Have you seen these incredible, award-winning photos? They have one thing in common: They were all shot on regular iPhones. It just goes to show that the cameras inside modern smartphones are better than ever. It could only be a matter of time before you ditch your bulky, professional DSLR for a pocket-sized smartphone shooter.
In fact, that time may already be here. Panasonic just announced a new smartphone at the Photokina trade show in Germany. Actually, it might be more accurate to say Panasonic just announced a new camera. That's because it's less of a phone with a camera inside than a camera you can make calls and texts on. This thing is a beast.
Meet the Panasonic LUMIX CM1.
The CM1 has full 1-inch, 20-megapixel image sensor. Let's compare that to the new iPhone 6's 1/3-inch 10-megapixel sensor. It's the same size image sensor you'll find in Sony's award-winning RX100 camera, widely considered one of the best compact cameras on the market.
On top of that, it boasts a mechanical shutter and manual focus ring on an f/2.8 Leica lens. Professionals should feel right at home with this phone. But that's not even the most exciting thing about it.
The Panasonic LUMIX CM1 shoots 4K video. That's right. We're talking ultra-HD resolution. Most Nikon and Canon professional-level DSLRs can't do that. This is a really big deal. Click here to see what 4K playback resolution looks like on YouTube.
Panasonic doesn't have a reputation as a phone manufacturer, but this smartphone seems pretty good as a phone, too. It runs the latest version of Android and has pretty powerful insides, as well. Internal storage can expand to 128GB with a micro SD card, which is crucial because of the amount of space high-resolution pictures and video take up.
The downside is that it's much thicker and bulkier than what we've come to expect from smartphones. The other disappointing news is that initially it will only go on sale in Germany and France this November for a whopping 900 Euros (or $1,166). I expect it to make its way stateside next year, though it will probably still be pricey. The upside is you won't have to buy a camera AND a phone!
On the other hand, you don't need a fancy Panasonic camera phone to start taking better photos. Click here to check out my 5 tricks for taking amazing pictures on your iPhone.