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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Panasonic is giving away 30 products in 30 days on their Living in HD community site. You only have about a week left to win your choice of an MP-BD80 Blu-Ray Player, a 12.1 Megapixel LUMIX DMC-TS1 or a 16GB HDC-TM20 camcorder. Note that in order to enter the contest, you have to join the community with your email addy, a full profile and upload either a photo or video. This is a definite commitment.
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A few months ago, Panasonic released the amazing Lumix DMC-ZS3 digital camera, and we immediately took notice. After all, a point-and-shoot that features 10.1 megapixels, a 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens, and an astounding 12x optical zoom was certainly something that commanded attention. The camera also boasts a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens and records high definition 720p video in AVCHD Lite format, at 60 frames per second no less. We were finally able to get our hands on one now that the Lumix ZS3 isn’t constantly sold out everywhere we turn, and we’ve put together a gallery of Panasonic Lumix ZS3 unboxing images to show off the camera itself. Our pal Nate True has been using it, and from all accounts, he loves it. You can pick up a Panasonic Lumix ZS3 at Amazon.
Take a look at Panasonic’s 10.4-inch notebook. Dubbed Let’s Note Light, the portable PC features a 1.4 GHz Intel 2 Solo SU3500 or Duo SU9400 Processor, 2GB RAM upgradable to 4GB, 64GB SSD, a 9 hr. battery life and both WiFi and Ethernet compatibility. Retailing for about $1,750.00, the R8 CF-R8WWLAJP is only available in Japan for now. We expect a holiday release as it will certainly be a contender with those specs.
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Panasonic has released the supposedly first portable Blu-ray Disc Player. The DMP-B15K has an 8.9-inch WSVGA LCD Screen, a PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus, 2 1/2 hours battery life, a built-in LAN port and can playback photos. With its signature Viera Cast, it can handle Internet content such as Amazon VOD, YouTube and Google. Nice as the player looks, you might want to wait for the next generation, as the DMP-B15K will set you back $799.99.
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We’ve been playing with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 for a few days, and can’t deny how impressed we are. While we work on our Lumix LX3 review, we figured we’d hit you guys up with a quick Lumix LX3 unboxing gallery of the device. We’ve snapped a good 16 images showing you the Lumix LX3, along with everything else that’s included in the box. Our only regret? That we couldn’t use the Lumix LX3 to shoot the unboxing of itself. It’s that good.
Enjoy the gallery, and stay tuned for our review.
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