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

With 4.7" 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 CPU, and a huge 1" sensor for its 20 MP camera, Panasonic is on an Android revival spree, and a stellar one at that, judging from the just-announced Lumix 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...
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4. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

looks interesting, but have to see actual image results first, also no mention of OIS is a huge worry, after those things, Panasonic has to actually release a phone in my region before being considered.

6. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

The Nokia 808 still takes better shots than any of the newer OIS equipped camera centric smartphones of today. Well, unless your main focus is low light images, at least...

24. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

mabey its a secret??

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The way they're marketing this in the pictures puts me off. They're only showing the camera side only as if the smartphone side sucks :(

13. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

It has a snapdragon 801 with 2gb ram so it ll be fast and smooth no doubt but no one will buy this for its specs.. main purpose of buying this phone will be its camera. Just like the K zoom

8. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Well if this is real then it will receive answers from Sony, and perhaps Canikon too...

25. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i hope so!!! they need to build it so i can give them my money

10. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I wanted a K Zoom before, but now this. Actually, I'd get both.

11. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Well, better late than ever... (the news I mean)

15. f35hunter

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Shut up !!! and take my money now :0

27. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Thank you!!!

26. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

no Xenon? :(

28. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

it better have one, otherwise, whats the point?? total ball droping if no xenon flash

29. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Too bad it runs Android! And No Xenon flah!

33. mixedfish

Posts: 1557; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Lol Xenon flash, typical phone fans response. For what, making the flash go from crap to slightly less crap but increase body size and drain battery faster? The flash is going to be bad anyway, may as well go with passable.

35. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

1020 says hello as well as says #1 in night shots.

41. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Typical response from a person who doesn't understand the importance of a Xenon flash and what a Xenon flash enables for photography. Photographers throughout history disagree with you.

52. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Sorry guys, but I agree with mixedfish here. Sure, Xenon is better than LED, but that still doesn't do much when you are talking about a flash the size of which goes in a smartphone. Heck, when you start talking about more serious photography, even compact and mirrorless camera manufacturers start removing flash entirely because they know that a serious photographer is going to have no use for it. It's just not a camera you would use in that type of situation, and if you were planning on using it in that type of situation, you would probably have the need for a better, separate flash. So again, xenon flash is better than LED flash, and LED flash is better than nothing, but you're ideally not even planning to use flash with this type of camera.

44. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I guess you don't know anything about photography! Typical noob response!

37. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Android is the only viable option.

30. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

That's nice! But it is a pity it uses Handroid. And with this battery, the combination is not good. Let's see if they make a Windows version.

36. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Me wants. But with Android L, thinner body, and a look that doesn't resemble so much a real camera.

40. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Finally !!!! We´re going to look back in time and laugh of that photos we took with small sensor. The Pandora´s box is open ! Now all them will try to produce a bigger sensor. I have NO DOUBT that next Samsung K (or whatever) MUST come with a 1' sensor. 2015 I´ll sell my old 808 and wil buy a 1' sensor. Bye WP camera centrics !

46. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

centrics?

49. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

camera-centric phones

53. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Fitting a 1" sensor into a phone take some real engineering and time, so don't expect competitors to match it any time soon. Samsung, Apple, and the like are going to take a few generations to get there, and they will capitalize on the sales along the way. These companies don't just release the best of what they have immediately, but rather upgrade gradually to milk the market.

47. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Took PA long enough to cover this. This is my next phone! Finally something with a camera I can use!

48. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

good to see japanese brands are coming back in the game

57. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

It looks pretty great! One of the few camera phones that caught my attention :D

58. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Hm, I love good cameras in smartphones and I dont mind rear bump for better optics. But this thing looks too big for daily use... I think that 808 and 1020 are perfect sizes, and there is still no competition for them. They are camera-centric phones. This one, and K Zoom are smartphone-centric cameras...
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