Panasonic outs stylish DMC-CM1: 20 MP phone with whopping 1" camera sensor, and flagship specs

Panasonic is on an Android revival spree, and a stellar one at that, judging from the just-announced DMC-CM1 camera-centric handset. After reviving the Eluga brand, Panasonic is now placing phone functions in a compact camera, Galaxy K zoom-style, but seemingly does it way better than Samsung.

First off, the uninspiring named DMC-CM1 has the largest sensor ever put in a phone. At 1", it is roughly seven times larger than the average smartphone sensor size, and rivals those of upscale point-and-shoots, like Nikon's 1 series, or Sony RX100. With 20 MP of resolution, you will have plenty of detail to play with, moreso as the Panasonic phone can shoot images in RAW format. The camera has Leica lens with wide-angle 28mm equivalent focal length at a maximum f/2.8 aperture. There is a full suite of manual adjustments, too, from several aperture settings, through numerous shutter speeds, to hand-picked ISO settings that range from 100-25,600. As for video, the handset is capable of 4K recording, but nothing is mentioned about the camera having an optically-stabilized sensor, like Samsung's K zoom contraption.

As for the smartphone aspect of things, the Panasonic DMC-CM1 is no slouch, unlike its midrange K zoom competitor. It sports a 4.7" 1080p display, which returns the whopping 469ppi pixel density, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, LTE modem, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a microSD slot for expansion. Best of all, it is just 21mm thick at the lens, while the phone part itself is the bearable 15.2mm (the K zoom is 16.6mm there). The new Panasonic hybrid weighs 7.2 oz (204g), which is quite decent for its capabilities, and as much as the K zoom weighs.

Actually, there are only two unpleasant bits about the new Panasonic DMC-CM1 phone - the 2600 mAh battery, which is on the low end for today's flagship capacities standards, and the price. The tag is purported to be around EUR 900 (~$1164), with limited initial launch in several countries pegged for some time in November. Any takers for the world's perfect vacation phone?

source: Panasonic



1. JMartin22

Posts: 2380; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

If these companies were giving the same quality of a DSLR with smartphone capabilities, I would understand that. But they're not. What's the point of spending over one grand on this thing if a cheaper $400 DSLR does it better. Just buy a real camera if photos are really centric to your interest.

5. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

'Cause lugging around a clunky DSLR is way too impractical in many situations.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This is why Project Ara sounds so amazing For your average day, put a good camera with a 1/2.3" sensor For when you go on holiday or to an event, put this camera with its 1" sensor DSLRs/Mirrorless or Sony's Q series aren't as convenient as this one

34. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Nothing like competition for Sammy. In 2015, the Note 5 will be shipping with a larger image sensor. If this Lumix camera phone gets traction, Sammy won't take it without responding. Best of luck to Panasonic.

39. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Lol, wishful thinking. They could put one in a Galaxy K Zoom. But so far that phone has been butt-ugly, like all Samsung's phones.

18. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Thank you!!! i know about the Z3, but Sony is SLEEPING!!!!! everytime i pull out my sony tx-66 every1..... EVERYONE asks me to send them the amazing pic i took. every 1 thinks ita ALREADY a phone!! Sony needs a Sensor centric phone like this, with BETTER camera software to avoid all the famous "Sony Noise" their cameras have at full resolution. id buy that over the Z3......might even buy this!!!

42. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

reckless I think that I was the only one who had a TX66. The photos at 100% are noisily and overprocessed ! When I bought my RX100 I could finally breathe easily ! A new 1' era is commimg.

59. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yea, noisy Deffinitly at night, even with flash, but ONLY at highest resolution. and in day time, BEAUTIFUL shots! but a TX-66 fits in the 3rd front pocket (the really small one on the right side of jeans, u usually dont have a use for ) of my jeans :-) its so damn portable, it really saves my ass when i need a trully quick camera. id love an RX-100 too, obviously, but, it would take up an actuall pocket, n id hate for it to be a back pocket n accidently sit on it. so yea, TX-66 camera that can fit in 3rd front pocket NEEDS a phone chip n radio n a battery upgrade, and run android obviously n ull have a dope ass phone

45. Takeharu

Posts: 288; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

That's why mirrorless exists. Cameras like the Olympus Pen series and Panasonic GM1 in particular are extremely portable and easy to carry around and have (almost) dslr like image quality.

55. JMartin22

Posts: 2380; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

In that case, you're better off with a regular smartphone camera module. It'll give you passable results for far cheaper. If people are serious and want legit photo quality, they'll opt for a DSLR then.

38. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Convergence. People were saying EXACTLY the same thing 5-10 years ago about phones and compact cameras. "Why would you pay for a measly 3MP camera in a phone! Just get a 5MP compact shooter!" or whatever. The camera you have with you is best.

50. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

A 1" sensor is damn good. That's better than most dedicated compact cameras. Only a select group of compact cameras have larger sensors (m 4/3 and APS-C), and that's really when you start getting into mirrorless system cameras. And Leica lenses are regarded as pretty much the best that money can buy, as long as they built one for this that at least somewhat lives up to its name. Bottom line, there's a possibility that this phone actually competes with some higher end compact cameras, which would be absolutely spectacular for a smartphone.

2. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Now all eyes on you Sony! What about an Xperia RX-100? If Panasonic can do it, you also can.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Panasonic just pimp slapped Sony and their Z3C.

17. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Lol, as expected from a paid troll, completely forget about samsung and it's utterly failure "flagship" phone galaxy alpha. You're failing and i'm not just talking about your exam which you apparently ditch for note 4 announcement but also your job.

54. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Actually, my exams got postponed for two days after. This pimp slaps the K Zoom as well. You seriously fail at trolling. Take some lessons from Arte.

20. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

they sure did, ala windows phone!!!.....but this one has android!!! eeeeeegggg!! EXCITED!!!! (X-D)

43. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Bye wp ! The only reason I watched them was .. camera

31. donrox

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

With a phone that has a limited release and that costs more than twice than the Z3C? yeah right!

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Sony has their lens cameras which probably perform even better than this.

21. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

its universal yes, n great too!!!!.... but no, its another "Thing" i must keep up with

16. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

did you forget about the QX lens style camera line?

22. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

nope, i wanted one, but not that bad to pay what they wanted, n it wasnt perfected enough either anyways, so i jus forgot about it honestly. mabye ill get 1 now used at a discount. i dont even "need" a sony phone to use it

19. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013


56. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

I'm expecting Sony to come up with better camera-smarphone than Panasonic in the next few months. Just wait. "Sony Xperia RX100" is a good name. ;) Specs I want to see: 5.2 - inch 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS-LCD Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC 20MP BSI CMOS 1"- sensor 32gb internal with microSD card slot (expandable to 128gb) Dust/water resistant IP 65/68 S-Master MX audio chip 3800mAh battery $999.99

3. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Dont expect sony to make better camera phones cuz they will not use leica lenses on phones. leica explains why the phone has to be expensive.

23. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

branding, its jus glass n mirrors i wish Sony would get their camera Software together!!!!

32. mixedfish

Posts: 1565; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You seem to forget that Sony and Zeiss are in bed together.

60. Damo579

Posts: 266; Member since: May 18, 2013

Yes but only for cameras. Zeiss picks one company for a product, Nokia for phone cameras and Sony for regular cameras.

51. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Tell that to the Zeiss Otus...Leica is the best, but Zeiss is right up there. This phone will get a great lens, but Leica can't produce their best stuff in a device this size. Now, using a 1" sensor in combination with that lens -- that really ups the ante.

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