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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

The 7.5 megapixel Lumix DMC-L1 is Panasonic’s first digital SLR Read more

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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
7.5
Features 8
8.0
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 8
8.0
Ergonomics 8
8.0
Build quality 9
8.5

Expert Review

DP Review
28 June 2007
  • Conclusion: The DMC-L1 is Panasonic's first foray into the highly competitive digital SLR market. As such I think they should be pretty happy with the result. From an image quality point of view they've taken a surprisingly mature and conservative approach delivering clean images with natural color and tone response which aren't over-sharpened or over-processed.
  • Pros: Excellent control layout; proper shutter speed and aperture dials, Very fast access to aperture and shutter priority modes, Very good build quality; magnesium alloy frame, Supersonic Wave Filter ensures no dust on sensor, Metering available in viewfinder and live view modes, Good dynamic range, very similar to Canon EOS 30D, Natural color and tone response, not over saturated or over contrasty, Adjustable noise reduction level (although default is 'zero'), Very good a...
  • Cons: Small and dark viewfinder view (difficult to see fine detail, difficult to check focus), Auto-focus in live view requires display freeze and mirror flip down / up, Image processing algorithm not 'crisp' in appearance (although artifact free), Live view becomes dark in low light / DOF preview (doesn't adjust gain), Shutter release delay in live view, Image parameter adjustments don't offer enough latitude of change, Auto focus provides just three focus points, although...
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Overall 9
8.5
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 8
7.5
Features 9
8.5
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 9
9.0

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

What Digital Camera
26 February 2007
  • Summary: As it offers a significantly different feature set from most other DSLRs, the L1 is worth considering particularly if you are new to automated cameras, maybe coming from older analogue models, or if you're enough of a traditionalist to miss the operation of those cameras.
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Overall 10
10
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0
Durability 10
10

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
17 January 2007
  • Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC L1 digital reflexcamera Panasonic show they are realistic. They know they will not instantly become a market leader. After all, the market will need to get used to them, and Panasonic will in turn have to learn a thing or two about this "new market". This strategy of building things up slowly and unhurriedly is something I can certainly appreciate. It indicates Panasonic intend to take things seriously, and are keen to go for the long-term run.
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Overall 9
8.5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Camera Labs
1 October 2006
  • Summary: Panasonic’s Lumix L1 is arguably the most unique digital SLR on sale today. It may share many aspects with the Olympus E330 which provide the Live View, anti-dust system, and allow a flat upper surface, but Panasonic’s gone several steps further by adding a superb lens with optical stabilisation and equipping the L1 with a set of analogue controls which go beyond retro nostalgia to deliver genuine enhancements in usability.
  • Pros: Superb Leica kit lens with stabilisation, Effective anti-dust feature, Useful Live View facility, Quick and easy analogue controls
  • Cons: Relatively small and dim viewfinder, Out-resolved by 10 Mpixel DSLRs, Higher noise at 1600 ISO than most DSLRs, Live View slow and of limited appeal
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Overall 8
8.0

Panasonic L1

Photoxels
7 August 2006
  • Summary: Panasonic did not cut any corners when it introduced the Lumix DMC-L1 , its first digital SLR. With an elegant body design reminiscent of the rangefinder cameras, the Panasonic L1 succeeds in re-introducing analogue-type controls that work flawlessly: a Shutter Speed Dial on the top of the camera and an Aperture Ring on the new made-specifically-for-digital LEICA lens work together to set exposure control and select shooting modes intuitively.
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Overall 8
8.0

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 DSLR camera review

Pocket Lint
14 May 2007
  • Pros: Lens, OIS, build, white balance, live view, responsive, nice menus, image quality, handling
  • Cons: Heavy, gloomy viewfinder, noisy images at high ISO, LCD does not flip out and so fails to get the most from Live View capability
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Overall 7
7.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 6
6.0
Picture quality 6
6.0

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

PhotographyBLOG
20 March 2007
  • Summary: The Panasonic L1 isn't a mass-market device, and deliberately so, therefore it feels a slightly odd choice of first DSLR for a major electronics manufacturer. In fact, it is hard to know just who the L1 would appeal to beyond the traditionalist who wants his or her DSLR to look like a 'real' camera, or the enthusiast who requires a plethora of dials and switches to twist and tweak and feel like they're exerting more of an influence over the end result than they probably...
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Overall 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
7.5
Audio & image quality 9
9.0
Build quality 9
9.0

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

PhotoReview
1 October 2006
  • Summary: A well-built Four Thirds system DSLR with a rangefinder camera control layout and dual-angle pop-up flash.Panasonic has described its new Lumix DMC-L1 as combining 'analog operational concept and design' and the new model looks and feels like a fusion of a rangefinder camera and the Olympus E-330 (on which much of the L1's technology is based).
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Overall 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
7.5
Audio & image quality 9
9.0
Build quality 9
9.0

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

PhotoReview
1 October 2006
  • Summary: A well-built Four Thirds system DSLR with a rangefinder camera control layout and dual-angle pop-up flash.Panasonic has described its new Lumix DMC-L1 as combining 'analog operational concept and design' and the new model looks and feels like a fusion of a rangefinder camera and the Olympus E-330 (on which much of the L1's technology is based).
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Overall 8
7.9
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Durability 10
10
Photo quality 9
9.0

Panasonic Lumix DMC L1 Review

LetsGoDigital
24 January 2013
  • Conclusion: Al met al is de Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 mij prima bevallen. Het is absoluut een eigenzinnige camera met hier en daar wat eigenwijze nukken. Zou Panasonic die kunnen verhelpen, dan hebben ze zeker een winnaar in handen. De uitdaging waar Panasonic voor staat is dat zij hun reputatie als DSLR fabrikant nog moeten opbouwen. Met de combinatie van de Panasonic L1 en het superieure standaard objectief heeft Panasonic in ieder geval een indrukwekkend visitekaartje afgegeven.
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