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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Digital SLR Pricing and Availability
by Ben Stafford -  6/21/2006

Panasonic has announced pricing and availability for their new digital SLR, the Lumix DMC-L1.  It will be available in the US in September for a suggested retail of $1999 (body with Leica D Vario-Elmart 14-50mm lens).  It will be available in Japan sometime in July.

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We got a chance to see a prototype of the L1 back at PMA and we were really impressed with the design effort that has gone into the camera.  With a shutter speed dial and manual aperture ring on the Leica lens, the camera has really "vintage" feel that will appeal to a lot of people.  With the combination of vintage looks and higher price, the L1 seems to be pretty squarely aimed at the market segment right above the folks looking for an entry level digital SLR.

The body is constructed of a magnesium alloy and the lens area is constructed of an aluminum alloy.  The L1 will accept lenses made for the Four Thirds system.  The Live MOS imaging sensor is able to produce a Live View image on the LCD so that you can do your framing on the LCD and not just the viewfinder. 

The DMC-L1 is also equipped with the Supersonic Wave Filter system for shaking dust off of the imaging sensor.

Panasonic's MEGA OIS image stabilization system, along with the Venus Engine Plus LSI processor in the lens, allows you to shoot at slower shutter speeds and still control blur from hand shake.

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Full Specifications Sheet:

 

 

DMC-L1

TYPE

Type

Interchangeable Lens Digital SLR Camera

 

Recording Media

SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, Multimedia Card

 

Image Sensor Size

17.3 x 13.0 mm

 

Mount

Four Thirds mount

IMAGE SENSOR

Type

Live MOS Sensor

 

Total Pixels

7.9 Mega-pixel

 

Camera Effective pixels

7.5 Mega-pixel

 

Aspect Ratio

3:4 (Vertical : Horizontal)

 

Color Filter

Primary color filter

 

Dust Reduction System

Supersonic Wave Filter

RECORDING SYSTEM

Recording File Format

JPEG(Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard),

 

 

DPOF corresponding, RAW

 

Aspect Ratio

4:3, 3:2, 16:9 (3:2,16:9 with Live view only)

 

File Size

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3136 x 2352 pixels, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels

 

 

3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3136 x 2080 pixels, 2560 x 1712 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels

 

 

16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3136 x 1760 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels

 

Color Space

sRGB, Adobe RGB

VIEWFINDER

Type

Eye level Porro Mirror type Optical View Finder

 

Field of View

Approx. 95%

 

Magnification

Approx. 0.93x

 

Eye point

Approx.18mm (-1[m-1])

 

Diopter Adjustment

-3.0 ~ +1 [m-1]

 

Focusing Screen

Fixed type

 

Mirror

Quick Return Mirror

 

Depth-of-Field Preview

Enabled with Aperture Preview button (with Live view only)

 

Eyepiece Shutter

Detachable

AUTO FOCUS

Type

TTL Phase Difference Detection System

 

Focusing Mode

AFS/AFC/MF

 

Focusing Area

3 points

 

Focusing Area Selection

Auto / 1fixed point, left / 1fixed point, center/ 1fixed point, right

 

AF Detective Range

EV0-19 (ISO100)

 

AF Assist Lamp

YES

 

AF Lock

AFL/AEL button or Shutter button halfway pressed in AFS mode

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Light Metering System

TTL Full Aperture Light Metering by

 

 

49 Zones Multi-pattern Sensing system(Optical view finder )

 

 

256 zone Multi-pattern Sensing system (Live view mode)

 

Light Metering Mode

Intelligent Multiple/ Center Weighted/ Spot

 

Metering Range

0 - 20EV with Optical view finder), 0 - 16EV with Live view mode (with F2.0 lens, ISO 100)

 

Exposure Mode

Program AE / Aperture Priority AE/ Shutter Priority AE / Manual

 

ISO sensitivity

Auto/100/200/400/800/1600

 

Exposure Compensation

1/3EVStep 2EV

 

AE Lock

AFL/AEL Button or Shutter button halfway pressed

 

AE Bracket

3frame 5frame 1/3~1EV Step 2EV

WHITE BALANCE

White Balance

Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 / Color temperature setting

