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LUMIX DMC-LF1 12.1 MP 7X Zoom Premium Digital Camera - Black

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DMC-LF1

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  • Creative flexibility with an eye-level electronic viewfinder
  • Shoot stills and video in low-lit scenes with MOS sensor
  • Add creativity and fun to images with 15 in-camera creative filters
  • Share with smartphone or tablet via wireless feature
$399.99
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The superior choice for challenging shooting conditions

The LUMIX DMC-LF1 is the superior choice for challenging shooting conditions, and it¿s the only* pocket-able premium zoom camera with an eye-level adjustable electronic viewfinder in its class. The LUMIX DMC-LF1 brings together modern mobile connectivity with a no compromises approach to photography that many camera enthusiasts demand, plus it slips easily into your pocket. Discover greater control and creative flexibility over most point-and-shoot cameras by integrating features like Creative Panorama and the popular LUMIX Creative Control mode, which boasts 15 fascinating filter effects for photo and HD video. Enthusiasts will love its Exposure Control Ring, Composition Guide, high sensitivity MOS sensor, and super bright 7.1X F2.0 zoom lens.
The DMC-LF1 takes advantage of the power of mobile connectivity found in your smartphone. With Wi-Fi connectivity using NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, you can easily connect the camera to your smartphone/tablet anywhere simply by touching them together, making it easier than ever to share images. Utilize a smartphone/tablet as a remote shutter with a monitor, or use the Instant Transfer function to automatically send photos to your smartphone/tablet right after shooting. Combine your smartphone with the Panasonic Image App and you¿ll be sharing your photos to your favorite Social Networks in no time. Easily archive both photos and videos automatically to your computer at home via a wireless access point (router).
*As of 04/24/2013 time of Announcement.

Built-in Electronic Viewfinder, Sleek Stylish Design, 3.0-inch LCD

The DMC-LF1 is a sleek, stylish digital compact camera that comes with a 0.2-inch EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) with 200K-dot resolution and 100% field of view. This assures controllable framing and high visibility of your live view image even in strong sunlight. Designed with an eye for detail, it offers a sense of luxury that will satisfy even the most fashion-conscious. The 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot Intelligent LCD with super high resolution and a wide viewing angle features automatic brightness adjustment in 7 steps as the surrounding brightness level changes. This ensures easy visibility at all times. The big screen¿s AR coating reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting.

Shoot Impressive Pictures With 12.1-Megapixels and iA (intelligent Auto) / iA Plus Mode

For beginners of Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode helps you make beautiful pictures with a variety of shooting-assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control. The iA Plus mode lets you adjust background focus, exposure compensation, and white balance for even more control. The DMC-LF1 integrates a 1/1.7-inch, 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor, which is larger than standard digital compact cameras. The result is a high-resolution image with stunning clarity. The extensive light receiving area of each cell delivers high sensitivity image recording in lower light with its excellent S/N ratio and wide dynamic range.

Be Inspired With Creative Controls, Panorama, and Composition Guides

The LF1¿s Creative Control and Creative Retouch modes feature 15 filter effects. The Creative Control mode lets you shoot with a filter while checking how it looks on the picture. Certain filters can be used for video recording as well. The Creative Retouch mode lets you apply a filter on a picture, in camera, even after shooting. With the Creative Panorama function, you can apply 13 filter effects to your horizontal/vertical panoramic images. Composition Guide helps you learn photography. It¿s easy to shoot a photo with great composition by simply choosing the most suitable pattern of composition and framing along the guided lines.

Superior Quality F2.0 LEICA Lens, 7.1x Optical Zoom, and POWER O.I.S.

The DMC-LF1 is equipped with a newly developed 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens with 7.1x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-200mm) even when shooting videos. This high quality lens features F2.0, which boasts approximately 2x higher speed than an F2.8 lens. The extraordinary amount of light allows for higher shutter speeds to capture stunningly clear, sharp, blur-free images in lower lit situations, and shallow depth of field. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses vibration from hand-shake when pressing the shutter button, shooting at night with a slow shutter speed, or using a powerful zoom. The Active Mode is effective for video recording.

