Panasonic has announced a new smartphone for the Indian market – the Eluga Icon. The handset is quite your typical mid-ranger and it will be available exclusively through Amazon India with a Rs. 10,999 price tag.
The Eluga Icon is a 5.5-inch handset, with a passable 720p (1280×720) display resolution. The phone is powered by a 64-bit 1.5GHz octa-core processor, quite likely a MediaTek MT7652, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, with an expandable microSD card slot for an extra 32GB of space.
There’s a familiar 13 megapixel camera on the back with an LED flash and an 8 megapixel camera on the front of the phone for higher resolution selfies. The Eluga Icon also sports dual-SIM support and 4G LTE connectivity, along with a 3,500mAh battery. Very reasonable mid-range specifications, but the phone ships with a slightly older Android 4.4 KitKat OS, which doesn’t quite match up to other handsets in this price range which come with the latest version of Lollipop installed.
If you’re in the market for a lower cost handset, Panasonic also launched its low cost Love T10 and T33 smartphones earlier in the year. These phones are priced at less than Rs. 5,000 each. For the photography enthusiasts, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 landed in the US back in June too.
The Panasonic Eluga Icon will be available directly from Amazon India for Rs. 10,999 on August 14th. The handset is listed in a slate grey color.
Panasonic has taken the wraps off its latest smartphone, the Eluga Icon. The handset is set to launch in India on Thursday, August, 13, where it will be available to purchase exclusively from Amazon for INR 10,999 ($170).
In terms of specifications, the Eluga Icon is a pretty solid mid-range handset, packing a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6752 octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP selfie shooter.
The device will ship running the latest build of KitKat skinned with Panasonic’s Icon custom user interface, dual-SIM functionality and support for all 4G LTE carrier bands in India.
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Only two months after introducing the G7 Micro Four Thirds camera, Panasonic is now expanding its compact line with the Lumix GX8. The new shooter, which is dustproof and splashproof, features a 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, Venus Engine imaging processor, an ISO range of up to 25,600, high-speed burst shooting modes of either 8 or 6 fps, NFC, WiFi and a 3-inch LCD. Panasonic’s also going after the video-making crowd with this flagship camera, since it can shoot 4K (3,840 x 2,160) at both 24 and 30 fps — similar to other members of the Lumix series. Most notably, the mirrorless GX8 packs a dual image stabilizer, an attribute that should push out clearer shots across the board, especially in handheld, low-lit scenarios. If it grabs your interest, Panasonic’s Lumix GX8 will be available in mid-August for a cool $1,200 — although that won’t include any lenses.
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In case that GX8 flagship mirrorless camera is too much for you, Panasonic has prepared another announcement for today. Enter the Lumix FZ300, a feature-packed superzoom that can do many things. The main highlight here is, not surprisingly, the 24x optical zoom, but the FZ300 is also capable of capturing 4K (3,840 x 2,160) at both 24 and 30 fps — which will make it an appealing option for people who are interested in shooting video. Powering the FZ300 is a 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor, the same Venus Engine image processor as the new GX8, an ISO range of 6400 and a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 25mm, f/2.8 ultra-wide lens (a 25-600mm equivalent at 35mm). Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until October to get your hands on the FZ300, which is expected to be priced at $600.
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Did you take one look at Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-CM1 and vow to pay whatever it took to get this smartphone/mirrorless camera hybrid in the US? You now have a chance to put your money where your mouth is. Panasonic has started selling an unlocked version of the CM1 in the US, and it’ll set you back an eye-watering $1,000 — suddenly, that 128GB Galaxy S6 seems like a bargain. There’s a good reason for the giant price tag, mind you. While the phone half is no great shakes between its 4.7-inch 1080p screen, Android 4.4 KitKat and a Snapdragon 801 chip, you’re also getting a big 1-inch, 20-megapixel imaging sensor with a bright, high-quality f/2.8 lens. If you already treat your smartphone as a camera that just happens to make calls, this might be your handset of choice.
Panasonic has announced they are bringing the Lumix CM1 camera to the U.S. market through a variety of retailers and their own online store. The Lumix CM1 was originally launched last year in France and Germany. The list price in the U.S. for the hybrid camera will be $999.99.
The Lumix CM1 is a hybrid device combining a point-and-shoot type compact digital camera with a typical smartphone running Android. Unlike most smartphones, Panasonic went ahead and loaded up the device with a camera sporting a 1-inch sensor. This enables it to take some exceptionally high quality images. The camera also supports 4K video recording. To help users take advantage of the 4K capabilities, Panasonic includes a couple apps called 4K Photo and 4K Pre-Burst. The first one can be used to snip out a photo from a 4K video while the second one can be used for fast-action photography.
Along with the camera features, Panasonic included Wi-Fi and 4G LTE chips in the device so it can double as a phone. It is unclear whether the units are shipping with Lollipop, but an upgrade from KitKat is available.
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Have you been frustratingly waiting for that promising Panasonic Lumix CM1 camera-phone to drop since the announcement back at CES? I’m happy to report that it’s at least one step closer to getting into your pointing and shooting hands.
