Panasonic is set to launch its Lumix DMC-CM1 compact camera with Android in the UK next month.

The Panasonic CM1 was one of the biggest surprises at the Photokina show in Germany in September – prompting observers to question, ‘is it a camera with a phone, or a phone with a camera?’

Panasonic says it’s ‘a camera with Android rather than a smartphone with a camera’.

A ‘limited number’ are now set to go on sale in the UK from 1 December, following demand from customers, according to Panasonic.

A Panasonic UK spokesperson claimed: ‘The CM1 has gained such interest due to its high-end compact credentials, including the same 1in sensor as used in the DMC-FZ1000 flagship bridge camera, and smart connective features on board an Android operating system.’

Expected to cost £799.99, the Panasonic CM1 was initially only expected to be available in France and Germany.

Panasonic Lumix CM1 product shot

Specification

Dimensions (Approx.): 135.4 [W] x 68.0 [H] x 21.1 (Body 15.2) [D] mm
Weight (Approx.): 204g with Battery, UIM Card and microSD Memory Card
Display: 4.7-inch Full HD LCD with Touch Screen (6,220k dots)
Sensor: 20.1 Megapixels 1-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
Lens: F2.8 / 28mm LEICA DC ELMARIT
Aperture: F2.8-F11
Mechanical Shutter: Yes
Manual Exposure: A/S/M Mode
4K
Video Recording: Yes (15p)
4K
Photo Application: 4K Pre-Burst / 4K
PhotoCapture
 Network: OS Android™ 4.4 (KitKat)
CPU: Qualcomm® MSM8974AB 2.3GHz Quad-core
Cellular: LTE / WCDMA / GSM
Memory: Internal 16GB
Card slot: microSDXC, up to 128GB
Battery: Li-ion Battery Pack (3.8V, 2600mAh, 9.9Wh