The FS500 vary represents Panasonic’s ‘premium’ HD TVs for 2018, sitting above the FS400 fashions.
4 display sizes shall be accessible: 49 inches, 40 inches, 32 inches and 24 inches. The 2 bigger fashions will each carry full HD resolutions of 1920×1080, whereas the smaller units shall be HD Prepared, with resolutions of 1366×768.
All 4 units, although, are set to help excessive dynamic vary (HDR) image playback. This makes the 24-inch mannequin the smallest HDR TV launched to this point, as far as we’re conscious.
The HDR help is proscribed to the business customary HDR10 system; the FS500s received’t additionally play the HLG format being pursued by many broadcasters, and supported by Panasonic’s 4K TVs.
As ever with comparatively low-end TVs, not one of the FS500 fashions will be unable to unlock something like the total potential of HDR photos. They received’t have sufficient brightness or a large sufficient coloration vary.
That mentioned, presumably the FS500 TVs’ HDR photos will nonetheless have a look at least a bit punchier than their customary dynamic vary ones. So whereas HDR won’t be the important function on an inexpensive HD TV that it just about is now on 4K fashions, we’re definitely not going to complain about it. Offered, at the least, that masking HDR doesn’t see the FS500 pricing rising far past that of final 12 months’s equal ES500 fashions.
For the document, these ES500 costs on the time of launch have been £599, £449, £379 and £260 for the 49, 40, 32 and 24-inch fashions respectively. We’ll replace this story with confirmed FS500 costs, for all international territories they grow to be accessible in, as soon as they’re introduced.
The FS500 collection includes a noticeably extra premium design than Panasonic’s entry-level 2018 FS400 fashions. The desktop stand could be very fairly certainly with its shapely, brightly polished ‘open bar’ fashion, whereas the display’s body is on-trend slim and fetchingly completed in an interesting, robust-feeling mid gray tone.
Connections on the rear embrace two HDMIs, plus a pair of USBs that can be utilized for recording from the FS500 TVs’ built-in Freeview HD tuners to USB arduous drives; or for enjoying again multimedia information from USB storage drives.
It’s also possible to entry multimedia from related smartphones and pill computer systems courtesy of the exceptionally simple to make use of Swipe and Share interface of Panasonic’s TV app.
The sensible options don’t finish there, both. Surprisingly for a comparatively low-end TV, the FS500s carry Panasonic’s My House Display 3.0 sensible TV interface, with its simple to comply with format and huge, enticing icons. It’s additionally youngster’s play with My House Display 3.0 to arrange your individual dwelling display that includes solely hyperlinks to the apps you utilize essentially the most. Accessible apps embrace Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Video.
The ES500s all illuminate their photos utilizing edge LED lighting backed up by an Adaptive Dimming Management system. This method doesn’t function any native dimming, the place completely different sectors of the lights could be made to output completely different gentle ranges concurrently. However a so-called ‘adaptive gentle dimming’ system can frequently regulate the general gentle output to finest go well with the images you’re watching.
Lastly, Panasonic makes use of a mix of backlight blinking and body interpolation to ship a pseudo 600Hz movement impact. Be aware, although, that the native refresh fee of all of the FS500 fashions is definitely solely 50Hz.
The FS500 fashions are set to look within the UK and US from March. Pricing is but to be decided.