Panasonic has announced a brand new advanced compact camera; the Lumix DMC-LF1, the first in the LF line and a sister series of the LX line of cameras (and, one could say, the spiritual heir of the Panasonic LC1). The LF1 comes with an f/2 Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens and a large 1/1.7" 12MP MOS sensor, the same-sized sensor as that found in the 10MP Lumix LX7.
Unlike the LX7 however, the LF1 comes with a built-in 0.2" electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 200k-dot resolution and 100% field of view. The f/2 lens, while slower than the LX7's f/1.4 lens, comes with a longer 7.1x optical zoom (28-200mm in 35mm equivalent) compared to the LX7's 3.8x optical zoom. The LF1 also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology, which the LX7 lacks. By connecting the camera with a smartphone or tablet, photographers can share images between devices and use the mobile device as a remote shutter with a live monitor.
The LF1 also comes with a control ring, which enables control over frequently used settings like zoom, aperture, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity. The LF1 can record Full-HD 1080/50i in AVCHD, 1080/25p in MP4. The Power O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer) helps to stabilize the shot and suppress image blur. On the back of the camera is a 3" 920k-dot LCD.
The LF1 will be on sale starting in June, with the local retail price to be announced.