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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 163 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the focus and usability. The design and performance also get good opinions. The color and battery get mixed reviews. The low light performance and screen get critical comments.

lens, performance, design, usability, focus

value for money, portability, flash, screen, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1


Beautiful mechanical focus, zoom, aperture, and shutter-speed controls; high-quality magnesium body; fast lens with sensible zoom range; ingenious tiltable flash; excellent manual focus system.

Relatively low resolution for an enthusiast model; big and heavy; long raw-format shot-to-shot time; electronic viewfinder isn't the best available; high-res continuous shooting limited to three frames.

This well-made advanced-shooter's camera features several unique and very efficient analog controls, but it may have trouble luring buyers away from cheaper digital SLR systems.

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The Digilux 2's twin - Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LC1


DC Resource has a review of Panasonic's five megapixel Lumix DMC-LC1 digital camera, which is pretty much the same camera as Leica's Digilux 2. Panasonic actually manufactures both cameras and they share similar retro-stylings, but the Lumix...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1


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


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Panasonic LC1 Digital Camera Malfunctions


After the notice about Nikon malfunctions last week, now comes the time for the Japanese company Panasonic to anounce CCD performance defects with the Lumix DMC-LC1. In the press release, Panasonic tells us that is offering repair service for domestic...

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Panasonic Lumix LC1


There has always been an ongoing battle to get out the perfect camera, but classifying a perfect camera entirely depends on its type of user, and users are plentiful. Today we will be taking a look at a slightly different type of digital camera...

This is definitely a great fully manual camera with great controls and flexibility to take pictures.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1


Considering that you can buy a 5MP camera with similar features for about 1/3 the price of the LC1, it had better be darn good to be worth the extra cash. Is it? Find out in our review

Great retro design; built like a tank (and heavy as one) ; Zoom, focus, and aperture rings around lens; Shutter speed dial on top of camera ; Very good photo quality, though noisy ; Full manual controls ; Histogram in both record and playback modes ;...

Price ; No AF-assist lamp ; Images on the noisy side ; Redeye when flash is used directly (use bounce instead) ; EVF/LCD unusable in low light ; Unimpressive macro mode ; No RAW conversion software included

I do like the LC1, but it's way too expensive. If you've got money to burn, then I recommend it. But you could buy three Olympus C-5060WZ's for the same price!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1


I believe I am one of the last people to buy this amazing camera in Turkey. It looked weird to spend a beginner DSLR-range price to a 5MP dinosaur. But the camera looked like a camera! It looked so beautiful and eloquent. This is a REAL camera....

Large apertures dictate precise focusing and I had to resort to AF in non-macro work. It magnifies LCD view to see the area being focused and it helps, but I wouldn't risk it in a momentous shot ; The aperture had given me high hopes for low-light, but...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1


I have had my LC1 for about a year and a half and bought the camera used on Ebay of all places. However, it looks to have been well cared for, has no major scratches and is clean and fully functional. I personally love this camera: I am entranced with...

So far so good: no problems. However, ASA 400 is noisy. I avoid shooting at that speed unless absolutely necessary

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1


Bought a mint ex-display LC1 in Malaysia 2 weeks ago for USD 350, out of curiousty and intrique by the infamous Leica lens quality and also the retro look /manual operation like the camera of the good old days. Under good lighting, this camera outdone...

No problem so far. My new toy came with 4 years warranty!

Product Specifications

The DMC-LC1 may look, act and feel like a 35mm camera, but it is most definitely digital. Most film-based cameras allow you to manually adjust certain features. That's why Panasonic added manual functionality to the focus and exposure settings on the DMC-LC1. Simply flick the Focus button on the side of the lens to MF (Manual Focus) and you're ready to go. If you need to check the focus, a Manual Focus Assist function enlarges the center part of the image in the viewfinder or LCD monitor by 3x for easy viewing. The Manual Exposure Mode allows you to select the aperture and shutter speed of your choice. You can even see how much your setting differs from the setting the camera considers optimal with the Manual Exposure Assist function. With the LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens on the DMC-LC1, you can capture subjects in crisp, clear detail while giving shadows and highlights smooth, rich gradation. Featuring 13 lenses in 10 groups, the DMC-LC1's 3.2x optical zoom lens system renders sharp images from edge to edge with high contrast and rich colors. It also offers a focal distance equivalent to a 28mm to 90mm lens on a 35mm camera and boasts a wide-open aperture value of F2.0 at the wide setting and F2.4 at the telephoto setting. The exquisite rendering of this fine lens, heir to Leica Camera AG's prominent optical technology, makes the Lumix DMC-LC1 a tool of rare expressive power. In some digital cameras, the LSI (which acts as the camera's brain), generates a luminance signal from only the green component of the incoming light. The Venus Engine LSI in the DMC-LC1 generates the signal from the red and blue components as well as the green. This rich information in the luminance signal helps to boost the diagonal resolution, resulting in outstanding images. The DMC-LC1 has an impressive 5-Effective Megapixel CCD that helps you create clear, beautiful images. It also has a powerful 3.2x optical zoom that can be combined with the 3x digital zoom for up to 9.6x zoom power.

Audio Input


Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-2.4
Max Focal Length:22.5mm
Min Focal Length:7mm
Optical Zoom:3.2
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:2/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):16.9 mm ( 2/3 ) / 16.9 mm ( 2/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Digital Zoom:3
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic