Gadget of the Week – Panasonic Lumix CM1

The Panasonic Lumix CM1 is by far the best camera phone money can buy when it comes to sheer image quality. As far as the specifications go, the Lumix CM1 is even better than the mighty Lumia 1020. The Panasonic Lumix CM1 improves upon almost every aspect of the Lumia 1020 and gets most of the things right, except for the thickness. But something or the other has to be traded off in order to achieve such an impeccable image quality.

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The Panasonic Lumix CM1 achieves this massive feat of bettering something like the Lumia 1020 that has set the bar so high by incorporating mechanics and sensors that are better than it. The Lumix CM1 is fitted with a humongous 1 inch CMOS sensor, which is at least 2 times bigger than the 1/ 1.5 inch sensor fitted on the Lumia 1020.

Panasonic Lumix CM1 Camera

At 20 MP, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 also packs in lesser pixels than the Lumia 1020, which means that the pixels on the Lumix CM1’s sensor is comparatively bigger than the ones on the Lumia 1020. The aperture on the Pansonic Lumix CM1 is a variable one ranging from f/2.8 to f/11, although the f/2.8 is a considerably smaller aperture compared to the ones in the current smartphones where f/2.0 to f/2.2 seems to be the trend. A variable aperture is a very handy feature for photography enthusiasts which gives them the ability to take long exposure shots without over exposing the image, it also provides them with the ability to adjust the depth of field. Although the aperture is significantly smaller, the larger sensor and in turn the larger pixel size enables the Panasonic LUMIX CM1 to gather enough light and provide good quality images with low noise even in ISO as high as ISO 800.

The Panasonic Lumix CM1’s sensor is on par with the sensor on the Sony RX100, which is a compact camera marvel, expect for the fact that the RX100 has a huge f/1.8 aperture. The lens on the Lumix CM1 is a Leica branded lens which is optically stabilised. In case you haven’t heard, the Leica branded lens are generally very expensive and are on par with the Carl Zeiss lenses. The rear camera can also record videos in 4k (UHD) at 15 fps in addition to the 1080p at 30fps modes.

On the specifications front, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 is level pegging with last year’s flagships such as the HTC One M8 and even the Nexus 6. The display is a 4.7 inch Full HD IPS unit pushing out 1920 x 1080 pixels at a pixel density of 469 ppi. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 which has four Krait cores clocked at 2.3 GHz coupled with an Adreno 330 GPU.  It has 2 GB of RAM along with 16 GB of internal memory which can be bumped up to 128 GB through the provided microSD slot. The front camera is a modest 1.2 MP shooter which is best left only for video conferencing purposes.         The battery is a non-removable Li-Ion 2,600 mAh unit and should hold enough charge to keep the device running for an entire day, provided the camera is not used extensively.

Out of the box, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 will be running Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Pansonic has also stated that it will be running the home brewed Venus Image Engine which will provide high-quality images even at higher ISO through the patented digital noise reduction algorithms. The asking price for the Panasonic Lumix CM1 is $999 which is actually a lot, compared to the other flagships out in the market. But niche devices like these always tend to cost a lot, also considering the fact that the Leica branding is always passed down for a premium.

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