One of the most specc'd-out cameraphones set to land in the UK on December 1 due to high demand
posted by Peter K. / Nov 25, 2014, 3:41 AM
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.
Limited Number of Panasonic's DMC-CM1 to Make a Welcome Arrival to the UK
24th November 2014 - Due to high demand, Panasonic is pleased to announce that it will be launching a limited number of the much anticipated DMC-CM1, premium compact camera with smartphone technology, in the UK. The CM1 was planned to initially launch in France and Germany only, but due to high interest a number of cameras will be available in the UK from 1st December.
The CM1 has gained such interest due its credentials of a high-end compact – including the very same 1-inch sensor that's used in Panasonic's DMC-FZ1000 flagship bridge camera – and smart connective features on board an Android operating system. Meeting the needs of the cloud-computing era, the CM1 features high speed 4G LTE communications and Swipe and Share function which make it possible to upload image data to social media sites with a single flick. The CM1 is also capable of recording 4K video and raw images. Featuring a LEICA DC Lens, this 20 megapixel camera/smartphone hybrid product pushes the boundaries of expectations and will appeal to those with a passion for photography and who will appreciate the quality and creative control this camera offers.
The CM1s will be available online through Panasonic Direct as well as opportunities to buy through selected retailers. Ensuring a good geographical coverage, the CM1 will be available at the following retailers from 1st December.
Jessops, Oxford St, London. Dixons, Harrods, London Wilkinson Cameras, Liverpool Park Cameras, Burgess Hill, Panasonic Store, Plymouth John Lewis, Edinburgh* Dixons Travel, Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5 As part of the initial launch in the UK, consumers will need to fill in a short questionnaire prior to purchasing the camera. The premium compact camera will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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