The Verge: I have a Sony RX100 and it takes great photos for a pocketable camera. I bought the RX100 because the photo quality coming out of my iPhone 5s wasnâ€™t good enough. The RX100 sports a 20MP 1-inch Exmor CMOS image sensor mated to a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8 lens.
The Panasonic CM1 also features a 20MP 1-inch image sensor, but the Leica lens is significantly slower at f/2.8. Even the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have faster f/2.2 lenses. The CM1 — unlike regular smartphones — has a mechanical shutter and a manual control ring, like the RX100. Like other smartphones, the CM1 has a display (4.7 inches and 1920×1080 pixels) and runs an operating system (Android 4.4).
I’ve long desired a smartphone like the CM1: a full-blown camera fused into a smartphone. I don’t think the CM1 is that camera-smartphone hybrid of my dreams (that would be an iPhone 5s + RX100), but I think — like the Nokia Lumia 1020 — it’s a glimpse of where smartphones are going, but without the huge bulge.