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


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


Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 review


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Sensor:20.1-million-pixel 1in High Sensitivity MOS sensor
Output size:5462 x 3648 pixels
Focal length mag:2.7x
Lens:28mm equivalent, f/2.8
File format:RAW (RW2) + JPEG
Shutter type:Mechanical
Shutter speed:Still Image: Approx. 60 - 1/2,000 sec (Mechanical Shutter) Approx. 1 - 1/16,000 sec (Electronic Shutter) Motion Picture: Approx. 1/15 - 1/16,000 sec (in 4K video recording) Approx. 1/30 - 1/16,000 sec (Except for 4K video recording)
Exposure modes:PASM
Metering:Multi, centreweighted, spot, highlight-weighted
Movie Recording:4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) 15p, full HD (1920 x 1080) 30p
Display:4.7in, full HD (6.22-million-dot) touchscreen
Focusing:Contrast detection
Memory card:Micro SD up to 128GB
Dimensions:135.4 (W) x 68 (H) x 15.2mm (D) (21.1 mm depth including lens)
Weight:204g ( with battery and card)
  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!