The Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 16GB camera-smartphone is coming to the US

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 16GB camera-smartphone (or as they call it connected camera) is coming to the US in black and silver finish (unlocked version) and is now available for pre-order at B&H and Adorama. Here are the technical specs:

  • 1" 20.1MP sensor
  • 28mm f/2.8 Leica DC Elmarit lens
  • 15 frames per second 4K video
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC and cellular connectivity
  • Android platform camera
  • 4.7" HD touch-screen interface (1920 x 1080 TFT LCD display)
  • GSM / 4G LTE Capable
  • RAW Image Capture & 4K Video Recording
  • Control ring for full manual operation
  • 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 chipset
  • 16GB storage capacity + 2GB of RAM
  • Android KitKat 4.4

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Additional Panasonic CM1 information:

Leica DC Elmarit 1:2,8 lens

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The CM1 features a unique 28mm lens designed by Leica, one of the world’s premier optics manufacturers. Unlike smartphone camera lenses, the Leica DC Elmarit Lens automatically compensates for and corrects common image distortions such as vignettes, flaring, ghosting and chromatic inconsistencies while increasing resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness.

Full Manual Control

The CM1 is designed to help you explore and unlock your creative potential. The lens-mounted manual control ring gives you quick access to key functions such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Further fine tune your images with the 3D level gauge, histogram, auto focus, manual focus assist and focus peaking.

Large, 1-inch Camera Sensor

The 1-inch 20-megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor is larger than what’s found on a smartphone, and rivals that of professional-grade compact cameras. The larger sensor delivers outstanding low-light performance with minimum noise levels—even at high ISO—giving you crisp, dynamic images rich in intricate detail and accurately-rendered soft focus.
RAW format: just like a negative

The CM1 captures pictures in both JPEG and RAW formats. RAW takes image data directly from the camera sensor, offering you a greater flexibility in terms of editing and post-production.

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4K Pre-Burst

With 4K Pre-Burst, the CM1 captures 1.5 seconds of 4K footage with a single press of the shutter button, taking a total of 45 images. Scroll through them and select the one that best captures the moment.

4K PhotoCapture

Never miss a shot with 4K PhotoCapture. Shoot action scenes using 4K video and then choose the photo that best captures the scene. The CM1 lets you review footage, frame by frame, and then extract it as an 11.7” x 16.5” inch photo. Pictures are crisp, with minimal blur—even in low light conditions.

4K video

The CM1 not only records in 1080p Full HD video, but stunning 4K as well, for an even more intense viewing experience. The 3840 x 2160 (8.3 pixel) native resolution is four times greater than Full HD, delivering unprecedented image clarity with dazzling detail.

Venus Engine

The Venus Engine features advanced image processing to achieve picture quality far beyond the standard found in most smartphones. Combined with a finely-tuned, high-performance sensor, the Venus Engine uses a combination of noise reduction systems such as Multi Process NR, Random Filter and Aperture Filter to capture color and detail in a natural yet precise manner.

Android 4.4 KitKat*

Access your favorite Android™ apps via Google Play™. With Internet access, you can store your photos online or share them on your favorite social media anytime and from anywhere.

* Android 5.0 will be available in May 2015.

Share Your Images

Now you can quickly and easily upload your images to social networks or back them up to the cloud. With the "swipe and share" function, you can directly upload your pictures by simply dragging them over icons on your screen.

Photo Search App

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The Photo Search app uses Google Maps and Panoramio data to alert you to nearby photo-op points of interest.

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  • MonkeySpanner

    No thanks. My coolpix A is better. And probably smaller.

    • Spy Black

      It may have better IQ, but smaller it ain’t. I wouldn’t write this off, you’re looking at the future of cameras.

      • MonkeySpanner

        Well, yes. I was really into the idea of this phone until I found out it was $1000.

        • Spy Black

          It’s the first of it’s kind. Prices will shake down over time.

          • MonkeySpanner

            I hope so. I would like a 1″ sensored cell phone – but I don’t want to pay $1000 for it. I wonder if the AF is good.

          • Spy Black

            We won’t know how it performs until it gets into the public. Chances are if you get it on contract it’s not going to cost much, if at all.

          • MonkeySpanner

            Most carriers are going away from giving away the phones with a contract.

  • Spy Black

    They’re gonna have to update the phone side of it I think.

  • fjfjjj

    “Enhance the joy of shooting with the control ring.” Raise your hand if selecting from list of options using a stepless swivel brings you joy.

    • Spy Black

      What if one of the options is happiness?…

  • Mr_Miyagi

    The CM1 is precisely what I’ve been waiting for, a full feature compact pocket camera with basic phone capability rather than a multi-feature smartphone with basic photo capability. I have an ancient flip phone and a $30 per year prepaid calling plan. I can finally replace my phone while gaining a light-weight camera that has only a moderately bigger size form factor.

  • Oompsy

    The only real thing that bothers me with this phone/camera is the lack of a lens cap, or a protective closing shutter of any kind. With high IQ, comes a high need for cleanliness.

  • Jaroslav Houdek

    Funny how they intentionally avoid comparison with Lumia phones in their table. They are not as easy to beat as iPhone.

  • Frank

    If other brands do the same, and you know they will, I can see Apple’s stock getting hit, and hit hard.

  • Michael Rasmussen

    No SD card slot? Please say I’m missing the mention of the essential.

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