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Monday, March 15, 2010

3-D TV Pricing from Panasonic and Samsung

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

"Panasonic's suggested retail price is $2,900 for a 50-inch plasma set, one pair of glasses and a 3-D Blu-ray player. An extra pair of glasses costs $150. South Korean competitor Samsung Electronics Co. announced Tuesday that its 3-D sets would go on sale this week. For $3,000, buyers get a 46-inch set, two pairs of glasses, a 3-D Blu-ray player and a 3-D copy of "Monsters vs. Aliens.""

Meh, totally not interested. I really have no desire to watch stuff in 3-D. Any time I've watched something in 3-D it pretty much guarantees a migraine. Plus there is not a heck of a lot of content available yet, so even if you really want this, you might as well wait until later in the year when there is more compelling content AND you can pick the gear up at a bit lower than the bleeding edge price of admission.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Panasonic Batteries to Sport Silicon Enhancements

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

"According to Nikkei, the company will begin volume production of Li-ion rechargeable batteries that use a silicon alloy anode sometime in fiscal 2012. While Si alloy batteries have a tenfold theoretical improvement over current cells that utilize graphite, Panny claims that its device will have an improvement in linear capacity of close to thirty percent -- keeping at least 80 percent of its capacity even after 500 charge/recharge cycles."

I'm to the point that I'm not willing to believe anyone's battery claims until they actually release the product. At least they are being reasonable with their promise rather than promising the 10x increase that is only theoretical.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Panasonic LUMIX GF1 Unboxing and First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:15 AM

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the Panasonic LUMIX GF1 [affiliate], easily the most unique camera I've ever had the opportunity to look at. It's similar to a DSLR in that you can change lenses, but the micro four-thirds system doesn't use a pentaprism or mirror, so it's not a DSLR (which I think I got wrong in one of these videos when I said it was a DSLR). Panasonic calls it a DILC: Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera. I don't see "DILC" taking off as a term, because it sounds vaguely dirty, but this camera is hot's been selling out everywhere, and Panasonic is struggling to keep up with demand. It uses SD cards and supports SDHC, so you can slap a 32 GB memory card in there for a massive amount of pictures and videos. Read more...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZS3 Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

This is a review video of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 digital camera. This is a 10 megapixel point and shoot digital camera with an impressive 12x optical zoom, starting at 25mm and reaching all the way to 300mm. That's a lot of zoom! It uses Secure Digital memory for storage, and is SDHC compatible, allowing for up to 32 GB cards to be used. It also takes 30fps 720p videos in either AVCHD Lite or MJPEG formats, has optical image stabilization, and you can zoom while shooting a video - a feature many comparable cameras lack. I didn't do an unboxing/first impressions video of this camera because I bought it and immediately wanted to start using it - so instead what you have is my review after having used it for a couple of months. You can see all the specs here. If you're interested in buying one, has them in our affiliate store. On to the sample pictures and video... Read more...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Big(ger) Screen Entertainment For Your iPod With Panasonic

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

"Sporting an elegant silhouette, the MW-10 sounds as good as it looks. It pumps out audiophile quality sound from its built-in CD player, and its FM/AM radio tuner has 45-station (30-FM/15-AM) Preset Memory. The speaker is constructed with rigid, low-density bamboo cones to achieve pure sound and crisp dialogue."

No matter where I go, everything has an iPod dock. Alarm clocks, charging stations, speaker systems; they all have iPod docks. I wouldn't be surprised if I felt around the back of my head and found an iPod dock. It was only a matter of time before someone built a mini-tv solution that hooked up to an iPod. Lacking an iPod? The MW-10 still offers a lot of functionality, acting like a photo frame, but with the ability to play music, but to be honest, this thing is really meant for the iPod crowd since it also offers video playback. While it cannot compete against the home theater in your den, or bedroom, it probably will fit right in in the kitchen, dorm room, or even out on the road.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Third Time's a Charm: The Panasonic GF1 Preview

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 11:08 AM

"Panasonic Singapore very kindly invited a number of photographers for a preview of the GF1. Having watched the Micro Four Thirds movement with great interest since its introduction (Disclaimer: I own a GH1), I signed up as soon as I heard about the event. Micro Four Thirds, for those who are unfamiliar, is a new system developed by Panasonic and Olympus, which uses the same sensor size as the standard Four Thirds system, but removes the mirror and uses a live view system for composing. What makes it exciting is that it allows for small cameras with quality traditionally associated with DSLRs."

Curious about the new Panasonic GF1? Long-time Digital Home Thoughts reader and sometimes-contributor Lee Yuan Sheng got a chance to get some hands-on time with the new camera from Panasonic and put together a great report for Digital Home Thoughts readers. It's well worth the read!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Living in HD: Panasonic's 30 Day Giveaway

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:32 AM

Panasonic is in the midst of running a 30 day giveaway contest, where they're giving away DVD players, video cameras, digital cameras, etc. Entry is easy, though unfortunately it's for people in the USA only.

