Panasonic has announced a new Lumix CM1 camera-phone, the new Android device with a 1″-MOS sensor will be showcased at Photokina in Cologne.
We are entering some new ground here with a higher quality manual camera entering the cell phone space, in a big and ambitious way.
Capable of 20MP images because of its 1″-type sensor (7x larger than 1/3″-type sensors in normal phones) and with a f/2.8 28mm Leica DC lens, this phone camera is sure to make any iPhone image appear inferior.
With full manual controls (focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance), Panasonic included a shutter-release button and a camera-smartphone toggle for fast and easy access between the camera and phone features. Oh, and the Lumix DMC-CM1 is also capable of recording 4K-video and raw images.
Of course, now the questions come. What is the phone like, is it any good? Well, with a 4.7-inch full HD display, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot, the cell runs on the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat, includes 4G and runs on a 2600 mAh battery, the phone runs on the 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor; so very promising specs.
As Google retires its Nexus line and other smartphone giants shift strategies, the DMC-CM1 is offering a camera with a nice smartphone appendage. Not bad.
So what’s the catch here? Well, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 will be priced around €900 ($1,150 USD) and first launched in France and Germany as a test market. If it goes well, it could enter the global market.
Personally, I think it’s great to see companies taking the camera portion of the smartphone more seriously as it has become apparent that they are the go-to device for snapshots.
On the road, I usually take photos with my Fujifilm x100s but resort to my Nexus 5 for quick on-the-fly moments. Often when it’s time to upload the smartphone pictures I mourn that the image doesn’t come close to the raws I could’ve gotten with an x100s. Soon, with the Lumix DMC-CM1, that frustration may subside.