Many expected a compact Micro Four Thirds sensor, but Panasonic has finally chosen a different path: a sort of smaller version of the Lumix DMC-LX7, but with a built-in electronic viewfinder. This is the new Lumix DMC-LF1 which the Japanese firm has announced after showing it to the press two weeks ago in Vienna.
Armed with a 12-megapixel CMOS 1/1.7 inch (presumably the same one that the LX7 incorporates), said electronic viewfinder and 0.2-inch dimensions are two of the hallmarks of this LF1. An advanced compact with manual controls, RAW capture and a ring on the lens barrel to handle both zoom and shutter speed, among other functions.
Armed with a 12-megapixel CMOS 1/1, 7 inch (presumably the same one that incorporates the LX7), said electronic viewfinder and 0.2-inch dimensions is contained two of the hallmarks of this LF1. An advanced compact has manual controls, RAW capture and a ring on the lens barrel to handle both zoom and shutter speed, among other functions.
The LF1 features a 7.1x optical zoom Leica signed with a focal equivalent to 28-200 mm and a maximum brightness of f2 in its angular position. An opening that falls sharply to F5.9 at maximum zoom
In line with the latest models from Panasonic, the LF1 also incorporates Wi-Fi and NFC, the latter dedicated to optimizing the wireless connection of the camera to a tablet or smartphone.
Endowed with a 3 inch screen, in the field of video, the LF1 offers full HD 50i recording in AVCHD and MP4 formats. Along with the aforementioned manual controls, it has a range of 15 creative filters, as well as various automatic modes.
No specific data on its availability in the Spanish market, but company spokesmen have assured this newspaper that the LF1 will be more moderately priced than the LX7, which went on sale in late 2012 for 500 euros.