The home entertainment arms race has evolved to include factors like pixel counts, connectivity and even screen shape. But the importance of size...that will never change. Meet the TV heavyweights of 2014 that redefine big.
February of 2009 was a sad month for videophiles: Pioneer, maker of the critically acclaimed Kuro ("Black" in Japanese) line of premium HDTVs with best-in-class blacks, announced that it was throwing in the towel. Carrying the torch for the ailing plasma market fell to Panasonic, who dutifully purchased many of Pioneer's patents. While consumers saw plenty of bells and whistles grafted onto TVs launched in the following years, no set managed to best the Kuro's picture quality -- until now. Panasonic's flagship ZT60 series ($3,000) has finally dethroned the king.
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Panasonic Lumix GM1
Measuring in at shorter than four inches long and just over two inches tall, this is one diminutive mirrorless rig. Panasonic jams in a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, a three-inch touchscreen, wi-fi capability and a
When in 2004 Epson released the R-D1, the world’s first mirrorless digital camera, photographers weren’t sure what to make of it. Ten years later every major camera company has thrown their proverbial hat into the mirrorless ring. In fact, with digital sensors equal to those found in DSLRs, interchangeable pro-quality lenses, and magnesium-alloy construction, mirrorless cameras are quickly becoming the choice of many professionals looking to downsize their gear. It's safe to say 2014 will be the year of the mirrorless camera, and we've rounded up our favorites to help you prepare.
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If you’re like us, you have a long list of gear you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, along with bank accounts and eagle-eyed spouses, leaving your gadget desires unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series "Want This, Get This" presents a lust-worthy piece of gear along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. In this installment, we put the Sharp Elite PRO-60X5FD and the Panasonic TC-PST60 head to head.
Panasonic Streaming Media Player
Panny's two new media streaming boxes essentially work like an AppleTV for Android users. Both have access to popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and feature Miracast, a new wireless streaming technology currently popular
We've all got one. Maybe it's you: The mediaphile in the family who's impossible to shop for because he has it all and he's seen it all -- twice. His TV? Projected. His surround sound? 9.2. His wardrobe? Needs work. His love of movies and music has been fueled in
The pocket-sized compact camera market, a crowded field where convenience and the almighty megapixel have long come at the sacrifice of photographer-driven adjustability, just added something for the budding enthusiast. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 replaces the LX5 and adds a
We kicked off 2012 by visiting not-so-beautiful Las Vegas to attend CES, with the hope of getting a head start on the exciting new products that will launch over the coming year. While we'll continue to highlight gadgets revealed
You might not consider a grip the most identifiable feature of a new camera, but for the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 ($699), that's exactly the case. The successor to the mighty successful GF1, a camera we've recommended time and time
While every other tablet maker has been focused on cramming components into ever-shrinking casings, Panasonic has been hard at work applying the engineering tricks of their Toughbook laptop line to an even more portable device. The result is a newly announced
Panasonic's much-lauded line of GF continues its westward expansion with the new Lumix GF3 ($700), and like the GF2 that came before it, the GF3 is even smaller and easier to use. Inside is a 12MP sensor with a faster
If you watch any TV, you've probably seen some commercial touting how 3D technology will revolutionize the way you live. Most likely it also involved Dolphins or some other funny sea creature. When you put all of the marketing-laced messaging and
How do you create a follow-up to one of the most groundbreaking and beloved cameras in recent history? First, don't mess with it - stick with incremental improvements. And thankfully, Panasonic has done exactly that. The conservative, but welcome updates include:
When it comes to shooting on the go, one camera that rarely leaves my side is the Panasonic Lumix GF1. In combination with the versatile, tack-sharp 20mm (40mm effective) pancake lens, it fits nearly all my shooting needs. Interestingly, Panasonic's recent
Eager to make the leap from flat, unsaturated, amateur looking home videos? Well, good news. Panasonic pulled back more of the curtain on the soon-to-be-fabled AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds HD (Price: TBD) camcorder and we couldn't help ourselves from sharing what they
The biggest barrier holding back most men from amping up their home audio experience after price is set up inconvenience. Panasonic's decided to release the SC-ZT2 ($850) "7.1-channel" home theater system to eliminate this hassle and provide an enticement
Hello My Lumix, Hello My Touchscreen, Hello My Four Thirds Cam
Building on the already successful line of Micro Four Thirds based cameras, Panasonic has announced their latest DSLR, the Lumix DMC-G2. Based on its venerable predecessor G1 body, the Lumix DMC-G2 will feature a new touch control shooting interface, 12.1 megapixel
We're willing to bet that for most of you, you're electric shaver is either a Gillette, Norelco, or Braun. But we both know you love options, otherwise you wouldn't be reading Gear Patrol, and we've got a higher end option for
Why Less Is More When Shopping For A Whopping New TV
Since its commercial deployment over half a century ago, no bit of household technology has enraptured the attention and the desires of man like the television. After all, we are exceptionally visual creatures. A man must love
Waterproof and shockproof gadgets are becoming a regular sight in electronics. That's a good thing. The Panasonic SDR-SW20 uses a rugged compact body with waterproofing that lets you use it underwater (up to five feet). It's shock-proofing lets it withstand four foot drops
Out in the field or down in the dirt, the durable Panasonic Toughbook 30 is built to take a beating. MIL-STD-810F-tested for ruggedness, this brawny workhorse is encased in magnesium alloy, with durability designed into every seal, hinge and connector. Plus,