Panasonic Lumix CM1: Close up with the ultimate photo phone
Photographers, meet your new phone.
It's called the Panasonic Lumix [UNKNOWN] and if you couldn't tell from the design, this Android phone is all about its photo skills.
At its heart, it's a one inch image sensor which is significantly bigger than the sensors you'll find in any other camera phone.
It uses high quality Leica optics as well and the two of those together help it capture loads of detail and dynamic range, particularly in low light situations.
It naturally has all the same functions you'd expect from the fully fledged camera.
There are a range of [UNKNOWN] modes and intelligent auto modes but you can also take full manual control of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance.
If you want to make a pixel stand still and capture raw images.
Although very few Android Apps can work with Raw right now so you'll want to shoot in jpeg 2 if you want to edit and share directly from the phone.
Switching between the functions is fairly easy to do and changing settings can be simply done with on screen dials or using the physical wheel around the lens.
Even for photography newbies, it shouldn't be difficult to tweak the settings to get a bit creating with your shots.
The CM1 is pretty impressive of a phone as well.
It's 4.7 inch display has a full HD resolution.
It's got a very capable 3.3 gigahertz quad core processor, and it's wrapped in very attractive, not to mention well made metal and leather effect rubber.
The down side is that this phone is far from cheap, so casual photography enthusiasts among you, may want to stick with your existing phone and simply carry a better camera when you want to get some great shots.
If as I do though, you love the idea of always having a high quality camera with you at all times, but don't want to have to carry an extra device in your pocket all the time, the CM1 is certainly worth checking out.
I'm Andrew Hall with cnet, and this the Panasonic LUMIX CM1.
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