Isn’t she a beauty? This is the new Panasonic Lumix LF1 compact camera. The race has been going for the best premium compact camera and everyone is throwing their hat in. This little camera houses a 1/1.7″ 12mp CMOS sensor with high sensitivity capable of taking images up to 12,800 ISO. The LF1 is able to capture 10fps and also features a fast f2.0 lens at the wide side of its 7.1x optical zoom lens. The lens is a Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens with the 35mm equivalent of 28-200mm.
One of the most interesting features of this camera is what makes it stand out amongst its competitors. The LF1 features an 0.2″ EVF with 200k dot resolution. For most professionals looking at a compact camera to be their sidekick the lack of a viewfinder is their biggest turn off. Although the electronic viewfinder is quite small I’d still use it in most situations for framing in bright sunlight. If EVF isn’t your style the large 3″ 920k dot display will get the job done.
Like other competing compacts Panasonic threw in Wi-Fi sharing along with a few other features. The LF1 will feature a creative panorama mode along with 15 other effects. When a smart phone is tapped against the side of the camera it’s built in NFC allows easy pairing and sharing of images with a smartphone. The LF1 can be had for the whopping price of $500 and is available in black and white.