Unpacking the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 has just entered the building. Picked it up in Germany this weekend - a moment I've been looking forward to for days now. Returning from Germany late in the evening, the first thing worth sharing at this moment are the shots I captured during unpacking the device, a few shots with the previous dedicated smartphone cameras and my very first impressions.

Strange as it may seem, this is likely to be the very first shot you see of the box you get when you buy the Lumix DMC-CM1. I'm not a great fan of adding a watermark, but I've seen shots of mine "borrowed" before, so I hope you don't mind I added one in all shots below.

Below it says I´ll be getting a free leather case it I register - a no brainer of course, but I do think it could have been inside the big box to begin with. 
Opening the box...


If you dig a bit deeper, under the small user manual, packed in plastic you'll find this at the bottom of the box. A charger. 

Input and output of the charger.

As you can see it's the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, enabling you to charge the device much faster - up to 60% in 30 minutes (according to Qualcomm, testing with a 3300mAh battery - the Lumix has 2600mAh). You'll find this kind of charger with devices like the Sony Xperia Z3, HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Nexus 6 as well.

But that's it as far as the accessories go: a charger. I knew that beforehand, but unpacking it still comes as somewhat of a surprise. Now I hardly understand you don't get a headset with the Lumia 930 or Lumia 830 and not even a data cable with the Lumia 735. But not getting a headset an not even a data cable with a €899 device is close to ridiculous. Personally, I have headsets and data cables, but what if you don't? How much of an investment would just a data cable have been? Come on Panasonic... Anyway - let's continu with unpacking the device itself.


Not easy to see, but there's a display protector - like you'll find on any Sony device, attached very tight so you don't want to remove it directly (you can always do so later on if the scratches become too annoying,, but it's an important extra protection when you're unlucky enough to drop it).

Next up a few shots you may have seen already on other sites.

Below you'll see a micro-SD inside - of course, it doesn't come with that either.

Interesting to know is that it supports a micro-SIM card - not the newest nano-SIM format we're getting used to from other brands (Apple, Nokia/Lumia, Sony, Motorola. etc.) 

The next close-ups are similar to the ones you've probably seen - simply irresistable to capture ;-)


Next, the Lumix DMC-CM1 compared with a few of the earlier dedicated smartphone cameras. The Nokia 808 PureView to begin with, of course.

I don't have to introduce the other dedicated smartphone camera to you in the next shots...


I remember people objecting the "thickness" of the Nokia Lumia 1020...

Just for fun - let's see what it looks like when I pile them up :-)

And in comes another predecessor in dedicated smartphone photography - the (blue version of) the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

And one more time, to compare the sizes

You can see it's thicker than the Galaxy K Zoom, but not that much. Now I'm quite sure the Galaxy K Zoom - although being a dedicated smartcam - won't be able to come close to the Lumix. The K Zoom's sensor is 1/2.3 inch, the one on the Lumix is more than twice as big to begin with. But let's not forget the K Zoom has a 10x optical zoom (and will cost you half of what you pay for this Panasonic). 

This is what you'll see when starting it up (after the Android logo):



From here, I'll have to start getting acquainted with the Panasonic's Venus Engine - and frankly, it's a bit intimidating. Its possibilities are simply beyond anything I've ever seen on a smartphone. And of course, that is because this device is a compact camera first and an Android smartphone second. Also, it underlines how "simple" and intuitive Nokia's software for both the 808 PureView and Lumia Camera has always been. Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to getting to know Panasonic's own user interface, but I'm sure it will take a while - I haven't been using compact cameras (let alone DSLR's) since the Nokia N95. So this suddenly feels a bit like having to learn a new language.

Very first impressions? Some say it's bulky and way too heavy. To me, it looks impressive and fantastic - and it's only 4 grams heavier than the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom for instance. I've been able to look at Panasonic's "Venus engine" for just a few minutes and saw how rich it is, how the camera instantly reacts when you change some settings. I simply can't imagine in which way I will be disappointed with this device, but: there's still quite a long way to go. I´ll be learning to work with it the next days, I´ll be comparing the results with the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020. It will keep me busy for the coming weeks if not longer. If you want to have a look at some detailed information already, here's the link to the English user manual!

The crazy thing is that I can only hope it will be available in your country soon. So in between, I´ll be testing other smartphone cameras as well - like the HTC Desire Eye I recently received for instance. Meanwhile, I'd appreciate your support. You've seen many other great smartcams in this post, but they're review units (in other words: not mine). I'm not complaining being able to compare them with the new Panasonic - but I did have to buy that one to be able to write all this. Do I enjoy writing about it? Of course! Can I afford it? Meh :-/ Your contribution would still be more than welcome, please hit the "Donate" button on the right side of this page if you appreciate what I'm doing here at the club. Thank you very much in advance!