Easily one of the most exciting announcements at Photokina 2014, Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-CM1 is both a 20-million-pixel, 1in MOS sensor camera and a smartphone. Is it the best genuine hybrid smart camera to date? Jon Devo finds out

Product Overview

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1

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Pros:

  • - Large 1in sensor captures
  • good detail
  • - Shoots raw and has full manual controls
  • - Responsive touchscreen

Cons:

  • - No grip, making it unstable when only using one hand
  • - Could benefit from optical image stabilisation
  • - Some materials used not premium enough

Product:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 review

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Price as reviewed:

£799.00

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Smartphone Performance

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Review – Smartphone Performance

For those considering the CM1, there are a couple of fundamental questions it needs to answer. Does it replace my phone? Can it take pictures better than the best smartphones available?

As an Android device, it matches the performance and specs of many of the mid-range devices currently on the market. Running Android 4.4 with a custom Panasonic UI, the CM1 has a Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz Quad-core unit, keeping it in touch with the iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy Alpha, LG G3 and the Sony Xperia Z2 in terms of processing power.

The icons are large and avoid making the interface look overly cluttered. It also has minimal manufacturer bloatware, although Panasonic has developed some 4K camera applications that are currently exclusive to the CM1.

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I was impressed with the operational speed of this device and you get the feeling that Panasonic’s approach places much more emphasis on function over style compared to the slightly more sleek and modern UIs from Sony and LG.

I swapped my regular Android handset for the CM1 while writing this review, and was pleasantly surprised by the battery performance. It charges quickly and, after a full day of regular use that included checking my social media feeds, responding to messages and taking pictures, I would get home with around 20% of battery life remaining.

Switching between applications is smooth and the handset handled multimedia functions well. Overall, in my experience, as an Android device, the only significant difference between the CM1 and other mid to top-of-the-range Android devices is that this device has a large-sensor camera built in.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Build and Handling
  3. 3. Camera Interface
  4. 4. Smartphone Performance
  5. 5. Camera performance and image quality
  6. 6. Image Quality Lab Results
  7. 7. Verdict
  8. 8. Hands-on First Look
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  • Mick Berry

    How long does the built in battery last before it needs replacing and is that possible?

  • Thomas Latcham

    If a camera in space can see a person on the earth, it must simply be consumer appetite that dictates what we are shown with photography equipment. Imagery is not just about cameras. One day we’ll all be doing it differently!