/Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone with 1-inch sensor

Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone with 1-inch sensor

A few months prior, the Lumia line was the best option if you wanted a phone that takes decent pictures to replace a compact camera.  At Photokina today, Panasonic unveiled a competitor to the Lumia line with the Lumix DMC-CM1.  And the best part?  It runs Android.

Panasonic recently left the smartphone business after the failure of it’s Eluga line a couple of years back and it’s return to the market brings something that might turn a few photographer’s interests.  The DMC-CM1 sports a 1-inch sensor that rivals the sensor of the RX100 compact camera line from Sony (if Dpreview’s speculation is to be believed, it’s probably is the same sensor).




Sensor-size aside, the camera unit also boasts a f/2.8 Leica lens, a mechanical shutter, and a manual control ring.

The phone part of the CM1 is spec’d as follows:

  • 20MP 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • F2.8 aperture
  • 28mm equivalent focal length
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • 4K-video
  • Raw capture
  • 1.1MP front camera
  • 4.7-inch 1080p display
  • Android 4.4
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S801 quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in memory
  • microSD cards up to 128GB
  • 2600mAh batttery

Panasonic says that the CM1 will go on sale in France and Germany this November for 900 euros.  No word on an international release as of yet.