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Panasonic have just announced that their newest and most interesting camera, the LUMIX CM1, which is in fact a fully functional Android-powered smartphone, will be available in both the UK and Ireland starting next month. The device, which currently runs Android 4.4 KitKat but will be upgraded to Lollipop in May, is the world’s only smartphone with a 1inch sensor camera, allowing you to capture amazing photographs and videos in 4K.

We can’t wait to get our hands on one to put if through its paces and will have our review live very soon when we do. You can find the full official press release below along with the device’s specs:

Panasonic has announced that following a successful initial launch phase of the LUMIX DMC-CM1, the world’s only 1-inch sensor camera with an Android operating system & smartphone functionality, it will now be widely available nationwide from Mid-April 2015.

The award winning LUMIX CM1 will be exclusively available with very limited quantities for sale at The Photography 2015 21st-24th March from London Camera Exchange and Cameraworld.

Furthermore the LUMIX DMC-CM1’s current Android 4.4 KitKat operating system will be upgradeable to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system in May, giving users access to many new features including notification control, battery management and extra security.

The LUMIX DMC-CM1 is unique in that despite its stylish slim profile allowing it to fit neatly into a pocket; a 1-inch high sensitivity MOS sensor and LEICA DC lens are able to produce high quality images that even rival those of a bulky DSLR.

The 1-inch 20 Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor is usually only available in high spec compact cameras but because of the size, it offers outstanding low light performance with minimum noise levels – even at high ISO. The LUMIX DMC-CM1 produces crisp, highly dynamic images full of intricate details and accurately rendered soft focus.

Creative freedom at the twist of a ring

The ring on the lens barrel allows control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO and the selection of a Creative Control filter lets users enjoy camera operation similar to that of an interchangeable lens camera.  Precision focusing is available with MF assist or Focus Peaking function while viewing the live image and a 4.7-inch large 6220k-dot ultra-high resolution rear monitor offers stunning high visibility during both recording and playing back images. To further enhance creative freedom, the LUMIX DMC-CM1 features RAW image recording.

4K all the way

In addition to 1920×1080 full HD video recording (30p), the LUMIX DMC-CM1 is capable of 3840 x 2160 4K video recording (15p), which is 4x higher resolution than conventional full HD. To take advantage of this 4K video recording capability, two special applications “4K Pre-Burst” and “4K Photo” can be found installed on the LUMIX DMC-CM1.

“4K Pre-Burst” lets users capture a fleeting photo opportunity such as fast-moving children or pets clearly by automatically recording approx. 45 frames right before/after the shutter release. Users can then choose the best picture to save.

The “4K PhotoCapture” allows cropping a still picture out of the recorded 4K video which has the same high resolution as an 8-megapixel still taken in the traditional way.

Instant sharing made quicker with LTE technology

Panasonic has pioneered integrating Wi-Fi into its cameras to meet the needs of users who are eager to share their photos and videos with friends and family, anytime, anywhere and the camera’s high speed LTE (Long Term Evolution) capability makes this faster than ever before.

