Panasonic, a Japanese company sponsor of the Tokyo Olympics, has shown in Madrid all its novelties for 2020, both on televisions and on cameras and audio equipment.
The appointment has served to release a new product category, which is added to its already varied proposal of devices: headphones or headphones of the true wireless type (completely wireless) equipped with the function that incorporates the most complete headphones, the cancellation of noise.
In the case of Panasonic S500W models and its subsidiary Technics brand, the AZ70W, it is a double noise cancellation. With Dual Hybrid Noise Canceling technology, they not only cancel outside noise, but also inside (Feedforward Noise Canceling and Feedback Noise Canceling). With this second microphone integrated internally, the isolation rises and is total, according to Panasonic.
Technics AZ70W are about true wireless premium in every way, from its finish to its audio system (and its price, of course). With a button-type design, they mix plastic with some aluminum parts, and noise cancellation is enhanced than in other models.
Of course, for the cancellation microphone to work properly (and the headphones do not get out of the ear) it is necessary to put them well in the ear (when introducing it, you must turn them so that the rubber pads adapt perfectly). In autonomous, they are also pointers: with a single charge you enjoy eight hours of music and with the 24-hour charging case. Its recommended price is 279 euros ($ 311 dollars).
one from two
With a button design similar to Technics, but with less careful aesthetics, the Panasonic S500W headphones also feature the double noise cancellation system and their high-performance MEMS microphones incorporate a unique structure to suppress wind noise. If you don't want so much isolation, activate the ambient sound mode. These headphones, too, are empowered to speak on the phone clearly. They will be sold in black or gray.
If you do not want or do not need headphones with noise cancellation, the Panasonic S300W model dispenses with this technology. In design, they are identical to the S500W, but they are smaller and offer less autonomy. And they are more affordable, of course. They will be marketed in black, gray and green.
All new headphones are compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri. They go on sale in May, at least in Spain.
TVs for cinfilos
From that same month, the Japanese company will sell its new proposals on OLED TVs. There are three models (HZ2000, HZ1500 and HZ1000) and each one can be purchased in sizes of 55 and 65 inches. The three will delight the most cinephile as they are compatible with Dolby's latest in image, Dolby Vision IQ, and incorporate the Filmmaker Mode along with Intelligent Sensing technology.
The latter helps all the parameters of the TV adapt to the lighting in the room. It does not consist of a conventional image sensor that adjusts the image to the amount of light, but “analyzes the light of the room, the color temperature and the level of illumination and, depending on these parameters, optimizes the color gamut , reviews and varies the color saturation and, in addition, improves the level of detail, ”said Jordi Rincn, senior marketing manager of the television division of Panasonic Spain.
Filmmaker Mode is an image mode agreed by the UHD association, of which other manufacturers and Hollywood film studios are also part. With this function, the TV shows the images as they have been filmed by the director of the film or series.
The highest model in the range, HZ2000, and the intermediate, HZ1500, are equipped with a soundbar at the bottom, a subwoofer in the center of the screen for low frequencies and two speakers, located in the upper area, pointing to the ceiling. All this technology allows to offer 360 degree sound. In the HZ2000, this surround sound system is designed by Technics and goes beyond being a home cinema system: it is also prepared for the user to listen to music. Another difference in the higher range is that its OLED panel provides 20 percent more illumination (reaches 1,200 nits) than a conventional panel.
All televisions are compatible with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, and are adjustable with rotating bases. The 55-inch HZ1000 cost about 2,000 euros ($ 2,230 dollars) and 3.00o euros ($ 3,346 dollars) that of 65. The HZ2000, 2,300 and 3,300 euros ($ 2,566 and $ 3,681 dollars), respectively. For the HZ2000, the values will be 3,300 and 4,300 euros ($ 3,681 and $ 4,796 dollars), depending on the size.
The first mirrorless camera approved by Netflix
Netflix, when it makes its own series, demands some requirements and there are only a few cameras on the market that are suitable for recording. In this way, it controls the quality of its productions. The Panasonic Lumix S1H camera, designed for professional-level video recordings, can claim to be the only one in the market of the mirrorless type that is approved by Netflix. That is, it meets the requirements of Netflix for its productions (Netflix 4k Originals), thanks to the integration of 10-bit ALL-I cdec 4: 2: 2 to 400 Mbps, unlimited recording and logarmic curve, among other features. In Spain "parts of a series with the S1H are being recorded, although I can't tell you why they are in production," says Mirko Scaletti, director of Panasonic for Spain and Portugal. The body of the S1H is worth 4,000 euros.