Panasonic is looking to take the camera phone world by storm with its new offering. The Panasonic DMC-CM1 is truly remarkable, since it comes with a massive 20 MP 1″ sensor. Just for reference, the 20.7 MP camera module inside the Sony Xperia Z3 is a 1/2.3″ sensor.
The 20 MP resolution camera has been paired with a f/2.8 Lecia lens. There’s a mechanical shutter, as well as a manual control ring. Although the lens protrudes out of the phone’s body, it isn’t serving the functionality of optical zoom. Rather, users can fine tune their focusing using the same.
You do realize that the camera sensor packed in the Panasonic DMC-CM1 is of the same class as the Nikon 1 Series, or the Sony RX100 for that matter. Despite this, the Panasonic managed to fit the device into a chassis that is just 21mm thick, and weighs 204g only. Pretty respectable for a camera phone that might very well be the best one in the world.
Under the hood, the DMC-CM1 packs a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal storage and a microSD card slot. On the front, you will find a 4.7-inch 1080p display. The last time that we saw such a panel was with the HTC One M7. There’s LTE connectivity support, and Android 4.4 KitKat runs the show.
The Panasonic DMC-CM1 comes with a 2,600 mAh battery. If you don’t want to click pictures, you could use the device as a normal Smartphone for the better part of the day. However, the primary reason that you would buy this 900 Euros device would be because you want a truly mobile camera that doesn’t compromise on the performance, while offering cellular connectivity and phone-like functionality (does more than just that) as well.