Panasonic has announced that its DMC-CM1 'compact camera with smartphone technology' will be sold in the UK. Originally the company had marked out France and Germany as the only countries to get the device, but citing 'high demand' it has included a limited number of UK stores to stock it.

The Panasonic DMC-CM1 is being marketed as a camera with smartphone technology, rather than a smartphone with a camera, and Panasonic has selected camera stores through which to sell it.

The DMC-CM1 features the same 1-inch 20MP sensor that is used in the company's Lumix DMC-FZ1000 bridge camera. This sensor is 7 times larger than usual smartphone sensors, and is the same size as that used in the Nikon 1 system and Canon's G7X. The camera is fitted with a Leica-branded 10.2mm f/2.8 lens that provides the same angle of view as a 28mm focal length does on a full frame camera. A ring around the lens allows the user to control aperture, ISO, shutter speeds or white balance, and stills can be saved in JPEG and Raw modes, while video can be recorded in 4K.

Prices are as yet unconfirmed, but Wilkinson Cameras, one of the eight retailers that will begin sales on 1st December, has told DPR to expect a price in the region of £899.

For more information see Panasonic's DMC-CM1 product page.

Press Release:

Limited Number of Panasonic's DMC-CM1 to Make a Welcome Arrival to the UK

24th November 2014 - Due to high demand, Panasonic is pleased to announce that it will be launching a limited number of the much anticipated DMC-CM1, premium compact camera with smartphone technology, in the UK. The CM1 was planned to initially launch in France and Germany only, but due to high interest a number of cameras will be available in the UK from 1st December.

The CM1 has gained such interest due its credentials of a high-end compact – including the very same 1-inch sensor that's used in Panasonic's DMC-FZ1000 flagship bridge camera – and smart connective features on board an Android operating system. Meeting the needs of the cloud-computing era, the CM1 features high speed 4G LTE communications and Swipe and Share function which make it possible to upload image data to social media sites with a single flick. The CM1 is also capable of recording 4K video and raw images. Featuring a LEICA DC Lens, this 20 megapixel camera/smartphone hybrid product pushes the boundaries of expectations and will appeal to those with a passion for photography and who will appreciate the quality and creative control this camera offers.

The CM1s will be available online through Panasonic Direct as well as opportunities to buy through selected retailers. Ensuring a good geographical coverage, the CM1 will be available at the following retailers from 1st December.

  • Jessops, Oxford St, London.
  • Dixons, Harrods, London
  • Wilkinson Cameras, Liverpool
  • Park Cameras, Burgess Hill,
  • Panasonic Store, Plymouth
  • John Lewis, Edinburgh*
  • Dixons Travel, Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5

As part of the initial launch in the UK, consumers will need to fill in a short questionnaire prior to purchasing the camera. The premium compact camera will be sold on a first come, first served basis. 

*Subject to confirmation