Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Review posted 8/1/2004

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The Panasonic DMC-LC1 closely resembles a 35mm camera in both form and function, the zoom, focus and aperture are manually controlled by ring settings on the lens; shutter speed is controlled by a dial located on the top of the camera. Inside the DMC-LC1 is a high-quality 2/3-inch, 5-megapixel image sensor and Panasonic's Venus Engine LSI which handles all image processing functions simultaneously. The result is superb image rendering and outstanding responsiveness.

A camera is nothing without a lens and the DMC-LC1 incorporates a high-performance Leica lens for extraordinary image rendering. Leica lenses retain a legendary reputation for creating images that capture the most delicate nuances of light and shade, the elusive ambience of "air", and subtle gradations of color. The DMC-LC1 is coupled with an F2.0 - 2.4 Leica DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens (13 elements in 10 groups) with 3.2x zoom capability equivalent to 28 - 90mm on a 35mm camera.

The DMC-LC1 can capture image in the RAW format as well as Super Fine/Fine/Standard JPEG and QuickTime motion JPEG images. The raw file format stores uncompressed data directly off the camera's CCD with no in-camera processing. Adobe Photoshop CS was updated to provide integrated support of the Panasonic raw format.

Framing, review and menu operations can be carried out on either the huge 2.5-inch color LCD or with the high-resolution color EVF (electronic viewfnder.) Still images and movies are stored on removable Secure Digital cards and the DMC-LC1 interfaces with a USB port for Mass Storage compliant connectivity. The USB port also allows for direct printing with PictBridge compliant photo printers. The camera is powered by a high-capacity, rechargeable Li-ion battery. A rapid charger and AC power supply are also included in the camera outfit.

Lumix LC1 Features:

  • Look and feel of a 35mm camera with durable black metal body
  • Manual controls for focus, shutter speed, aperture and zoom
  • 5-megapixel CCD for images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels
  • Leica DC Vario-Summicron 3.2x zoom lens (28-90mm on a 35mm camera)
  • 2.5-inch TFT color monitor with 211,000 pixels
  • Eyelevel color viewfinder with 235,000 pixels
  • Burst capture at 2.7fps to 5 frames Fine/9 frames Standard
  • RAW and JPEG file formats
  • QuickTime Movie mode, 30/10fps w/sound, length limited by available memory
  • Record 5-sec audio with image, add 10-sec audio memo later
  • Real-time exposure histogram display
  • Automatic shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 8 seconds
  • Adjustable ISO speed: Auto / 100 / 200 / 400
  • Built-in flash can tilt 45° for bounce flash. The hotshoe accepts optional external flash units
  • Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted and Spot metering
  • Color saturation and color effect settings
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 4 presets and custom set
  • Secure Digital/MMC memory card slot, 16MB SD card included
  • Plug-n-Play USB connectivity with PC/Windows
  • USB PictBridge/Direct-Print compatible
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger included

The Lumix DMC-LC1 outfit includes battery charger/AC adaptor, battery pack, 16MB SD Memory Card, AC cable, DC cable, lens cap, A/V cable, USB driver, USB cable, lens hood, hood cap, MC protector, wired remote shutter release, strap, SD viewer software, ArcSoft editing software: ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft PhotoPrinter and ArcSoft Panorama Maker. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1,599.00.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

The Lumix DMC-LC1 compared to a standard CD disc.

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Lumix DMC-LC1 Specifications

Lens LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 13 elements in 10 groups
(2 Dual-sided aspherical lenses), 69mm filter threads
Maximum Aperture F2.0-2.4
Zoom Optical: 3.2x
Digital: 3x
Focal Distance f = 7.0-22.5 mm (28-90mm in 35mm equiv.)
Focusing Area AF: 60cm (23.6 in.) - Infinity MF/AF-Macro: 30cm (11.8 in.) - Infinity
Camera Effective Pixels 5.0 Megapixels
Image Sensor 2/3", 5.2 Total Megapixel CCD, Primary Color Filter
Recording Image Size 2,560 x 1,920 pixels
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (16:9 HDTV mode)
2,048 x 1,536 pixels
1,600 x 1,200 pixels
1,280 x 960 pixels
640 x 480 pixels
320 x 240 pixels (Motion Image)
Focus Hybrid Auto Focus System with AF sensor,
Normal/ Macro (Ring), Spot AF On/Off ,
Manual Focus (Ring)
ISO Sensitivity Auto/100/200/400
White Balance Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/Flash/B&W/White Set,
White Balance Adjustment (except for Auto and B&W Modes)
Exposure Program AE (Progeam Shift (P Mode)),
Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, +/- 2EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3EV, 2/3EV or 1EV Step, 3 or 5 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple/Center-Weighted/ Spot
Shutter Speed Program AE / Aperture Priority AE:
2 - 1/4,000 Sec. Shutter Priority AE / Manual: 8 - 1/2,000 Sec.
Self Timer 10 sec. or 2 sec.
Picture Adjustment Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation
Image Quality RAW/Super Fine/Fine/Standard
Motion Image 30 or 10 fps (320 x 240 pixels Quick Time Motion JPEG)
*Max. recording time depends on Memory Card capacity.
Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.7 or 1.0 frames/sec.
Max.9 frames (Standard Mode)/ 5 frames (Fine Mode)
Still Image Rec. with Audio 5 sec.
Audio Dubbing Max. 10 sec.
Built-in Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction,Slow Sync., Forced On/ Red-eye Reduction, Forced On/Off

Output Adjustment: (1/3EV step, +/-2 EV)

Working Range: 0.5 - 4.8m (1.64 - 15.75ft)[Wide], 0.5 - 4.0m (1.64 - 15.75ft)[Tele] (ISO 100/ISO Auto)

External Flash Yes (Metz SCA 3502 Compatible)
Viewfinder 0.44" diagonal Color EVF (235k pixels) Field of view: approx. 100%
LCD Monitor 2.5" diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display
(211k pixels, Transflective Type), Field of view: approx. 100%
Recording Media SD Memory Card, MultiMedia Card
Microphone Yes
Speaker Yes
Interface DC Input, AV Output/Remote, USB 2.0
Power Lithium-ion battery pack [7.2 V, 1400 mAh], Battery charger/AC adaptor [Input: 110-240 V AC] [Included]
Battery Life*1
360 pictures/180 minutes with LCD,
440 pictures/220 minutes with EVF
Dimensions (Approx.)

134.7mm (5.30in)[W] x 81.5mm (3.21in)[H]x101.5mm (4.00in)[D] (Excluding protrusions)

Weight (Approx.) 627g (1.38lb) [Body] / 702g (1.55lb) [with Memory Card,Battery Pack]
Standard Accessories Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the standard accessories that are available in your market.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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