CES 2019: Panasonic Press Conference

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Panasonic wants to merge the physical and the digital, essentially creating a platform that helps consumers realize the future of technology in their everyday lives, seamlessly. A focus on personalization and ease of use will help users truly recognize the future of tech as it continues to press forward. This extends from cameras to motorcycles, and much more.

The next evolution of Lumix imaging is the already announced S1 and S1R series full-frame mirrorless cameras. The S Series will finally be available to the public in March 2019. It is going to be the first full-frame mirrorless with 4K60, and outstanding weather-resistant build, dual-card slots, a 3-axis tilting LCD screen, and plenty more. Two new features include a high-resolution mode that takes 8 frames via in-body stabilization to capture and then composite the images into a single highly detailed image. HLG Photo is the next new function, bringing high dynamic range to stills using a dedicated file format that can play back on HDR TVs.

For those who remember the Photokina announcement, the S Series is a part of the newly formed L-Mount Alliance with Leica and Sigma. This means all the lenses will be interchangeable so that many more options can be available to consumers. It is always odd and interesting to see so-called "competitors" banding together to create a better product for the users. More info is still forthcoming.

In the TV arena, Panasonic has a new flagship OLED: the GZ2000. Of course, this television will support HLG Photo from the S Series cameras. Hollywood directors are even swearing by the color fidelity of this display and using them to monitor footage from upcoming films. OLED tech is among the best and seems to be a fitting follow-up to Panasonic's legendary plasma sets. This is also the first TV to support both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ and with upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers built in.

Technics Direct Drive Turntable SL-1200MK7
Technics Direct Drive Turntable SL-1200MK7

Beyond images, the Technics line is making a significant appearance by going after DJs with the SL-1200 MK7 Direct Drive Turntable. It stars a coreless direct-drive motor that will help to eliminate "cogging" when spinning at slower speeds, for smooth playback, adding to its appeal for scratch DJs. It does offer some other small adjustments, including the ability to play in reverse and new electronics, and will no doubt be a solid pick for working professionals. For more conventional hi-fi playback, an SL-1500C turntable was revealed, as well as EAH-F70N and EAH-F50B Wireless Headphones.

Technics 1500 Turntable SL1500 Black
Technics 1500 Turntable SL1500 Black
Technics 1500 Turntable SL1500 Silver
Technics 1500 Turntable SL1500 Silver
Technics 1500 Turntable SL1500

HomeX will control all IoT devices in your home, which makes sense for a smart-home platform. You can even buy a whole house from Panasonic in Japan with HomeX displays and technology. Beyond that, it seems like a niche product that isn't quite out in many products yet.

Technics EAH-F70N Headphones
Technics EAH-F70N Headphones

An interesting array of products is coming from the massive brand, though with much of a focus on commercial deployment of the company's products in cars, electric motorcycles and bikes, and a new home ecosystem. We must wait to hear more about specific products.

Stay tuned for more information on these products as they become available, and for additional CES 2019 news. What jumped out at you from Panasonic's press event? I know I still want to know more about the S Series. Make sure to key-in your thoughts in the Comments section, below!

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