Panasonic had announced for a while their new Lumix CM1 that would bring together a Digital Camera with an Android Phone. Released last month, this new phone was one of the attraction at CES 2015.
By the presentation video made by Panasonic, you can have a quick view of his capabilities and comprehend that this phone is all about camera.
The 20 Mpixel camera features a 1" size sensor, this phone brings the largest sensor seen on a phone at the moment. Previously, the famous Nokia 808 Pureview had the biggest sensor camera on the market with a 1/1.2", larger than his predecessor the Nokia Lumia 1020, that is now overtaken by Panasonic.
The Lumix CM1 comes with a fixed 28mm LEICA lens, so no zoom here on the opposite of the new Asus ZenFone Zoom
, but, like the Asus, it also has a variable aperture which goes from f/2.8 to a whopping f/11 (impressive for a smartphone). Just out of the curiosity, even if both phones come with the great advantage of a variable Aperture, this is not new on mobile phones as the Nokia N86 had also this feature.
Other great features are the Manual Focus (that can be controlled by the ring around the lenses), the stunning ISO 12800, RAW Mode, Live Histogram and the 4K video recording with 4K PhotoCapture.
Has you can see from the photo above, while using the camera, this phone is not exactly thin and it does resemble more like a camera than a phone, which might make it a bit clunky to carry it all the time on a pocket.
Panasonic Lumix CM1 Photo Sample
The sample photos from Panasonic official product page
are not enough to get an idea of this camera can produce but you can check on CNET review
some photos and I must say I liked what I saw but I'm not yet truly impressed.
CNET Panasonic Lumix CM1 Photo - Check CNET review for full resolution
You can also check the CNET hands-on video of this phone that, in my opinion, is one of the best videos on showing the camera interface.
The biggest downside of the Panasonic Lumix CM1 is clearly the price tag. With an announced $1000 price, this will not be certainly a phone for the masses.
In conclusion, there are new players launching phones for the mobile photographers market that has been growing in the last years and we have more and more options coming on 2015.