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It's a phone; it's a DSLR. Well, this seems to be the common question people ask when the first see the Panasonic Lumix Smart Camera CM1. Panasonic released this amazing phone (if we can even say this as a phone) in December 2014. The interesting part was the fact that phone was not available for everyone and users had to fill out the form and explain as to why they wanted to have this phone. The smart camera phone offers a range of interesting camera features with the added luxury of it being a smartphone at the same time. So, without further ado, let's see how this smart camera cum phone works in real life.
Well, let's just say one thing upfront that the phone looks a lot like a DSLR and one might get confused at first seeing this phone for a DSLR. The phone comes with a leather finish that provides a comfortable grip to the phone. One thing we did observe was the phone’s weight; the phone weighs around 204 grams, which again is justified with the big camera that is provided in the phone. On the right edge of the phone is provided with the volume rocker, power button, easy camera access button and a camera click button. We were really impressed to the see the easy camera access button as it lets it users to click images by accessing the camera using just a click. On the bottom of the phone is provided with the slots for microSD and SIM card slot. Talking about the display, the phone features a 4.7-inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that provides a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The display looks sharp enough and gets decently bright. We observed that the colour reproduction was fairly accurate too. Overall, the display of the phone seems impressive.
The phone features with a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor that is backed by a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 chipset. The processor is powerful enough to play all kinds of applications and can breeze through multiple applications side by side easily. The Adreno 330 GPU ensures that games are played on the phone without any problem. Overall, the processor turns out to be great and can back the camera with enough juice to perform at highest level. The phone come with 16GB of internal storage while the internal storage could be expanded up to 256GB using the microSD card slot provided in the phone. The phone runs on Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to version 5.0 (Lollipop). The phone supports single SIM and supports 4G networks.
Talking about the most discussed feature of the phone, the cameras. The phone features with a massive 20.1 MP Primary Camera with Leica optics and 1 inch of sensor size. The fact that the camera uses a 1-inch sensor is insane, as it can easily absorb far more details compared to any normal phone’s camera. The primary camera is also backed by autofocus and LED flashlight. The camera offers a huge number of customization options and could be rather too much to absorb for average users. The camera does offer an Auto setting that lets it's user to capture pics with preset settings. A 1.1-MP front camera has also been provided in the phone. When we tested the rear camera, we found out that the picture quality was really fantastic. The fact that we can roll the front camera with our hands gave a really good feeling to capture photographs. The images captured in dim lighting conditions were impressive too. The front shooter is good for video calling purposes. A 3.5mm audio jack with active noise cancellation and a dedicated mic is also provided in the phone. When tested we found that the call quality was great and the network was available all the times.
The phone comes with a 2600mAh Li-Ion non user replaceable battery. The battery supports fast battery charging i.e. 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0). When we tested the smart camera cum phone, we found that it was not able to run for a day with moderate to heavy usage. The phone hosts a range of connectivity options, such as, WiFi Direct, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nac, dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth version 4.0, A-GPS, Glonass, NFC and microUSB 2.0. The sensors that come with the phone include: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass.
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