Monday, April 27, 2009

CNET Tries out the Panasonic TC-P50X1

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 12:30 PM

"Often better blacks dictate higher prices, but in the case of Panasonic's newest line of entry-level plasmas, which includes the TC-P50X1, that's not the case. This HDTV reproduces superb blacks and excellent shadow detail, while costing a relative pittance for a big-screen HDTV. Unfortunately, two major problems prevent it from earning higher praise, namely that it suffers from less-than-accurate color and the presence of faint on-screen lines that may be a deal-breaker to sharp-eyed viewers."

The survival of Plasma TVs may be in question, but that is not stopping Panasonic from coming out with more models for our home theater dollars. CNET breaks down the TC-P50X1 pretty thoroughly from the finish and design to the remote control to colour reproduction. One thing I found surprising with the TV was that it only went to 1366x768 resolution, which I find unusual for 50 inch TVs, however, the rationale behind it makes sense. Supposedly, most people cannot really see the difference between 720p and 1080p for a 50" screen unless you are sitting closer than six and a half feet. I'm not wholly convinced, but I hope the compromise helped shave a few dollars off the TV. CNET's greatest complaint, the colour accuracy would have me second guessing purchasing this TV though, as if I'm going for Plasma, I want a really good experience and not be niggled with colours not looking right.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:30 PM

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 (also known as the DMC-ZS3 in the USA) is a brand new ultra-compact super-zoom camera, offering several major improvements on its predecessor, the popular TZ5 model. There's now a 12x, 25-300mm optical zoom lens, both wider and longer than the TZ5's, the megapixel count has increased from 9 to 10, the Venus IV Engine processing engine promises enhanced responsiveness, and the 720p HD video mode is recorded in the new AVCHD Lite format which almost doubles the recording time."

I have the previous generation of this camera, the DMC-TZ5, and it's a nice little unit - well, not so little actually. That's one of my main gripes - it's much harder to fit into my pocket than my other point and shoot camera, a Canon Powerhsot SD870. But with the 10x optical zoom and 720p video, I can forgive the Panasonic camera for being a little bulky. The successor to my DMC-TZ5 is this new DMC-TZ7. Zoom is boosted to 12x, it's 3mm wider, there's that new AVCHD Lite for video, and it has stereo microphones - even a wind-cut function to block wind noise. Nice!

With a son on the way, suddenly I have a lot more to think about when it comes to capturing all the precious moments I know are going to happen. I'm pondering whether or not the TZ7 (which is actually the ZS3 in North America - I know, so confusing) is a worthy upgrade over what I have now. Does it offer enough improvements to warrant replacing what I have now? The ZS3 comes in red, which is simply awesome (I love red gadgets!), but I'm wondering if I'd get more milage out of getting one of their new rugged cameras (the DMC-TS1D) instead. Thoughts? Opinions? I guess I'd better read this review first...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Blu-ray Licensing to be Unified

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 PM

"Look, we don't really "get" people who aren't willing to buy the latest and greatest thing regardless of the price and / or current economic state, but evidently there's a rather large sector still clinging to their antiquated DVD format. Blu-ray proponents Panasonic, Philips, and Sony are looking to change all that by knocking down the tab a few notches."

For those of you harping over the high prices of Blu-ray technology, from players to burners to movies, it looks like there might be a light, albeit dim, at the end of the tunnel. The unification of license granters should reduce the cost of everything Blu-ray, though only marginally since it only affects the cost of the license. Still, it's welcome news and leads me to believe that one day, there will eventually be Blu-ray technology that costs what DVD technology costs today.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Panasonic Boosting Sales By "Encouraging" Employees To Buy Their Products

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:12 PM

"Its electronic gadgetry is gathering dust on the shelves of high street stores, nobody is buying new fridges and the mountain of unsold plasma televisions is growing by the day. However, in desperation, Panasonic has hit on the perfect counter-attack against the consumer slump: it has ordered every member of staff to go out and buy £1,000 of Panasonic products."

So you're Panasonic, and in rough economic times you're hard pressed to boost profits. So what do you do? Put the squeeze on your employees and "encourage" them to purchase about $1466 USD worth of Panasonic products. Oh, and this is after slashing salaries and bonuses. Having your salary cut is better than losing your job, but for a company to apply pressure to their employees to burn through their savings to purchase company products? That crosses the line into corporate abuse of power.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Panasonic's Latest Point-And-Shoot Camera - Now With 100% More Touchscreen!

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home News" @ 12:00 PM

"Fans of flexibility will be bending over backwards to grab a glance at the latest offering from Panasonic. The FX500 features a 5x optical zoom that starts at 25mm (in 35mm terms), featuring the company's O.I.S anti-shake system. The FX500 is also the first Panasonic to feature a touch-screen interface, which can be controlled using either fingertips or the included stylus."

This camera definitely would have been a contender in my recent search for the ultimate compact point-and-shoot camera (I ended up with a Canon SD870IS which I'll be putting through the paces the next couple weeks while on vacation in Washington DC). It's pretty unbelievable that Panasonic has managed to fit a 5x optical zoom plus a 25mm equivalent ultra-wide-angle lens in such a compact body. The touchscreen interface is a feature I'd need to experiment with before I'm sold (I typically like tactile feedback), and I'm not too sure I'd want to be fumbling with a stylus while trying to frame the perfect shot. It looks really good on paper, but I'd wait for some photo samples and reviews before jumping on the bandwagon.

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