Hot on the heels of the Sony Alpha, Panasonic introduces its first DSLR.............

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Overall score:85%
Image Quality:90%


  • Fun handling - especially for the more traditional user; build quality; cracking lens; lovely image tonality; useful set of film modes


  • Price; still limited system at the moment; live view has limitations to its usefulness; small number of AF points


Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Review


Price as reviewed:



As it offers a significantly different feature set from most other DSLRs, the L1 is worth considering particularly if you are new to automated cameras, maybe coming from older analogue models, or if you’re enough of a traditionalist to miss the operation of those cameras.

Certainly I enjoyed going back to the days of shutter dials and aperture rings, and I think as a I result I took more care in my photography, which isn’t a bad thing. I also had fun with it, and if photography is your hobby, then fun should play a big part. The camera isn’t going to suit all subjects, but for most enthusiast purposes, it will.

Of course, image quality is the most important consideration and the results from the L1 are very pleasant with a great tonality. Shame about the price, though.


AF Points:3
PC Socket:-
Cable Release:Remote control
Max Flash Sync:Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On/Off
DoF Prview:Yes
Built-in Flash:Built in/ Hotshoe
Colour Space:sRGB
White Balance Bracket:-
Colour Temp Control:2500K - 10000K (31 steps)
Exposure Comp:±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV step
Shutter Type:-
Focusing Modes:TTL phase detection, Autofocus, Manual focus
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No
Dust Reduction:Yes
Dimensions:145.8 x 86.9 x 80 mm
Live Mode:Yes
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Memory Card:MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card
Field of View:95%
Viewfinder Type:Reflex, Optical - Eye-level porro prism
Drive Mode:-
White Balance:Flash, Shade, Cloudy, Halogen, Daylight
Metering System:Spot, Multi-segment, Center-weighted
Exposure Modes:P, A, S, M, Sc, ±2EV
Focal Length Mag:1.5
Lens Mount:Four Thirds
Shutter Speeds:60 to 1/4000 sec
File Format:JPEG, RAW
LCD:2.5? TFT, 207,000 pixels
Output Size:4:3 (3136 x 2352, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536) - 3:2 (3136 x 2080, 2560 x 1712, 2048 x 1360) - 16:9 (3136 x 1760, 1920 x 1080)
Sensor:4/3 Live MOS 7.9 Total/7.4MPeff
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Design
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Handling
  6. 6. Image Quality
  7. 7. Value For Money
  8. 8. Verdict
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