The optical beast that was the Panasonic Lumix CM1 made its appearance at CES 2015. With a one-inch sensor and advanced camera controls and an option to call people, the Android KitKat device came in at $999. It also came in mid-June.
And so, in 2016, Panasonic’s trying this thing again with the Lumix CM10. It has a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801, LTE capabilities and a one-inch, 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with multistage aperture, 23-point autofocus and a lot more.
Thing is, these specs and pretty much every other spec of the CM10 are copied over from the CM1 (while the CM1 launched with Android KitKat, it has since been updated to Lollipop, the software version that the CM10 will launch with). There’s just no call function. And The Verge is reporting that it will be going for roughly $850 when sales commence in Japan on February 25.
The company says it will only be producing about 500 units a month, which is a good thing to know.
Just so you know, Adorama Camera has the Lumix CM1 (pictured above) on sale for $489.