Panasonic Lumix CM1: hands-on (Video)

It was all the way back in September when we first heard about the Panasonic Lumix CM1, days when the launches of IFA were still fresh on our minds. Months later, we’re knee-deep in CES, but the CM1 is along for the ride with us, popping back up on the expo floor in Las Vegas. We went hands-on with the hardware this time, hoping to find out a little more about its impressive-looking imaging capabilities.

Is the Lumix CM1 a camera or a smartphone? Panasonic may call it a camera, but with a Snapdragon 801, 4.7-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM, and 16GB storage (with microSD expansion), the specs sure sing the song of a smartphone. This isn’t some WiFi-only model, either, with support for proper LTE cellular connectivity.

Despite what that big ol’ lens might have you thinking, there’s no optical zoom here. Instead, we get a 20.1-megapixel camera with a large 1-inch sensor (bigger than the Lumia 1020’s), aperture ranging from f/2.8 to f/11, and Panasonic’s Venus Engine for image processing. In video, it will handle 4K at 15fps or 1080p at 30fps.

Sure, it’s big, it’s pricy, and you might have your work cut out for you in trying to track one down, but just think of the high-quality pictures you’d be able to take! Watch below for the rest of our impressions.

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