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Panasonic Packs a Whopping 1-Inch Sensor and Leica Lens In Its Lumix CM1 Smartphone

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Whoever said size doesn’t matter was lying, or so Panasonic seems to think. In a rather surprising announcement from Photokina, Panasonic unveiled the Lumix CM1: a 4.7-inch Android smartphone built around a 1-inch image sensor and 28mm equivalent f/2.8 Leica lens.

Dubbed a ‘connected camera,’ the Lumix CM1 is capable of capturing 20-megapixel stills and 4K video through its 28mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.8 Leica DC Elmarit lens using the dedicated shutter button and slider on the top of the device.

The camera’s main settings — including aperture, ISO and shutter speed — are controlled trough the manual lens ring.

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On the phone-side of the equation, the Lumix CM1 features fairly standard components for any current smartphone, including a 4.7” full-HD screen, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of internal RAM, 16GB of internal memory and a microSD slot that can support cards up to 128GB in size. The device operates on Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

A very exciting addition to the “camera that also makes calls” department, for now, availability of this device will be sadly limited to France and Germany, with the official launch set for the holiday season.

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