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Panasonic's DMC-GF1 has easily been one of the company's most highly touted cameras, and one of the most popular interchangeable lens units altogether. But the GF1 has started to show its age somewhat with this newer era of Micro Four Thirds, and the competition is getting heated. In order to stay ahead of the curve, Panasonic has today unveiling the next version of the GF1, the Lumix DMC-GF2. It's the company's thinnest and lightest Micro Four Thirds system camera to date, weighing around 7% less than the GF1 and being around 19% smaller than the GF1. Pretty major for compact shooters! As for internal specifications, the unit has a 12.1MP Live MOS sensor, a Full HD movie mode (shoots in AVCHD... Read more...
The digital image frame craze was biggest a few years back; it was "the" must-have holiday gift, and ever since they've dwindled in popularity. We see them coming out less and less, because they have reached a point where it's hard to innovate beyond where they currently are. But Panasonic's newest frame actually is rather enticing. The MW-20 is slim device that looks a lot like the Sony Dash, and aside from being a digital photo frame, it's also a multi-media system. Unlike most frames, this one has a built-in stereo sound system that's compatible with the iPod touch and iPhone, and it can play back both videos and photos on the 9" display. Beneath the screen, there's a 5.6mm "Super Slim Semi... Read more...
The "personal robots" market will explode in the next few years, and we don't mean all over your kitchen. ABI Research expects robots aimed at consumers to create a $19 billion market by 2017. Who wouldn't want one of the two new "personal presence" bots introduced this month by start-ups? Or Panasonic's new hair-washing robot? Vacuum robots have had the most success with consumers so far, but its these types of personal presence robots that ABI thinks will soon take off. "While a truly 'killer app' has yet to emerge in personal robots, security/telepresence and health care-related applications are likely to gain significant traction by the end of the forecast period," says Larry Fisher emerging... Read more...
>With the announcement of the Toughbook S9, Panasonic is taking claim to offering the world’s lightest 12.1-inch laptop with an integrated DVD drive. The new Toughbook S9 is powered by an Intel Core i5-520M vPro processor. It weighs 3 pounds and touts a battery life of up to 11 hours. Like other Toughbooks, the Toughbook S9 is made to endure drops, bumps and spills. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and optional Gobi2000 mobile broadband technology from Qualcomm. The Toughbook S9 comes with a standard three-year limited warranty for an estimated price of $2,499. Panasonic Introduces the Toughbook® S9 - World’s Lightest 12.1” Laptop with... Read more...
Panasonic announced a new addition to its Toughbook U1 family in the form of the new Toughbook U1 Ultra. This new Toughbook features a 64GB solid state hard drive, 2GB of memory, an Intel Atom Z530 Processor (1.6GHz), and Windows 7. It also has a TransflectivePlus display for up to 6000 nit viewability in direct sunlight. As its name would suggest, the Toughbook is tough—it can withstand a drop of 6 feet from any angle and it has a fanless design to make it water and dust resistant. The Toughbook U1 Ultra is currently available for approximately $2,799. Panasonic Introduces Newest Member of Toughbook U1 Family Toughbook U1 Ultra Offers Improved Sunlight Viewability, Windows 7 and Faster... Read more...
Another mirrorless option to consider? You got it! Panasonic has used the Photokina trade show in Germany in order to introduce their newest Micro Four Thirds camera, the LUMIX GH2. The body itself does not look too different than the GH1 before it, but the functionality of this new camera is quite impressive. It's the first camera to ship with support for an interchangeable 3D lens (also introduced today), and when used, the lens captures both 3D and 2D copies. Panasonic calls this their most professional-level DSLM yet, and it can even capture full HD 1920 x 1080 videos in smooth 60i, doubling the sensor output from 25p/24p to 50p/60p. The camera also supports 1080/24p native mode at 24 Mbps,... Read more...
Micro Four Thirds has been skyrocketing in popularity over the past year. People have been clamoring for a better alternative between a full-on DSLR and a pocket camera, and the Micro Four Thirds / interchangeable lens category seems to be the exact cure that the doctor ordered. But why keep it contained to cameras? Sony has already announced a camcorder that supports interchangeable lenses, and now Panasonic seems to be ready to compete. The company just introduced their new AF105/AF100, which is the world's first Micro Four Thirds camcorder. Olympus and Panasonic jointed developed the MFT technology, so Sony's prior camcorder cannot actually be called "Micro Four Thirds." This new guy looks... Read more...
