The category of interchangeable-lens cameras subsumes a variety of capabilities and designs. You have the familiar dSLRs, large-bodied models that use a reflex mirror to enable the use of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder. Then there are Sony's SLT (Single-Lens Translucent) models, which incorporate the same phase-detection autofocus system as dSLRs, but with a fixed mirror that requires the use of an electronic viewfinder (EVF) rather than an optical one. And then there are the mirrorless models, which generally use contrast-detection autofocus and, if they have a viewfinder, it's an EVF. Though they're sometimes referred to as "compact system cameras," they're not all compact; in fact, only a handful could really be classified as such.… Read more
Sony and Panasonic aim to provide a big boost to the amount of data that can be housed on a single disc.
The two companies will work together to create a new standard for an optical disc capable of recording at least 300GB of information, Panasonic announced Monday. The goal is to unveil the actual technology before the end of 2015. The new disc format will be targeted toward professional users, specifically businesses that need to archive huge amounts of data for long-term storage.
Pointing to one potential customer, Sony cited the video production industry, including motion picture houses and … Read more
Editors' note: This post was updated August 21, 2013, with new information.
As of today, you can buy an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV from LG and Samsung. On the horizon are models from Sony and Panasonic. The long-awaited release of these next-generation televisions is finally starting to happen.
So what's the big deal? In CNET's first in-depth look at an OLED TV, Samsung's KN55S9C, David Katzmaier said it "produces the best picture I've seen on any TV, ever." It's also thin, bendable and oh so futuristic. Just about everybody agrees OLED is heir apparent to plasma and LED LCD for TV display technology supremacy--despite its current problems.
Here's what we know, as of right now.… Read more
If you want the most zoom range in a compact camera, it looks like you'll be buying a Panasonic.
The Lumix DMC-FZ70, announced Wednesday, is fitted with a 60x f2.8-5.9 20-1200mm lens, which tops the 50x zoom lenses found on models from Sony, Fujifilm, and Canon. Not bad for a camera that measures 5.1 inches wide by 3.8 inches high by 4.7 inches deep and weighs 1.3 pounds.
All of those 50x zoom cameras share the FZ70's maximum focal length of 1200mm, so you're not gaining anything at the telephoto end. (… Read more
The trilogy that is the Panasonic Breakfast Collection is now complete. Joining the electric kettle and the coffeemaker is the Panasonic NT-ZP1V Stainless Steel and Glass Toaster. Initially back-ordered while the other two countertop appliances enjoyed their moments to shine, the toaster is now available at a price of $199.95 and ships in one to three business days.
This brings the curtain down on Panasonic's Breakfast Collection for the moment. The three matching appliances are available in violet or in a cool smoke finish. Decking out the kitchen with distinctive design does not come cheap, however; the three … Read more
Hot water has a way of transforming things; coffee, tea, and soup would all be very different without it. Like any transformative technology, it all has to start somewhere. Sitting on the kitchen countertop, electric teakettles are convenient devices that heat water quickly and efficiently. No matter what they look like on the outside.
The Panasonic NC-ZK1V Kettle with High Quality Stainless Steel and Violet Finish ($179.95; also available in a cool smoke finish) can become part of a kitchen's routine without blending in. The distinctive appliance, Panasonic's Breakfast Collection, is one way to deck out your … Read more
They say we eat with our eyes first, yet that is only half the story. Clearly, whoever this "they" is either has a terrible sense of smell or a very bad cold. Eyes are great for getting a sneak peek of what's to come, but it is the nose that knows before all. Naturally, some edibles have more odiferous enticements than others with breakfast having a pretty big hold on olfactory actions. However, bacon and the scent of toasting bread are not the beginning of the story.
Wafting into the bedroom first thing in the morning, the … Read more
Back in April something happened here at CNET that has never happened before: a TV was given a perfect 5 stars, as well as an Editors' Choice Award. We don't throw around "Spectactular" reviews all willy nilly, so this was a big deal. Such a big deal in fact, we decided to give our users a chance to win* one for their very own.
However, we aren't going to make this too easy! We want you to share a photo of your old outdated tech. Simply snap a photo of your retro tech, "like" … Read more
If you look at CNET's lists of best TVs this year, or any recent year, chances are good there's a plasma TV made by Panasonic at the top. That's because they consistently offer excellent picture quality for the price.
Sure, Samsung's plasmas also do very well, and for that matter we've lauded a number of LED LCD TVs by Vizio, Sharp, Sony, and others. We've also given plenty of flat-out bad reviews to Panasonic's LCD TVs, and even to the cheapest Panasonic plasma last year (this year's version, the X60, just started shipping). But no combination of brand and technology has done as well in our reviews over the last few years as Panasonic's plasmas.
So if you're thin-slicing the hopelessly confusing and BS-riddled TV market in search of your next set, you could do worse than simply asking yourself the question in this article's headline. The breakdown below, arranged in ascending order of price (prices current as of press time), should help with the answer. … Read more
Last year Panasonic introduced intrusive advertising in the form of pop-up banner ads on its Smart TVs, and unfortunately the company has decided to continue the practice this year.
But that's not the only potentially annoying thing about the new interface. When you first turn it on the TV also defaults to a new Home screen filled with apps you'll mostly never use, like a calendar. Your actual TV show is relegated to an inset window until you actively select and expand it.
Banner ads are the way of life for Web sites and many apps, as advertising … Read more