Pana­sonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Australian T3 - - RATED -

Up­grad­ing from smart­phone pho­tog­ra­phy? First stop here…

Pana­sonic’s se­ri­ously svelte 12.1-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch CMOS sen­sor in­cor­po­rat­ing LF1 com­pact weighs in with the sec­ond long­est zoom on test, at 7.1x op­ti­cal. That’s some se­ri­ous eye­sight for a cam­era as slim as this, equiv­a­lent to 28-200mm in 35mm terms, of­fer­ing a f/2 max­i­mum aper­ture.

At­ten­dant fea­tures closely match other cam­eras on test: Raw shoot­ing along­side JPEG, a light sen­si­tiv­ity range stretch­ing all the way up to ISO 12,800, 10fps burst shoot­ing, a three-inch LCD screen and lens con­trol ring for tweak­ing set­tings, plus built-in Wi-Fi and the added nov­elty of NFC con­nec­tiv­ity for eas­ily hook­ing up An­droid de­vices.

Un­usu­ally for a cam­era this pocket-sized, the LF1 has shoe­horned in an eye-level elec­tronic viewfinder of­fer­ing 100 per cent field of view – an im­pres­sive feat, even if the res­o­lu­tion is a low-ish 200K dots. The ad­di­tion helps the LF1 stand out from the slim­line crowds, but us­ing the EVF for any length of time will give you eye strain.

On the Pana­sonic we again get full-HD video cap­ture, ac­cessed via its own record but­ton, plus full use of the op­ti­cal zoom dur­ing record­ing. The me­chan­i­cal noise is quiet com­pared to ri­vals and ac­tion is smooth as the fo­cus re-ad­justs au­to­mat­i­cally when zoom­ing in and out, or swap­ping sub­jects mid-flow.

That’s an aw­ful lot of fea­tures squeezed into a very small form fac­tor for a sur­pris­ingly cheap price, so we bet you’re won­der­ing if cor­ners have been cut. Well, the bat­tery is charged within the cam­era via USB rather than a sep­a­rate charger, but that’s not a deal breaker. That aside, there’s lit­tle to dis­like. Im­ages are con­sis­tently bright, sharp and colourful, mak­ing this a fine choice for any­one step­ping up from a smart­phone cam­era. It’s a clev­erly up­graded point-and­shoot but you’re likely to out­grow it quickly.

Love Slen­der body with a big-ish 28-200mm equiv­a­lent zoom range. Sim­ple con­trols. Hate Viewfinder feels like an af­ter­thought. No hand­grip. No mains charger in­cluded T3 Says A very smart point-and-shoot cam­era that does a lot for very lit­tle

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