Panasonic Lumix CM1 smartphone camera: Leica optics, 1 inch sensor (20MP)

It's all over the web since this afternoon (I read it at The Verge first): at the Photokina in Frankfurt, Germany, Panasonic has announced an Android smartphone camera with a 1 inch 20MP sensor, the Lumix DMC-CM1.

It will be available in France and Germany this year, but it's no exactly sure when: some sources say November, others Christmas - with a pricetag of a whopping €899. What's so exciting about this new Android? For sure, it's the 1 inch sensor size (even bigger than the 808 PureView has), which is supposed to be comparable to Sony's RX100 (according to the Verge). Panasonic uses a Leica DC Elmarit 1:2.8 lens. We all know what Leica stands for, so it looks like a promising competitor for the Nokia collaboration with Carl Zeiss. vs09-15_1310s_2_verge_super_wide On a sidenote, its design does remind me of the old Sony Ericsson P1 a bit ( here). More technical data. Aperture ranges from F2.8-F11.

It has a mechanical shutter and manual control ring. For video it supports 4K with 15fps and 1920 x 1080 with 30fps. Its technical datasheet doesn't mention OIS however, and there is no Xenon flash either.

The Lumix DMC-CM1 camera runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. If offers 2GB of RAM (where I think 3GB would have been nicer considering its price). The display is 4.7-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) - which already tends to be rather small these days.

It offers 16GB of storage. I'd prefer 32GB of course, but it's expandable with a microSD card (up to 128GB). As far as I've understood it will only be released in Germany and France this year, so I guess that's why I only found this German Panasonic website with details, shots and even a few samples.

Below you'll find the promotional video you might have seen on many other websites as well. You'll find some great pictures over at the Verge website, I took the liberty of borrowing two of them for this post, I'll try to get in touch with Panasonic since I'm sure you know how much I'm looking forward to test this new smartphone camera! :-)