Panasonic introduces Lumix CM1 smartphone with a 1-inch image sensor, Leica lens

By Shawn Knight
Sep 15, 2014
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  1. Despite the fact that mobile photography has never been as big as it is today, smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom that put the quality of the camera above all other specs haven't really caught on with consumers.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    Good design, but cameras in the new phones are becoming just too good to pay this much for a stand-alone camera. For the kind of money one can buy one of the best phones completely off-contract:

    -LG G3 Cat6
    -Note 4
    -iPhone 6 Plus

    They all have very decent cameras, supporting 4K video recording, while LG G3 is probably the fastest for image stabilization.

    Who wants two devices anyway when you can easily get away with one...?
  3. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,216   +1,240

    I didn't think this was a standalone-camera, article reads like it's a smartphone.
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  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    My mistake. It really looks like one :)
  5. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Looked interesting until I found out it does not have optical zoom lens. It is also a bit on the expensive side.
  6. KupKaa

    KupKaa TS Rookie

    Fabulous retro design. I'm sure there is a niche market for this and that the product somehow fits into Panasonic's overall strategy - maybe differentiating itself through design. Maybe if it is competitive in price with the iPhone 6, even a poor bloke like me might consider getting one, just for the coolness factor :)
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    Yeah, I'd love to have this but not for $1000.
  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 910   +385

    Sorry, but for that amount of money, I'd rather carry my dSLR & my smartphone.
    Yes, Leica had great glass, but, for that amount of money, my APS-C sensor is still going to do a better
    job than this. Cost is still too high for something like that, just to get the "red dot" next to the Leica name.
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  10. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106   +97

    I don't know of any smartphones that do have an optical zoom lens... Then again, I don't know of any phones that have a 1" image sensor either. If the mouth breathing fanboys will pay $1000 for an iphone 6 without any real innovations, I don't see why this wouldn't find a market either.
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  11. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,606   +287

    Error in the article:
    "works out to the equivalent of a 28mm zoom lens"
    If it works out at 28mm, that's a fixed focal length prime/wide angle, but not a "zoom".
  12. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    The article does mention the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom which has a 10 x optical zoom lens. However there are compact cameras available with 30 x zoom lens which cost considerably less.
    Wendig0 likes this.
  13. JohnnyStone

    JohnnyStone TS Enthusiast Posts: 40

    Those phones' cameras can in no way be compared with this thing. Did you know that this is a phone as well? Why would you want to carry another phone with you?
  14. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106   +97

    Ah, I missed the mention of the Samsung, thanks. Still, the Samsung sensor is only 1/2.3" (or about .4"), which captures a lot less light than a 1" sensor. I personally carry my own camera with me everywhere I go in addition to my Moto X, but it would be nice to be able to leave that heavy lunk at home occasionally, and have a cell phone cam that brings in tons of light.

    I can't afford one, but it's good to see that tech in a phone.

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