Summary: The Panasonic LF1 occupies the same space as a number of other premium compact cameras already on the market, and while it looks good, it’s not really offering anything that the others already out there don’t do in terms of image quality. What it does have, however, is an electronic viewfinder, which really makes it stand out from the crowd.
Pros: With a stylish and sleek exterior, this is an ideal pocket camera for those looking for something that still gives them full manual control. Traditional photographers will no doubt also appreciate a viewfinder, while the fact that it’s a high resolution electronic device makes it much more useful than the very basic optical device found on the
Cons: There’s a little too much noise at higher sensitivities, so it’s best to avoid using this camera for too much low-light work if you can avoid it.
Excerpt: This 12 megapixel compact camera has a 7X (28—200mm) optically stabilised zoom lens. It is built around the sensor and processor of the excellent LX7 but with a slower, longer lens. It has all the manual controls for the serious photographer, including a customisable selector ring around the lens. The 75mm LCD is supplemented with a tiny, but useful, electronic viewfinder. Like the LX7 images can be captured RAW.
Conclusion: The LF1 is the camera many people have longed for - a compact with a viewfinder at a reasonable price. This is an ideal travel camera with a zoom that is more than adequate and, by being kept to a sensible extension, has good sharpness and contrast. The LX7, on which the LF1 is based, has a deserved reputation for excellence and its DNA is in the new camera. We like that it is a compact that has not been dumbed down.
Pros: The electronic viewfinder is marvellous - tiny, relatively low resolution, but in bright light it saves the day. And Panasonic's smartphone app is a wonder, giving a lot of practical control. All that, and the image quality is great.
Cons: While the viewfinder is a boon, the dioptre adjustment is crude. We had difficulty getting a sharp image.
Excerpt: Slotting in below the flagship LX7 model, the new DMC-LF1 is a rather surprising addition to Pansonic's extensive range of compact cameras, if for nothing else than it sports an eye-level viewfinder, something of a rarity in today's market. Sharing the same 1/1.7-inch, 12 megapixel MOS sensor as the LX7, the LF1 offers a slower but longer 7x zoom lens, equivalent to a focal range of 28mm-200mm.
Summary: Mit der DMC-LX7 hat Panasonic schon länger eine Kompakte im gehobenen Segment mit 1/1,7-Zoll-Sensor am Markt. Jetzt folgt mit der Panasonic Lumix LF-1 ein noch kompakteres Modell - ColorFoto hat die Digitalkamera getestet.
Pros: klein, handlich, gut ausgestattet, großer Sensor mit brauchbarer Bildqualität bis ISO 800, integrierter Sucher, nicht sehr gut zu halten