Panasonic CM1 review

Panasonic says the CM1 is a camera with a phone, not a phone with a camera – and we can see why

Panasonic Lumix CM1

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Dynamic range is a measure of the range of tones the sensor can capture. Cameras with low dynamic range will often show 'blown' highlights or blocked-in shadows. This test is carried out in controlled conditions using DxO hardware and analysis tools.

Dynamic range and signal to noise ratio testing

We use DxO Analyzer to measure noise and dynamic range in controlled laboratory conditions.

Dynamic range is measured in exposure values (EV). The higher the number the wider the range of brightness levels the camera can capture. This falls off with increasing ISO settings because the camera is having to amplify a weaker signal. Raw files capture a higher dynamic range because the image data is unprocessed.

Panasonic CM1 dynamic range charts

Panasonic CM1 lab tests

JPEG dynamic range analysis: Again, the CM1 comes out top for dynamic range, although all four cameras are so close together that it would be hard to spot the difference in practice. The TZ70 does better here, but with this camera Panasonic chose to use a lower megapixel rating (12Mp) to produce better overall performance.

Panasonic CM1 lab tests

Raw (converted to TIFF) dynamic range analysis: The CM1's raw files fare slightly less well. It's better than its TZ70 stablemate, but the Panasonic FZ1000 and Canon G7 X are better still.