One-Touch Connection, Sharing, Remote Shooting, and At Home Connectivity

With NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, you can connect the camera with a smartphone/tablet simply by touching them together. With the Panasonic Image App, remote photo/video shooting is available using your device as a remote shutter with a monitor that displays the images live. You¿ll have the power to release the camera¿s shutter, focus, and set the shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation. Enjoy easy to use wireless TV Playback of your images with the Wi-Fi Direct¿ function on a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) - compliant VIERA HDTV. Print your pictures wirelessly from a PictBridge printer using Wireless Print, and use Panasonic's exclusive Cloud Sync Service for synchronizing photos and videos among your devices.

Enjoy Wi-Fi Features On the Go and Transfer Photos Easily With Instant Transfer

With Wi-Fi you can instantly upload and share your images on a Social Networking Service using the Panasonic Image App on your smartphone/tablet. Geotagging makes it possible to tag the location information of images by utilizing the GPS (Global Positioning System) log of your smartphone/tablet. The Instant Transfer function allows the camera to transfer your photos to your smartphone/tablet automatically whenever the shutter is released. In playback mode, you can also touch the image displayed on the camera to transfer it directly to your smartphone/tablet with the Panasonic Image App.

Full-HD Video in AVCHD and MP4 With Quality Stereo Sound

The DMC-LF1 records 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) full HD videos with full-time AF and high quality stereo sound in the AVCHD format which excels in both compression efficiency and compatibility with AV equipment for playback. With a dedicated video record button on the back, you can instantly start recording videos while shooting pictures. Videos can also be recorded in MP4 format (30p (NTSC) for playback on a PC or other device without having to convert the files. High-quality stereo sound of Dolby® Digital** offers realistic sound, and the stereo microphone delivers a zoom noise reduction system. The Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind.
**Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

