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Nikon D70s vs Panasonic LF1

The Nikon D70s and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in April 2005 and April 2013. The D70s is a DSLR, while the LF1 is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on an APS-C (D70s) and a 1/1.7-inch (LF1) sensor. The Nikon has a resolution of 6 megapixels, whereas the Panasonic provides 12 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Nikon D70s versus Panasonic LF1
Nikon D70s Panasonic LF1
Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
Nikon F mount lenses 28-200mm f/2.0-5.9
6 MP, APS-C Sensor 12 MP, 1/1.7" Sensor
no Video 1080/60i Video
ISO 200-1,600 ISO 80-6,400 (80 - 12,800)
Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder (200k dots)
2.0 LCD, 130k dots 3.0 LCD, 920k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
3 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
500 shots per battery charge250 shots per battery charge
140 x 111 x 78 mm, 679 g 103 x 62 x 28 mm, 192 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Nikon D70s and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Nikon D70s and the Panasonic LF1 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Nikon D70s vs Panasonic LF1
Compare D70s versus LF1 top
Comparison D70s or LF1 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Panasonic LF1 is considerably smaller (59 percent) than the Nikon D70s. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the D70s nor the LF1 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the LF1 has a lens built in, whereas the D70s is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the D70s and their specifications in the Nikon Lens Catalog.

The power pack in the LF1 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon D70s 140 mm 111 mm 78 mm 679 g 500 n Apr 2005 899 i
2.
 
Panasonic LF1 103 mm 62 mm 28 mm 192 g 250 n Apr 2013 499 i
3.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
4.
 
Canon S120 100 mm 59 mm 29 mm 217 g 230 n Aug 2013 449 i
5.
 
Canon Rebel 142 mm 99 mm 72 mm 649 g 400 n Aug 2003 899 i
6.
 
Nikon D5500 124 mm 97 mm 70 mm 420 g 820 n Jan 2015 899 i
7.
 
Nikon P7800 119 mm 78 mm 50 mm 399 g 350 n Sep 2013 549 i
8.
 
Nikon D5300 125 mm 98 mm 76 mm 480 g 600 n Oct 2013 799 i
9.
 
Nikon D5100 128 mm 97 mm 79 mm 560 g 660 n Apr 2011 749 i
10.
 
Nikon D5000 127 mm 104 mm 80 mm 590 g 510 n Apr 2009 749 i
11.
 
Nikon D40 124 mm 94 mm 64 mm 522 g 470 n Nov 2006 499 i
12.
 
Nikon D80 132 mm 103 mm 77 mm 668 g 600 n Aug 2006 999 i
13.
 
Nikon D50 133 mm 102 mm 76 mm 620 g 400 n Apr 2005 749 i
14.
 
Nikon D70 140 mm 111 mm 78 mm 679 g 400 n Jan 2004 999 i
15.
 
Nikon D100 144 mm 116 mm 81 mm 780 g 370 n Feb 2002 1,999 i
16.
 
Panasonic FZ200 125 mm 87 mm 110 mm 588 g 540 n Jul 2012 599 i
17.
 
Panasonic LX7 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Jul 2012 499 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The LF1 was launched at a lower price than the D70s, despite having a lens built in. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Nikon D70s features an APS-C sensor and the Panasonic LF1 a 1/1.7-inch sensor. The sensor area in the LF1 is 88 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.5 and 4.5. The sensor in the D70s has a native 3:2 aspect ratio, while the one in the LF1 offers a 4:3 aspect.

Nikon D70s and Panasonic LF1 sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the LF1 offers a higher resolution of 12 megapixels, compared with 6 MP of the D70s. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.89μm versus 7.85μm for the D70s). However, it should be noted that the LF1 is much more recent (by 8 years) than the D70s, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently.

The resolution advantage of the Panasonic LF1 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the LF1 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 20 x 15 inches or 50.8 x 38.1 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 16 x 12 inches or 40.6 x 30.5 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 13.3 x 10 inches or 33.9 x 25.4 cm. The corresponding values for the Nikon D70s are 15 x 10 inches or 38.2 x 25.4 cm for good quality, 12 x 8 inches or 30.6 x 20.3 cm for very good quality, and 10 x 6.7 inches or 25.5 x 16.9 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Nikon D70s has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 1600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 are ISO 80 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 80-12800.

