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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

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  • User Score (80)
    9.2 9.2 from 80 reviewers
  • Expert Score (25)
    8.0 8.0 from 25 reviewers
  • Design (8)
    5.2 5.2 from 8 reviewers
  • Value for money (9)
    4.8 4.8 from 9 reviewers
  • Features (4)
    5.3 5.3 from 4 reviewers
  • Ease of use (8)
    5.3 5.3 from 8 reviewers
  • Performance (15)
    5.4 5.4 from 15 reviewers
  • Picture quality (21)
    5.3 5.3 from 21 reviewers
  • Durability (4)
    6.4 6.4 from 4 reviewers
  • Display (13)
    5.8 5.8 from 13 reviewers
  • Photo quality (3)
    5.7 5.7 from 3 reviewers
  • Ergonomics (14)
    5.3 5.3 from 14 reviewers
  • Build quality (3)
    5.6 5.6 from 3 reviewers
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The 7.5 megapixel Lumix DMC-L1 is Panasonic’s first digital SLR The DMC-L1 has a “Live View” mode that allows image preview on the LCD and the Supersonic Wave Filter dust-reduction system. The L1 also ships with a high-end Leica lens. The camera uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and can accept SD, SDHC, and MultiMediaCard (MMC) cards for storage. One of the most hotly debated areas of this camera is its build. The camera is very blocky, heavy, and sturdy, with manual controls instead of buttons. C…

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The 7.5 megapixel Lumix DMC-L1 is Panasonic’s first digital SLR The DMC-L1 has a “Live View” mode that allows image preview on the LCD and the Supersonic Wave Filter dust-reduction system. The L1 also ships with a high-end Leica lens. The camera uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and can accept SD, SDHC, and MultiMediaCard (MMC) cards for storage. One of the most hotly debated areas of this camera is its build. The camera is very blocky, heavy, and sturdy, with manual controls instead of buttons. CNET thinks that physical design is probably the DMC-L1's worst attribute, and the camera feels unbalanced and leans to the left. They also highlight some of the poorly placed controls, like the power switch that faces inward being next to the spot where your thumb should rest. Since the spot for your thumb is so small, the reviewer accidentally switched the camera off a few times during field testing. Digital Camera Review, on the other hand, enjoyed the styling since it gave a more “mechanical” feel to operating the camera. Pushing levers and turning rings was more fun than just pressing buttons to make a menu choice. Both reviewers, however, liked some of the extra features of the DMC-L1.

CNET asserts that tweakers will appreciate the DMC-L1's custom functions. For example, in addition to the four color and three black-and-white film mode presets, you can set two custom film modes to choose the levels of contrast, sharpness, saturation, and noise reduction applied to JPEG images. Digital Camera Review points out that the built-in pop-up flash is pretty cool since it provides a “bounce” mode of operation. If you press the flash button lightly, the flash pops up at an angle so that when it fires, it will bounce off a ceiling. Neocamera notes that, with the L1, Panasonic took another step towards bringing live-view to DSLR cameras. The LCD-preview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 shows 100% frame coverage, compared to the viewfinder's 95% coverage. This allows precise framing. There is also a useful histogram and manual-focus magnification (10X or 4X) mode when using the LCD-preview. Overall, Digital Camera Review sums it up for all three reviewers: the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 is an impressive camera that, frankly, is going to have a hard time contending with the competition. Image quality is excellent and the camera operates well. But is there enough added value to compare against similarly (and cheaper) priced kits, like the Olympus E-330, Nikon D80 and Canon EOS 30D

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