Panasonic has announced the impending local release of its innovative Lumix DMC-CM1, which combines a large sensor camera with smart-phone functionality.


Front view of Panasonic’s new Lumix DMC-CM1 device. (Source: Panasonic.)

The CM1 is equipped with the same 20-megapixel, 1-inch type (12.8 x 9.6 mm) High Sensitivity MOS image sensor as used in the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 camera, which enables it to record both high-resolution still images and movie clips. RAW image recording is supported. The large sensor ensures superior low light performance with minimum noise levels at high ISO settings. Shooting modes include an iA (Intelligent Auto) mode plus q selection of scene pre-sets. A ring on the lens barrel allows control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO settings, white balance, exposure compensation and focus. Focus peaking is available in manual focus mode, assisted by a live image view.

The integrated Leica DC Elmarit lens has a 28mm equivalent focal length and maximum aperture of f/2.8 and provides high resolution with minimal distortion. The CM1 can record high resolution 4K video, as well as still images captured with the camera’s 4K Photo modes. These include the same 4K Pre-Burst and 4K Photo settings as found on the latest G-series cameras.


This illustration shows the Lumix DMC-CM1 in a business context. (Source: Panasonic.)

The 4.7-inch, 6220K-dot, full HD-display is used for shot composition and playing back images and the CM1 offers a range of convenient screen displays including an integrated digital spirit level, a histogram and a Quick menu for fast access to the main settings.

The CM1’s dedicated imaging processor ensures fast response times for photography. Smart-phone functionality is driven by a powerful Qualcomm 2.3 GHz quad-core processor and the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. A dedicated shutter button is provided as well as a slider for instant switching between camera and smart-phone. The 16 GB internal memory can be expanded to up to 128 GB with an optional Micro SDXC card. A fast internet connection is assured via LTE (Long Term Evolution) capability. The CM1 also provides standard wireless connections in the form of as Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 will be available from selected retailers in mid July at an RRP of AU$1399. More details can be found at