 

White Balance Adjustment

blue/amber bias, magenta/green bias

 

Color temperature setting

2500K to 10000K in 31steps

SHUTTER SYSTEM

Type

Focal-plane shutter

 

Shutter Speed

1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 8minutes)

 

Self Timer

10 sec / 2sec

 

Remote Control

Remote control with bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (Optional)

BURST SHOOTING

Burst Speed

3 frames/sec or 2 frames/sec

 

Number of Recordable

6 pictures (when there are RAW file),

 

 

Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW file)

 

 

(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)

BUILT-IN-FLASH

Type

TTL Built-in-Flash, GN10 (ISO100,m), Built-in Pop-up, Bounce flash

 

Built-in Flash

Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction,

 

 

Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On/Off

 

X-Sync speed

Less than 1/160 second

 

Flash output adjustment

1/3EVStep 2EV

 

Flash synchronization

1st. Curtain Sync. and 2nd Curtain Sync. (Selectable)

 

Hot Shoe

TTL Auto with FL360/FL500 (Optional)

LCD MONITOR

Type

Low temperature Polycrystalline TFT LCD

 

Monitor Size

2.5inch

 

Pixels

207K pixels

 

Filed of view

Approx. 100% in LIVE VIEW MODE

 

OSD language

LIVE VIEW

Type

YES (LCD monitor can be used as view finder, with Live MOS sensor set to monitor mode.

 

Digital zoom

2x, 4x (with Live view only)

 

Extra Optical zoom

Max.1.5x
(With Live view only. Not effective with full pixel recording.
Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels.)

FILM MODE

Color

Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth Color

 

Black and White

Standard / Dynamic / Smooth Color

PLAYBACK

Playback Mode

Single / 9, 25-thumbnail display, Calendar display,

 

 

Zoomed playback (16x max.), /image rotation (except for RAW)

 

 

Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable),

 

 

Playback of favorite pictures/ Resizing (selectable number of pixels)

 

 

Trimming / Protection / Aspect conversion / DPOF print setting

PROTECTION / ERASE

Protection

Single / Multi or Cancel

 

Erase

Single / Multi / All

DIRECT PRINT

Print

PictBridge(Print size, Layout, Date setting is selectable )

INTERFACE

Digital

USB 2.0 (High speed)

 

Analog Video

NTSC/PAL Composite (Switched by menu)

POWER

Battery

Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1500mAh) (Included)

 

 

Battery Charger/AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Included)

 

Battery Life

Approx. 450 images (CIPA Standard)

DIMENSIONS / WIGHT

Dimensions (W x H x D)

145.8 x 86.9 x 80mm

 

Weight

Approx. 530g(Body only)

OPERATING CONDITION

Operating temperature

0? to 40?

 

Operating humidity

10% to 80%

STANDARD ACCESSORY

Software

LUMIX Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio -viewer-

 

 

SILKYPIX DEVELOPER STUDIO

 

 

Quick Time

 

 

USB Driver

 

Standard Accessory

Battery Charger/AC adaptor, Battery Pack, Eyepiece Cap, Body Cap,

 

 

Video Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, DC Cable, Strap, CD-ROM

 

 

EICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-F3.5 ASPH.

Lens Construction

16 elements in 12groups (2 Aspherical lenses)

Mount

Four Thirds mount

Optical Image Stabilizer

YES

 

On/Off (selectable Mode1 /2 with only DMC-L1)

Focal Length

f=14mm to 50mm (35mm film camera equivalent 28mm to 100mm)

Aperture Type

7 diaphragm blades / iris diaphragm

Aperture Range

F2.8(wide) - F3.5(Tele)

Minimum Aperture

F22

Closest Focusing Distance

0.29m at all focal lengths

Maximum magnification

Approx. 0.32x (35mm Equiv)

Diagonal Angle of View

75 (W)~(T)

Filter Size

72mm

Max. Diameter

f78.1

Overall Length

102.8mm

Weight

490g

Standard Accessory

Lens Cap, Lens Hood, Lens Rear Cap, Lens Storage Bag