Instant streaming from Netflix is now available on Panasonic's 2010 VIERA CAST-enabled VIERA HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players. Earlier this year, Panasonic added Skype, Twitter and Pandora to its list of popular entertainment and information options available through its VIERA CAST IPTV functionality. Other services such as Amazon Video on Demand, You Tube, Google's Picasa Web Album, Bloomberg News, and a weather service are also available through VIERA CAST. Panasonic's 2010 VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs offer USB connectivity, letting you add a wireless LAN adaptor, keyboard, or USB memory. Netflix Goes Live on Panasonic's 2010 VIERA CAST™ Internet Content Service World's Largest Online Movie... Read more...
3D has conquered the cinema, it's on the way to conquering 3D gaming on the PC, and after that, it's planning on taking over your living room. But what if you have no real interest in watching 3D content? If you're a gamer, there's still a chance to hook you, and that's Panasonic's plans with their newest 3D HDTVs. The company, at CES 2010, introduced a number of large-screen 3D televisions, but none were small and cheap enough to be impulse buys. We can't say that either of these two sets are cheap enough either, but they're certainly small enough for bedrooms. The new VIERA GT25 line includes just two models for now: the 42" TC-P42G25 and the 50" TC-P50GT25. Both have 1080p resolutions, and... Read more...
Panasonic has teamed up with NETGEAR to offer a wireless connected experience for Panasonic's line of VIERA TVs. Using the NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, users will be able to access and stream online content to their TVs. The adapter uses NETGEAR's Push 'N' Connect technology which lets you connect a VIERA TV and wireless router with a push of a button. Once connected, Panasonic's VIERA Cast IPTV technology delivers Amazon Video On Demand, access to YouTube and Picasa, and more. NETGEAR and Panasonic Team to Deliver the Optimal Wirelessly Connected Experience for the Panasonic VIERA® Line of TVs NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter lets consumers wirelessly connect their... Read more...
It had to occur sooner or later, and at the rate that the 3D bandwagon is exploding, it was a safe bet to assume "sooner." In Japan today, Panasonic revealed what they are calling the "world's first 3D consumer camcorder." As you've seen based on the amount of 3D movies available in cinemas, this obviously is not the world's first 3D camcorder, but it's the first to be sold and marketed towards consumers. It's a bold move by Panasonic to be first at this, particularly since consumers have been slow to adopt 3D technologies in the home. The HDC-SDT750 doesn't look drastically different than most any other handheld camcorder, but the head is a touch wider to make room for the dual lenses needed... Read more...
Panasonic introduced five new digital cameras, including a hybrid model with a MOS sensor, two "bright-lens" cameras, a rugged model, and a super zoom. Bright-lens is a marketing term that describes cameras with a lens aperture that can open much larger than most point and shoot models. By offering a larger aperture, the cameras allow more light to be directed through the lens to the image sensor. As one of Panasonic's compact models, the new LUMIX DMC-FX700 packs many advanced features into a sleek, slim package. The LUMIX FX700 can record 1080 full HD videos in the AVCHD format. It also has a 3-inch touchscreen LCD, 24mm ultra wide-angle F2.2 super bright LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens, and... Read more...
One of the toughest reader questions to answer when it comes to hardware recommendations is "Which vendor gives the best support?" In theory, as journalists, we have both direct access to corporate staff and a wide reader base to poll from. In practice, companies claim this sort of information constitutes trade secrets and lock it down tighter than Ft. Knox. Laptop Magazine recently set out to rank the various major laptop vendors (Acer, Apple, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba). beginning with a set of three basic questions for each. Most people aren't aware of this, but Panasonic briefly experimented with a NotSoToughBook before settling on their current... Read more...
It's not uncommon for us to miss a call when we're at home, particularly if our cell phone is in the other room and we can't hear it ring or simply can't get to it in time. Thanks to Panasonic's new Link-to-Cell system, you may not miss quite as many calls. The system targets busy professionals and multitasking parents who want the ability to answer their cell phone from multiple handsets. Link-to-Cell uses Bluetooth technology to connect your cell phone to a Panasonic handset. With the system, you can make and receive phone calls using Panasonic handsets placed throughout the house. Simply place the Panasonic base unit in a place where the mobile phone receives a good connection to the cellular... Read more...
There's a new member in the Toughbook family that's being introduced by Panasonic today, but you wouldn't know it by just glancing at the basic specifications. Nothing about a 14.1" notebook that weighs just 3.6lbs. screams "Toughbook," but sure enough, the new F9 is about as rugged and tough as the come. The 14" form factor is a rare one, but Panasonic has somehow managed to create a laptop in this form factor that's both the world's lightest (for a 14" notebook) and tough enough to fall into the Toughbook line. It's hard to say if this invention will mean that future Toughbooks in other sizes will slim down and look better, but the F9 is definitely a step in that direction. The ultraportable... Read more...
