Panasonic has announced the pricing and street date for their upcoming PZ850-series Viera plasma and reminded us that the HDTV’s will be Internet enabled and be able to surf YouTube clips or Picasa web albums without needing another device.
The 46-inch and 50-inch models will be available in mid-June with the 46-inch going for $3,100 and the 50-inch for $3,500.
The remaining larger sets in the line aren’t expected until sometime this fall and the 58-inch set will go for $4,300 and the 65-inch for $8,000.
Panasonic has announced a new Wi-Fi enabled digital camera, the Lumix DMC-TZ50.
The TZ50 is a 9.1 megapixel digital point and shoot camera with a 28mm wide-angle lens, 10x optical zoom and the ability to record HD video.
Nice but that alone isn’t what sets it apart from the pack.
What does? The built-in Wi-Fi.
Using a built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi radio the TZ50 is able to connect to T-Mobile HotSpots to wirelessly transfer photos to Picasa Web Albums so that they can be shared right away with friends and family.
Look for the Lumix DMC-TZ50 to hit stores in May for $449.94.
Check out the full press release here if you’re interested.
According to a post in The Nikkei, Pioneer will stop producing their own plasma panels. That doesn’t mean that they will stop making and selling plasma TV’s, just that they will no longer be making their own plasma panels to go in them.
Pioneer already has a deal with Panasonic to provide them with 42-inch plasma panels and while it hasn’t been announced yet Panasonic will likely be providing them with all of their plasma panels moving forward.
It will be interesting to see how this impacts the award winning Pioneer Kuro screens.
Anyone who has been following high-definition televisions lately will probably heard of something called OLED, or organic light-emitting diode.
Offering gorgeous picture quality while drawing less energy than plasma or LCD televisions, some believe that OLED televisions are the future. There are two big drawbacks right now, however:
- Its very expensive (an 11-inch Sony OLED TV retails for $2,500).
- Relatively short lifespan.
Toshiba and Panasonic have some up with a way to solve the second of those two problems with a new technology that can double the lifespan of OLED displays, pushing its expected life past that of LCD displays.
Inside the 20.8-inch prototype display, a metal membrane helps deliver light from polymers in the substrate throughout the glass surface more efficiently than current OLED’s. The result is the same picture quality with half the brightness and a doubling of the screens expected life.
No televisions have been announced yet that will be using his new technology, things are currently just at the prototype stage.