Panasonic Brings 4K to Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Ultra High Definition Smartphone also announced

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Panasonic continues its consumer march into 4K, and by that we mean they’re also offering ultra high definition point-and-shoot cameras and mobile phones with 4K sensors. And sporting a 1-inch sensor, these cameras aren’t just for the Instagram crowd, they’re serious platforms.

First there’s the Panasonic Lumix CM1, which sports a serious 1-inch 20 MP sensor and a Leica lens. It offers full manual control and an maximum ISO of 12800. Oh, and it makes phone calls, and can share stills and 4K video online (boy, I’d had to pay overages for that upload). Other features include:

  • 1-inch 20 Megapixel sensor
  • Leica DC Elmarit 10mm f/2.8 (28mm equivalent)
  • 2.3GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 4K Video and Photos
  • Full Manual Control during Videos/Photos
  • 4.7-inch 1080p Display
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Android 4.4 OS
  • 2600 mAh battery

It’s not the first Android powered smartphone/camera out there, Polaroid showcased one a few years back at CES that went pretty much nowhere, and then there was the Samsung Galaxy camera which is on it’s second generation. But the CM1 is the first smartphone that comes with a real lens, manual control, and a 4K sensor. So it’s definitely something that could turn some heads if it gains traction in the market. The Lumix CM1 will launch in France and Germany first and will cost just under $1200.

Next is the 4K point and shoot Panasonic Lumix LX100. Coming with a Micro 4/3 Multi-Aspect MOS Sensor and Leica lens , the LX100 also has complete manual control and can shoot at a resolution of 3840 x 2160: 30 fps at 24 fps, 1080p at 30 fps. It also supports WiFi and NFC (although I’m not sure that NFC does for a camera). Here’s the other specs:

  • 16.8MP 4/3″ Multi-Aspect MOS Sensor
  • Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-75 mm) f/1.7-2.8 Lens
  • 3840 x 2160: 30 fps, 24 fps
  • 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
  • 1280 x 720: 30 fps
  • 640 x 480: 30 fps
  • 24-75mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 2,764k-Dot EVF
  • 3.0″ 921k-Dot Rear LCD Screen
  • 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
  • Manual Control Rings and Dials
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • External Flash Included

The LX100 will be available this November for around $900, and looks to be a standard point and shoot offering, that is going to break the 4K wall. That’s an important thing, because it’s showing that 4K is steamrolling into marketplace faster than analysts expected (and further proof 3D is dead). In fact, many walked away from IBC with the impression that 4K is coming sooner than anyone figured, and prices will begin to plummet to make market adoption move even faster. But the question is, are we ready for it?

In other news, Panasonic also announced a new micro 4/3 lens, the 35-100mm f/4-5.6. Nice and compact. For around $400.

Hat Tip – NFS


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