Panasonic has introduced a new range of Lumix compact cameras, courtesy of the LF1, which comes packed with WiFi and Near Field Communications (NFC) support.
After announcing the mid-level Lumix G6 Micro Four Thirds system, Panasonic has also unveiled the LF1 compact camera, which is part of a new breed of point-and-shooters for enthusiast photographers.
Panasonic LF1 camera unveiled with 12.1-megapixel image sensor and Leica 28-200mm f/2.0-5.9 lens
The Panasonic LF1 is not here to replace other cameras. Instead, it has been revealed to become appealing to a new range of customers, who are looking to get a little more functionality from a compact shooter.
Panasonic’s new Lumix LF1 features a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor with a resolution of 12.1 megapixels. Additionally, it is packing a 7.1x optical zoom lens, which offers a 35mm equivalent of 28-200mm. The lens sports a maximum aperture of f/2.0-5.9, depending on its focal length.
According to the press release, the lens has been provided by Leica and it is part of the DC Vario Summicron series. At f/2.0 aperture, it can be considered fast and it should allow photographers to capture photos without blur and noise even in low-light conditions.
Fifth Panasonic camera with integrated NFC technology
The Panasonic LF1 comes packed with built-in WiFi and NFC. The “Touch&Share” function will allow users to put the camera together with an NFC-ready smartphone or tablet in order to share multimedia content.
Moreover, the photos and videos can be shared immediately after they have been captured, with the help of “Instant Transfer”, though this is possible only with the help of a mobile device, which will be used as a remote shutter controller.
Panasonic’s latest compact camera is capable of recording 1920 x 1080 60i videos. The device integrates the company’s Power OIS technology, in order to capture stable, shake-free films.
Electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch display say “hi!”
The Panasonic LF1 specs list also includes a 0,2-inch 200K-dot electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch 920K-dot LCD screen. These two can be used for correctly framing the pictures and then review them on a large display.
The premium compact camera employs the regular P/A/S/M modes, as well as a control ring, which has been placed around the Leica Summicron lens. Users can switch to the manual mode, in order to get a taste of the power found in DSLR cameras.
Creative photographers can also perform in-camera editing, thanks to a number of special effects, such as Creative Control, Creative Panorama, and Creative Retouch. The total amount of effects stands at 15.
Panasonic LF1 price is rather small for a compact shooter capable of taking RAW photos
The 12.1-megapixel camera can capture RAW images for a price of $499.99. The Panasonic LF1 release date is currently unknown, but the compact camera should be released soon in Black and White colors.
It is worth mentioning that the shooter packs a built-in flash, shutter speed between 60 and 1/4000 seconds, stereo microphone, USB connectivity, and SD / SDHC / SDXC storage card.
All of these will be available in a 6.77-ounce package, measuring 4.06 x 2.44 x 1.1-inches.