Full Review posted for Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1|
(Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 11:54 EDT)
Panasonic's first SLR, the Lumix DMC-L1, has a 7.5 megapixel sensor and a large, fast 14-50mm optically stabilized zoom lens that's equivalent to a 28-100mm lens on a 35mm camera.
This 2.4 pound SLR is thick and requires two hands to hold. A unique built-in flash mechanism allows for bounce or regular flash, and the Panasonic L1's aperture and shutter speed rings make for easy manual settings that might be attractive to those longing for the old days. Live View mode is the Panasonic L1's most distinguishing feature, offering digicam users a way to frame their shots the way they're used to: via the LCD.
Picture quality was very good, supporting up to 13x19 inch prints, and the highest ISO shots were good at 4x6. Our big question was whether the Panasonic L1's Live View mode was a help or a hinderance, so we ran it through its paces in a number of familiar situations.
See our full review of the Panasonic Lumix L1 for more.