Of all Panasonic's 3D goodies today, the gadget we were most interested in was the HDC-TC750 camcorder with its optional VW-CLT1 3D lens. We grabbed some time with the camcorder after the company's keynote, to see whether the first 3D HD consumer model really lived up to its top billing.
Panasonic's IFA 2010 press conference has just finished here in Berlin, and while we knew that the company would be concentrating heavily on 3D it was still surprising that they spent the whole time talking about their 3D home entertainment strategy. Top billing went to the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 HD camcorder complete with the WV-CLT1 3D adapter lens, but there are also two new Viera 3D plasma HDTV ranges, plus news regarding the company's 3D content plans including games and video-on-demand.
Roku has slashed prices of its media streaming range, with the entry-level Roku SD now priced at just $59. Meanwhile, the company is also promising to update their Roku HD-XR model - which has dropped from $129 to $99 - to support 1080p HD, up from the 720p HD of the current version. That will join the USB playback support, which is also due later in the year.
Fortunately for cameras and camcorders out there, the price tag doesn't necessarily mean you're getting terrible features, if you're not finding yourself paying a month's paycheck in one sitting. For example, while it may not be the most attractive, or have plenty of features that may shove it to the top of the hill, but it's not terrible, either. Plus, it's got a swiveling lens -- how cool is that, right?
Sony loves to bundle their announcements. No problems here, especially when they all fall in the same line of HDTVs, featuring that 3D technology you either love or hate. This time around its 3 brand new BRAVIA sets, all of which are littered with features, but also come packing that price tag we all love or hate. Jump in after the break to take in the feature set, and start saving your pennies for what could very well be your next splurge purchase.
Netgear has outed their latest HD-capable home media player, the Netgear NeoTV 550, together with a range of new HomePlug AV compliant Powerline adapters delivering up to (a theoretical) 500Mbps connection speeds. The NeoTV 550 (NTV550) has HDMI, component and composite video outputs (together with analog and S/PDIF digital audio outputs) and can play local 1080p HD files on attached USB, eSATA or SD storage or stream from UPnP, DLNA or WMP11 network sources. Meanwhile a second version, the NeoTV 350, swaps the eSATA for another USB port and has a more basic remote.
It's the week for upright point-and-shoot camcorders, with JVC outing a pair of touchscreen models in their PICSIO range. The JVC PICSIO GC-WP10 and PICSIO GC-FM2 each record Full HD 1080p footage and have 3-inch touchscreen preview displays; the FM2 gets a pop-out USB plug, for cable-free connectivity, while the WP10 is waterproof to up to 10ft.
One product that Apple has seemingly skipped over again, and again, over the last few months is Apple TV. Everyone was wondering, with the launch of the iPad, where Apple TV stood amongst the Apple-branded products, and how it would relate in today's market. Always seen as a niche product, and more of a project rather than a mainstream product, Apple TV seemed to be just there, and nothing more. But, alas, things change, and now Apple TV is changing, too.