Panasonic's Lumix CM1 smartphone-camera hybrid will be launched in the US

Launched in a few European markets at the end of 2014, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 will also be released in the US, eventually. According to Gizmodo, the camera-smartphone hybrid should be available Stateside starting this summer, and it won’t be cheap: you’ll have to pay $1,000 for the pleasure of owning one.

What’s so special about the CM1? Well, it’s the only smartphone that has a camera with a 1-inch sensor - similar to sensors found in standalone Panasonic Lumix cameras. It’s a 20 MP sensor with Leica lens (28mm equivalent), ISO from 100 to 25,600, and 4K video recording.

Of course, the CM1 isn’t all about the camera, offering other nice features, including: a 4.7-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, LTE, quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable internal memory. The device currently runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and it’s not clear when (or if) it’s going to be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Panasonic will sell the Lumix CM1 unlocked in the US, in GSM flavor - so you’ll be able to use it on AT&T and T-Mobile, but not on Verizon and Sprint. This being said, who’s getting one?

source: Gizmodo

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Lumix CM1
  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 1.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Battery 2600 mAh



1. maherk

Posts: 6767; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Or you can do like i did and get the K Zoom for $320.

13. Ashoaib

Posts: 3273; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Or do like I did and get Nokia 808 in 240$... but beware symbian is painstakingly pathetic

2. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

YEEEEES! But then i see the price :(

3. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

If it ran Windows Phone, had Lumia Camera 5.0, had the same camera technology but with a powerful dual capacity Xeon flash like on the 808 PureView then I would definitely get it, even for $1000. I would sell some of my current devices and consider it done. As is, the lack of a Xenon flash is the main deal breaker for me.

5. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I would consider lack of a 1" sensor in competing phones a deal-breaker; I can live without a xenon flash. In the scheme of things, that sensor is FAR more important. Lumia 928 user here too, xenon flash and all.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Nah, the xenon flash is king, the difference in photos from a 930 and 1020 for flash based anything are night and day. Xenon just puts it to shame.

4. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

LOL, $1000? Even iphone 6 is cheaper than that.

7. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

This Panasonic is more premium than iPhone.

6. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Mouth-watering specs for me. 4.7" is a great screen size, 1920x1080 is perfect, 1" sensor is something you dream about but don't expect to happen in real life. Only thing that makes me hesitate is how this thing handles, if it is too thick, if the lens' bulge is too pronounced...

8. rsiders

Posts: 1931; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

$1000? I would rather buy the Sony a6000 which is a sweet, compact system camera with all the makings of most full DSLRS at half the size and use my Z3 to connect to it.

9. jimjam unregistered

Would consider buying one for $500-600.

11. Craig747

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 01, 2014

I wonder if it will ever be available in South Africa.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1862; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Looks like it's a good phone. Is it a $1000 good phone? I can't comment on that, but I don't have my hopes up.

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