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Panasonic Lumix LF1
"paucity of hardware controls"Huh? The only things it loses out on versus the LX7 are the aperture ring, aspect ratio lever and focus mode lever, which most other compacts don't have either.
"You also miss out on manual zoom control"Did you guys actually hold/use the camera??? That first photo within the article clearly shows a zoom toggle around the shutter release! Good grief!
It says "manual". Not electronic. Good grief!
where is the GPS ,the handgrip and the touchscreen from the TZ40 ? what a mistake mister panny ! next time better ?
Wait, everyone, to see the lens resolution tests. All the official predistribution samples, and the single sample here, show subjects that only require critical sharpness at the centre. This alone suggested to me that there might be serious problems at the field corners, as there are with the Sony RX100 at full aperture. The standard test images on the Imaging Resource site www.imaging-resource.com appear to confirm this -- and they are not even taken at full aperture. Regardless of ISO levels, the centre sharpness is as good as that of competitors with similar sensors but the edges are really soft -- their comparometer allows direct comparisonswith other cameras. Look particularly at the circular slide-rule on the right with its gradually narrowing calibrations. Trusted Reviews, if you want to be trusted in future, please give us some field edge and corner test results for this model, to see whether it is a design problem, a quality control problem, or what.
Panasonic need to fix this: Slightly muted colours straight out of the camera. by Firmware update.
I wish they start from 24mm, maybe will be more people buy this camera
The Sony RX100 is fantastic, too..yes, but..An expert put it's 'color' at 2nd-3rd tier.
Given the very compact size of this camera, especially by comparison to the TZ40, a handgrip is not really required. Also a touchscreen on such a small camera can be a pain rather than a boon since it is too easy to touch the screen while holding and carrying it. As for GPS I suspect the additional drain on such a small battery was too great to allow its inclusion. Maybe also the space for the GPS aerial was used by the rather more useful viewfinder.
All cameras require some compromises to be made and Panasonic have got the balance about right with the LF1.
To be honest the colours are quite natural and balanced straight out of the camera. I would rather have some room for tweaking than an over processed image you can do nothing with.
The difference between 24 and 28 mm is not much in real life unless you often take images in tight spaces. Better to have more magnification available when a compromise needs to be made. The 7.1x range Panasonic have managed to squeeze into this tiny body is ideal for most users who want a carry anywhere anytime camera.
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