Items tagged with Panasonic

For the longest time, there were two main choices when it came to selecting a digital camera. You either purchased a DSLR, or you purchased a point and shoot. Needless to say, both of these options provided drastically different results, and there has been little in the middle to satisfy those who didn't want to jump into one camp or the other. And then, the Micro Four Thirds system was introduced. This solution packs DSLR-like image quality into a camera that's just barely larger than a typical point and shoot. Today, Panasonic has introduced two new cameras in their Micro Four Thirds lineup. The Lumix DMC-G2 is the G1's successor, and for the most part, it's almost the same camera. Very little... Read more...
Panasonic is facing down a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company's G10 line of plasma televisions is defective. The 'alleged', in this case, is a bit of a misnomer, as the issue has been independently confirmed and admitted by the company itself. The question at hand is whether or not the change is picture quality constitutes a breach of contract. The brouhaha started last July when a member of the AVS Forum noted that his Panasonic G10 was displaying a much brighter black than it had previously. Discussion of the problem burbled along, as such things do, until the company admitted to CNet that the issue existed and is caused by an automatic voltage adjustment as time passes. From... Read more...
Finding rugged cameras isn't all that hard, and honestly, finding any sort of rugged "accessory" doesn't take too much effort. When it comes to notebooks, however, your options are limited. For better or worse, Panasonic has had the rugged laptop market on lock-down the past few years, as their Toughbook lineup is generally seen as the go-to product line if you need a portable machine that can take a beating (and keep on computing).With tablets becoming all the rage once more, it's no surprise to see Panasonic venture their Toughbook line into that sector, and now we have the Toughbook C1 Tablet PC to consider if the iPad just feels too fragile. It's hailed as the world's lightest 12.1" convertible... Read more...
For almost 15 years, Panasonic's Toughbook series of laptops has been the gold standard for anyone who needed a notebook capable of surviving being dropped, kicked, flung, run over, or struck by a small tactical nuke. The company no longer owns the ruggedized laptop field—newcomers Dell and HP have fielded their own designs—but Panasonic insists that it remains at the king of the hill. The company's new H1 Field tablet is meant to demonstrate that point.The H1 Field features a 10.4" sunlight-viewable display, is built with a magnesium alloy internal frame, and was independently certified to the IP65 and MIL-STD-801G standards. Panasonic puts a fair degree of emphasis on the fact that these certification... Read more...
Panasonic expanded its lineup with four new digital cameras today. The first camera, the Panasonic LUMIX ZR3, features AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities as well as a 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica lens and 8x optical zoom. The LUMIX ZR3 features a fast AF (Auto Focus) speed of 0.26 seconds at the wide end and 0.31 seconds at the telephoto end. Other features include Panasonic's iA (Intelligent Auto) mode with Face Recognition, Happy Mode, Intelligent Resolution, Intelligent Zoom, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, and Intelligent Exposure. The LUMIX ZR3 has a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD screen and supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory card formats. Exact pricing and availability... Read more...
SDXC. It's a new memory card format, but only in a certain light. You see, SDXC actually surfaced back in early 2009, but no commercial cards were launched until about a week ago. Already it seems that Panasonic is eager to get some new products on the market to take advantage, but that's not surprising given that it is one of the few firms out there producing SDXC cards for the public. At any rate, the company has just launched three new HD camcorders into its 2010 line: the HDC-HS60, HDC-TM55, HDC-SD60. All three feature a 35.7mm wide-angle lens, a 25x optical zoom and support for SD, SDHC and SDXC cards. The latter has the potential to reach 2TB sizes, which should bode well for those who... Read more...
Blu-ray adoption still has aways to go before it matches the ubiquity of DVD, but those who can't get enough storage are already looking beyond the first generation. We've already seen TDK working hard on a 320GB optical disc based around BD technology, and now there's a new report suggesting something entirely more reasonable. You see, a 320GB Blu-ray Disc is probably years away, but a new method of evaluating BD media quality has led to the discovery of a size increase that's much more modest. The increase would apply to each layer, bringing them from 25GB (currently) to 33.4GB each. There are plenty of dual-layer Blu-ray Discs, so there's a theoretical new limit of around 66GB per disc. A... Read more...
For awhile, we figured that the digital photo frame had played its last card and it wouldn't be long before we saw the frames of yesteryear popping up in bargain bins everywhere as retailers made room for more enticing wares. Evidently that's not at all the plan, as it seems that digital frame makers are instead opting to spruce up their existing designs in order to milk all they can from the segment.We've already seen a bundle of frames with integrated printing units, and now Panasonic is deviating even further with its MW-10. This photo frame is the company's first-ever audio system with iPod dock and photo frame, and unless we've missed something, it's the first of its kind from any outfit.... Read more...
Panasonic introduced the “world's smallest and lightest system digital camera with a built-in flash,” the new LUMIX GF1. In addition to being small and lightweight, the LUMIX GF1 has DSLR and HD video capabilities. The LUMIX GF1 has an exterior design that is reminiscent of classic film cameras, yet offers many of today’s popular digital features, including Panasonic’s LUMIX G Series of digital interchangeable lens system built on the Micro Four Thirds standard. Like its predecessors in the LUMIX G Series line, the LUMIX GF1 eliminates the pentaprism found in traditional interchangeable lens cameras, thereby allowing Panasonic to reduce the size and weight of the camera without sacrificing advanced... Read more...
If you're looking to score a rugged notebook, there's hardly a better place to look than in Panasonic's Toughbook line. For years now, the iconic series has led the way in durable computing, with its briefcase-styled rigs able to withstand an intense amount of abuse in the field, on the road and in the wild.Today, Panasonic is taking things one step further by announcing that its fully-rugged line and Toughbook U1 are he first to be certified by an independent third party test lab to meet the newer and more demanding MIL-STD-810G standard for environmental conditions, which was issued in October 2008 and supersedes MIL-STD-810F. In other words, these things are good enough for the military to... Read more...
Panasonic launched three new 12.1 megapixel LUMIX cameras with distinct purposes. The new LUMIX FZ35 is a superzoom camera with an 18x zoom and HD video recording capabilities. The LUMIX FP8 focuses on looks, but also offers HD video capabilities. Finally, the LUMIX ZR1 is touted as featuring the "world's first 0.3mm thin aspherical lens." All Panasonic LUMIX cameras feature Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode and now offer POWER Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.), which features double the repression power compared to the previous image stabilization system (MEGA O.I.S.) to help capture blur-free images. Read on as we take a closer look at each of these new cameras which are expected to be available in... Read more...
Think DVDs are old fashioned? Already looking forward to the end of the line for Blu-ray? If so, you may be interested in what Disney and Panasonic hope is the next big thing: movies on flash cards. Yep, those same diminutive memory chips that you buy for your digital camera will soon be available with major motion films loaded on, giving consumers with flash card-supporting media players the ability to watch flicks whilst on the go.Walt Disney Company has partnered with Panasonic in order to kick-start the initiative, which will "package pre-recorded microSD cards together with DVDs holding the same movie content," giving users and easy watch to watch their favorite DVDs on portable players.... Read more...
Yep, this is it, folks -- the planet's very first "portable" Blu-ray Disc player. While the DMP-B15 was initially introduced at CES in January, Panasonic has yet to ship the unit here in the United States. This month, however, the company will begin to move units onto retail shelves, promising eager consumers a portable BD experience that was thus far only available via Blu-ray notebooks.Of note, this player is also DivX certified, so it's certainly good for more than just BD movies. As for specs, it features an 8.9" WSVGA display, an SD card slot for loading up extra media, a battery that should last for around 2.5 hours, an HDMI output and Profile 2.0 support. Needless to say, the small display... Read more...
Panasonic announced plans to launch the world’s first Class 10 series of SDHC cards in Europe and other markets at the end of this month. Class 10 is a new speed specification developed by the SD Card Association. This specification is designed to meet the needs for high resolution consecutive shooting and high definition video recording. Panasonic’s new Gold series Class 10 cards inherit the attributes of the current Panasonic Class 6 line with enhanced speed performance of up to 22MB/s. With Class 10, you’ll also get the ability to write large amounts of data continuously until the card is full without missing any shots or writing stops. The new cards also support high speed data transfer from... Read more...
Do you remember Panasonic’s new Lumix DMC-GH1 that can record HD video? Panasonic has finally announced recommended pricing and availability for the camera. Expect the Lumix DMC-GH1 to be available for purchase in June for a suggested retail price of $1,499.95. The camera will come as a kit with the LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens. This lens features a silent motor and continuous auto focusing capabilities to assist with HD movie recording. As you’ll recall, the Lumix DMC-GH1 is Panasonic’s latest Micro-Four Thirds camera with a 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor that can record high definition videos with built-in Dolby Digital Stereo Creator for quality sound. The camera... Read more...
