April 24th 2013 9:38 am

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conclusion:We like it

84 August 9th 2013 11:56 am

Panasonic manages to squeeze a control ring, decent image quality, WiFi, NFC, and even an EVF into a pocketable premium compact. The DMC-LF1 looks like a slimmed down LX7, and ePHOTOzine says that "despite the small size [it] feels well built with quick access to controls." A big feature the LF1 has over its rivals is its built in EVF, and while some critics found it small and underwhelming, Photography Blog says "we'd rather have one than not." Like the LX7, the DMC-LF1 delivers in the speed department, with Digital Versus calling it "fast and effective." When shooting photos the LF1 performs fairly well, delivering "reliably consistent performance" according to T3, but TechRadar says the images are "good but not amazing." The same is true for its video quality, as Expert Reviews finds the quality is "good rather than great." For its first attempt at a premium compact, Panasonic does well by delivering solid performance and an EVF into a pocketable body.

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Critic reviews

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    8.2
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    8.0
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    6.0
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    7.7
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    8.4
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    8.0

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 21, 2013

In the end, it's lots of good ideas which combine to remain an overall good idea, it's just not as great as we'd initially thought.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Jun 17, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix LF1 delivers a good level of performance and impressive image quality at a very good price. Some may be better off with the LX7, but the LF1 still comes recommended.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Jun 14, 2013

Its compact size, straightforward handling, decent zoom range, great images, Wi-fi connectivity and the inclusion of a built-in EVF all combine to make the LF1 a great premium compact.

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8.0
TechRadar Jun 20, 2013

Although Panasonic has undoubtedly created a very likeable and capable camera in the Panasonic LF1, we can't help but be a little underwhelmed by it overall.

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8.0
T3 Jul 8, 2013

While it's hard to find a great deal wrong with the 12 megapixel LF1, competition is increasingly fierce in the expanding premium compact sector.

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8.0
Digital Versus Jul 16, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix LF1 is an interesting spin-off of the LX7. It's a reliable little expert compact that's enjoyable to use thanks to its compact size, its light weight and its build, despite its less-than-spectacular image quality. The EVF is definitely a praiseworthy addition.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Jul 19, 2013

The LF1's bigger zoom, slimmer design, Wi-Fi and integrated viewfinder will no doubt be to others' tastes. Other cameras offer bigger zooms or better low-light performance, but there's a lot to be said for a camera that strikes a practical balance.

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First Looks

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Pocket-Lint Apr 23, 2013

We think that for the money the LF1 will produce decent images, even if it's unlikely to win any awards for its higher ISO sensitivity shots.

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TechRadar Apr 23, 2013

We think that enthusiasts will like the control layout and we're just itching to get a full production sample in for testing to see how good its images are.

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TrustedReviews Apr 24, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix LF1 is a good-looking camera with some great credentials for a compact. However, it’s certainly not one for those who are after full manual control over their shots thanks to the paucity of hardware controls.

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Photography Blog Apr 24, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix LF1 is a surprisingly lightweight 12.1-megapixel compact camera with a 28-200mm (eq.) f/2.0-5.9 lens, integrated 0.2" electronic viewfinder, 3" rear display, multi-functional Control Ring and Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity.

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