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Panasonic's CM1 Android-camera hybrid (pictures)

What do you get when you cross an Android smartphone with a compact camera? At least in France and Germany, Panasonic's CM1. Here's a look.

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The Panasonic CM1, unveiled at Photokina 2014, marries a 20-megapixel camera to a 28mm-equivalent lens and an Android phone.
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Panasonic CM1 Android camera phone

The Panasonic CM1, unveiled at Photokina 2014, marries a 20-megapixel camera to a 28mm-equivalent lens and an Android phone.

The Panasonic CM1 is slim for a phone. Here's how it looks with its lens withdrawn when the camera isn't in use.
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Panasonic CM1 top side

The Panasonic CM1 is slim for a phone. Here's how it looks with its lens withdrawn when the camera isn't in use. Handling image-processing duties is a Panasonic Venus Engine chip.

​The giant camera lens on the CM1 draws attention. It's a Leica-designed optic with a maximum aperture of f2.8 and minimum of f11.
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Panasonic CM1 Android camera phone

The giant camera lens on the CM1 draws attention. It's a Leica-designed optic with a maximum aperture of f2.8 and minimum of f11.

​When the lens is retracted, the Panasonic CM1 gets much slimmer.
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Panasonic CM1, lens retracted

When the lens is retracted, the Panasonic CM1 gets much slimmer.

​The CM1 camera-phone body grows thicker away from the lens. The interior houses a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm processor.
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Panasonic CM1 Android camera phone

The CM1 camera-phone body grows thicker away from the lens. The interior houses a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm processor.

​A dedicated camera switch on the top of the phone -- top as held in landscape orientation -- turns the CM1's camera on. The oval button is a shutter release.
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Panasonic CM1 dedicated camera buttons

A dedicated camera switch on the top of the phone -- top as held in landscape orientation -- turns the CM1's camera on. The oval button is a shutter release.

​The lens protrudes somewhat more when the camera is on. It's surrounded by a nicely machined adjustment ring. Below are the phone's power and volume buttons.
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Panasonic CM1 camera extended

The lens protrudes somewhat more when the camera is on. It's surrounded by a nicely machined adjustment ring. Below are the phone's power and volume buttons.

The phone can shoot a variety of video modes, including 4K. The touch screen is used for picking among such options. The 4.7-inch screen resolution is 1,920x1,080.
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Panasonic CM1 4K video

The phone can shoot a variety of video modes, including 4K. The touch screen is used for picking among such options. The 4.7-inch screen resolution is 1,920x1,080.

​The bottom of the Panasonic CM1 reveals a port cover and a tether attachment point.
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Panasonic CM1 underside

The bottom of the Panasonic CM1 reveals a port cover and a tether attachment point.

​The Panasonic CM1 has a 4.7-inch screen for composing photos, along with an accelerometer-powered electronic level indicator.
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Panasonic CM1 Android camera phone

The Panasonic CM1 has a 4.7-inch screen for composing photos, along with an accelerometer-powered electronic level indicator.

​The Panasonic CM1 is about the width and height of a premium smartphone, 135.4x68mm, but it's thicker at 15.2mm.
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Panasonic CM1 dimensions

The Panasonic CM1 is about the width and height of a premium smartphone, 135.4x68mm, but it's thicker at 15.2mm. At its thickest part, with the lens pulled in, it measures 21.1mm.

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