Panasonic Lumix CM1 test and review

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

completely anecdotal.

For users

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

sports …

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

smartphone functions.

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.

The other

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.


By design

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.

With some

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.