Hold all calls - Panasonic's CM10 smartphone camera drops the phone part

Still one of the best cameras ever fitted to a phone - even if the CM10 can't make calls

Panasonic's latest Lumix is what happens when a high-end compact camera and a top-spec smartphone get smashed together.

The Lumix CM10 is the successor to 2014's Lumix CM1, a smartphone/camera hybrid that had the best imaging tech of any handset out there. 

By stripping out the ability to make calls, this new model shouldn't be eye-wateringly expensive. It's still got a 4G SIM card, though, so you can upload photos wirelessly.



Announced at the CP+ photography show in Japan this week, the CM10 keeps almost all of the CM1's features, including that all-important 21MP, 1in CMOS rear camera sensor.

That's absolutely massive for a smartphone, and when it's paired with a 28mm f/2.8 Leica lens, the results are some of the best photos you're likely to get from something that still slips in a pocket. 1080p video at 30fps and 4K recording at 15fps is the same as the CM1.

The other specs stay the same too, meaning you get a 4.7in, 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 801 CPU and 2GB of RAM. The CM10 arrives with Android Marshmallow out of the box, and there's a microSD card slot to add extra storage once you fill the 16GB of on-board memory.

The silver aluminium and black leather combo looks seriously classy too.

There are currently no plans to bring the CM10 to India. It's Japan-only for now, and should cost around ¥100,000, which is about ₹57,500.