Panasonic has a new flagship camera for its line-up, the Panasonic LUMIX G9, promising 20.3-megapixel photos and a hefty 80-megapixel High Resolution mode. The new LUMIX G9 takes on Sony's recent Alpha series announcements, with a weather-proof body and "dramatically improved" image stabilization built in. That means plenty borrowed from the LUMIX GH5, only with an emphasis on still photography.
Smartphone cameras may be getting all sophisticated and powerful, but never underestimate what a fine-tuned digital camera can do. Panasonic is set to remind the photography world of exactly that in just less than two days when it final finally unveils a new Lumix G9 camera for more avid shooters. And it won’t be coming alone, of course, as it will be pulling along a new Leica DG Elmarit 200 mm f/2.8 lens that will enable to the camera to do its magic.
At CEATEC 2017 in Japan, Panasonic has shown off a prototype machine it calls CaloRieco ("Calorie co"). The machine looks like a cross between a 3D printer and a microwave, but it is neither -- it is a machine that intelligently evaluates food and determines approximately how many calories it contains.
This week the folks at Technics announced a new turntable, the SP-10R, a Reference Class Direct Drive Turntable with top-level specs. Delivered in early Summer 2018, this device is the company's newest most premium analogue, direct drive turntable - the best of the best. Back in 2016 the standard was set with the SL-1200GAE/G, then in 2017 came the SL-1200GR.
Panasonic's line of rugged Toughbook computers isn't exactly new. It isn't the first time it put out a 2-in-1 detachable laptop form factor either. But Panasonic still has some things to be proud of in its latest Toughbook 33. For one, it sports the latest 7th gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. For another, Panasonic boasts that this is the first 2-in-1 Toughbook to use a 3:2 aspect ratio screen, which it bills to be an even better fit for its industry customers.
Joining its newly unveiled Lumix camera is a new lens from Panasonic, its Leica-branded DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH. This lens offers a 16-36mm 35mm camera equivalent, and is the newest model in Panasonic's Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4.0 Series. The company says its latest lens is a great option for both video and photos, offering a focusing distance range that varies from 'ultra-wide angle to super telephoto.'
Panasonic has launched a new camera in its Travel Zoom ZS Series lineup: the Lumix DC-ZS70. Despite its compact size, this camera packs a bunch of features into its small body, including a 20.3-megapixel sensor and a large 30x optical zoom rate, the equivalent of 24-720mm. The camera is targeted at prosumers, those who are willing to spend more than average to get an above average device, but who don't need something as big or pricey as a full-blown DSLR.
2-in-1 tablets running Windows 10 are on the rise, especially at MWC 2017. Most, if not all, of these tablets have premium looks that also belie a certain fragility. Not so the new Panasonic Toughbook CF-33. At the name so plainly implies, this one is designed to stand the elements and some rough handling to boot. It is, however, no slouch either when it comes to performance. Which is pretty much as it should be, considering you’re paying premium for it.
Panasonic is getting in on the current robot craze, revealing new real-world trials for its HOSPI Autonomous Delivery Robot that will kick off this month. Set to be loosed upon the corridors of the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita hotel, as well as Narita International Airport, the robot - which resembles an armless Dalek of sorts, albeit one with a friendly face rather than an appetite for murdering Time Lords - has already been adopted by a number of Japanese hospitals. Now, Panasonic is curious to see how it does outside of medical settings.
At a time when many manufacturers seem to be moving away from tablets, Panasonic is having none of it and introducing its Toughpad FZ-A2. Designed to survive in a universe that seems to love shattered screens, the Toughpad A2 tablet is fully rugged slate that offers protection against drops, dust, and water. With Panasonic making its enterprise features a major talking point in the Toughpad A2, it's easy to see which segment the company is targeting here.
Yet another Panasonic camera has been bestowed upon us, this model being the Lumix FZ80. The newest addition to Panasonic’s FZ series features the same Venus Engine found in today’s other two camera announcements, as well as a High Sensitivity MOS 18.1-megapixel sensor. Most notable, though, is the FZ80's massive 60x optical zoom, a 20 - 1200mm 35mm camera equivalent. To keep those ultra-zoomed photo sharp, the camera also features POWER Optical Image Stabilization.