Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Review

March 23, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 2 Comments | |

Panasonic DMC-L1The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 is the Japanese consumer electronics giant’s first ever DSLR camera. The distinctive, rangefinder style Panasonic L1 is based on the Four Thirds standard and offers an optical image stabilisation system and Leica kit lens. Costing well over £1,000 / $1,800, the L1 is certainly not cheap, so what can it offer to tempt you?

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#1 Ken Shapero

A fantastic camera. with adapter I can use all my old Nikon lenses. Does everything I want.

12:11 am - Saturday, April 7, 2007


I use different cameras. Pocket Ixus 70,bridge Fz18, a good old C7070WZ OLYMPUS and a SLR E1 Olympus. Since a few months an L1 Panasonic. I bought it in a store in Paris at 600euros (far from the 2000euros of the initial price!)
What I like is the good stabilized lens and the instinctive use. One dial for speed, one ring for the aperture. The weak point is still the Oly autofocus. I keep it locked on the center and the small sensor has a tendancy to burn highlights. You can obtain good quality pictures in landscapes, wedding, building, quiet pictures. It's difficult to catch children in action, the viewfinder is dark and focus too slow. It's the sort of camera with a real personality. You like it and make the effort to understand how to obtain the best results, or you choose a more conventionnal DSRL. Panasonic has make the choice of relatively cheap body base on OLY E330 with a fine zoom, the opposite of Canon/Nikkon or Sony who sells bodies with extra cheap lenses to have an attractive street price.

5:08 pm - Wednesday, August 13, 2008