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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1
By Chucks
Category : Digital Camera
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 19th April, 2004
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  

Introduction and Specifications

Many people had previously thought that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1 was going to be a digital rangefinder. But this was not the case. The DMC-LC1 uses an electronic viewfinder (EVF) and lenses that cannot be swapped as well. But the design, from its fixed lens to its finely crafted body, right down to its full manual controls, resembles very much like a vintage camera. Like all other Lumix models, Leica lens was employed for the DMC-LC1. This time its a F2.0 - 2.4 Leica DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens (13 elements in 10 groups) with zoom capability equivalent to 28 - 90mm (35mm camera equivalent). And with Panasonic's Venus Engine LSI that handles all image processing functions at the same time, the camera promises great image quality and responsiveness.

Technical Specifications of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1
Suggested Retail Price S$1999
Dimensions 134.7mm(W) x 81.5mm(H) x 101.5mm(D) (excluding projection part)
Weight (without battery and card) Approx. 627g (excluding Memory Card and battery) Approx. 702g (with Memory Card and battery)
Remote Shutter Yes (DMW-RS1 Remote Shutter included)
Tripod Mount Yes
Image Capture
Sensor Type CCD
Image Sensor Size 2/3-inch
Effective Pixels 5.0 million
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Number of Recording Pixels (Image/Video Size)
  • Still Images:-
    • 2560 x 1920
    • 2048 x 1536
    • 1920 x 1080
    • 1600 x 1200
    • 1280 x 960
    • 640 x 480
  • Motion image:-
    • 320 x 240 (30 or 10 frames/second with audio)
Quality Levels
  • RAW
  • Super Fine
  • Fine
  • Standard 
  • Exposure (AE)
  • Programmed AE (P)
  • Aperture-priority AE (A) 
  • Shutter-priority AE (S) 
  • Manual exposure (M)
  • Metering Modes
  • Multiple
  • Centre weighted 
  • Spot 
  • Lens
    Aperture Range F2.0 - F2.4
    Focal Length 7.0 - 22.5mm (equivalent to 28mm - 90mm in 35 mm format)
    Optical Zoom 3.2x
    Digital Zoom Single: 3x, Burst: 3x
    Focusing Range
    • AF: 60 cm to infinity
    • MF/AF-Macro: 30 cm to infinity
    Focus Contrast sensor combined used Auto/Macro/Manual/Spot AF
    View finder Color Electrical Viewfinder (235 000 pixels), Approx. 100% field of view, -4 to +4 diopter 
    LCD Monitor 2.5-inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT transflective 
    LCD Pixels 210 000 (Approx. 100% field of view)
    Playback Zoom Yes
    ISO Settings
  • Auto
  • Manual ( ISO 100, 200, 400)
  • White Balance
    • Auto 
    • Preset
      • Daylight
      • Cloudy 
      • Halogen
      • Flash 
      • Monochrome (B&W)
      • White set (manual)
    Exposure Compensation -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps
    Shutter Speeds
  • Programmed AE (P) / Aperture-priority AE (A): 2 - 1/4000 sec. 
  • Shutter-priority AE (S) / Manual exposure (M): 8 - 1/2000 sec.
  • Motion image mode: 1/30 - 1/4000 sec.
  • Self Timer 2 or 10 seconds
    Metering range EV 1 - EV 19
  • Auto
  • Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
  • Forced ON 
  • Forced ON/Red-Eye Reduction
  • Slow Sync.
  • Slow Sync./Red-Eye Reduction
  • Forced OFF 
  • Range (ISO Auto)
  • Wide Angle: Approx. 50cm - 4.8m
  • Telephoto: Approx. 50cm - 4m
  • Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV in 1/3 increments
    External Connection Yes, Hotshoe
    Image Storage
    Recording Media SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard
    Recording Format
  • Still Picture: RAW,  JPEG with DCF, EXIF 2.2 standard, DPOF corresponding 
  • Picure with audio: JPEG with DCF, EXIF 2.2 standard/QuickTime (picture with audio)
  • Motion images: QuickTime Motion JPEG (motion images with audio) 
  • Power Supply
  • Lithium-Ion battery CGR-S602E, 7.2 V, 1400 mAh 
  • AC Adapter DE-972C 
  • Connectivity Ports
  • Audio/ Video Output/Remote (2.5mm jack)
  • 5 pin Mini USB connector, USB 2.0 
  • DC-IN Type 3 jack 

  • Box Contents

    Other than the camera, the other standard accessories include:-

  • SD Memory Card (16MB)
  • Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Hood Cap
  • Strap
  • MC Protector
  • Remote Shutter
  • CD-ROM

    MC Protector (69mm) and Remote Shutter

    From the list of box contents, we feel that there are a couple of items worth mentioning here. They are the MC Protector (filter diameter: 69mm) and the Remote Shutter. The MC protector is basically a multicoated filter that in Panasonic's own words assure users that it "affects neither the colors nor the amount of light, so it can always be used to protect the camera's lens".

    The remote shutter works just like the shutter button, and is used to avoid camera shake when taking shots with a tripod especially during macro or low light photography. It is connected through the AV OUT/REMOTE terminal. Coupled with items such as lens hood and hood cap, the package was, in our opinion, well thought out with good consideration given to the user's various needs and requirements. Kudos to Panasonic.
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