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Date: 15/09/2014 | By: Heather

The Lumix CM1 Smartphone – The first true fusion of camera and smartphone?


The Lumix CM1 Smartphone – The first true fusion of camera and smartphone?

Earlier on today, we posted a news article about Panasonic’s recent mirrorless announcements, but we purposely omitted perhaps the most curious and innovative announcement of them all, the Lumix CM1 Smartphone, as we felt it deserved its own post.

What makes the CM1 Smartphone such an intriguing product?

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The Panasonic Lumix CM1 Smartphone

Up until now, we’ve seen many smartphones trying to be cameras and vice versa, but none of them have actually succeeded in being the perfect hybrid of both. The CM1, with its 20MP 1-inch sensor and 28mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.8 Leica DC Elmarit lens lens, appears to be just that–a premium compact in a smartphone’s clothing.

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The camera-phone features a Leica lens

To give you an idea of the quality of the sensor, it is exactly the same size and has the same megapixel count as the Sony RX100 III. To have that kind of quality in what is essentially a smartphone is amazing, and what I’d consider a genuine step forward in technology.

When you want to switch between the camera and phone modes, all you have to do is slide a small button back and forth on the side of the device. To change the camera settings, simply turn to the manual lens ring on the front of the camera. From there, you can adjust aperture, ISO and shutter speed, just as you would on a normal camera.

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A side view of the slim CM1

If that weren’t enough, this amazing camera phone also shoots 4K video like its sibling the GH4. A feature like this will make the CM1 extremely popular with video bloggers in need of an easy and portable solution.

As for the phone-related features, we have pretty much everything you’d expect from a recent smartphone: a Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, 2GB of internal RAM, a 4.7 inch full-HD screen, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal memory and a microSD slot.

I will admit that I’ve been secretly hoping for a hybrid product like this for a long time, but I never imagined that Panasonic would be the first to pull it off, especially with Samsung being so keen on combining camera and smartphone technology. Sadly, for the time being, it will only be available in France and Germany, but we can be sure that it will arrive in other countries as well if initial sales are good. Let’s cross our fingers!


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About the author: Heather Broster

Heather Broster was born in Canada, has lived in Japan and Italy but currently calls Wales home. She is a full-time gear tester at MirrorLessons. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

  • Steve

    This is an interesting device, but to me the fixed lens can be a little limiting. I was fortunate enough that my wife gave me the Sony QX100 as a Christmas gift. I’ll admit that it’s not as compact as the above, but it’s super versatile. It has fast glass at the wide end and a great sensor, and you can use it off phone to shoot from odd angles. Just my opinion, but I think it’s worth checking out

  • billyburg

    I agree. This has piqued my interest. Can’t wait for the reviews. I hope it sells well and then maybe it will retail in the UK.

  • soundimageplus

    I wrote a post not so long ago discussing the possibility of a 1′ sensor in a camera phone. And it seems to have arrived sooner rather than later. My Samsung Galaxy 2 camera is a smart phone without the phone, but with a very small sensor (though it does have an incredible zoom) and I can’t see how these multi-media communication devices aren’t going to have a tremendous impact on what we all do in the near future.

    The phone bit is important because of the ability to instantly upload anywhere, anytime. My Samsung needs Wi-Fi to do that and shooting in non-urban areas means that is often hard to find. But many of the areas I shoot in have a decent phone signal. so it’s possible to upload from some pretty remote areas.

    I can’t think of a single reason why I wouldn’t but this as it’s perfect for what I want to do in many of my shooting situations.

    As you say it’s certainly a surprise that Panasonic, rather than Samsung or Apple are the first to do this. Probably be the product everybody talks about as well. Things are definitely changing.

    When can I get one!!!!

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