Panasonic has unveiled its 2013 home entertainment and photography range at a product launch in Adelaide, with a host of new VIERA televisions, Blu-ray players, sound systems, LUMIX cameras and camcorders set to hit Australian homes in the coming months.
The company’s new television line-up consists of six new Smart VIERA plasma models ranging from 50in to 65in screens, and 19 new LED LCD models with IPS panels ranging from 24in to 60in. The new line-up boast Panasonic’s new ‘My Home Screen’ functionality, an updated ‘Swipe and Share 2.0’ feature and sleek new designs.
The My Home Screen feature, available on all 25 models, utilises face recognition and voice control, apps and web browsing to allow users to customise their own viewing experience. Users can personalise sidebars that surround the displayed channel with social media feeds, apps and online content from a number of templates.
Swipe to Share 2.0 enables video and photo content displayed on a tablet or smartphone to be easily shared with the new range of televisions with an upward flick of the finger. The feature also allows content to move from the television to any Wi-Fi-connected iOS or Android smart device.
The revamped television line-up offers a range of new features and choice for customers according to Panasonic Australia Product Marketing Manager, LCD TV and VIERA, Maetham Roomi.
“Panasonic’s expanded range of IPS LED LCD TVs offer the ultimate choice in form and functionality,” Roomi said. “With advanced design, outstanding picture quality, easy operation and improvements to connectivity – this is our strongest line-up yet.
“The new range of Smart VIERA Plasma TVs has evolved to a more personalised experience in the home. Viewers can now choose how they create, enjoy and share content like never before. With a new clean and simple design they will complement any Australian home.”
The Japanese company’s new LUMIX camera line-up consists of seven new compact cameras and six camcorders. The new compact cameras range from tough compacts for use in all conditions including underwater photography to super-slim, lightweight models. The top-of-the-range 18.1 megapixel LUMIX DMC-TZ40 and 16.1 megapixel LUMIX DMC-FT5, both priced at $499 and on the shelves in May, include in-built NFC photo sharing capabilities, GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity, Full HD video capture and a number of colour options.
Featuring a dustproof, 2m shockproof and 13m waterproof design, the DMC-FT5 is a tough and smart digital camera for outdoor use, according to Panasonic.
“The DMC-FT5 has the image quality and durability that allows you to take the best shot possible, regardless of the conditions. Plus Wi-Fi expands the scope of capturing and sharing your images,” Panasonic Australia LUMIX Product Manager Doug Cambell said.
The 16.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-SZ9 ($299), 7m-waterproof LUMIX DMC-FT25 ($249) and 16.1 megapixel, thinly designed LUMIX DMC-XS1 ($129) complete the new compact camera range.
Panasonic’s camcorder line-up features a five-camera HC range with Full 1080p HD video and, for the high-end models, Wi-Fi functionality. The sixth camcorder in Panasonic’s 2013 line-up is the HX-WA30 – a vertical camcorder offering Wi-Fi and a 10m waterproof, 1.5m shockproof tough design.
The HX-WA30 comes in blue or orange for $399 while the HC camcorder range begins at $299 for the HC-V110 and reaches $1699 for the top-of-the-line HC-X920M – which offers SNS tablet and smartphone sharing and DNLA TV sharing.
Panasonic’s Blu-ray and sound system ranges have also been updated, with a new 2D Blu-ray player, smarter content sharing options, slim soundbars, powerful home theatre options and wireless music systems.
Panasonic Australia Product Manager for Audio, Blu-ray and DVD Anthony Smyth said: “As an innovator in sound technology Panasonic has launched a range of home theatre systems to meet every Australian’s needs. The Home Theatre Sound Bar Systems and Wireless Speakers are designed to complement any Australian home, while the wireless dock [for compact music systems] provides excellent sound for the growing tablet market.”
Panasonic has also cut down the start-up time for the 2013 range of Blu-ray players, reducing waiting times from 20 seconds to a speedy one second from standby mode.
Panasonic’s full 2013 range will be available over the coming months.