Panasonic has announced the Lumix Smart Camera CM1, an Android smart-phone with a large 1-inch type sensor that is targeted at photo enthusiasts.


The new Panasonic Lumix CM1 smart-phone. (Source: Panasonic.)

Equipped with a 1-inch (12.8 x 9.6 mm) high sensitivity MOS sensor that offers an effective resolution of 20 megapixels, the new Lumix Smart Camera CM1 sports a Leica-branded DC Elmarit lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The shutter release button is located in the normal position and the device includes a slider or direct switching between camera and phone applications. Image and movie options include a RAW format for still photos and both Full HD and 4K video recording.

Screen display options include a digital spirit level, a histogram and a Quick menu that provides quick access to the main camera settings. Shooting modes include Panasonic’s modes iA (Intelligent Auto) function. The CM1 also provides a variety of manual controls, including adjustments to shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, exposure and focus settings, which are operated by the rotatable lens ring.

As a phone, the CM1 features a powerful 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch full HD display and the latest version of Android KitKat (4.4). The internal memory has 16GB capacity for storing apps and this can be expanded by up to 128 GB with microSD memory cards.   The CM1 boasts a 4.7-inch display with a high resolution of 1,920 x 1080 pixels. It comes with integrated fast Internet LTE and includes standard wireless connections such as Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC for sharing and storing images via the already installed Google Drive. The Lumix Gallery app enables instant sharing simply by swiping with access to Facebook, Instagram and other popular platforms.

Initial availability will be restricted to France and Germany, with a recommended retail price of 899 euros.