Like the Boston Celtics (put a sock in it, Lakers fans), Plasma technology refuses to whither away quietly, no matter what fancy new technologies (like LED-backlit displays) try to takes its place. Don't believe it? Try telling that to Panasonic, which has just announced a pair of new large screen 3D Plasma displays, the 3D Viera TH-P46VT2 (46-inch) and 3D Vieria TH-P42VT2 (42-inch). Other than the size, the specs appear identical, at least from what we can translate from Panasonic Japan's press release. Both sets require that you don a pair of active shutter system 3D glasses, which is pretty much a requirement for all large screen 3D sets now and in the immediate future. Panasonic rates the... Read more...
Panasonic released the newest addition to its Lumix line of high-end compact cameras. The new Lumix DMC-FX75 is a 14.1 megapixel shooter with a 24-120mm ultra-wide-angle f2.2-f5.9 lens and a 5x optical zoom. This camera can also record 720p HD video in the AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) Lite format. Other features include a 3-inch touchscreen interface that controls most of the camera functions, a new Motion Deblur mode, Intelligent Zoom mode, and a so-called Happy Mode which increases the saturation and brightness of images in-camera. Panasonic also announced a new 8mm/f3.5 fisheye lens for its Lumix G line of Micro Four Thirds cameras. This new lens has a 180-degree field of... Read more...
What's better than an ultra-rugged notebook that can withstand nearly anything? An ultra-rugged notebook that's quick and powerful. No one understands that better than Panasonic, which has just upgraded their Toughbook 19 Convertible Tablet PC to include one of Intel's newest and quickest CPUs, the Core i5-540UM. If you don't recall, that's one of the company's new Ultra-Low Voltage Core 2010 chips that were unveiled just yesterday, clocked at 1.20GHz (2.00GHz in Turbo Boost mode) with four threads and 3MB of L3 cache. This allows the Toughbook 19 to be perform far more quickly than most rugged machines in the same category, yet maintain long battery life that is crucial in the field where AC... Read more...
Panasonic's Toughbook line has become a staple in the rugged PC arena; it's an area with few competitors, few customers and typically slower innovation, but the newest Toughbook bucks those trends with some pretty impressive specifications. The Toughbook 31 is one of the first truly tough notebooks to ship with Intel's Core 2010 range of processors, meaning that brains have finally joined brawn. Equipped with a Core i3 or Core i5 processor, an 1100 nit touch panel, rugged certifications beyond MIL-STD-810G and IP65, ATI's Radeon HD 5650 GPU and enough armor to protect it from falls of up to six feet. It's also rather small and portable, with a 13.3" XGA LCD touch screen, which can be viewed outdoors... Read more...
3D HDTVs are set to continually roll out throughout the year now; most were announced at CES, and just now companies are starting to ship their newest sets. Panasonic is destined to become a pretty big player in the space, with the company this week announcing pricing and nationwide retail availability dates for the new VIERA VT25 Series of 1080 plasma TVs. This new series will expand the company's 3D offerings to four total screens. For those hoping to get a smaller 3D set, you're out of luck here. Panasonic's sets are all 50" or larger, mostly because the "3D effect" is felt more with larger displays. Also, you should know that all of these sets rely on Active Shutter Eyewear, and that's not... Read more...
It's just a matter of time at this point: the whole world will be ditching the landline phone and Skyping before the next century. Not that we'll be around most likely to see if this pans out, but there's our wild stab at the future. Skype has already become to go-to choice for international calling, and it's already becoming a huge, important part of many smartphones. Now, Skype is invading the television, but considering that no current TVs ship with webcams built right in (or none that come to mind), Panasonic is crafting a stop-gap solution for video chatters until sets begin to ship with those cameras in the bezel. Those webcam-ready sets can't be too far out, but for now, you'll need one... Read more...
Micro Four Thirds cameras are slowly gaining serious traction in America. People want DSLR quality without the weight and complexity of a DSLR, and that's exactly what MFT delivers in many cases. Panasonic has been at the forefront of pushing this technology in the camera realm, but consumers have thus far been left in the dark with regard to pricing and availability for the company's upcoming LUMIX cameras.Today, Panasonic revealed those very details. The LUMIX G2 and LUMIX G10, both of which are being added to their MFT lineup, will be available late next month. The G2 will ship in red, blue and black and will sell for $799.95, while the G10 will sell for $599.95. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G2... Read more...
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