Today, the Panasonic DMC-CM1 is available for order in the United States.  The CM1 is an impressive camera that packs a 20 megapixel camera with 4k video resolution into a compact body, small enough to fit in your pocket. It is the world’s only 1-inch sensor camera that runs on an Android operating system. The camera also includes unlocked GSM Smartphone functionality.

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This is an impressive camera, as the CM1 is the size of a smartphone and can easily slide into most pant’s pockets. A Leica DC lens helps produce incredibly high quality images.

Panasonic claims that the 1 inch 20 Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor offers outstanding low light performance with minimal noise, even at high ISO.

The ring on the lens barrel allows for control over crucial functions such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Accurate focusing is easy to achieve with MF assist and Focus peaking.

Unlike most cameras built into Smartphones, the CM1 can record images in RAW format.

Panasonic CM1SideIn addition to clean, sharp photos out of your jean’s pocket, the CM1 is also shoots 4k resolution video, although only at 15fps. Nonetheless, this UHD resolution (3840×2160) in a package that easily fits into your pocket is an incredible achievement. Additionally, the CM1 can record 1080p video at 30fps.

4k video is accompanied by Panasonic’s latest built in technology of 4k photo. I discussed 4k photo in my Panasonic G7 First Impressions article, and the CM1 comes with “4k Pre-Burst” and “4K PhotoCapture”.

The 4k photo feature is great for quickly grabbing still images out of your 4k footage to immediately upload to Facebook or Instagram to share with your family and friends using the cameras built in Wifi.

The 4.7-inch large 6220k-dot ultra-high resolution rear monitor offers stunning high visibility during both recording and playing back images. The camera ships with Android 4.4 KitKat and will be available for $999.99.

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