Panasonic CM1: A One-Inch Image Sensor Crammed Into an Android Phone

By Mario Aguilar on at

Among Panasonic's big announcements the Photokina show in Germany came a whopper of a surprise: the Panasonic CM1 is a 4.7-inch Android smartphone with a 20-megapixel one-inch image sensor. This could be the best smartphone camera of all time.

It's unclear whether the Panasonic CM1 is a trade show concept or a real camera that the company plans to actually produce, but it's certainly a striking idea and design. It looks like the leather-clad retro-style camera that Panasonic has been popping out in recent years. In fact, it looks more like a camera than a phone.

Under the hood it's got a lot of power. The image sensor is the same size as the RX100's beastly chip, which could give the CM1 image quality superior to anything we've ever seen before. Additionally, the video above claims that the little camera can capture 4K video, which is impressive of basically any camera these days, let alone something this small.