Panasonic has innovated and how – a new camera/phone hybrid taking inspiration from the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom has been unveiled by the company, with a 1-inch sensor onboard. Dubbed the DMC-CM1, this stylish piece of hardware is being showcased at the Photokina 2014 exhibition right now and it is scheduled to hit France as well as Germany this November.
The Panasonic DMC-CM1 boasts of being the first ever smartphone to have been granted a 1-inch sensor. That’s a pretty high-end piece of technology which is seen in expensive point-and-shoot cameras these days. The most recent example that comes to mind is the Canon PowerShot G7 X which will cost $700 when it’s out next month.
While this sensor is 20MP in resolution, the phone also bears an advanced f/2.8 Leica lens. Covering the periphery of the optics is a manual control ring like the one on the Galaxy K Zoom from Samsung. The whole setup allows it to provide support for 4K video recording, although only at a 15fps speed. Full HD videos will be made possible at 30fps.
But let’s not forget that this device is a phone as well. Panasonic has fitted it with a 4.7-inch 1080p full HD display and a Snapdragon 801 chipset. It of course runs the Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
A deeper look at the specs of the Panasonic DMC-CM1:
– Display: 4.7-inch, 1080p full HD
– OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
– Processor: 2.3GHz quad core Snapdragon 801
– Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable up to 128GB)
– Camera: 1-inch 20MP rear
– Battery: 2600mAh
– Dimensions: 135.4mm x 68mm x 21mm
– Weight: 204gms
Panasonic is saying that the DMC-CM1 will come with a recommended retail price of €899. That’s a pretty high asking amount, but with features like these it’s certainly not targeted towards the masses.