Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1

Announced Sep 15, 2014 •
4.7 screen | 20 megapixels (rear) | 1 megapixels (front)
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Announced Sep 15, 2014
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Manufacturer description: The Lumix DMC-CM1 comes with the largest imaging sensor we have seen on a smartphone. Its 1-inch 20MP chip has the same dimensions as the sensors in premium compact cameras such as Sony's RX100 or Nikon's 1 series, and is multiple times larger than the 1/3-inch sensors that are common on more conventional smartphones. The large sensor is coupled with an F2.8 Leica lens that offers an equivalent focal length of 28mm. The CM1 is also capable of recording 4K-video and Raw images. Focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance can all be adjusted manually.

The rest of the specification is in line with current high-end smartphones. Images can be viewed and composed on a 4.7-inch 1080p display and Android 4.4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S801 quad-core processor that is clocked at 2.3 GHz. 16GB of internal memory are on board but the device also takes microSD-cards of up to 128GB capacity.

Quick specs
OS Google Android
OS Version 4.4
Front camera effective pixels 1 megapixels
Rear camera effective pixels 20 megapixels
Rear camera focal length 28 mm
Rear camera aperture 2.8
Camera image stabilization Unknown
Video camera recording format 2160p, 30fps
LCD size 4.7
Built in memory 2GB RAM, 16GB storage
Dimensions 135 x 68 x 21 mm (5.31 x 2.68 x 0.83)

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Our review

With its physical shutter button, adjustment dial and excellent camera user interface the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 offers the best photographic control of all current smartphones. Image quality, especially in low light and when shooting Raw, is closer to enthusiast compact cameras than to other smartphones. The CM1 is pretty bulky, the screen is difficult to view in bright light and flash and video performance are pretty mediocre. However, if you want the best possible image quality and control it's hard to find a better smartphone for photography right now.

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