Just three months after announcing two new Panasonic FS-Series cameras, the company is at it again, this time with three new additions to the point-and-shoot Lumix family. Unfortunately, the DMC-FS12, DMC-FS42, and DMC-FS62 won’t be released in the U.S., but they will be available in Europe and Japan. DMC-FS12 Panasonic’s DMC-FS12 is a 12.1 megapixel camera that boasts of a long battery life of 330 pictures. This camera has a 4x optical zoom lens that can open up to F2.8. The camera’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode includes Mega O.I.S. image stabilization, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, and Face Detection with digital red-eye correction. For viewing and framing pictures, this... Read more...
Five months after launching its Lumix DMC-G1 Micro Four Thirds camera, Panasonic is announcing another version of this camera that is capable of recording HD video. This new model, called the Lumix DMC-GH1, has a 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor that can record high definition videos with continuous autofocus and built-in Dolby Digital Stereo Creator for quality sound. The camera’s advanced video recording features include the ability to record high-resolution full HD (1920 x 1080) video at 24 fps or HD video (1280 x 720) movies at 60 fps using an AVCHD format (MPEG-4/H.264). The LUMIX GH1 has a dedicated video record button that lets you start recording videos instantly, even while you’re shooting... Read more...
The year's big photography expo, better known as PMA, has yet to kick off in Las Vegas, but Panasonic's not waiting for March. Instead, it's delivering an all new family of LUMIX point-and-shoots, and we'll be breaking the whole crew down right here. The party gets started with the creation of the ZS-Series, which is being introduced with two members. First is the LUMIX DMC-ZS3 (shown above), which offers a 10.1 megapixel sensor, 25mm ultra-wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens and a 12x optical zoom. It also includes Panasonic's Intelligent Auto (iA) mode with the addition of Face Recognition, and new for this year is iA in Movie Mode. Speaking of which, the ZS3 is the company's first camera... Read more...
Rather than risk being lost in the flurry of CES, Panasonic waited until today to unveil its latest sub-$300 cameras. Two of the new cameras are part of Panasonic’s FS-Series line, and feature a slim and compact build at a lower price than the company's higher-end FX-Series. The third camera is part of Panasonic’s LS-Series line. This line isn’t quite as compact as some of the other lines, but it is more affordable. As a successor to the FS5, the Lumix DMC-FS15 will offer 12.1MP with a 5x optical zoom and a 29mm wide-angle lens. This camera will have a 2.7-inch LCD with 230,000 pixels. Panasonic improved the Intelligent Auto Mode in this camera from previous models to add Intelligent Exposure... Read more...
PANASONIC ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR LUMIX DMC-G1, THE WORLD’S FIRST MICRO FOUR THIRDS SYSTEM CAMERA Secaucus, NJ – Panasonic today announced pricing for the world’s first Micro Four Thirds System camera, the LUMIX DMC-G1 – available in mid-November for a suggested retail price of $799.95, which includes the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. kit lens. Also available in November, the LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. telephoto Micro Four Thirds lens has a suggested retail price of $349.95. The LUMIX G1, available in black, blue and red models, is the first interchangeable lens camera to offer consumers a choice of colors. Weighing about half as much as a standard digital single-lens... Read more...
Panasonic is developing a tough little UMPC based on Intel's Atom technology and they're calling it the Toughbook.  The specs aren't entirely clear other than the platform itself and the fact that it should live up to its name:“Little information is available, but we have a water, dust, and shock resistant computer with 5.6” touch screen.”We're curious to see how they've pulled off water resistance in a device that is rumored to feature have several ports of various kinds, but we're not sure how many divers are going to need a UMPC anyhow.... Read more...
Panasonic System Solutions Company has created the so called “Walkthrough Iris Identification System,” which is a device that can scan a person’s iris while he/she walks through. As we may have already seen in the movies, iris identification is a highly advanced type of biometric authentication technology that does not use ID cards or passwords, which users could lose or forget. A drawback to biometric authentication technologies is that they are not always accurate. Nevertheless, at a verification failure rate of less than 1/1,200,000, the Walkthrough Iris Identification System is quite formidable. “To enable verification of a person walking (at 1 m per second) from a distance of more than... Read more...
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