Updated 26/02/2015 – At Photokina 2014 held in Cologne from 20 to 25
September 2014, Panasonic has created the surprise by unveiling its Lumix CM1.
A product that the Japanese manufacturer then defined as a
camera “communicating”. The Panasonic Lumix CM1 is a compact camera that incorporates an expert
High-end Android smartphone. The Lumix CM1 is defined as well, and
not the reverse. This is not just another smartphone capabilities to photos
advanced. Friends photographers, say hello to your next phone!
Its metal case covered with faux leather coating contains a sensor 1 inch
20 megapixels. He takes photos in JPEG and RAW and offers
full manual settings. Panasonic does not present it as a
smartphone. And it is true, that in view of its benefits, it is more
a camera. Yet it is also an Android smartphone
4.4.4 4G compatible equipped with a screen 4.7-inch Full HD (1920 x 1
080 pixels) and a quadruple heart clocked at 2.3GHz processor. of the
characteristics and specificity that are paying a high price: 900
euros. At this rate, we might say that it is better to take a
Android smartphone and take a good camera when we want
take beautiful pictures. This is an option … but the multiplication of
appliances little annoying. If you like taking pictures according to your
cravings without having to carry an additional device, then the CM1
is made for you.
The picture side CM1
Lumix CM1 hits hard! In a very compact size (6.8 x 13.54 x
1.52 to 2.51 cm to 204 g), Panasonic manages to cram a MOS sensor 1
inch of a definition of 20.1 million pixels. This is neither more nor
less than that his team Lumix FZ1000 bridge expert.
For comparison, the surface thereof is 7 times greater than that of
sensors that equip smartphones. The iPhone 6 is equipped with a 1/3 “sensor and even the Nokia Lumia 1020
equipped with a sensor 1 / 1.5 inch. Sony RX100 relies on a sensor
of the same size. Over the sensor, the more it can
receive light. In theory, a large sensor is supposed
provide better image quality. In practice, it is often
Panasonic does not forget any element
its expertise in the world of photography. We thus find a
optical block Leica DC Elmarit 28mm with an aperture range of f / 2.8 –
11, an image processing processor Venus Engine, a shutter
mechanical … The objective of the CM1 is higher than those found on smartphones.
Lumix CM1 gives very good results with a large amount of
details and great depth of field aperture f / 2.8.
The exhibition is very well managed and reports with shades
precision. In low light, the CM1 manages to capture images
Net with a minimum of noise.
The video quality is just as
impressive, with minimal noise even in low light. The
Panasonic Lumix CM1 can shoot in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). The
advance a manufacturer Ultra HD mode (3840 x 2160 pixels) but
only 15 fps. Suffice to say that this is a function
smartphones, the camera interface can be complicated
learn, but a few hours of use are sufficient for it
make. Photo enthusiasts will quickly find their bearings. Apparatus
digital photo expert in itself, the fact the Lumix CM1
beautiful hand adjustments. The manual modes, aperture priority and
speed priority are proposed and the iA mode (mode
smart that supports all the settings) and modes
Scenes. All settings are displayed on the screen as a
Dial the fingertip is controlled.
Auto mode works well in most conditions.
The scene modes offer a variety of filters and effects for all
kinds of situations: black and white, night, sunset
You can switch to 100% manually. Changes
easily adjusted via the menu on the screen. We can also
use the ring which surrounds the lens. It’s certainly not as
faster than using the physical settings of a SLR camera
digital, but it is very easy.
profusion of settings is for seasoned photographers. We
finds the essence of the CM1 a camera primarily with
The CM1 is also swift.
The photo application launches quickly. We pass in a photo mode
little more than a second by pressing the button on the side of
housing. Shooting between each shot is fast jpeg, but
there is a greater time lapse in JPEG + RAW. There are several modes
Burst: high speed, silent … Fastest takes 8-10 pictures
per second (fps), which is very fast. But it must reduce
image quality for it to follow this cadence. In JPEG
Full definition, CM1 reaches 3-5 IPS until 7 photos
row before falling to 1.5 IPS. Autofocus proves responsive and
In raw mode
A RAW image is a raw image
as taken by the camera sensor before
correction. Unlike a JPEG, white balance
is not registered, which means that one can change after
stroke without affecting image quality. RAW images capture much
more details in very bright and very dark areas, which
offers more flexibility to change thereafter. RAW mode
requires a phase of “digital development”, but brings more
flexibility for editing images. We advise you to
However, there are some things to take into
account. The size of RAW files is important. There must be a
micro SD card to increase the 16GB of internal storage. The
main problem is to know that very few Android applications
manage RAW files. You can not post them on Facebook
Instagram or Twitter. editing applications like Snapseed or
Photoshop Express will not accept, at least not yet. But
since a growing number of Android devices offers
RAW files, this feature will likely be added a
day photo applications. Better load the photos into a PC and
use a dedicated software like Adobe Lightroom.