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  • Optics
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    • Camera Effective Pixels
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    • Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
    • Lens
    • Aperture
    • Optical Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
    • Intelligent Zoom
    • 2- Speed Zoom
    • Optical Image Stabilizer
    • Digital Zoom
    • Focus
    • Focusing Area
    • AF Assist Lamp
    • AF Metering
    • Shutter
    • Shutter Speed
    • Finder
    • Viewfinder
  • Recording
    • File
    • File Format
    • Recording Modes
    • Mode Dial / Mode Button
    • Creative Control mode
    • Still Image Scene Mode
    • Continuous Shooting Mode
    • Motion Picture Recording (*2)
    • HD Video
    • STD Video
    • High Speed Video
    • Continuous recordable time (motion pictures)
    • AVCHD
    • MP4
    • Actual recordable time (motion pictures)
    • AVCHD
    • MP4
    • Exposure Parameters
    • Exposure
    • Exposure Compensation
    • Auto (AE) Bracketing
    • Light Metering
    • ISO Sensitivity
    • Picture Quality
    • Still Picture Recording
    • Image Quality
    • White Balance
    • Photo Style / Film Mode
    • Color Mode / Color Effect / My color
    • Picture Adjustment
    • Aspect Bracketing
    • Other
    • Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)
    • GPS
    • Wi-FI
    • NFC
    • Zoom in Motion Picture
    • Self Timer
  • Playback
    • Display
    • Playback Mode
    • Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
    • Calendar Display / Dual- Image Playback
    • Set Favorites / Rotate Image
    • Show Histogram
    • Show Highlights
    • DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
    • Edit
    • Retouch
    • Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Leveling
    • Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
    • Cut Animation
    • Video Divide
    • PictBridge Support
  • Setup
    • OSD language
  • Others
    • Monitor
    • LCD Monitor
    • Flash
    • Built- in- Flash
    • Media
    • Recording Media
    • Built- in- Memory
    • Audio
    • Microphone / Speaker
    • Power
    • Battery life (approx.)
    • Standard Package
    • Included Software
    • Standard Accessories
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Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Not for novices The LF1 had the potential to be a great camera. The reality does not live up to that potential. I love the idea of a pocket camera with an eye-level viewfinder. But the viewfinder on this thing is so tiny it's almost useless. If the camera were just a little bit taller, the viewfinder could be a little larger and vastly more useful. You really have to squint. The camera's button configuration is pretty terrible. With the on/off switch on the outside edge, it's too easy to accidentially shut the camera off when reaching for the shutter button. I know space is at a premium with a viewfinder and a big LCD screen, but for usability, I think it's nearly criminal not to have a dedicated button to turn the flash on and off or to turn the burst mode on and off. And to use the same button for "Back" in menus that you use to delete photos is REALLY confusing. When setting up the WiFi for my mother (who is regretting her purchase now), I could not enter her username from her PC because it has a space in it, and the camera does not allow you to enter spaces. I confirmed this with a Panasonic rep. So now she will need to change her Windows 7 username just to make the camera work over WiFi. When I put the camera in shutter priority mode, it did not warn me at all that I was setting the shutter too fast to properly expose the photo at any aperture/ISO combination. In fact, it did not show these values or the exposure value by default. The result? Very underexposed photos. This will not encourage novice users like my mother to get out of auto mode. The image quality on this camera is fantastic for a point-and-shoot all the way up to ISO 800 -- and even ISO 1600 looks decent. The flash metering is quite good, so even though it's probably not the best photographic idea, my mom can use the flash and still not come out with photos of people and pets looking like complete ghosts. It's definitely a powerful imaging tool (for a point-and-shoot). It's just not an intuitive camera; even for a more advanced photographer like me. My poor mother can't stand it at all. I hope Panasonic thinks about these considerations for the next generation. One more thing: 7.1X is just a bit low on the zoom for a camera like this. I realize it's a larger sensor than most compacts, but with those heading up to 30X, couldn't Panasonic get this one to 10X or 12X? That would be about perfect. A little grip might help. Small is good because it means you will take it with you more often, but this camera is probably just a smidge TOO small. With just a few tweaks, the next generation could be a lot better. December 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great little camera This is a great little camera that I carry in my bag along with my full size DSLR bodies and lenses. The camera does everything well and is a dependable back-up for its big brothers. I often use the video on this camera to document or scout for shooting locations. The GPS is perfect to ensure venues can be identified during final selection.The camera also serves well for shooting in circumstances where silence is necessary. It allows me to keep shooting and not disturb neurotic subjects or skittish critters. I am often asked to recommend cameras, and I always put the Lumix at top of my list of choices. November 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Not a perfect P&S, but closer than most. When you want a P&S that is capable (with the right input from the user) of very good results, that will fit a pocket, have a VF that is half decent, and not cost a small fortune... this is pretty much the bees knees. I purchased one for my wife, who will not tote anything larger, but wanted very good IQ and a viewfinder. After using it for a 2 week trip to the UK, I have to say it covered 99% of what I wanted too. I typically used an LX5 for this purpose, or my Nikon DSLR's and lenses for high end work or pro stuff. So my frame of reference (pun intended) is broad. Will it make toast and tea, no. But what it is intended to do, it does very well IMO. Solid product lacking very little for its purpose, with its only downside being the need for about a 24mm eq. wide end of the lens. August 30, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by worst ergonomic design i have purchased 6 lumix cameras over a period of 9 years. so far this is the model with the worst ergonomic design. i bought this camera because of the viewfinder. it's not perfect but it serves my need for a viewfinder in a compact camera. but i don't understand why panasonic design engineers placed power button beside the shutter... as a result, i always turn the camera off instead of taking a picture. it's so frustrating because most often, i miss important candid moments that i want to capture. a sliding power switch should have been a better alternative but panasonic chose the worst option - a button that feels like a small shutter button. i feel like stupid every time i use this camera so i end up using my dmc-sz7. no view finder but i don't miss my shots... July 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FANTASTIC CAMERA, LOADS OF FEATURES, SMALL BODY As an instructor in Digital Photography at a small college I am often asked" what camera should I get?" My answer up until December of 2013 when I got the LF1 was always ambiguous. I didn't want to recommend one camera and have a student have bad luck using it. My position has changed a great deal with my purchase of the LF1. I carried the LF1 along with my FZ200 on a trip to Laos and Cambodia in January of 2014. I left my dSLR and my mirrorless cameras along with a bunch of lenses home. I didn't want to try changing lenses over dusty bumpy roads or skimming over water. I was never so happy that I traveled "light". The results from the LF1 were just great. Great color and very little noise even at ISO 800. I was doing most of my shooting from a moving vehicle or a fast moving boat so I shot in shutter priority mode at 1/1000 second. The LF1 grabs focus extremely fast with almost no lag whatever between depressing the shutter and the camera fully responding. I also used BURST mode a great deal in capturing action at the peak, things such as fisherman throwing out their fishing nets. The camera responded very well. Picture quality was superb, great color and sharpness. Exposure was right on in almost all cases and we were going from bright skies to deep shadows. The custom settings, panorama mode and function keys make this camera as responsive, if not more so, than all my other equipment. About 6 of my students followed my lead and bought the LF1 at very favorable prices. I have not heard one bit of remorse from any of them let alone any complaint. The pictures they bring into class are all very good although a few of them need to remember the rules for composition. I thought the small electronic viewfinder might be a minor problem for one or two, but that was not the case. They all like having that feature, especially when shooting in bright light. It is even helpful in dim light. April 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FANTASTIC CAMERA, LOADS OF FEATURES, SMALL BODY As an instructor in Digital Photography at a small college I am often asked" what camera should I get?" My answer up until December of 2013 when I got the LF1 was always ambiguous. I didn't want to recommend one camera and have a student have bad luck using it. My position has changed a great deal with my purchase of the LF1. I carried the LF1 along with my FZ200 on a trip to Laos and Cambodia in January of 2014. I left my Nikon D90 and my Sony NEX6 along with a bunch of lenses home. I didn't want to try changing lenses over bumpy roads or skimming over water. I was never so happy. The results from the LF1 were just great. Great color and very little noise even at ISO 800. I was doing most of my shooting from a moving vehicle or a fast moving boat so I shot in shutter priority mode at 1/1000 second. The LF1 grabs focus extremely fast with almost no lag whatever between depressing the shutter and the camera fully responding. I also used BURST mode a great deal in capturing action at the peak, things such as fisherman throwing out their fishing nets. The camera responded very well. Picture quality was, at least for me and everyone I have shown the 2000+ pictures to #I really have cut it down to 350 or so# superb. Color rendition and exposure was right on in almost all cases. The custom settings, panorama mode and function keys make this camera as responsive, if not more so, than all my other equipment. About 6 of my students followed my lead and bought the LF1 at very favorable prices. I have not heard one bit of remorse from any of them let alone any complaint. I thought the small electronic viewfinder might be a minor problem for one or two, but that was not the case. They all like having that feature, especially when shooting in bright light. It is even helpful in dim light. April 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FANTASTIC CAMERA, LOADS OF FEATURES, SMALL BODY As an instructor on digital photography at a small college (Emeritus) in Santa Monica I am often asked about cameras, which is better or what should I get? I always had offered 3 or so suggestions but no longer. If a compact camera seems suited then I am recommending, WITHOUT RESERVATION, the LF!. I took the LF1along with my FZ200 and left at home my Nikon D90 SLR and my Sony NEX6 (and an assortment of lenses) on a trip to Laos and Cambodia. I shot about 1500 pix with the LF1 and 600 or so with the FZ200. Most of the shots taken with the LF1 were from a moving vehicle or boat, I set the camera on shutter priority (1/1000) and fired away. The camera grabbed focus very quickly, images were sharp, color was great, and noise was very low. It was (and is) a pleasure to use and take along. And not trying to change lenses on a bumpy road or even having to lug them around was a pleasure for this old body. About 6 of my students followed my lead and not a one of them has expressed any regrets about buying the LF1. It is a great camera even for a beginner, and the EVF is more than adequate. My only real gripes (2) is the diopter adjustment wheel for the EVF, hard to use with you eye in place and no in-camera RAW processing. I ended up shooting most of my images in JPEG and they required very little in the way of post-processing The burst mode was most useful in capturing the fisherman at the peak of action in throwing out their fishing nets. Hard to figure out how Panasonic got so many features into one very small body. April 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great pics I Love this camera! The brand ambassadors at the US Open were very helpful and this was a phenomenal experience all around! August 23, 2013
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