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Panasonic announces Android smartphone, complete with a 1 inch camera sensor

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Now this looks like a proper camera/smartphone hybrid.

Panasonic returns to the world of smartphones by announcing the Lumix Smart Camera DMC-CM1 at the Photokina 2014. Calling it a “connected camera,” this beautiful device is actually a powerful phone with a proper camera lens.

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The Lumix Smart Camera runs on Android, and has very decent specs. It has a 4.7 inch full HD display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM. It’s nothing to scoff at but the most interesting feature of this phone is the 1-inch sensor. The sensor comes with a 20MP resolution and an f/2.8 Leica lens.

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This is quite the news because of the potential performance of the camera. Most point and shoot cameras don’t even come with 1 inch sensors, so Panny coming up with phone that has one is quite special. I can almost see camera enthusiasts rushing to get this, if you can get over the price — which is the combined price of a good smartphone and a good point and shoot camera.

The Panasonic Lumix Smart Camera DMC-CM1 is scheduled to be out in France and Germany by November. It will retail for a EUR 899 (around $1,163 or over Php51,000). So far, Panasonic has not announce any plans on making this available in other markets.

Panasonic Lumix Smart Camera DMC-CM1 specs:

  • 4.7 inch full HD display
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB of storage (+microSD of up to 128GB)
  • LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • 2,600mAh battery
  • 20MP camera, with 1 inch sensor
  • f/2.8 28mm Leica DC Elmarit fixed lens
  • EUR 899 (around $1,163 or over Php51,000)

Source Engadget

Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys blogging and watching NBA clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

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