option is to take shots in RAW + JPEG. This will create two
files take up more space in memory, but you can then
use the JPEG file to share your pictures on the Internet and
retain the RAW to work quietly on your later
Android 5.0 Lollipop natively supports
RAW by using the Adobe DNG file format. But CM1
RW2 employs a proprietary format and it is therefore necessary applications
are compatible therewith.
alone, it is easy to say that the Lumix CM1 is a camera
a smartphone. Viewed from the back (the side which receives the optical and
which corresponds to the front face of a camera), the CM1 resembles an apparatus
compact camera. A great goal emerges from the housing surrounded by a ring
mobile. The physical buttons are on the top
while the SIM card slots, micro SD, micro USB port and
headphone jack are located on the sides.
housing is metal with a brushed finish. It is covered with a
rubber imitation leather coating which ensures good performance. The
contrast between black coating and brushed steel give
neat and luxurious finish. It is really very different from other
camera phones like the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom highly plastic, or Nokia Lumia 1020
all yellow. In fact, it is close to the camera models
retro look that bloom for a few years. The Panasonic Lumix
CM1 is extremely well finished, and exudes solidity.
dimensions 6.8 cm wide 13.6 cm long, the CM1 is very
compact, if we take into account that all technologies
embeds. But its 2.1 cm thick in the uppermost portion are
quite substantial. If you are used to the smartphone that slip
quickly and safely in your pocket, you will feel a
difference. The Lumix CM1 can slip into a (large) pocket, but
the prominent objective tends to hang borders. his 204
grammes do not forget easily either.
As a phone, it is a bit bulky to hold, but it is held
nevertheless easily with one hand. The CM1 is very comfortable to
use as a camera because buttons are well placed and
CM1 is equipped with a screen of a
diagonal of 4.7 inches (about 12 cm). Certainly a diagonal
5 inches or more offer more space to frame pictures
but this would make the device even more cumbersome than it is and
it really more fit inside a pocket. In our eyes, Panasonic
opted for the good compromise.
The screen displays a Full HD
of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Whether it’s high-definition pictures or
Web pages of text, it is very sharp and bright. This is easily
played glare lighting our desk lamps. The display
color is excellent. You can adjust the brightness
but also the intensity of color and contrast. Settings by
default are just fine, but you can refine the
according to your own tastes.
The Panasonic Lumix
CM1 is powered by a SoC (System on Chip) Qualcomm Snapdragon quad
heart 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM. It is a sacred power
worthy of what we can expect from a high end smartphone. The
Navigation and opening applications are fluid and without latency.
The device has a score of 21,423 in Quadrant benchmark, which the
up to par with other heavyweights such as Samsung Galaxy S5 (23 707) or the LG G3 (23.103).
manages extremely well photo editing tasks. Retouching
made with Adobe Photoshop Express and Snapseed are smooth. of the
intensive games like Asphalt 8 and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas turn
at high rates.
smartphone uses Android 4.4.4 KitKat that is not the last
Google OS version. But there is a version almost “pure
Android, which should facilitate the update. Panasonic has
yet announced anything about it.
The CM1 is
equipped with a battery of 2600 mAh, which is about right for a
smartphone. But according to the intensity of use of photo features
autonomy can vary greatly. If you use it as a
classic smartphone without taking pictures at every turn, you
easily stand a full day. In contrast, with a plug
regular snapshots (what is intended CM1), the battery is empty
very quickly. A really intensive use will require recharging
the battery during the day. Unfortunately the battery is not
removable. Unable to opt for the second battery solution.
yet common in the world of photography. Here we must consider
external battery if it does not run out of fuel.
Panasonic Lumix CM1 is very expensive. But if the photograph is
your passion, and so having a device acting very
good and very good smartphone camera at once is something
you expected, then the Lumix CM1 is really to be considered
a serious option. Its large photo sensor ensures
an unparalleled image quality in the world of smartphones, and
full manual settings ensure creative freedom.