The New Panasonic Lumix Smartphone To Feature A Mammoth 20MP 1-Inch Sensor And Leica Glass; 4K Capable

Sep 16, 2014

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The New Panasonic Lumix Smartphone To Feature A Mammoth 20MP 1-Inch Sensor And Leica Glass; 4K Capable

Sep 16, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

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As more people abandon their point and shoots for the ease of their smartphones, Panasonic is hoping to stay relevant by establishing a strong foothold in the smartphone industry and, by the looks of it, they may have knocked it out of the park with their forthcoming LUMIX DMC-CM1. Panasonic has dubbed the 20 megapixel device a smartcamera–a smartphone in which impeccable detail has been placed on the device’s camera function. And, indeed, the camera elements of the device certainly do not disappoint.

The sensor in the smartcamera is the same sensor used in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, a popular micro-four thirds camera. Weighing in at 1″, the 20MP sensor is seven times larger than the sensors in the average smartphone and will presumably have much better low-light performance. The CM1 is also capable of shooting in JPEG and RAW formats, a big plus for most photographers.  Take a look at this promo to get a peak at the device:

http://youtu.be/fJiJfGY_tLA

Pair the features from above with the Leica 28mm f/2.8 and ability to use manual settings with sleek design work and you have yourself quite the phone camera. (As far as the phone part of the equation goes, it’s a pretty standard Android setup.)

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Full Details Of The Lumix CM1 From Panasonic (Click To Enlarge)

Before you get too excited though, the device won’t be released globally. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, it’s currently only set to release in Germany and France during the coming holiday season.

[ via PetaPixel | Panasonic ]

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8 responses to “The New Panasonic Lumix Smartphone To Feature A Mammoth 20MP 1-Inch Sensor And Leica Glass; 4K Capable”

  1. Cesar Gonzalez Avatar
    Cesar Gonzalez

    Jose Castillo

  2. Sangster Photography Avatar
    Sangster Photography

    .: The New #Panasonic #Lumix Smartphone To Feature A Mammoth 20MP 1-Inch Sensor And #Leica … – http://t.co/Bd6NA3qc4J

  3. cpopin Avatar
    cpopin

    This is intense!

  4. Doc Pixel Avatar
    Doc Pixel

    Wow! If there’s really anything to take away from the recent Photokina announcements, it’s how woefully behind the DSLRs from Nikon and Canon are. You have to wonder how long the pros are going to take to realize that carrying around all of that heavy and expensive kit and glass, is just not worth it.

    Not to say “this” particular camera/phone is going to sway them, but look at what Fuji, Sony… and even Canon with their G7X is throwing into camera bodies a third of the size. When Canon announces a 7D Mark II that doesn’t even have Wifi, let alone 4K, you have to wonder why they’re holding back(?).

    Whether Nikon or Canon, I think they want you to buy 2 of their DSLRs, one for each type of shooting you might encounter or want to do. Fact is, I bet a lot of pros are thinking what I am: rather purchase a DSLR (or just keep the one you have), and get one of these “little guys” to venture into 4K, Wifi just-in-time uploads, and spontaneous street shooting. I’m even curious what one of these micro 4/3rds can do on a tripod in the studio at this point. The results might surprise us all…(?!)

    1. photosniper Avatar
      photosniper

      I just love it when I see paid trolls writing BS on websites.

      Who do you work for. Fujifilm?

      1. Doc Pixel Avatar
        Doc Pixel

        Why on earth would you think my above post is from a troll… let alone from Fuji? All I was pointing out was that the 2 big name manufacturers, Canon and Nikon, leave a lot to desire in there BIG DSLR offerings, with features split across many different models. While at the same time the smaller manufacturers are producing some a some amazing, competent and feature-complete smaller models.

        My rant is against the big boys, and I currently have a lot of money tied up in one of those horses, which I wont mention. Because neither of the horses is going to be relevant if they continue on this fractured-feature road they’re currently on.

        TL;DR – I’m not a troll; just a rant against Canikon; the little guys are looking more interesting; no alliance or preference for Fuji; you need to learn how to read.

  5. mike Avatar
    mike

    Well, this seems slightly more reasonable than the Sony DSC-QX100, at least.

  6. stq66 Avatar
    stq66

    Ahem, 1″ sensor and micro four thirds don’t go together. These are two different things.
    The FZ1000 is bridge camera without interchangeable lens.