Smartphone cameras offer a lot of convenience, though not much in the way of resolution. The Panasonic CM1 is the company's answer to that issue, offering high resolution from the 20 megapixel 1 inch sensor wrapped up in a smartphone. The company announced nation-wide U.S. availability earlier this week.
The Panasonic CM1 runs on the Android KitKat 4.4 system, which means it can run Anroid apps for photo editing and more. The 4.7" screen will come in handy for using all those options. The camera can connect with Wi-Fi, NFC or Bluetooth, or can be added to a data plan through a wireless company.
The CM1 looks like a smartphone that's been given the popular retro-camera leather-wrapped look. The width and height are similar to the iPhone 6, but it's not quite as slim with a .83 inch depth. Still, with a weight of .45 pounds, it's not going to be a whole lot extra to carry around.
While it's a smartphone, the CM1 packs in a few pretty solid photography elements too. There's a big one inch sensor for starters that will offer a lot of resolution as well as better low light performance then what you see from a smartphone. Burst speed is an excellent 10 fps. There's even focus peaking. Perhaps even more surprising, is the CM1 can shoot 4K video.
But, the CM1 is still a smartphone—there's no optical zoom or image stabilization. You'll find both on the similarly priced camera Sony RX100 IV, as well as a whole lot more speed.
Of course, all that imaging power with that connectivity will cost quite a bit—it's expected out mid-June 2015 for about a grand.