One of the most specc'd-out cameraphones set to land in the UK on December 1 due to high demand


Do you remember the Panasonic DMC-CM1 cameraphone, the compelling concoction between an Android handset and a point-and-shoot camera? Announced two months ago, this device blurred the lines between smartphones and handheld cameras even more - with its extremely-large 1-inch 20MP sensor (the very same sensor can be found across some Panasonic cameras, such as the DMC-FZ1000) and a Leica DC Elmarit lens with an aperture of f/2.8, the DMC-CM1 is certainly a zinger in the camera department (on paper, that is). Full manual control of the camera, high ISO light sensitivity range (ISO 100-25,600), and 4K video recording have also been thrown in the mix. 

As far as its smartphone specs are concerned, the Panasonic DMC-CM1 sports a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, churning the gears of the handset at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, a microSD card slots (those pictures surely take up a lot of space), and Android 4.4.4 KitKat right out of the box.   

Well, it seems that Panasonic has been faced against more demand than it had initially expected. As a result, the maker of the intriguing cameraphone will release a limited amount of the DMC-CM1 on British soil in order to catch up with the desires of its potential customers. The compelling device has already been launched in Germany and France, but it will be available in the UK from December 1. Provided that you are a potential adopter, you can get the device from several brick and mortar retailers.

The pricing has not been announced yet, but it is suspected that the DMC-CM1's price tag in the UK will be similar to the ones across France and Germany - €899, which is roughly $1,115.


source: Panasonic via Android Central

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40 Comments

1. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

that price tho

13. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

still less than the iphone 6 plus...

14. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Leica is the Apple equivalent of cameras.

20. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Not really, Leica doesn't need a marketing force to spin their products to no.1. They have their reputation from word of mouth alone.

22. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Without the bendable chassis....

34. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

That's insulting to Leica. They actually offer and have offered compelling and competitive cameras for decades. Apple? Overpriced, overhyped junk for the foolish masses.

40. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Price needs to come down, but would make a great roaming camera/phone with a local sim.

2. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

People pay near that for a 6+, this is worth it!

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

No it's not... smartphones shouldn't be that expensive. Not iPhone 6+, not Note 4, not Note Edge, not this.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Depends on your country In my country the 64GB 6+ is that price The Note Edge is even more than that price

25. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

This is a true crossover though...serves as a smartphone and as a point and shoot camera, which is good enough as a primary camera for many people. You would otherwise pay what, around $400 or so for a point and shoot with a one inch sensor?

27. Beijendorf unregistered

Why not? If you can't afford it, buy a cheaper model. Goodness knows there's a whole lot of mid to low-end devices on the market. For many, paying that price for a top-of-the-line revolutionary smartphone flagship is well worth it.

3. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

still cheaper than a new note or iphone in sweden :p

4. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Can you shoot in RAW?

7. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Yes !

5. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

PA you must review this product.

37. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

PA review conclusion:it is a good phone but the camera is still not so good when compare to iphone6

6. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

WP killer ! no need to buy windows anymore. This is the perfect Android camera ! Adios 1030 etc.

8. android_hitman unregistered

don't get your hopes that high, I also like this phone/camera and I am thinking to buy it but what it concerns me the most is the battery capacity ... I will wait for 1-2 reviews before I spend 900 Euros on it.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well I'm sure the battery will last at least as long as 1020.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

nearly triple the price to be equivalent? I do like the manual zoom but i wouldnt call it a 'killer'. Equalizer? Sure. But again that price...and over a year late imo. I love the design though i want the 1030 to look similar

26. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That's if the camera was your only reason for buying WP, which probably isn't true for most WP users... Anyway, very limited availability and a compromised form factor (bulky because of the sensor and lens) prevent this from being a perfect cameraphone itself. As bulky as the 1020 is, it is still sleek and pocketable compared to this.

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This is true, i have a 1020 and it is awesome. My favorite is the xenon flash at parties its the best cause there is almost no motion blur, love doing the spinning fan test in pure darkness and freezing a fan at full speed with no blur. I enjoy android, use it all day, but i do enjoy Wp alot more

32. rsiders

Posts: 1978; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I couldn't agree with you more about the 1020. Although I sold mine before temporarily switching to Android until the Lumia 1020 successor comes out next year(speculating) and hopefully available to all carriers or at least T-Mobile (since that's the one I'm on :D). Honestly though the carrier exclusivity deals have been the greatest factor in leaving a sour taste in my mouth. Especially when I can essentially lease and new phone without having to buy it outright and get a new one whenever half the balance is paid off. Here's to hoping Microsoft gets it right.

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Just waiting for a SLR smartphone. This is a great product, nonetheless its still a cameraphone by definition, like Note 4,G3 1020, or Z3.

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

On the same thought,a SLR smartphone could be one of those Project Aras.

15. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

How the f**k is Note 4, G3, Z3 a cameraphone? 1020 I agree but the others are just smartphones with good cameras. A cameraphone is usually a smartphone with extra ordinary camera that can compete with high end compact cameras and usually has a huge protruding camera lense on the back like 1020.

17. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Cameraphone A camera phone is a mobile phone which is able to capture photographs and high-definition video. Since early in the 21st century the majority of mobile phones in use are camera phones. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_phone

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

When everybody has a camera phone nobody has a cameraphone. A better use of the term, rather than quoting Wiki, is to litterally think of how the word is used, during the time the phone was released. Meaning that the camera is the main focus of the device and will usually have shortcomings in other areas, size, weight, etc. Something like the Galaxy K, 1020, This, and plenty others including the camera used in the wiki article as an example of what a 'camera phone' might look like. And if we go by high definition standards, 480p is part of that standard...will we all be ok with having 480p HD screens on all current flagships?

21. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lets just simplify the facts. What do you call a phone with a camera?

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