News by Luke Jones on Tuesday September 16, 2014.
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If you take a look at the main image above, you would be forgiven for thinking that this mobile centric website had suddenly become CameraBurn. However, this device is actually a smartphone that is simply masquerading as a camera; so, the ultimate camera phone then. Or that is certainly the intention with the new Panasonic Lumix CM1, an Android powered smartphone that is the Japanese company's first in over two years.We'll get to all the smartphone stuff in a minute, but obviously the main focus of this device is its camera, and it is certainly a handset that will appeal to the photographers out there. It has a 1-inch sensor that is similar to Sony's RX100 and Nikon's 1 Series dedicated snappers and is much bigger than anything found on any other smartphone. It sports a 20 megapixel lens with an f/2.8 Leica lens, a mechanical shutter, and a manual control ring. Even though the lens extends from the device, there is no actual zoom function lens on board. While this is a smartphone, there is no mistake that this is a camera first and foremost, so we doubt many people will view this as a true smartphone experience. For a start it weighs 204g and is a whopping 21mm thick, so this is a camera more than it is a smartphone. Panasonic is even marketing as such, saying that it prefers customers to see it as a very good camera that just happens to have communication features on board. As for the smartphone specs, they include a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor paired with 2GB of RAM, Android 4.4, 16GB of on-board storage, a microSD slot, 4K video shooting, and a 4.7-inch 1080p Full HD screen. The company has also put a number of camera specific apps on board to take full advantage of that massive lens. This is as niche as it gets, and the cost will reflect that as Panasonic has placed a 900 Euro (around $1150) price on the handset. The Lumix CM1 will launch in France and Germany in November and if it is successful it will get a wider roll out to other markets in the future.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.