Panasonic's smartphone-camera hybrid hits the U.S. market at a cost of $1,000

Panasonic's smartphone-camera hybrid hits the U.S. market at a cost of $1,000
The concept of combining a smartphone with a camera to create a hybrid of sorts, is not a new one. Samsung has tried it on a number of occasions, as has Panasonic. The Lumix 101P was one of Panasonic's first efforts to bridge the gap between the traditional camera and Android smartphone, and at this year's CES, the company launched the Lumix DMC-CM1. Now, the CM1 has finally reached U.S. shores, but if you are in the market for a handset that well and truly captures the moment, it won't come cheap. 

As we discussed in our hands-on of the Lumix DMC-CM1, it's naturally not as slender as your typical smartphone. While the CM1 has style and will no doubt churn out some great shots and videos, it's not going to be squirrelled away into the pocket as easily as most other devices. For a camera, it's very slim, but for a phone, it's rather bulky.

The one-inch, 20-megapixel sensor is the marquee feature of the Lumix CM1, and is capable of shooting 4K video. The quad-core, 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 sits under the hood alongside 2 GB of RAM, and while the processing specs are by no means mind-blowing, the fact that Panasonic hasn't gone in too heavy on the bloatware should keep things running smoothly. 

Speaking of software, there is a '4K Photo' app for capturing stills from your 4K clips, along with a further '4K Pre-Burst' app, designed to cleanly capture fast-moving subjects. The fact that there's only 16 GB of storage doesn't exactly warm the heart, particularly since Panasonic wants a cool $1000 for the privilege of owning the Lumix CM1. There is, however, a microSD slot, which will almost certainly need to be utilized when shooting 4K video. 

Elsewhere, the display is a 4.7-inch, 1080 x 1920 offering, which equates to a very respectable 469 PPI. The CM1 is also equipped with both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE and while it runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, the OS is upgradeable to Lollipop 5.x.

Check out the gallery, and let us know whether you'd pay $1000 for this device by dropping a comment below. 

source: SlashGear

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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. rsiders

Posts: 1996; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Good luck with that when you could get a Lumia 1020 or Preview 808 and save $700-800. Plus if you really wanted to get fancy you could get Sony a6000 or a plethora of nice DSLRs for around $500-600 and still have enough to get the previously mentioned phones. I just can't see why anyone would spend that for a phone given the alternatives.

8. waddup121 unregistered

Crazy Camera/Phone Hybrid!

9. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

you still need to consider apps, slow camera from both 1020 and 808, average auto mode, features, design, Ui, WP and battery life. But those things wont matter if you hate android and iOS.

15. rsiders

Posts: 1996; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

That's true but I was just thinking value wise. The older phones still produce awfully great images. You can go on Flickr or some other photo enthusiasts site and see that. I don't think a small bump in picture quality is worth the price they are asking for.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Consider apps...sure, though subjective and from what I see from customer dozens of phones daily, it would maybe affect, from what I see, 10% of them. Average auto mode? Sure, though I would still put its auto mode against any camera, I do daily actually. Features, customization I suppose you are talking about? Design, the 1020 is a beast, and has withstood 4 people owning it now. Battery life - 12-16hrs daily with normal usage, shouldn't have to recharge but once a day, and battery saver is really good on the device. WP - clean efficient and simply works, I rarely rarely exchange phones for Software problems, but let me tell you the 7 androids alone I exchanged for software issues.

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1565; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

The Lumia or pureview cameras do not hold a candle to this phone

14. rsiders

Posts: 1996; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Maybe not but my point is you can get them and a DSLR for cheaper than the PRICE of this phone and no matter their shortcomings, truth be told you will still get amazing and I do mean amazing quality from these older phones today.

17. mixedfish

Posts: 1565; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Yes that's true, but this will eventually go down in price as well. The Nokia phone weren't cheap when they were out.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

They were cheaper than 10000, I think they were 599.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Actually, they can. Here is a night shot, with moving trees from wind. Also here is the flicker shots too. In this test, the 1020 proved to be better, imo that is.

18. cheetah2k

Posts: 2294; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Damn, this phone has taken 6 months to come to market.... Panasonic fail

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I could not imagine any phone could take better photos than my Nokia Lumia 930, unless it is Lumia 1020 or Nokia 808.

3. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Such a beast!

4. hmmm...

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

It has a one inch sensor, so it's more like a Sony RX100. Article forgot to mention that this phone does not have optical zoom. The lens does come out, but for focus, not for zoom. So its copetition is not the Kzoom. A one inch sensor is much bigger than the sensor found in 1020 or 808. Phonearena seems to be poor when it comes to camera terminology, in the article it says "huge 1” lens" instead of sensor: When it comes to image quality review, GSMarena would be better than Phonearena.

5. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I dont think this would be a good-seller.

6. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Wonder how it compares against the rx100

7. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

What a joke.

10. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Your existence is a joke

13. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Your face is a joke. I dont actually mean that. Its a running gag where im from and I couldnt resist resist

11. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

What a joke.

16. tokuzumi

Posts: 1957; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

For that money, I could get an entry level D-SLR, and still have money left over to buy a smartphone. It is unfortunate this phone is rather expensive, as I wish all flagship phones would follow this model. If you want a camera to take good pictures, you need a great camera sensor. If the software has been optimized to make use of that camera, this will take pictures that will blow the S6/G4 away. And having an optical zoom will make a huge difference. I can't count the number of times I wish I had the ability to zoom in on something, without degrading picture quality.

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