Right then: let’s not muck about. Panasonic’s just left the stage at IFA 2011, having showed the world what it’s got coming out. There’s a few bits to talk about across Panasonic’s main two facets: TVs and Cameras. Let’s go with TVs first…
The Viera range is set to join the world of IPTV connected sets. By communicating with a cloud server, Viera Smart TVs will be able to access Viera Smart Conncet - a virtual world of apps, shopping, social networking and gaming.
Although it didn’t work in the demo, Panasonic claims that you’ll be able to play online Gameloft games with other Viera Smart owners across the web. You can also buy software and hardware (such as webcams, keyboards and 3D glasses) by setting up a credit account.
Games, music and more are saved to an SD card, and it can all be controlled via Apple’s iPad - even Twitter, which lets you comment and view your feed while still watching whatever’s on, picture in picture stylee.
Two new Lumix cams are coming your way, both featuring the G System that’s done so well for Panasonic over the past couple of years. The first is the Lumix DMC-FX90, which boasts WiFi for easy uploading, as well as a 24mm wide angle lens, 12.1-Meg sensor and 5x optical zoom.
The second is the DMC-FZ150, a cam with a massive 24x optical zoom and AVCHD progressive video recording. Panasonic mentioned that it’s also working on a twin lens 3D compact camera, although it kept the details on that one firmly under wraps.
Other cameras and lenses
Prosumers rejoice: the HDC Z10000 ticks all the boxes, filming in full HD 3D and bringing all of Pan’s top recording tech to the table in a relatively small package. The other big news was a brand new range of lenses, called the Premium Lens X series.
The H-PS14042 and H-PS45175 are the first two out of the block. They’re easily attachable to all of Panasonic’s cameras, and boast Nano surface coating, aspherical lens, HD and more.
And any other business?
Panasonic says it want so to be the number one green ‘innovation’ tech company by 2018, talking about how it has and will help(ed) with the aftermath of the Japan Tsunami and Earthquake. This goes as far as building a sustainable ‘smart town’ of 1000 homes that’re powered by solar power. Excess power built up by this process will even be sold off to energy companies, meaning no one there will have to pay any ‘leccy bills. Ideas for Life indeed…
There's no word on pricing as yet, but we'll keep this post updated. As for launch dates, Panasonic's sticking to a rather vague 'Autumn'. For all the news from IFA 2011, keep it locked to T3.com and be sure to let us know what you think of the news on the T3 Twitter feed.