Introduced at CES 2015 in January, the Panasonic Lumix DCM CM1 finally found it way the US shore. Combining a powerful camera with Android OS, the phone is definitely an interesting option for all photographers searching for a compact camera device that is capable of making and receiving phone calls. However, labeled with a price tag of whooping $1000, this contract free phone surely isn’t a proposition for folks with tight budget.
Panasonic Lumix CM1 Android Camera with Smartphone Features
Being more camera than a phone the Panasonic Lumix CM1 offers its potential users a Leica lens and a 1-inch imaging sensor with a f/2.8 that is capable to shoot photos of 20MP quality. Working almost in the speed of light, the snapper can take 15 frames within just one second and record ultra-sharp 4K videos.
Moving on to hardware side, they surely aren’t the phone’s strongest point. They’re not especially bad, but when we consider that the handset costs something round $1000, costing as much as the 128GB Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone that features the highest-end specs in the mobile market, the Panasonic’s deal does not sounds like a bargain at all. The harsh true is that the Lumix DCM CM1 is just another moderate camera-focused handset and it would be nice to see a camera-oriented handset additionally offering cutting edge tech specs.
Running the old Android 4.4 Kitkat the Lumix DCM CM1 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.3GHz paired with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB RAM. Storage space is delivered by 16GB of built-in storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD cards. In addition, the handset houses a compact as for current standards 4.7 full HD display and carries support for a nice package of connectivity options, including Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and the world’s fastest 4G LTE connectivity.
The Lumix DCM CM1 is already available in the US priced at $999.99. Sold unlocked the phone is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks. What do you think, is the Panasonic’s new camera-phone able to beat the Nokia Lumia 1020 or Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom? Or is the phone at least likely to repeat the big success of previous camera focused smartphones? At this point, in my opinion, the price seems to be the biggest obstacle that the Lumix DCM CM1 may face on its way to wider the great commercial success.
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