LUMIX DMC-CM1 Specs

DMC-CM1EG, EF,EB
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHTDimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 135.4 x 68.0 x 21.1 (Body 15.2) mm (5.33 x 2.68 x 0.83 (0.60) inch)
WeightApprox. 203 g without SIM Card and microSD Memory Card (0.45 lb)
Approx. 204 g with SIM Card and microSD Memory Card (0.45 lb)
OUT CAMERA IMAGE SENSORCamera Effective Pixels20.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter1-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / Total Pixel Number 20.9 Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
LENSApertureF2.8 – 11 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm
Optical Zoom1x (Fixed focal length)
Focal Lengthf = 10.2mm
(31mm in 35mm equiv. in 4:3)
(28mm in 35mm equiv. in 3:2)
(30mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9)
(36mm in 35mm equiv. in 1:1)
(43mm in 35mm equiv. in 4K video recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)Picture Quality M: Max. 1.32x (4:3 / 3:2 / 1:1), Max. 1.41x (16:9)
Picture Quality S: Max. 2.0x
Picture Quality XS: Max. 2.83x (3:2 / 16:9), Max. 4x (4:3 / 1:1)
Intelligent Zoom2x
LensLEICA DC ELMARIT
6 elements in 5 groups (3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical Surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer
Digital ZoomMax. 2x (When Digital Zoom is used simultaneously with Extra Optical Zoom or Intelligent Zoom, the total zoom ratio is max. 4x.)
FOCUSFocusing Area10 cm – infinity
AF Assist LampYes (On / Off)
FocusAF / MF
AF MeteringFace Detection / Tracking / 23-area / 1-area
SHUTTERShutter TypeMechanical Shutter / Auto (Mechanical Shutter + Electronic Shutter)
Shutter SpeedStill Image:
Mechanical Shutter : Approx. 60 – 1/2,000 sec
Auto : Approx. 60 – 1/16,000 secMotion Picture:
Approx. 1/30 – 1/16,000 sec
Self Timer2 sec / 10 sec
RECORDING SYSTEMFile FormatStill Image: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3) (*1) / RAW (*2)
Motion Picture: MP4
Image QualityRAW / RAW+Fine / Fine / Standard
Recording MediamicroSD Memory Card, microSDHC Memory Card, microSDXC Memory Card
Color SpacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Still Picture Recording4:34864×3648 (18M) (L) / 3456×2592 (9M) (M) / 2432×1824 (4.5M) (S) / 640×480 (0.3M) (XS)
3:25472×3648 (20M) (L) / 3888×2592 (10M) (M) / 2736×1824 (5M) (S) / 1920×1280 (2.5M) (XS)
16:95472×3080 (17M) (L) / 3840×2160 (8M) (M) / 2560×1440 (3.5M) (S) / 1920×1080 (2M) (XS)
1:13648×3648 (13M) (L) / 2592×2592 (7M) (M) / 1824×1824 (3.5M) (S) / 640×640 (0.4M) (XS)
Recording ModeIntelligent Auto, Intelligent Auto Plus, P, A, S, M, C1 (Custom), C2 (Custom), Scene Guide, Creative Control, Panorama Shot
Photo StyleStandard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait
Picture AdjustmentContrast, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Saturation*, Color Tone**,
* Except for Monochrome mode.  ** For Monochrome mode only
Filter (Creative Control) (Still Image)Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art,
High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Fantasy, Star Filter,
One Point Color (18 filters)
Scene Guide (Still Image)Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child’s Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Handheld Night Shot / Clear Night Portrait / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome (22 modes)
Continuous Shooting Mode (Approx.)SH50 frames/sec (max. 5M, max. 23 images in JPEG) (*3)
H10 frames/sec (max. 5 images in JPEG, max. 3 images in RAW+JPEG)
M5 frames/sec (with Live View, max. 6 images in JPEG, max. 3 images in RAW+JPEG)
L2 frames/sec (with Live View, max. 9 images in JPEG, max. 3 images in RAW+JPEG)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Motion Picture Recording (*4)4K Video3840 x 2160 pixels, 15p (4K: 50Mbps / MP4) (Sensor output is 30fps) (AAC)
HD Video1920 x 1080 pixels, 30p (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor output is 30fps) (AAC)
1280 x 720 pixels, 30p (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor output is 30fps) (AAC)
STD
Video
640 x 480, 30p (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4) (Sensor output is 30fps) (AAC)
640 x 640, 30p (1:1: 4Mbps / MP4) (Sensor output is 30fps) (AAC)
EXPOSURE CONTROLExposureProgram AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation1/3 EV step, +/-3 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing3 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV step, Max. +/-1 EV
Light MeteringIntelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO SensitivityAuto / i.ISO / 100 (Extended ISO) /125 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 (Extended ISO)
(Changeable to 1/3 EV step) (Motion picture recording: Auto)
WHITE BALANCEWhite BalanceAuto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set / Color Temperature
(White Balance Adjustment)
FLASHFlash (Included)Auto, Forced On, Always On, Forced Off
0.6 – 5.3m (ISO Auto)
OTHERSDigital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)Yes (On / Off)
Level GaugeYes
IN CAMERAIMAGE SENSORCamera Effective Pixels1.07 Megapixels
Picture Size0.92 Megapixels
File FormatStill Image: JPEG (Exif2.2)
Motion Picture: MP4
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OSAndroid™ 4.4(KitKat)
CPUQualcomm® SnapdragonTM 801 (MSM8974AB)
Storage & MemoryStorage 16GB (*5), Memory 2GB
(Up to 128GB additional with optional microSDXC Card (*6))
SIM SizemicroSIM Class B / Class C
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Pressure, Luminance
WIRELESS 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseband Supported Band4G: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20
3G: I, IV, V, VIII
2G: GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900
NFCYes
Wi-FiYes
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
2.4GHz (1-13ch)
5.2/5.3GHz (W52: 36, 40, 44, 48ch, W53: 52, 56, 60, 64ch)
5.6GHz (100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140ch)
BluetoothYes
(Bluetooth® v4.0)
GPSYes
(GPS, GLONASS)
DISPLAY 

 

 

TypeTFT LCD Monitor with Static Touch Control, 16.8M Colors
Size4.7″, 16:9 aspect
1920 (W) x 1080 (H) RGB, 6,220k dots
Multi touchYes
INTEFACE Microphone / SpeakerStereo / Mono
microUSB  USB 2.0 ( High Speed )
Headphone Output φ3.5mm (3-pin / 4-pin)
LANGUAGEOSD LanguageJapanese, English (US/UK), German, French, Spanish, Swedish ,Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Indonesian
POWER BatteryLi-ion Battery Pack (3.8V, 2600mAh, 9.9Wh) (Built-in)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 – 240V AC)
Battery Life (Approx.)Still Image: 300 pictures (CIPA Standard) (*7)
Motion Picture (*4):
Continuous Recordable Time: 100 min (4K), 130 min (FHD)
Actual Recordable Time: 70 min (4K), 90 min (FHD)
Standby: 630 hours (3G), 560 hours (GSM)
Talk: 12 hours (3G), 11 hours (GSM)
Battery Charging Time (Approx.)150 minutes (100% charge)
ACCESSORIESStandard AccessoriesAC Adaptor (Quick Charge 2.0), Stereo Headset (EF model only)
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