Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Test

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 wants to be a serious photo camera in retro style and a powerful Android phone in one and in the best light show in the test from both sides.

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At first glance, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 recalls times when holding the camera kit and caboodle on small films and technology for eternity was built. The classic cabinet design and the material mix of a high grip plastic cover in black leather and elegant aluminium – awaken nostalgic feelings, which are by no means superficial elements also in relation to the quality standards.

Housing and processing

With its top model dimensions of the smartest phones that cannot serve retro combo course: the housing is 16 mm strong, in the field of lens when retracted tube even 21 mm thick. For this, he seems to be transferred just over 200 gram heavy body the durability of mechanical cameras of yesteryear in the here and now.

All components blend together perfectly. Housing instability are not even begin to make out. The distinctive control ring, which framed the Leica fixed focal length optics and is used among other things in the manual setting of the image area and the exposure, inspires confidence with a fine audible screening.


The value is so quite as high as the target price of 899 euros can be expected. The complete back finished a fairly bright with 325 cd/m2, clear 4.7 inch TFT display with handsome full-HD resolution and respectable contrast. Despite noticeable reflections, the readability is okay, unless it uses the display on sunny days outside.


Everything must have a Smartphone for the discerning is inserted in the retro case. The system chip MSM8974AB comes from the powerful Snapdragon-801 series from Qualcomm and contains a quad core processor fast up to 2300 MHz. There are generous 2 GB memory.


Total has mighty power under the hood, the camera-phone. Dealing with the now antiquated Android version 4.4.4 and the typical Google-app package is always very fast. The upgrade to Android 5.0 announced for may was not yet available for this test. In the present version, Panasonic without any significant modifications of the original user interface and additional applications of dubious commercial value. That’s it!

The program offer remains open and the Smartphone control easy. Some lookup there yet – in the form of five Photo apps. These include time lapse which repeatedly creates a photo of the same subject at selectable time intervals. Thus arises a time-lapse video that shows long operations in a few seconds.


The pre-installed software claimed around 5 GB, leaving around 11 GB free of charge. Who needs more space, settles to a micro SD card. The associated slot is a stable coverage protected and accessible from the outside like the neighboring micro-SIM slot.

Plugging in the own hit collection is worth. Because up on the slightly low speaker volume the Panasonic comes with metrological point of view everything what characterizes a good audio entertainer: an impeccable frequency response, low distortion and high noise ratios. A headset is missing but also as a USB data cable for PC connection.


The power supply unit to charge the built-in 2600 mAh battery doesn’t show up with lush dimensions in top shape. In the practical connect mix stamina reaches only manageable 5:47 hours. The endurance values for telephone conversations move, however, consistently exemplary high level.

Radio equipment

The exchange of data via mobile phone can be done thanks to HSPA + and LTE of category 4 in the highest available speed. When connected to the WIRELESS router at home or at work is the Panasonic as an excellent Networker, which fit is 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac for the standards IEEE, in the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz-band also with every pace. In addition to the NFC standard, the most common Bluetooth profiles are supported. However, the micro-USB interface is unable to host. The mobile phone can do so with directly docked USB storage media.

Laboratory measurements

The call quality on the phone convinced – especially towards the reception. At the acoustics in the transmit direction, the somewhat low volume gives rise to quiet criticism. The transmission and reception services earned almost the best points haul in the 3 g and 4 g networks; in the GSM test, the result was good. Overall, the lab testimony for the DMC-CM1 falls very well.

Impressive camera

Hats off: the Lumix DMC-CM1 Photo Department has a lot on the box. The 1-inch CMOS sensor with 20 million pixels has a larger light-sensitive area than standard 1/3-inch converter. An optical zoom Panasonic dispensed with in favour of a rather bright Leica wide-angle lens, which Wideangle, transferred to the 24x36mm format, amounting to 28 mm.

Practical: a slide switch allows the spontaneous start of the camera in standby mode. A mechanical shutter button facilitates successful snapshots as well as the short time delays in the snapping. Thus, this camera also for sports and action shots is good.

The setting options of the diverse functions to the active image design are distributed on several menus, something impeding the operation via the touch screen barely readable in the Sun. Good: the brightness of the display can be with the touch of a finger to maximize. If you want, can store his photos for professional post processing as RAW files.

Image quality

The recordings for Smartphone conditions – extremely low noise and up to inconspicuous details in the background are strikingly clear in daylight. Also painted the DMC-CM1 in bold colors. The light deteriorates, noise and color variations can occur in low-contrast, finely structured motifs. Case sensitivity from ISO 800 or even when using the light-emitting diode, which serves as a photo and video light, the otherwise excellent picture quality can suffer.

Videos in the 4K-Modus flared because of the low frame rate (15 fps) playback. The full HD movie shooting in daylight convinced about it.


You can turn it and whichever way you look: A serious camera phone with opulent Optics is now something heavy and voluminous. Also the handling in Smartphone applications and shooting is suffering. Who can live with it, gets a powerful, excellently processed Android phone and a solid camera, which features and image quality is common phone snapping in the shadow with the Lumix DMC-CM1. Seen also the price goes, especially since then the purchase of a second single koenners falls flat.