Bad design, defective cameras and horrible support!
robert frost "homedoit", Amazon
4 weeks ago
Summary: Defective camera, does not charge battery in camera,, bought two returned two. Panasonic support is awful. Clearly its outsourced and inadequate. called three times. sent five emails and no reply. photos were hazy, indoor and out,, a slight smoky appearance. closeups were out of focus. 2.0 aperture was really not any difference than my old TZ20 with a 3.5 opening. 7x zoom is not enough for outdoor shooting.
Best compact with a optical view finder for the price
Mr C, Amazon
23 December 2014
Summary: My priority was a compact camera that would fit in my pocket, had a optical view finder with good coverage (I hate using the LCD display and the resulting lag) and optional manual controls. I shoot mostly using natural light. Wanted to camera with manual controls to carry around all the times. This is not a great camera and not a DSLR replacement. Not sure I should expect that, but due to the "Leica" lens I was expecting more.
Summary: Someday, I'll get around to reading the owner's manual on this, but I haven't had to because the controls are so easy and intuitive that I'm taking amazing pictures (low-light, b/w, effects, you name it) with the camera's own settings. I bought a Canon first, and yes, I regretted not spending an extra 50 bucks. If you're a point-and-shoot newbie with pretensions of making some artistically nice photos, you can buy this with no hesitation. Best camera I've ever had.
Summary: The Panasonic DMC-LF1 is a unique camera, that technically wildly excels at practically nothing. However, it is an appealing combination in a very small package that competes with the Canon S110 and S120 cameras. Despite its small size, it has a slightly larger than common 1/1.7 inch sensor, the same size as the cited Canon models and the Panasonic LX-7. Its battery life (CIPA 230 images) is better than the Canon models, but not as good as the LX-7 (CIPA 330 images).
Summary: I use this camera alone when I do not want to carry my Panasonic GH3 DSLR. When I do have the GH3, I keep the LF1 in the camera bag just to sometimes capture a few quick shots that are not accommodated by the lens I have mounted on the GH3. Are the LF1 pictures as good as those taken by a GH3/lens combination costing 5X more? Of course not.