Samsung has been one of the most aggressive manufacturers in the Blu-ray market, releasing the very first player, the BD-P1000, and then following it up with the BD-P1200 and the BD-P1400 relatively quickly. The BD-P1500 is the next product in the line, and it looks to be an incremental improvement on the mostly well-reviewed BD-P1400. One of the biggest upgrades is that it's Blu-ray Profile 1.1 compliant, which means it can play back the "picture-in-picture" features available on some new Blu-ray discs coming out this year. The other important upgrade is soundtrack support, as the BD-P1500 … Read more
Casio is unveiling a radical departure from its basic point-and-shoot camera roots Sunday, the $1,000 Exilim Pro EX-F1 that the company says can shoot 60 still images per second or movies at 1,200 frames per second.
The camera has a 6-megapixel complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor and a 12x zoom range, the company plans to announce at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. When using the sensor at its full resolution, the camera can take up to 60 images in a high-speed burst, with different frame rates possible. For example, a photographer can set the camera … Read more
Panasonic has detailed its 2008 home-theater-in-a-box line, which includes three models in the consumer-friendly sub-$500 range. In and of itself, that's not big news--except that we've frequently found Panasonic HTIBs (such as 2007's SC-PT750) to deliver a great bang for the buck.
All of the systems come with five-disc DVD changers, iPod flip-down docks with audio and video playback capabilties, and HDMI upscaling up to 1080p. Furthermore, the $400 SC-PT760 and $500 SC-PT960 models include a wireless rear speaker module in the box (it's sold separately as an upgrade on the entry-level $300 SC-PT660). The SC-PT760 comes with front speaker stands while the SC-PT960 has tallboy-style front-, left-, and right-channel speakers. For a more detailed look at what each system has to offer, consult the chart after the jump.
On the high-end, Panasonic's SC-BT100 includes an integrated Blu-ray player (that's Profile 1.1 compatible to boot). The yet-to-be-priced system will compete with the currently available Samsung HT-BD2 when it's released in May 2008.… Read more
Sharp has always offered high-end (read:expensive) LCDs, but its new line of "Special Edition" models hits a new level. The Aquos SE94 series consists of the 65-inch LC-65SE94U, 52-inch LC-52SE94U, and 46-inch LC-46SE94U, which have list prices of $11,000, $4,200 and $3,200, respectively. For your extra dollars, the series features a unique "Cornerstone" design and also has Aquos Net functionality built-in. Aquos Net allows the TV to pull down content from the Internet using the set's Ethernet port, although Sharp only mentions basic functions like checking the weather or getting stock … Read more
As a fellow CNET blogger found, security at the CES shooed us looky-loos away before we had time to poke around too much. There are, however, some observations to be gleaned from today's teasers. We'll all be treated with gadget after gadget starting tomorrow: I've seen devices like HDTV's that massage your back while it makes you a sandwich (no, not really), phones deaf people (yes, really), toys galore (lead-free let's hope) to name a few. But for now, out of the 700+ exhibitors, about 80+ are from, or list Shenzhen in their company's … Read more
The Panasonic SDR-S7 is a new ultracompact camcorder that records its footage to SD and SDHC cards. The slim shooter looks similar to the rugged SW20, though it lacks any waterproof, shockproof, or dustproof attributes. It features a 10x optical zoom lens and a 2.7-inch flip-out LCD screen, and a Quick Start feature Panasonic claims lets it start recording just 0.6 second after opening it. The SDR-S7 ships in May, with a suggested retail price of $300. … Read more
Samsung's flat-panel LCD introductions at CES 2008 comprise four series of televisions, namely the entry-level 4 (720p) and 5 (1080p) series models and the higher-end 6 and 7 series displays. One of the major differences between the two groups of two series is that the screens of the entry-level models have a matte finish, while the screens of the more expensive models use the same kind of shiny screen--albeit an updated version--that we complained about with last year's LN-T4665F and other high-end models.
Aside from the screen, the Samsung press release mentions a 178-degree viewing angle (the same … Read more
In the race to find that tiny inkling of a feature to differentiate one product from another, the lure of an easily recognizable term, like, oh, say, "3D," can overwhelm such petty concerns as actual real-world usefulness. Samsung introduced its first 3D-ready HDTVs last year in the form of a few DLP-based rear-projection models, like the HL-T5687S, but the company's 2008 PNA450P series are the first flat-screens to get 3D readiness. The series includes two models, the 42-inch PN42A450P and the 50-inch PN50A450P.
To get the extra dimension out of these models you'll need to purchase … Read more
The onslaught of new car stereos continues on the first day of action here at CES with another trio of single-disc receivers from Panasonic. The CQ-RX400U, CQ-RX200U and CQ-RX100U all come with front-mounted auxiliary input jacks for connecting digital audio players, while the top-of-the-range CQ-RX400U features a USB 2.0 port for playback of audio from iPods, flash drives, and other generic mass storage devices. The CQ-RX400U and CQ-RX200U can be connected to Panasonic's external module for XM/ Sirius Satellite radio; and Bluetooth hands-free phone calling. All three devices feature a 4 x 50W (max) amp and a 3-band … Read more
Panasonic just revealed a new waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof compact camcorder at today's CES press conference. According to Panasonic, the new SW20 can handle dunks in up to 5 feet of water, drops from up to 4 feet, and will keep most dust out of its pint-size, colorful casing.
Though Panasonic has been producing its rugged Toughbooks for several years now, its camcorders have had this persistent quirk of breaking if you drop them several feet or submerge them in water. The SW20 is the first rugged, waterproof camcorder I've seen so far from Panasonic (last year's … Read more