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If you own a 3D HDTV and have been waiting for Avatar 3D to drop on Blu-ray, it looks like you’ll have to wait a bit longer than originally planned if you don’t own a Panasonic Viera model television. The long-awaited title is the first 3D Blu-ray movie that will get serious attention from home theater enthusiasts, and is seemingly a huge opportunity to sell consumers on the technology, so it’s pretty disappointing that Panasonic scored this timed exclusive that will keep Avatar off of the store shelves for a while. The movie will come bundled with select Viera 3D models, but if you already own one, there will be a way for you to get in on it as well. Look for it before the end of 2010.
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This morning Panasonic hit us with the details of the forthcoming Lumix LX5 camera, and we’ve gotta say, it sounds awesome. Previously, the Lumix LX3 was the Lumix point-and-shoot that was most coveted in the line, with Panasonic focusing that camera on being able to take fantastic photos, despite boasting fewer megapixels than competing models. The LX5 takes things to the next level. It keeps the 10-megapixel CCD sensor (which we like,) and improves upon dynamic range and low-light performance. It’s got a better Leica lens and a new image processing engine—again, all focused on making your photos look great.
The Lumix LX5 Leica lens is an F2.0 24mm, and has 3.8x optical zoom (the LX3 has 2.0 zoom.) Obviously, if you want more zoom, you’ll have to look elsewhere, but if you can live with that limitation, you should seriously check this one out. It also records 720p video in AVCHD, and has an LED backlit display for better color reproduction and better visibility outdoors. Rounding things out are image stabilization, face recognition, and creative movie mode. The Lumix LX5 goes on sale in August for $499.
We just got the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 digital camera in for review, and we must say, we are pretty stoked. We were big fans of last year’s DMC-ZS3, and the ZS7 improves upon that model with a 16x intelligent optical zoom, 12.1 megapixel images, much improved facial recognition, and GPS integration. We’re excited to put this one through the paces, especially with the built-in geotagging, and we will have that to you soon. In the meantime, we’ve put together a Lumix DMC-ZS7 unboxing gallery to show off the goods. Check it out!
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Last January, we got a chance to see Panasonic‘s 3D demonstration on their 103-inch screen, and it appears that the company was able to shrink it down for the typical consumer, and they’ll be showing it off at CEATEC 2009 next week. Their 50-inch screen is meant for the typical consumer (starting with early adopters.) To take advantage of 3D on this set, you need to use it alongside a 3D-compatible Blu-ray player along with shutter glasses. There is no word on a price point, but these 3D TVs should be all the rage next year.
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Panasonic‘s new Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera has a lot to brag about with its 12.1-megapixel lens, ISO 3200 sensitivity, 720p 30fps AVCHD Lite or Motion JPEG video recording, HDMI out, and 3-inch LCD. Panasonic will be selling the Lumix camera will be sold as two kits. One kit will have the camera with a flat 20mm/f17 lens, and the other with a 14-45mm/f3.5-5.6 zoom. Each of these kits is priced at $900, so that’s kind of a bummer, especially considering that the Olympus E-P1 is $100 less and lists better specs.
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If bigger is truly always better, we know a lot of you would upgrade your television before anything else. The 85-inch Panasonic TH-85PF12U is the next big thing in the HDTV realm. It’s a 1080p set that’s 3.9 inches deep. Oh, and it costs $30,000. Sure that may be equivalent to your annual salary, but isn’t this 260-pound bad-boy worth it?
By the way, a 42-inch 720p monitor was priced at $30,000 ten years ago. You could fit four 42-inch monitors in the space that this 85-inch screen covers. Wow. The times, the are a-changin’.
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In case you were asleep on the Internet last week, James Cameron’s long awaited film Avatar just launched its first teaser trailer. All I can say is “it’s about time,” because I’ve been hearing about Avatar for years. Word is that James Cameron, who hasn’t given us a decent blockbuster since that one with the big sinking ocean liner, had to reinvent cinema technology to give us this 3D science-fiction epic.
It would appear that Panasonic is getting behind Cameron by helping to promote it by bringing their huge 103-inch screens to locations everywhere to show people the 3D effects. I got a chance to see Panasonic’s 3D television at CES, and it was quite something.
All I can say is that Avatar had better be worth this kind of promotion. If it is the Titanic hit that people believe it will be, than I have no doubt that 3D will soon become the new standard of big blockbuster movies.
In the meantime, check out the teaser trailer below:
The toy robot, Evoia, that you see in the picture here has actually broken two Guinness World Records. The first was its climb of the Grand Canyon, and the other is the “longest distance covered by a battery-operated remote controlled model car”.
Yes, you can watch the YouTube video below of Evoia trailing a car going 0.6 miles per hour on the historic Le Mans race track. It traveled for 24 hours, covering 14.82 miles, on just two EVOLTA AA alkaline batteries.
I’ll be Evoia is feeling good about itself, and I’m sure the Energizer Bunny wants to kill him.
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I don’t know about you, but I use my microSD reader just about everyday to retrieve information from my camera, so it stands to reason that movies should be released onto microSDs.
This is exactly what Disney and Panasonic have teamed up to do. These will “accompany DVDs that hold similar movie content, giving viewers more options when it comes to viewing their recently purchased movie”.
So far, plans have been in effect for DVD + microSD bundles of Pirates of the Caribbean and National Treasure, to be released sometime in November.
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