The CM1 has begun showing up for pre-order at US online retailers, appropriately popular camera electronic stores, B&H and Adorama. We’re looking at a whopping price tag of $999. I hope you were ready to pay a premium for a phone that puts the camera capability front and center.
Panasonic packed this guy with a large protruding 1-inch high-sensitivity MOS sensor, 20 MP f/2.8 Leica DC Elmarit 28mm lens, and a bunch of full manual controls to your heart’s desire. It can shoot 4K video at 15 fps, support for RAW format, and 2X zooming.
The rest of the phone is fairly modest:
- 4.7-inch 1080P TFT LCD display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC (2.3 GHz, quad-core, Adreno 330 GPU)
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of on-board storage, expandable by 128 GB via microSD
- 1.1 MP front camera
- 2,600 mAh battery
- GSM-only network support, LTE capable
- Android 4.4 KitKat, with the promise for 5.0 Lollipop
For folks who welcome the mashup between smartphone and point-and-shooter, does the Panasonic CM1 still strike your interest? Or is it too late, and/or too expensive?
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Earlier in the year, Panasonic unveiled its Lumix CM1 smartphone/camera hybrid and promised that the device would be arriving the US this summer. That time has now arrived, the Lumix CM1 can be pre-ordered in US with a whopping price tag of $1000.
The handset’s big selling point is, of course, its camera specifications. The Lumix CM1 features a large 1-inch sensor with 20 MP resolution, Leica optics with a f/2.8 lens, optical image stabilization, and an LED flash. The larger sensor should result in superior image quality than the smaller sensors found in regular smartphones, although it’s not a replacement for a DSLR.
Panasonic has also included a range of adjustable software options to get the best shots, something which has not started showing up in some flagship smartphones. You can also capture a short 4K video clips and then pick out your favourite frames to use as still images.
On the smartphone side of things, the hardware is decent, if a little bit last-generation. The smartphone features a quad-core, 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 2,600mAh battery and a 4.7-inch 1080p display with a rather decent 469 pixels per inch.
The handset is also fully 4G LTE compatible, comes with Android 4.4 which can be upgraded to Android Lollipop, and it even has a microSD card slot to save all of those high resolution shots. Although smartphone/camera hybrids are not a new idea, but the CM1’s specifications are a cut above Samsung’s most recent offering.
Where the phone is arguably let down is with its modest 16GB of storage. While this may not be a problem in most handsets, for a device which you will presumably be shooting lots of 4K video and taking plenty of high resolution snaps with, this internal memory could fill up very quickly. You’ll probably want to make use of that 128GB microSD card slot.
If you fancy picking on up for yourself, you can pre-order a Lumix VM1 from B&H and Adorama for $1000. Adorama gives an expected shipping date of June 25th. If you would like a closer look at the Panasonic Lumix CM1 before stumping up that amount of cash, be sure to check out our initial hands-on from CES 2015.
To call most in-flight entertainment systems old and crusty would be generous when even the more advanced systems typically pale in comparison to your laptop or tablet. Virgin America might just narrow that gap, though. It’s rolling out a beta version of its Red seatback platform that runs Android on a multi-touch screen, much like many mobile devices. The modern input gives you more sophisticated flight maps and games than you’re used to seeing in mid-air — you can play Pac-Man while you’re waiting for your meal, if you like. The devices also have three times as much storage as before, which will let you watch 720p videos including Netflix staples like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
You’ll have to get lucky to try the new Red tech in the near future. Only three aircraft will have it this month, and 18 will get it by the end of the year. It won’t be until 2016 that you can assume that every Virgin America flight has the upgrade. All of the fleet is getting headphone-based surround sound for certain content (such as the first two episodes of Game of Thrones season five), however, so you’ll still have something to look forward to on your next long-haul trip.
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Panasonic has been a huge proponent of 4K-ready cameras, starting with the Lumix GH4 and LX100. A few days ago, the Lumix G7 joined that group. The recently introduced Micro Four Thirds camera features a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, an ISO range of up to 25,600 and a quad-core CPU for speedy image processing. But here’s the one thing it does best: 4K. More specifically. I’m talking about Panasonic’s 4K Photo feature, which lets you extract high-resolution pictures from 4K, 30 fps videos and save them at an 8-megapixel equivalent. This is particularly useful when you shoot moving subjects, as you’re able to record a 4K video (roughly up to 30 minutes), choose whatever frame you want from it and save that to the camera’s SD card. Is it cheating? Perhaps, but it works perfectly.
Another aspect that stood out to me was how light the G7 is. To give you an idea, my Canon 70D felt like an oversized monster after using Panasonic’s new shooter. (Yes, I know they’re in different categories.) It’s also made out of plastic, yet doesn’t feel cheaply made — and for a body that costs $800, I wouldn’t expect any less. All in all, though, the Lumix G7 met my expectations for a solid mirrorless camera: It’s compact, fast and takes great, ultra-high-res pictures and video. That’s everything most people could ask from a camera of its kind.
To view full-resolution sample images shot with the Panasonic Lumix G7, click here.
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