At the Consumer Electronics Show this year, Panasonic announced and demonstrate a new phone which is a cross between a smartphone and an excellent camera. The Lumix CM1 is an Android smartphone on the front side and a point-and-shoot digital camera on the rear.
Panasonic camera phone hybrid: the CM1
Panasonic seems to be marketing it mainly for use as a camera, but it’s also an Android smartphone on one side, which is completely taken up by the screen.
The phone/camera hybrid was actually announced some months ago, but it’s definitely more attractive and sexy looking than the Samsung Galaxy Camera. The new panasonic model was demonstrated at CES this year and has received some very positive comments so far.
The Lumix CM1 has a proper 1-inch optical sensor like you would find on proper camera. With an impressive 20 MP resolution, f/2.8 Leica lens, mechanical shutter, and Android 4.4 KitKat, it certainly lives up to being both a phone and a camera.
The phone itself includes a speedy 2.3 GHz Snapdragon CPU and has a decent-sized 4.7-inch 1080p display (i.e. full HD), besides 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot so you can expand the memory.
Of course, all these features mean that it’s not exactly super thin, at 21 mm thick, more than the Galaxy Camera 2, and it also weighs 204 grams which isn’t really that bad considering what it offers.
In terms of the front camera, it’s a measly 1.1 MP but the rear one is where it comes into its own. The main camera also has optical image stabilisation and an LED flash. But unfortunately there’s not optical zoom. It’s not really touted as a replacement to a fully-featured DSLR camera, but it’s great to have a decent camera that you carry around all the time.
We’re hoping that we’ll see more such hybrid smartphone / cameras in the future, as it’s a boon for keen photographers or just anyone that loves to take great pictures.
Let us know in the comments whether you’d fancy one of these cool devices…