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Panasonic says AX900 (pictured) and AX850 owners can look forward to deeper blacks, less m...

Despite the relative lack of viewing content, Panasonic already offers a number of 4K TVs. That range is about to grow and improve with the release of two new flagship models. Panasonic says the new 65-in AX900 and 85-in AX850 deliver the best picture performance of any of its TVs.  Read More

The CG-320 makes a AAA look pretty big

While keeping batteries small and light is definitely a factor with electronic devices in general, it becomes particularly important when dealing with wearable electronics such as smart glasses. With that in mind, Panasonic has just announced its CG-320. Measuring 20 x 3.5 mm, it's being billed as "the industry's smallest cylindrical shaped rechargeable Lithium Ion battery."  Read More

Panasonic has revealed a trio of Lumix cameras with large sensors

Panasonic is running with the idea of small devices with big sensors at Photokina this year. The firm has revealed a trio of Lumix devices including the CM1, an Android smartphone/camera hybrid with a one-inch type camera sensor, and the smaller-than-average GM5 mirrorless shooter. Also outed was the compact LX100, which boasts a large 4/3-inch sensor.  Read More

The Reference Class system ready for a listening demo (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Technics is back. Panasonic has unveiled the first new hi-fi products from the highly-regarded brand in 6 years. The first two premium ranges out of the starting gate are the Reference Class R1 Series and the Premium Class C700 Series. Both ranges including a stereo amplifier, a network audio streamer and speakers (and the C700 also gets a CD player).  Read More

Panasonic's HC-X1000 is the first camcorder capable of recording 4K ultra HD video at 60 f...

Panasonic has announced the HC-X1000, the first camcorder capable of recording 4K ultra HD video at 60 frames per second onto an SD card. Intended as a bridging camera for 1080p shooters looking to take the step into 4K production, the X1000 brings a host of pro features to the table, including twin XLR audio inputs, built in ND filters, a 20x zoom, high speed autofocus Leica lens and a pop-out protected touch screen. With dual SD card slots, it also introduces a new "background recording" mode that constantly lays down footage on the secondary card so you never miss anything.  Read More

Batteries for EVs like this Tesla Model S could be getting cheaper and more plentiful, onc...

If electric vehicles are to ultimately become as popular as Tesla hopes they will, then a whole lot of cost-effective batteries are going to be needed. That's why earlier this year, the automaker proposed a "Gigafactory" where it could crank out huge quantities of batteries. By making so many, it could drive down the price per battery via economy of scale. Yesterday, the company announced that it and Panasonic had signed an agreement to build that factory.  Read More

The Toughpad FZ-E1 runs on Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, while the FZ-X1 is home to Andro...

Panasonic has added two new additions to its range of rugged Toughpad tablets designed for workers on the move. Both ready-for-anything 5-inch slates can shrug off being dropped on concrete, dive under water, and even include a built-in heater to help keep things moving in sub-zero temperatures. They promise a long battery life, include a nifty rain-sensing feature that prevents accidental activation of the HD touch panel by falling rain, and and are available with voice and data connectivity. The only marked difference between the two is the operating system running the show, the FZ-E1 coming with Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld and the FZ-X1 home to Android 4.2.2.  Read More

Gizmag compares the Panasonic FZ1000 and the Sony RX10

Bridge cameras, with their fixed super-zoom lenses, have traditionally offered users a great focal range, but not necessarily the image quality to match. That changed with the Sony RX10, which used a large one-inch-type sensor to boost photographic quality. But now there's a new challenger on the block, the Panasonic FZ1000, which offers much of what makes the RX10 great, and a bit more too. Here Gizmag looks at how the two cameras compare.  Read More

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 aims to be an all-in-one do-anything camera

Following in the footsteps of the Sony RX10, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is another DSLR-style bridge camera featuring a large one-inch-type 20-megapixel sensor. But this model has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, including a lens which can zoom to an impressive 400-mm equivalent, the ability to record 4K video, and a lower price tag.  Read More

Panasonic's Resyone robotic bed transforms into an electric wheelchair (Photo: Gizmag)

There's a lot of talk about Japan's rapidly aging society, and how it is expected to literally place a heavy burden on the island nation's caregivers. Among the many projected problems is a smaller pool of health care workers amidst a growing tide of elderly who require around-the-clock care. With that kind of workload, nurses are more likely to injure themselves or their patients when lifting them into and out of bed. Various solutions are in the works, such as a giant lifting robot that looks like a teddy bear, but few are as practical as Panasonic's Resyone robotic bed. It recently became the first to be certified ISO13482 compliant, the new global safety standard for service robots.  Read More

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