Panasonic Lumix CM1 Camera-phone with 20MP Camera, 1080p Display and Snapdragon 801 Announced

by Chetan Bhawani 9

Panasonic Lumix CM1

Panasonic has been trying its luck lately in the Eluga series, which although has been promoted well, isn’t generating much returns for the company. Now, the well known Japanese manufacturer is stepping into the camera-phone segment, which has been on the rise lately, one of the best being the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, and now that gets a perfect competition as Panasonic announces the Lumix CM1 camera, which runs Android OS and perfectly working as a smartphone at the same time.

Having a camera with resolution of 20 MP and an f/2.8 Leica DC Elmarit lens, the Lumix CM1 has a 1-inch sensor that is capable of shooting videos at 4K resolution, and just like in a camera, there is a dedicated shutter button and a slide that shifts between the smartphone and camera modes. If that isn’t enough for the dedicated camera users, Panasonic has placed a manual lens ring that allows to change the aperture, ISO and shutter speed.

While that was about the camera, here’s what makes this a proper high-end smartphone: a 4.7-inch 1080p Full HD display, 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, and the MicroSD card slot for the storage expansion to a maximum of 128 GB. The Panasonic Lumix CM1 is said to run Android 4.4 KitKat OS, and there is a 2600 mAh battery included in the device.

It is clear as Panasonic’s intentions to call this a great camera with smartphone features, than to make it a smartphone with a great camera, because the 21mm thickness makes you wonder whether this really is a smartphone. The camera lens extends out, with the purpose of adjusting the focus rather than assisting in zooming. The body looks classic, and the OS has a good list of pre-installed apps.

France and Germany is where the Panasonic Leica CM1 / Lumix CM1 will be available this November, with a price tag of 900 Euros. That is quite high when you compare it with the Galaxy K Zoom, but here, not only the camera but the internal specs and the display are better in the Panasonic’s CM1.

Chetan Bhawani

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  • When would this be available in India and at what price?

    • Shanky Yadav Jungly

      same question me toooo wants to know

    • im seeing 75000 starting prices!! Thats like 1.2k$!

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    This is a beast . Battery capacity is little low .

    • Shanky Yadav Jungly

      me too wants this beast

    • i want see this smartcamera in action already ive yet to hear much abut it after this! but im still awaiting it!

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    this beaast wants everone me tooo

  • great camera quality, but the xperia has an easier design and stronger camera. Sony does it best, but this phone is also a beast and the design is nifty

  • Suraj Racharla

    Ovioulsy from this camerai am expecting first class camera quality. This phone is great for now but soon in the future maybe 1-3years down the line trchnology would have advanced so much that this phone wount be needed any more and 21 megapixel cameras will be in a phone that has a very thin build . An example of thr can be the experia series or in the future is most likey will be Samsung or LG.The phone that see right does habe a good build but it is not a future friendly phone. Good article!!!