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Sep 29, 2011

The Panasonic Lumix Phone 101P Might Not Suck at Being a Camera or a Phone

Oh Japan, why do you always get the coolest stuff first? This phone looks amazing. It's like a Panasonic Lumix camera and an Android phone had a baby. And it's waterproof?

This thing is going to pack a 13.2MP CMOS Lumix sensor. In case you don't know, the image sensors in Lumix cameras are pretty great. It's also going to have a 4-inch QHD LCD screen with 960×540 resolution and a 1Ghz TI OMAP4430 dual-core processor. It's waterproof, like all gadgets should be, it runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Traditionally, the cameras on phones have been not so great, and it's no wonder; trying to smash a camera into something as thin as a phone creates a ton of challenges and severely limits the size of the image sensor and the lens. No camera phone will ever replace your SLR, but if Panasonic gets this right, they might just be able to replace your point-and-shoot. As someone who hates having several large items in his pockets, I'm really rooting for them to knock this one out of the park.

No mention of pricing or if this will be available stateside (or anywhere outside of Japan).
 
 

3 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

Hate how these guys get all the cool things first. Looks quite interesting, I'll have to nab one of these waterproof phones regardless. It's such an awesome futuristic feature, it really is.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

SuperGadget here to save the day it seems.

Atley said...

MAN! I have been wanting a better camera on my phone forever! I finally get a new phone with a better camera, but this that your showing us makes me depressed. haha, looks so much better then mine!