About a year after launching the Lumix CM1 smartphone with a high-quality camera lens, Panasonic is introducing a new model that looks virtually identical. But the new Panasonic Lumix CM10 has one key difference: it’s not a phone. It’s just an Android-powered point-and-shoot camera with a 28mm Leica DC lens, a 20 megapixel, 1 inch image sensor, an Android 5.0 software.
The Lumix CM10 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, a 4.7 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSDXC card reader, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2,600 mAh battery.
The camera does support 3G and 4G LTE networks, but Panasonic says it lacks voice calling capabilities, which means you can use it to connect to the internet or send text message. But the company isn’t positioning the CM10 as a smartphone.
As a camera, the Lumix CM10 offers automatic or manual controls, fine control over shutter speeds, support for 4K video recording, and other features that you might not get from most smartphone cameras.
Like last year’s smartphone camera, Panasonic’s new Android camera isn’t cheap. It’s expected to sell for nearly 100,000 yen in Japan, which is about $850 US… although no US release data has been announced for the CM10.
Or you could just save some money and buy last year’s Lumix CM1: It may have been priced at $1000 when it launched, but Amazon and B&H are currently selling it for as little as $580.