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Panasonic Lumix DMC L1 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Panasonic produce their own Secure Digital memory cards. Therefore, it is not surprising to see that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 uses SD cards. According to the designers, there wasn't much more space in the first place. It would therefore be fair to say they have killed two birds with the same stone. SD cards are available in many variations and sizes, so it certainly will not present any problems. In addition to this, many electronic devices support SD, and you can even film with high-quality Panasonic video cameras that have been equipped with a Secure Digital card slot.
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SanDisk Extreme III flash memory
The resolution of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 isn't remarkably high. A "mere" 7.5 Megapixels fit onto the sensor. Still, you are likely to need large cards, especially when working in RAW. Each RAW file comes with an additional JPEG that also needs to be stored. And even if you choose the smallest JPEG, the card will still easily fill up. The following table shows the amount of images that fit onto a 2GB card. I would therefore seriously recommend this type of card, particularly to those who will be capturing their photos in RAW. It is also wise to invest in fast cards, such as the SanDisk Extreme III. The buffer will fit 6 RAW images. If shooting in JPEG, you will be able to keep going until the card is full. Provided you have a fast card, of course.

Considering 2GB of storage capacity:

Ratio 4:3
Large - 3136x2352 pixels - Fine - 260 [RAW 88] images
Large - 3136x2352 pixels - Normal - 530 [RAW 105] images
Large - 3136x2352 pixels - Basic - 1040 [RAW 115] images
Average - 2560x1920 pixels - Fine - 400 [RAW 98] images
Average - 2560x1920 pixels - Normal - 790 [RAW 110] images
Average - 2560x1920 pixels - Basic - 1530 [RAW 120] images
Small - 2048x1536 pixels - Fine - 620 [RAW 105] images
Small - 2048x1536 pixels - Normal - 1220 [RAW 115] images
Small - 2048x1536 pixels - Basic - 2360 [RAW 120] images

Ratio 3:2
Large - 3136x2080 pixels - Fine - 300 [RAW 99] images
Large - 3136x2080 pixels - Normal - 600 [RAW 115] images
Large - 3136x2080 pixels - Basic - 1180 [RAW 130] images
Average - 2560x1712 pixels - Fine - 450 [RAW 110] images
Average - 2560x1712 pixels - Normal - 880 [RAW 125] images
Average - 2560x1712 pixels - Basic - 1700 [RAW 135] images
Small - 2048x1360 pixels - Fine - 700 [RAW 120] images
Small - 2048x1360 pixels - Normal - 1360 [RAW 130] images
Small - 2048x1360 pixels - Basic - 2560 [RAW 135] images

Ratio 16:9
Large - 3136x1760 pixels - Fine - 350 [RAW 115] images
Large - 3136x1760 pixels - Normal - 700 [RAW 135] images
Large - 3136x1760 pixels - Basic - 1390 [RAW 150] images
Small - 2048x1080 pixels - Fine - 930 [RAW 145] images
Small - 2048x1080 pixels - Normal - 1800 [RAW 155] images
Small - 2048x1080 pixels - Basic - 3410 [RAW 165] images
Panasonic L1 - SDHC compatible
Naturally, the Panasonic L1 is also compatible with the new standard: SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity). This platform allows capacities starting at 4GB, up to an impressive 32GB (according to released SDHC roadmap). Although this staggering amount of Gigabytes isn't yet available, it will be in the future. This means the Secure Digital format memory cards are indeed ready to face the future. The regular SD cards can only handle 2GB. Although this seemed sufficient at first, they will often come up short when working with the current pixel numbers. A small negative point of SDHC is that they are not backwards compatible with the "older generation" digital cameras. You can, however, use your regular SD cards in the new SDHC compatible cameras.

Panasonic Lumix L1 - Convert RAW images
To convert the RAW images to JPEG or TIFF, Panasonic supply the SilkyPix programme. Quite a decent programme indeed that allows you to adjust the image with reasonable accuracy. Panasonic deserve kudos for not just developing any kind of programme themselves. A pity, however, that Panasonic have not made the switch to DNG, which would undoubtedly have increased the compatibility. The RAW images can also be edited with the latest Adobe Camera RAW, which is something I would prefer.

Panasonic DMC L1 - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
The images can be transferred directly from the camera to a PC or notebook via the fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface. The combination of this fast connection and a fast memory card, such as the SanDisk Extreme III, ensures the digital workspace isn't likely to suffer from any delays. Those who prefer not to use the camera to transfer the data could opt for a so-called card reader. This device should be present in every digital workspace, and makes it considerably easier to transfer the data. The new USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Extreme card reader by SanDisk is the fastest one to work with at this time (besides FireWire), and transfers the data with a maximum speed up to 20MB/sec.

Panasonic L1 - 7,2V 1500mAh Lithium Ion battery
Panasonic supply a 7.2V 1500mAh Lithium Ion battery with the L1. Although the battery life of course depends on how often the Live View and MEGA O.I.S. are used, you will find it is quite decent. Even if making frequent use of Live View, you will still be able to capture several hundreds of images. If you opt to work without Live View, the battery will allow you to shoot approximately 450 images, whilst an activated Live View permits approximately 300 photos. Fully charging the battery takes about 130 minutes. A fully charged battery allows you to playback the images for almost 7 hours; I daresay that would be quite a viewing session indeed! The camera can also be charged through the A/C adapter; Panasonic supply the cable needed to do so. In fact, they are one of only very few manufacturers that do this. Generally, an A/C adapter is optional. Our compliments to Panasonic!
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