A few months prior, the Lumia line was the best option if you wanted a phone that takes decent pictures to replace a compact camera. At Photokina today, Panasonic unveiled a competitor to the Lumia line with the Lumix DMC-CM1. And the best part? It runs Android.
Panasonic recently left the smartphone business after the failure of it’s Eluga line a couple of years back and it’s return to the market brings something that might turn a few photographer’s interests. The DMC-CM1 sports a 1-inch sensor that rivals the sensor of the RX100 compact camera line from Sony (if Dpreview’s speculation is to be believed, it’s probably is the same sensor).
Sensor-size aside, the camera unit also boasts a f/2.8 Leica lens, a mechanical shutter, and a manual control ring.
The phone part of the CM1 is spec’d as follows:
- 20MP 1-inch CMOS sensor
- F2.8 aperture
- 28mm equivalent focal length
- ISO 100-25,600
- Raw capture
- 1.1MP front camera
- 4.7-inch 1080p display
- Android 4.4
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S801 quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB built-in memory
- microSD cards up to 128GB
- 2600mAh batttery
Panasonic says that the CM1 will go on sale in France and Germany this November for 900 euros. No word on an international release as of yet.