabout around York I was impressed with the images when using the fully automatic, iA mode. The camera switched automatically to HDR mode when it detected strong backlight, quickly taking a series of images, which resulted in a noticeably better pictures, with both dark and light areas resolved nicely.

Now many will say they have a perfectly good camera on their smart phone, I for one have had some great pictures, in sunlight, from my Samsung Note 2.
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The electronic viewfinder makes this the choice for me. Lumix are great cameras and this has all normal features and fits easily into pocket. Used it on recent trip to Honk Kong and China and really pleased with results. electronic veiwfinder would be better if larger, but to it s credit can adjust for eye focus and give full view of actual photo including any adjustments. On autu plus, can adj easily for light, colour and depth of field: this is a great feature and I have not seen this on other cameras.
I also use a fugi x s1, which I love, but is quite heavy. The LF 1 takes as good pictures.
A great travelling companion and really small for the features.

I notice Leica have now bought it out with their badge, for £200 more, so they must be imprest ! Would happily recommend it.

Have had this 6 months now and it goes everywhere with me, just slips in the pocket. My fugi is being used less and less.
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