Over the years, we've seen many companies release Android-based cameras or camera-like phones. Panasonic's Lumix CM1 was part of the latter category and the newly announced CM10 is its twin, except it doesn't place calls. That's almost all the difference there is between these two models.
The Lumix CM10's claim to fame is its 28mm F/2.8 Leica DC lens with 1-inch CMOS image sensor and manual focus ring that can take photos at a resolution of 20MP and videos at up to 4K. The rest of the CM10's specs are quite underwhelming, but they're not necessarily what you look at when buying this camera. There's a Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage with a MicroSD slot, and a 2600mAh battery. You view your photos on the 4.7" 1080p display and you can connect the camera via Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and even 3G and LTE (data and SMS only, no voice calls). The entire show is run on Android 5.0, which I guess is a step above the CM1's KitKat software.
All of that imaging hardware affects portability and the CM10 weighs 203g while being 15.2mm thick at the camera section. The real downers though are its price and availability. It's expected to go on sale on February 25th in Japan with no international release date disclosed. The price from the looks of it will be 100,000 yen ($850). Ouch.
- Panasonic (Japanese)