Panasonic launches the Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone/camera hybrid
Panasonic has just officially launched its smartphone/compact camera hybrid, the Lumix DMC-CM1 in the U.S. Initially presented at Photokina 2014, the DMC-CM1 falls into the same category, as the Samsung Galaxy Zoom, which was the first device to provide full compact camera capability in a body of a smarthone.
The CM1 features a 4.7-inch, Full HD display and is powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC clocked at 2.3 GHz. It comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage space, expandably by up to 128 GB via micro-SD card reader. Connectivity functions include LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC. The battery capacity is 2600 mAh, which doesn’t seem too much since photo/video shooting can deplete any smartphone battery rather quickly. The device runs Android 4.4 Kitkat.
As for the photo functionality: the Lumix DMC-CM1 sports a 1-inch, 20 MP CMOS sensor with sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25 600. It uses a f/2.8, fixed 28 mm Leica lens. A physical shutter release button is also available.
The device allows manual exposure time, aperture, ISO, white balance and focus adjustment and offers both JPG and RAW image formats. The new Lumix can also record 4K video.
DMC-CM1 is now availalbe at around $1000.