Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Digital Camera Review

Using this camera is similar to using a film camera: the zoom and aperture rings on the available Leica lenses plus the mode dial and manual focus. Also, since there are no scene modes, i highly recommend that you only buy this camera if you are more than a hobbyist (advanced amateur to professional photographer).

An interesting fact is that Panasonic L1 a similar design to Olympus EVOLT E-330 but will offer MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) in addition to Olympus’ dust reduction feature. This results in a compatibility with the extensive line of Olympus’ quality Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses. Other features include Dust Reduction System, fast response time (under 1 sec. shutter lag when using viewfinder), the ability to save images in RAW format. There is a special option (on/off): if the AF does not lock, when you press the shutter button, the camera will not take the picture.

Since the white balance in auto mode might be tricky in indoor condition, lucky the camera has a manual mode that works fine. The Li’ve View LCD displays the effect of white balance selection as well as exposure compensation applied or other image settings. The images are far from being noisy even at high ISO but becomes more prominent at slow shutter speeds. There is slight purple fringing.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Digital Camera Specifications

• Shooting Modes: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
• Playback Options: Standard, Dynamic, Nature, Smooth, Vibrant, Nostalgic, Standard, Dynamic, SmoothSingle, 9.25 thumbnail display, Calandar display, Zoomed, Image Rotation, Slide Show, Playback of favorite pictures/ Resizing
• Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On/Off
• Focus Modes: AFS/AFC/MF (TTL Phase Difference Detection System)
• White Balance:Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade /Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 /Color Temperature;
White Balance Adjustment: Blue/Amber Bias, Magenta/Green Bias; Color Temperature Setting: 2500k to 10,000K in 31 steps
• Metering: intelligent multiple, center-weighted, spot metering
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1
Technical Data:
• 2.5 inch LCD
• Viewfinder: 95 percent coverag, 0.93x magnification
• 7.5 megapixels
• Focal Length, Aperture and zoom depending on the lens used with the body (Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5, 3,6x zoom – kit)
• ISO Range: Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
• Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
• Auto Bracketing (AE): 1/3 ~ 1EV Step +2EV, 3 or 5 Frames
• Continuos Shooting: 3fps or 2fps
• Shutter Speed: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb
• Self Timer: 2, 10 sec.
• File Format: RAW, JPEG, Raw + Standard, Raw + Fine
• SD/SDHC – Secure Digital memory
• Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1500mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger/AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Included)
• Dimensions: 145.8 x 86.9 x 80 mm /5.74” x 3.42” x 3.15”
• Weight: approx. 530 g /1.17 lbs


By Laura

I started photography as a hobby in 2005, during college. My passion slowly became a more important part of my life since 2008. Because of using a combination of my photographic knowledge, with those of internet marketing, I like to call myself a "photomarketer".

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