Until now, the smartphone with the physically largest sensor was the
Nokia Microsoft Lumia 1020 at 1 by 1.5 inches. However, Panasonic has just presented its Lumix DMC-CM1, a compact camera-like smartphone with an impressive 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor.
But its sensor isn’t the only thing that makes it stand out. The LUMIX DMC-CM1 also has a manual focus system that’s directly adjustable through a ring on its f/2.8 lens with a focal distance of 28 mm. It’s also able to record 4K video, for which it has an additional processor, the Venus Engine, that helps its Snapdragon 801 processor, as well as 2 GB of RAM for photo and video storage.
Despite all these features, the absence of a xenon flash, much more powerful than the LED flash that Panasonic has opted for, seems unforgivable.
The smartphone part of this device uses Android 4.4 KitKat on a 4.7-inch touchscreen with FullHD resolution. It supports WiFi, NFC, and LTE. In exchange for all this the phone has a very pronounced thickness (21.1 mm at its thickest and 15.2 mm at its thinnest part), even thicker than the Galaxy K Zoom and double the thickest part of the Lumia 1020. Regardless, we’re talking about a device with a very large sensor and a lens with manual, mechanical focus, characteristics that inevitably will give the device more thickness.
As for its other features, the phone has 16 GB of memory, expandable to 128 through microSD cards, and a 2,600 mAh battery.