D70s versus LF1 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The Overall DXO ratings for the two cameras under consideration are close, suggesting that they provide similar imaging performance. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Nikon D70s APS-C 6.0 3008 2000none20.410.3529 50
2.
 
Panasonic LF1 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60i20.811.6211 52
3.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.7230 54
4.
 
Canon S120 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.311.9246 56
5.
 
Canon Rebel APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.010.8544 55
6.
 
Nikon D5500 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.114.01438 84
7.
 
Nikon P7800 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/30p21.211.7200 54
8.
 
Nikon D5300 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.013.91338 83
9.
 
Nikon D5100 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.513.61183 80
10.
 
Nikon D5000 APS-C 12.2 4288 2848720/24p22.712.5868 72
11.
 
Nikon D40 APS-C 6.0 3008 2000none21.011.0561 56
12.
 
Nikon D80 APS-C 10.0 3872 2592none22.111.2524 61
13.
 
Nikon D50 APS-C 6.0 3008 2000none20.910.8560 55
14.
 
Nikon D70 APS-C 6.0 3008 2000none20.410.3529 50
15.
 
Nikon D100 APS-C 6.0 3008 2000none...... ..
16.
 
Panasonic FZ200 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p19.110.8114 37
17.
 
Panasonic LX7 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p20.711.7147 50

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The LF1 indeed provides for movie recording, while the D70s does not. The highest resolution format that the LF1 can use is 1080/60i.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the LF1 has an electronic viewfinder (200k dots), while the D70s has an optical one. Both systems have their advantages, with the electronic viewfinder making it possible to project supplementary shooting information into the framing view, whereas the optical viewfinder offers lag-free viewing and a very clear framing image. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Nikon D70s and Panasonic LF1 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Nikon D70soptical n 2.0 130 fixed n 1/8000s 3.0 Y n
2.
 
Panasonic LF1200 n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon G16optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
4.
 
Canon S120none n 3.0 922 fixed Y 1/2000s 12.1 Y Y
5.
 
Canon Rebeloptical n 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
6.
 
Nikon D5500optical n 3.2 1037 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
7.
 
Nikon P7800921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 8.0 Y Y
8.
 
Nikon D5300optical n 3.2 1037 swivel n 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
9.
 
Nikon D5100optical n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 4.0 Y n
10.
 
Nikon D5000optical n 2.7 230 full-flex n 1/4000s 4.0 Y n
11.
 
Nikon D40optical n 2.5 230 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
12.
 
Nikon D80optical n 2.5 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
13.
 
Nikon D50optical n 2.0 130 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
14.
 
Nikon D70optical n 1.8 130 fixed n 1/8000s 3.0 Y n
15.
 
Nikon D100optical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
16.
 
Panasonic FZ2001312 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
17.
 
Panasonic LX7optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 Y Y

The D70s writes its imaging data to Compact Flash cards, while the LF1 uses SDXC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Nikon D70s and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Nikon D70sY-----2.0---
2.
 
Panasonic LF1-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon G16Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
4.
 
Canon S120-stereomono--mini2.0Y--
5.
 
Canon RebelY-----1.1---
6.
 
Nikon D5500YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y--
7.
 
Nikon P7800YstereomonoY-mini2.0---
8.
 
Nikon D5300YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y--
9.
 
Nikon D5100YmonomonoY-mini2.0---
10.
 
Nikon D5000Ymonomono--mini2.0---
11.
 
Nikon D40Y-----2.0---
12.
 
Nikon D80Y-----2.0---
13.
 
Nikon D50Y-----2.0---
14.
 
Nikon D70Y-----1.0---
15.
 
Nikon D100Y-----1.1---
16.
 
Panasonic FZ200YstereomonoY-mini2.0---
17.
 
