The Panasonic DMC-CM1 is the world’s first smartphone which puts the amateur photographer at the forefront of its design.
What does it feature?
While it has all the usual features you would expect from a smartphone, Panasonic have been keen to clarify it is a camera first and foremost. It certainly does have the feel of using a traditional digital camera, particularly with a manual ring around the Leica lens.
That allows you to have greater control on the pictures you take rather than having to rely on constant automatic settings. Of course, you can switch it to automatic to capture any of those spur of the moment, blink and you miss it situations. But the fact you can have manual control over the lens will be a huge attraction for all budding photographers.
What quality do the pictures have?
Certainly the DMC-CM1 provides stunning picture quality compared to many other camera phones. That is due to it having a 20 megapixel high sensitivity sensor. That is seven times larger than the even some of the best state of the art smartphones so the quality is as good as some of the best digital cameras. It is also capable of capturing 4K video which puts it alongside some of the company’s other flagship cameras, such as the DMC-FZ1000.
It has caused great excitement in the smartphone market when it was unveiled to the industry yet there were fears it would not be easily available.
Where can you buy it?
Certainly Panasonic had originally planned on launching only in France and Germany but have also included the UK on a limited basis. And only a selected number of shops will be stocking it. So that has heightened the anticipation, particularly with people who must have the latest gadgets.
With a protruding lens, at first glance it may not look the thinnest of smartphones. But it is hardly like carrying a brick either as it is only 15.2mm thick.
The wonderful thing about the CM1 is that would easily compete alongside some of Panasonic’s more tradition cameras. Yet at the same time it holds its own in the market with other smartphones.
What are the technical aspects?
The technical specifications of the smartphone are that it has a 4.70-inch 1080×1920 display powered by 2.3GHz processor alongside 2GB RAM. So basically it is a stunning camera that can also make phone calls and give you internet access.
Panasonic have also added a microSD card slot with support for up to 128GB cards so you should not have to worry about a lack of storage of your pictures.
How much will it cost?
Now it will not be cheap. As any product which carries a Leica lens, it puts the price up dramatically. So you should not expect to get much change out of £800.
Is it worth it?
Panasonic are obviously trying to give the public a product for those who want the best of both worlds when it comes to cameras and smartphones. It will ultimately up to the customers if they want a high quality hybrid and are prepared to pay for a device.
But for customers who want a high quality camera with a state of the art smartphone, the Panasonic DMC-CM1 is certainly up there on its own.