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The heart of the camera is its 1-inch image sensor. That's physically much bigger than the sensors you'll find in other smartphones.

The larger the sensor, the more light it can capture, resulting in better overall photos. I was certainly extremely impressed with the CM1's photo skills.

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As a full Android phone, you can use this camera exactly as you would any other smartphone. Snap away, edit your shots, then share them directly from the CM1.

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The downside of having all that camera tech shoved inside your phone is that it's pretty chunky.

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It runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which isn't quite the most up to date version -- that honour goes to version 5.0 Lollipop.

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A physical wheel positioned around the lens allows you to quickly change settings on the camera.

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Dedicated camera controls are found on the top edge.

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The body is made from a combination of brushed metal and leather-effect rubber. That results in it both looking and feeling extremely luxurious.

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It runs near stock Android so the interface will offer few surprises to those familiar with other phones running Google's software.

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The camera settings are simple to change.

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Its main functions can be found on this scrolling wheel. You can flick around it with your finger or use the physical wheel on the back of the phone.

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The Leica lens has an aperture range from f/2.8 to f/11. The CM1 offers full manual control of aperture, as well as shutter speed, ISO and white balance.

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There are intelligent auto modes too that select the best settings according to the scene.

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The lens unit gives the phone a bit of a bulge, but I didn't struggle to get it into my jeans.

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The camera shoots raw images as well as JPEGs, although annoyingly, very few Android apps can use raw files, so you'll need to process them on your computer first.

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