2013 consumer compact of the year
Panasonic Lumix LF1: £339
The Gold Award winning LF1 excels in more ways than one and would make a superb choice for photographers who'd like a long zoom coverage from a pocket compact.
With a 12MP 1/1.7in Live MOS sensor at its heart, it features a 7.1x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-200mm), while the ISO range can be set between 80-6400 and is expandable to 12,800. To keep handheld shots sharp, Panasonic's O.I.S optical stabiliser technology is built-in, but it's the LF1's 200k-dot resolution electronic viewfinder that makes it stand out from the competition.
A 3in, 920k-dot display complements the EVF, while the mode dial, Raw support and Wi-fi and NFC connectivity options will appeal to advanced users who enjoy taking full manual control of camera settings.
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