Panasonic LX7Ystereomono--mini2.0---

It is notable that the D70s has a hotshoe, while the LF1 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

The LF1 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Panasonic. In contrast, the D70s has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the D70s was succeeded by the Nikon D80. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Nikon and Panasonic websites.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is there a clear favorite between the Nikon D70s and the Panasonic LF1? Which camera is better? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Advantages of the Nikon D70s:

  • Better low-light sensitivity: Requires less light for good images (1.3 stops ISO advantage).
  • Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s) to freeze action.
  • More flexible: Can take a variety of interchangeable lenses, including specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (500 versus 250) on a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in April 2005).

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Reasons to prefer the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (12 vs 6MP), which boosts linear resolution by 38%.
  • More dynamic range: Captures a broader range of light and dark details (1.3 EV of extra DR).
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 1080/60i video.
  • More framing info: Has an electronic viewfinder that displays shooting data.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.0") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (920k vs 130k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 3 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with an integrated lens, while the D70s requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (103x62mm vs 140x111mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight even though it has a lens built in (unlike the D70s).
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology built-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More modern: Reflects 8 years of technical progress since the D70s launch.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the LF1 is the clear winner of the contest (16 : 7 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

D70s 07:16 LF1

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Nikon D70s and the Panasonic LF1 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Prime Lens Compact Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the D70s or the LF1 perform in practice. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon D70s........5/5 Apr 2005 899 i
2.
 
Panasonic LF13/5+..4/54.5/5 Apr 2013 499 i
3.
 
Canon G164/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
4.
 
Canon S120..+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 449 i
5.
 
Canon Rebel....+ +.... Aug 2003 899 i
6.
 
Nikon D55005/5+79/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2015 899 i
7.
 
Nikon P78003/5....4/54.5/5 Sep 2013 549 i
8.
 
Nikon D53004/5+ +79/1004.5/54.5/5 Oct 2013 799 i
9.
 
Nikon D51005/5+ +76/1004.5/54.5/5 Apr 2011 749 i
10.
 
Nikon D5000..+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Apr 2009 749 i
11.
 
Nikon D40..81/100+ +o4.5/5 Nov 2006 499 i
12.
 
Nikon D80..++ +o4.5/5 Aug 2006 999 i
13.
 
Nikon D50..78/100+ +4/54.5/5 Apr 2005 749 i
14.
 
Nikon D70....+ +.... Jan 2004 999 i
15.
 
Nikon D100....+ +o.. Feb 2002 1,999 i
16.
 
Panasonic FZ2003/5+ +80/1004.5/54.5/5 Jul 2012 599 i
17.
 
Panasonic LX73/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2012 499 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Nikon D70s vs Panasonic LF1

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Nikon D70s Panasonic LF1
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Nikon F mount lenses 28-200mm f/2.0-5.9
    Launch Date April 2005 April 2013
    Launch Price USD 899 USD 499
    Sensor Specs Nikon D70s Panasonic LF1
    Sensor Technology CCD CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor 1/1.7" Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.7 x 15.6 mm 7.6 x 5.7 mm
    Sensor Area 369.72 mm2 43.32 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.4 mm 9.5 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x 4.5x
    Sensor Resolution 6 Megapixels 12 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3008 x 2000 pixels 4000 x 3000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 7.85 μm 1.89 μm
    Pixel Density 1.63 MP/cm2 27.70 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability no Video 1080/60i Video
    ISO Setting 200 - 1,600 ISO 80 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 80 - 12,800 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 50 52
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 20.4 20.8
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 10.3 11.6
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 529 211
    Screen Specs Nikon D70s Panasonic LF1
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.50x
    Viewfinder Resolution 200k dots
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 130k dots 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Nikon D70s Panasonic LF1
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium CF cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    Connectivity Specs Nikon D70s Panasonic LF1
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Body Specs Nikon D70s Panasonic LF1
    Battery Type EN-EL3a DMW-BCN10
    Battery Life (CIPA)500 shots per charge250 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 140 x 111 x 78 mm
    (5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in)
    103 x 62 x 28 mm
    (4.1 x 2.4 x 1.1 in)
    Camera Weight 679 g (24.0 oz) 192 g (6.8 oz)

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