Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Released February, 2006
  • 7.4 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm NMOS
  • 2.5" LCD
I was struck by the decision to only provide a RAW+JPEG option, you can shoot in 'only' RAW, there is also no option to change output color space (that's in the Custom menu).
by DPReview (Apr, 2007)
8.5 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-L1
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-L1
Focus lag


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-L1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-L1
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-L1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-L1
340 ms
Lumix DMC-GF5
180 ms
Lumix DMC-GX7
192 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Lumix DMC-L1
240 ms
Alpha NEX-6
23 ms
56 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-L1
1,300 ms
Alpha NEX-6
2,000 ms
Lumix DMC-GX7
900 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-L1
3 fps
Alpha NEX-6
10 fps
10 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Lumix DMC-L1
450 photos
Lumix DMC-GX1
310 photos
Lumix DMC-GX7
320 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

1/50th, f/4, ISO 100 At the minimum ISO setting the picture is silky smooth with no noise, as you’d expect.

The 14-50mm Leica kit lens offers an extremely useful 28-100mm zoom range and the images it produces are colourful, sharp and extremely pleasing with good bokeh when used at the maximum aperture of f2.


7.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The f/3.4 maximum aperture at the long end of the zoom range gives outstanding control over depth of field.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Anyone who has read our reviews before knows we use 50 mm prime lenses where possible to deliver the sharpest possible image to the sensor and essentially render the lens 'transparent.
by DPReview (Apr, 2007)
It's pretty unlikely that you would ever see this level of distortion in normal everyday shots unless you managed to align the top of the frame with a horizontal detail.
by DPReview (Apr, 2007)


I'd be quite comfortable shooting the DMC-L1 up to ISO 800 and know that while there would be some noise visible at ISO 1600 it would at least have a 'film grain' look rather than the digital chroma noise effect.
by DPReview (Apr, 2007)
Panasonic's recently released 1.1 firmware now allows the full buffering of RAW files allowing you to continue shooting even if a RAW file is being written in the background (version 1.0 firmware locked the camera while writing a RAW).
by DPReview (Apr, 2007)
As you can see there is an improvement in sharpness and definition between JPEG and SilkyPix, the overall best image however was from Adobe Camera RAW with very good sharpness and definition of texture.
by DPReview (Apr, 2007)

Live view

I'm curious as to why they didn't provide the option to slow the live view frame rate in order to maintain live view brightness.
by DPReview (Apr, 2007)
For some reason these two features are only available in the live view mode.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Otherwise the Panasonic 'version' of TTL Live View does have a few advantages over the Olympus version.
by DPReview (Apr, 2007)

Image quality

Although the Panasonic DMC-L1 is an interesting first SLR and the retro styling will no doubt appeal to some, and while its performance and build quality are excellent, the uncomfortable handling, dark viewfinder and fiddly controls are a handicap.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Some users may find the saturation a little on the high side, but the selectable Film Modes enable you to construct your own picture parameters with just the correct amount of sharpening, saturation and contrast that you want.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2006)
From an image quality point of view they've taken a surprisingly mature and conservative approach delivering clean images with natural color and tone response which aren't over-sharpened or over-processed.
by DPReview (Apr, 2007)


To go from high shutter speeds to automatic you have to go right round the dial.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The ability to change shutter speed by simply turning this dial is really convenient, the 'A' position indicates automatic shutter speed, simply turn to select a shutter speed.
by DPReview (Apr, 2007)
Unfortunately it's far too close to the shutter speed dial and it's all too easy to accidentally move the lever and end up shooting in Spot mode rather than Multi or Average mode.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2006)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 7.4 MP
Resolution 3136 x 2352
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 32.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG


Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 207 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s


Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 450 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 340 ms
Shutter lag 240 ms
Startup delay 1,300 ms


Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.92x
Viewfinder size 0.46x

form factor

Size 146 x 87 x 77 mm
Thickness 77 mm
Weight 606 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Optical
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