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Panasonic Lumix LF1 Premium Pocket Camera

Panasonic Lumix LF1 Premium Pocket Camera With Long Zoom & EVF

Hopefully, Panasonic’s new Lumix LF1 is the start of new camera category – pocket cameras with larger, high-end sensors and long zooms. The LF1 has the same large 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor as its highly-respected sibling the Lumix LX7. But with a longer 7.1x 28-200mm f/2.0 zoom lens and a built-in electronic viewfinder, the LF1 falls in between the pocket superzoom and a premium pocket camera categories. It also has built-in Wi-Fi with a mobile app so you can share your photos directly from your Smart Phone – no computer necessary! So if you want better image quality than a pocket superzoom, but more reach than a premium pocket camera, there’s only one choice – the Panasonic Lumix LF1.

Why is it better than a Smart Phone?
The LF1’s large 1/1.7-inch CMOS is better than most point-and-shoot camera sensors so it’s definitely better than what you get in a Smart Phone. Factor in the long optical zoom lens, electronic viewfinder, manual controls and RAW capability, and the LF1 is a great pocket camera by any measure. And with built-in Wi-Fi, it’s actually a compliment to your Smart Phone.

Learn More About the Panasonic Lumix LF1 >>

  • MSRP: $499
  • 12.1-megapixel 1/1.7-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • 7.1x 28-200mm f/2.0-5.9 Leica optical zoom lens
  • Built-in 200K-dot electronic viewfinder
  • 1920 x 1080 60i full HD AVCHD video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and mobile app for iOS and Android
  • Sensitivity: ISO 80 to 12,800
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with free mobile app for iOS and Android
  • 3-inch 920k-dot LCD display
  • Shooting modes: iA Intelligent Auto, PASM manual and scene modes
  • RAW shooting
  • 10 FPS full-resolution high-speed burst & 60 FPS at 2.5 megapixels

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About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • James Felbab says:

    Apprarently you missed this.


    For the majority of photographs taken every day, the cameras are way more advanced than the photographers. It’s really not all about the latest and best gear. What it’s really about is whats behind the gear. That could/should be your next article,IMO. Something like “How the top 10 photographers can use a smartphone to create stunning photos.” Or, “Top ten tips to make you a better photographer.” Good photographers don’t come out of a shrink wrapped box and never will. Photography is a skill and you can’t buy that skill with the latest and greatest $$$ camera. And, yes, the best camera is the one you have with you. I don’t carry around my cameras and lenses wherever I go but I do have my phone with me at all times. I’m not inclined to carry my P&S cameras as well as a phone so if/when the need arises the phone does an admirable job of capturing the moment.

    I read that the top selling camera in the world is the smartphone. Nothing else even comes close. That being the case, why not work on helping these smartphone users become better photographers. Once they realize the smartphones limitations they might be inclined to move up to a more advanced camera but it is not all about gear.

    Here are four points that are irrefutable.
    A poor photographer with a poor camera = a poor photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a poor photo.
    A great photographer with a poor camera = a great photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a great photo.

  • James Felbab says:

    That last point should have read… A great photographer with a great camera – a great photo.

  • susanne says:

    need advice: my husband has recently retired &, shall we say, not retiring well. Many years ago, he was an excellent semi-pro photographer. I’d like to find a good digital camera to get him interested in life again. We are an a very limited income (SS only). Any suggestions where I could start?

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