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Panasonic takes on the Galaxy K Zoom with Lumix CM1

Because of the lackluster sales of its Eluga line of handsets, Panasonic had to take a step back from making Android smartphone. But it seems that the Japanese firm may have not totally given up on Android and decided to launch the Lumix DMC-CM1, a hybrid device that’s part flagship smartphone and part camera similar to the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom.

We haven’t had the opportunity to actually hold the camera in our hands, but from its looks down to its core components, the Lumix CM1 blows the Galaxy K Zoom (or any similar device for that matter) out of the water.

Panasonic Lumix CM1 Philippines

For starters, it’s equipped with a 1-inch high-sensitivity MOS sensor that’s comparable to that of enthusiast cameras like the Sony RX100 III.

To fully maximize its fairly large sensor, Panasonic paired it with a fast Leica DC Elmarit lens that has an aperture of f/2.8 at its widest and can go all the way up to f/11. Around the lens is a manual control ring which can be assigned to different camera functions for easy access.

Not only does the Lumix CM1 have a beastly camera specs, it also has a flagship-level internals to match it. Running the show for this hybrid Android device is 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage which can be expanded to 128GB if needed. Storage expansion will really come in handy since the Lumix CM1 is capable of shooting 4K videos right from the get go.

Other notable features of Panasonic’s new device include a 4.7-inch display with 1080p resolution, 2600mAh battery and a connectivity suite comprising of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 specs:
4.7-inch Full-HD display, 1920×1080 pixels, 468ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad-core processor
Adreno 330 578MHz Graphics
16GB internal storage
up to 128GB via microSD card
20MP Leica Elmarit DC f/2.8 rear camera
4K Video recording @15fps
Front facing camera (Resolution TBC)
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS w/ A-GPS support
2600mAh battery
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Weight: 204g

Of course with that kind of feature set, it will most certainly entail a premium price tag. The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 will initially be available in Germany and France starting on the November and will be retailed for €899.


This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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5 Responses

  1. Padre Damaso says:

    medyo mahirap ata icompare yung Leica Lens sa Lens ng Samsung. :D

  2. danille dimayuga says:

    a mechanical shutter and a manual control ring? i want this!

  3. anony says:

    nung nakita ko to napa wow ako..pero nakita ko din ung lx100…sa LX100 na lang ako

  4. steelicon says:

    f/2.8 LED flash… joker

  5. HansWeidnerr says:

    Yes, you cannot compair Samsung Lens to Leica Lens because, Leica lens is tested and proven made by german campany. Now this time I have the right to compare my latest Samsung Smart Camera NX100 20.3MP Wi-Fi to my old Panasonic DMC- TZ2 12MP Vario Elmar Lens and though it is bit old stuff but it kick off the Samsung NX1000 in terms of overall performance and kickass photo quality. But this Samsung NX1000 bought at SM City and my old Panasonic Lumix TZ2 DC Vario-Elmar Lens was bought in Germany. Samsung NX1000 SHIT me and I regret buying it for 25,990 pesos. It’s my stuff and I did my review both and I have the right to say my impression.

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