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Panasonic LF1 review

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Panasonic LF1 with the Sony RX100, Olympus XZ-10 and Fuji X20. The Panasonic LF1 has the greatest sensitivity range of all the cameras.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Panasonic LF1 review

These results show that the Panasonic LF1's JPEG files have a stronger signal to noise ratio than those from the Olympus XZ-10 at ISO 800 and ISO 400-1600, while at ISO 100-200 the images from both cameras contain similar ratios, and at ISO 3200-6400 the Olympus's JPEGs beat the Panasonic's. The Panasonic's JPEGs contain weaker signal to noise ratios than JPEGs from the Sony RX100 at every sensitivity except ISO 100, and have weaker ratios than the Fuji X20's JPEGs at every sensitivity except ISO 400.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Panasonic LF1 review

Here we see that the Panasonic LF1's TIFF images (after conversion from raw) contain greater signal to noise ratios than TIFFs from the Fuji X20 at ISO 100-800, but after that the Fuji's images are stronger. The Panasonic's TIFFs show stronger signal to noise ratios than those from the Olympus XZ-10 at ISO 100-200, but at higher sensitivities the Olympus is stronger. The Sony RX100's TIFFs have stronger signal to noise ratios than the Panasonic's at every sensitivity setting.

JPEG dynamic range

Panasonic LF1 review

The Panasonic LF1's JPEG results for dynamic range are better, beating JPEGs from the Olympus XZ-10at every sensitivity except ISO 6400, and beating the Sony RX100's JPEGs at ISO 80-800, before falling behind at ISO 1600-6400. The Panasonic's JPEGs contain greater dynamic range than the Fuji X20's at ISO 100-400, but the Fuji's images are stronger at ISO 800-12800.

Raw dynamic range

Panasonic LF1 review

As we can see from this chart, the Panasonic LF1's TIFF images (after conversion from raw) contain comparatively less impressive dynamic range than its JPEGs did, with levels declining steeply at mid to high sensitivity settings, falling a long way behind the other cameras towards the top of the range. The Panasonic's TIFFs are beaten by TIFFs from the Sony RX100 at every sensitivity except ISO 80 and 100, and bettered by the Fuji X20's TIFFs at every sensitivity except ISO 100. The Panasonic's TIFFs show greater dynamic range than the Olympus XZ-10's at ISO 100-400, but the Olympus's images are stronger at ISO 800-6400.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom7.1x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)170 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Flash Memory Capacity87 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height62.1 mm
Width102.5 mm
Depth27.9 mm
Autofocus Points23
Focal Length6 mm to 42.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-LF1
Product NameDMC-LF1 Digital Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCLF1EBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

A Pocket-Size Premium Compact Digital Camera with High Image Quality and the Joy of Composing Shots

The DMC-LF1 is equipped with new 28mm wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens with 7.1x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-200mm). This supreme lens features F2.0 high speed, which boasts approx. 2x higher speed of F2.8 lens, itself generally considered a fast lens. The extraordinarily rich amount of light allows not only using higher shutter speed to capture stunningly clear, sharp, blur-free images in lower lighting situation, but also giving impressive expression to the image by reproducing exquisite gradation and mellow defocus.

1/1.7-inch, 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor is larger in size than standard digital compact cameras. Thanks to the extensive light receiving area of each cell, the performance of high sensitivity image recording in low light is obviously superior with its excellent S/N ratio and wide dynamic range. The result is a high resolution image with stunning clarity not only in high sensitivity recording but also in low ISO setting reproducing rich gradation with the exquisitely wide dynamic range even when the situation is highly contrasted.

1/1.7-inch, 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor is larger in size than standard digital compact cameras. Thanks to the extensive light receiving area of each cell, the performance of high sensitivity image recording in low light is obviously superior with its excellent S/N ratio and wide dynamic range. The result is a high resolution image with stunning clarity not only in high sensitivity recording but also in low ISO setting reproducing rich gradation with the exquisitely wide dynamic range even when the situation is highly contrasted.

Manual control is easy to try thanks to the Control Ring, which enables direct, intuitive control over frequently-used settings - zooming, aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and filter of Creative Control / Creative Panorama. To assist learning photography, Composition Guide is also available in DMC-LF1. It is easy to shoot a photo in good composition by just choosing most suitable pattern of composition from and framing the subjects along the guided lines. Well-composed image has a stunning perspective and dramatically look refined.

Battery Life250 Shot
Package Contents
  • DMC-LF1 Digital Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adaptor
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution920000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone