Haswell-based Toughbook 53 survives 3-foot drops, splashes
Panasonic has unveiled another semi-rugged notebook in its Toughbook computer range. The Toughbook 53 is a hard-wearing notebook capable of surviving a three-foot drop and survive in challenging environments, while still offering a 14-inch 720p touchscreen and stylus-enabled display and a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 3GHz.
Panasonic updates Toughpad FZ-G1 10-inch rugged Windows tablet
Panasonic has announced the release of an upgrade to its Toughpad FZ-G1, a rugged 10-inch tablet. Featuring a faster fourth-generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, an advanced Windows 8.1 Pro update, and a new battery life of up to 10 hours, the Toughpad FZ-G1 is intended for mobile professionals such as military personnel and first responders.
Company advances just one spot
Apple has placed 21st on Fortune's latest annual Best Global Green Brands list. The chart takes the 100 companies from Interbrand's annual Best Global Brands Report and narrows them down to 50, sorting them according to perceived environmental friendliness versus their actual efforts. The sway in one direction or the other is described as a positive or negative gap.
Toughpad FZ-E1, FZ-X1 can be submerged, dropped, has hot-swappable batteries
Panasonic is expanding its Toughpad range of ruggedized tablets with two five-inch tablets. The smartphone-sized devices, the Toughpad FZ-E1 and the Toughpad FZ-X1, are heavy duty items with five-inch screens designed for use in extreme working environments, with each able to survive being submerged, dropped onto tough surfaces, and used at extreme temperatures.
Three 1080p models from 50 to 60 inches, feature 'Beyond Smart' concept
Consumer electronics company Panasonic has announced that the latest televisions in its Life+ Screen series are now available. Ranging in size from 50 to 60 inches, the AS650 model 1080p LED televisions feature Panasonic's "Beyond Smart" concept. Users can see personalized content and applications set on the home screen in an easy-to-use interface.
Lumix FZ1000 able to take 8MP stills during 4K video capture
Panasonic has introduced a bridge camera that is capable of recording 4K video, as well as standard photographs. The Lumix FZ1000 uses a one-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor that can capture QFHD content, with the 20.1-megapixel sensor also capable of producing 8-megapixel photographs from the 4K video feed while the footage is being recorded.
Ruggedized Toughpad tablet is water, dust resistant, downgradable to Windows 7
Panasonic has launched another model for its Toughpad ruggedized Windows tablet range. The Toughpad FZ-G1 has a 10.1-inch 1920x1080-resolution glove-compatible multi-touch display with digitizer and stylus with the entire unit protected against water and dust to IP65 certification level, and shock resistant against drops from a height of up to 180cm (5 feet 9 inches).
Command line app converts Panasonic GH4 video to 2k 10-bit
Rarevision developer Thomas Worth has released an OS X command line program that will allow owners of the Panasonic GH4 4K video recordings to output 10-bit 2K HD instead of the specific 8-bit. The app uses pixel summing, taking the extra pixels in a 4K file to fill in absent color information. The app outputs 10-bit DPX files in 2048x1080 resolution.
Head, arm-mounted Panasonic camera offers 200fps video function
Panasonic has revealed its first wearable camera capable of recording 4K-resolution video. The HX-A500 is unusual in its design, consisting of the camera sensor attached to an earpiece connected to an armband-mounted main unit instead of a self-contained box like the GoPro range, with the camera and unit weighing 31 grams and 119 grams (1.1 ounces and 4.2 ounces) respectively.
ITA to promote VR and to collaborate on Virtual Reality technologies
A collective of companies working on virtual reality technologies is rebranding itself in time for the Game Developers Conference. The Stereoscopic 3D Gaming Alliance is now calling itself the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA) and will continue to "foster a vibrant and diverse industry that content makers can support on a wide scale."
Lumix GH4 shipping in late April, May, priced at $1700 for the body alone
Panasonic has released more details about shipments of its Lumix GH4 camera, following its formal unveiling early last month. The 4K-capable device and its optional YAGH interface unit will be shipping to customers in late April or May, depending on the country, with the 16.05-megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera being priced at $1,700 for the body alone.
High-capacity Archival Disc could offer 1TB of storage per disc
Sony and Panasonic have revealed the name of the high-capacity storage medium the two companies started working on last year. The Archival Disc is a storage format meant for "professional use" in "long-term digital data storage," using optical discs that will offer a recording capacity of 300GB per disc at launch, expanding to 500GB and up to 1TB in the future, if not higher.
New rugged device has wide range of radios, GPS, GLONASS
Panasonic today unveiled plans at Mobile World Congress to broaden its Toughpad range of rugged tablets with a new five-inch model. The new device is aimed for mobile workers who need a protected device that can handle voice and data in the field or in challenging environments, including the emergency services and public safety as well as logistics, factories and warehouses.
Lumix GH4 increases high-resolution video recording options
Panasonic has unveiled a new mirrorless camera capable of recording 4K-resolution video, as a successor to the Lumix GH3. While the Lumix GH4 takes after the appearance of the previous model, albeit slightly smaller, it boasts an improved focus on video work, with Panasonic also launching an accessory that adds a host of connections and extra controls ideal for videographers.
ToughPad, 4K sports cam, Life+Screen HDTVs to headline Panasonic CES booth
At its CES press conference on Monday, Panasonic made a number of brief product introductions, including the FZ-M1 Toughpad tablet and a number of other interesting consumer electronics. The company also promised to bring out a wearable action sports camcorder based on its current HX-A100. The future model will capture video in 4K resolution.
Haswell Core i7 tablet designed for high performance applications
Panasonic today at the 2014 International CES announced the US availability of the Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 tablet, a 20-inch tablet with a 4K resolution display. Featuring an Intel Core i7-3687U vPro processor with an Nvidia Quadro K1000M GPU. The Toughpad 4K performance model is aimed at professionals in visual-intensive fields such as computer-aided design (CAD) and video editing.
19 hardware partners lined up to support standard for YouTube
Google's YouTube will be showing of a 4K-capable video codec, VP9, at next week's CES in Las Vegas, according to GigaOm. The format is being presented as an alternative to H.265, and will be open and royalty-free. To avoid the lack of support that killed off Google's VP8, the company has signed up 19 hardware partners, including Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, ARM, Intel, Broadcom, and Marvell. At CES, 4K YouTube steaming will be demonstrated at booths belonging to LG, Sony, and Panasonic.
Failure to create durable, cheap OLED panels forces partnership closure
Sony and Panasonic are dissolving their partnership for producing OLED televisions. The partnership, formed in June last year, was formed with the aim of sharing the costs of manufacturing the panels, something more expensive than other displays such as TFTs, though apparently a number of technology issues blighted the efforts and in turn forced the companies to go their separate ways.
Battery life in Toughbook CF-C2 hits 14 hours, improves on predecessor
Panasonic has updated part of its range of ruggedized notebook computers with a number of improvements. The Toughbook CF-C2, a convertible notebook with a twisting display, has been upgraded to include a Haswell-based Intel Core i5-4300U vPro processor clocked at 2.9GHz, as well as Intel HD 4400 graphics, better battery life, and a number of other changes.
Panasonic to continue plasma display sales until March 2014
Panasonic has confirmed it is pulling out of the plasma television market, after many rumors stating it would do so over the course of the last year. The company will end production of plasma display panels in December of this year, and will be ceasing operations in three factories used for manufacturing by the end of March 2014.
New model equipped with full-HD display, Haswell processors
Panasonic has launched its new versatile 2-in-1 Ultrabook with Full HD IPS anti-glare display and a more powerful Intel processor. The Toughbook CF-AX3 is a 2-in-1 Ultrabook device, combining tablet and laptop into a ruggedized single unit.
Maximum 40fps burst mode, ISO 25,600 in compact retro Lumix GM1
Panasonic has added another retro-styled compact camera to its Lumix line, in the form of the Lumix GM1. The mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera sports a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor with Venus Engine image processing, which offers a maximum ISO of 25,600, shutter speeds of between 60 seconds and 1/16,000th of a second, and claims of sharp images in low-light situations.
Plasma reduction an attempt to rectify $913M TV division loss for year
Panasonic will stop selling plasma-based televisions early next year, according to reports. Sources claim the electronics producer will continue selling the televisions up until the end of its financial year, March 2014, though the company itself advises that it is still considering the options for its plasma display business, and has yet to decide its fate.
Deezer adds app to Panasonic, Philips smart TVs, updates earlier apps
Deezer has made apps for its music streaming service available for Panasonic and Philips smart televisions, with devices from NetRange, Loewe, TCL Thomson, Sharp, and Vestel also set to receive it in the future. Earlier app releases for smart TVs from LG and Samsung have received a few updates at the same time, including the ability access the playlists of friends, a shuffle mode, and enhanced search functionality.
Ultra HD tablet shipping in November, optional pen input
Panasonic will be shipping a large Ultra HD-resolution Windows 8 tablet to Europe in the coming months, according to an IFA announcement. The Toughpad 4K tablet, initially shown at CES earlier this year, has a 20-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3840x2560, aimed at artists and architects rather than the usual Toughpad and Toughbook target audience.
Capable of displaying 4K resolution video at 60fps, double current HDMI capability
Panasonic has launched its first Ultra HD television at IFA, the first to be compatible with the recently-announced HDMI 2.0 standards. The Smart Viera L65WT600 television, measuring 65 inches, is able to receive 4K-resolution video at 60 frames per second, double that of the 30fps that current HDMI standards are capable of producing.
New LX touted as world's lightest 14-inch notebook
Panasonic has launched three updated devices from its Let's Note range of notebooks in Japan. The 12.1-inch SX, 12.1-inch NX, and 14-inch LX models have all had upgrades to their specifications, with the 14-inch LX model being touted by the company as being the world's lightest 14-inch notebook, weighing in at 2.5 pounds.
Expects to ship in September for $1,000 for body alone
Panasonic has unveiled its new Micro Four Thirds camera, effectively confirming details in leaks over the last two weeks. The Lumix GX7 uses a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor combined with the Venus Engine image processor for Multi-process NR and Detail Reproduction Filter Process, allowing it to have a maximum sensitivity of ISO 25,600.
Panasonic reinvents the landline handset with Android
Panasonic has taken the humble landline phone and transformed it into something approaching a full Android smartphone. The new KX-PRX120 DECT digital cordless phone runs Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' and offers users full access to Google Play for downloading and running Android apps. A built-in front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera also allows users to make video calls with the handset, yet it still offers traditional landline functionality including an answering machine.
ISO 25,600, focus peaking, 1080p video recording touted in Lumix GX7
New, clearer images of the Panasonic Lumix GX7 have emerged, according to a new leak, along with a more complete specifications list of the Micro Four Thirds camera. The new shots, showing the front, back, and top of the GX7, shows the full 90-degree movement of the 2.76 million-dot electronic viewfinder, along with a better view of the top control dial and buttons.
New discs to help in data archiving, could be out by end of 2015
Sony and Panasonic are collaborating on a new optical disc format with a potential recording capacity of at least 300GB. The basic agreement between the two companies to develop the standard seeks to create professional-use optical discs aimed at the archiving market, and hopes to start selling the new discs to enterprise customers by the end of 2015.
Tilting rear LCD, Wi-Fi, NFC touted on new Micro Four Thirds camera
Panasonic will be adding a tilting electronic viewfinder to the upcoming Lumix GX7, according to images in a German photography magazine. The follow-up to the Micro Four Thirds Lumix GX1 will also apparently have a tilting three-inch display on the rear, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, and have image stabilization located on the 16 or 18-megapixel sensor.
Agrees to pay $56.5M in fines, jail time for executives
Panasonic has agreed to pay $56.5 million in fines for its part in price fixing conspiracies. The US Department of Justice announced that the Japanese electronics manufacturer will plead guilty for helping fix the prices of automotive parts and battery cells, which inflated the production cost of notebooks and cars for various manufacturers.
Ruggedized tablet aimed at military, pubic safety, healthcare
Rugged computer manufacturer Panasonic has announced upgrades to the Toughbook H2 handheld tablet PC. The ruggedized device improvements include a faster processor, expanded storage while maintaining the same durability, including the ability to survive a six-foot drop with no damage.
Panasonic adds Wi-Fi, NFC connectivity to cameras
Panasonic has revealed a pair of new cameras in the Lumix line. The Lumix DMC-LF1 is a 12-megapixel compact camera with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, while the Lumix DMC-G6 is a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds shooter capable of a high-speed burst mode at 7 frames per second, and a half-second booting time.
Contradicts claim that plasma panel development has ended
Reports that Panasonic will halt plasma-based HDTV production has been refuted by an executive as incorrect. Henry Hauser, vice president of merchandising at Panasonic USA has said that plasma panel development is still taking place, contradicting comments made by Panasonic Display vice president Kiyoshi Okamoto that the company had researched its last plasma panel.
Final panel created by Panasonic research and development teams
Panasonic has stopped development of plasma-based HD television panels, and is unlikely to start up research on the display technology again. Panasonic Display Vice President Kiyoshi Okamoto confirmed the closure of plasma research and development during an event where the company revealed the pricing for its line of HDTVs for 2013.
MST60 includes Miraconnect, Android equivalent to AirPlay
Electronics manufacturer Panasonic announced on Tuesday pricing and availability of its first-ever line of Streaming Media Players. The line-up, which were unveiled last month at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, features two models -- the DMP-MST60 with Viera Connect and Miracast, along with the DMP-MS10 featuring IP video on demand.
Previously leaked camera includes Wi-Fi, NFC
Panasonic has formally unveiled the Lumix GF6 Micro Four Thirds camera. As previously leaked, the new Lumix GF6 offers a number of improvements over the GF5 from last year, including the introduction of Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, alongside an upgrade from the GF5's 12.1-megapixel sensor to a 16-megapixel Live MOS version.
Near Field Communications added to Lumix GF6 for quick image sharing
Details relating to an upcoming Panasonic camera have leaked online. The Lumix GF6, an upcoming mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera expected to be announced on April 9th, is seen to have the same 16-megapixel sensor as used in the Lumix GX1, improving on the Lumix GF5, as well as built-in NFC for quick sharing of photos and videos between the camera and other devices.
Three-year plan would downsize entire Panasonic TV business
Panasonic is considering reducing its number of televisions over the next few years, according to reports. The Japanese electronics company is apparently looking at downsizing its entire TV business over a three-year period, starting next fiscal year, with the first casualty being Panasonic's plasma-based productions.
Detachable sound bars, orientation detection main features
Panasonic will be making a number of home theater systems available to order later this month. The SC-HTB770, SC-HTB370, SC-HTB70, and SC-HTB65, forming the company's 2013 range of systems, were initially revealed at CES in January alongside its 56-inch Ultra HD OLED TV, but are only now coming up for order through retail stores and through Panasonic itself.
Manufacturer turns around from $7.5B loss in previous quarter
Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic made a profit of 61.4 billion yen ($667 million) in the last quarter of 2012, according to recently released results. The profit comes after a turbulent year for the company, with a combination of a weak yen and various cost cutting measures helping to offset the continued slide of its product sales figures.
New models designed for compact, low footprint office use
Electronics manufacturer Panasonic announced today the new KV-S1026C and KV-S1015C personal workgroup document scanners, aimed at small and medium businesses looking to organize, sync and share documents or protect important physical records with digital archives. The KV-S1026C and KV-S1015C offer high-speed scanning of up to 30 pages per minute and 20 pages per minute, both at 200 DPI.
Protected 10.1-inch slate joined by 7-inch Android tablet
Panasonic has updated its Toughpad range of tablets with a pair of ruggedized offerings. The Toughpad FZ-G1, aimed at outdoor and vehicle-based users, is the company's first to run Windows 8 Pro, while the Toughpad JT-B1 is a heavily protected 7-inch Android tablet for use by mobile workers in public-facing and heavy-duty industries.
Claimed largest Ultra HD OLED TV
Panasonic was among the many tech giants focusing on Ultra HD and OLED display technology this week at CES. While other companies vied for industry records such as largest Ultra HD TV or largest OLED TV, Panasonic claims to have built the world's largest TV that combines both technologies. Electronista took a look at the prototype television on the CES show floor.
Smart TV features in many, top range includes 2D-3D coversion
Panasonic has outlined its 2103 Viera lines of LCD and plasma HDTVs, with a wide array of options available for future TV buyers. A total of 32 televisions have been detailed by the company, divided equally between plasma-based and non-plasma, and have been split into five plasma screen series and seven LED-based LCD display ranges.
P-02E to sport 1920x1080 display, Android 4.1.2
Panasonic has had another handset approved by the FCC, with filings from the regulatory body revealing what appears to be a high-end Android device. The P-02E sports a recent version of Jelly Bean, NFC, LTE, and a high-resolution screen. It doesn't appear to be coming to the United States any time soon, though; the filing has the device headed for Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo.
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Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony cameras added or improved
Apple has released a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, version 4.02, for Aperture 3.x and iPhoto '11. The new version improves the compatibility of the two applications with a number of new camera models that take pictures in RAW format. Models from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony are among those included in the update, which is just 5.04MB in size. The update works with the now-combined iPhoto and Aperture libraries, meaning only one update needs to be issued for users of both -- or either -- programs.