October 4, 2022


Like most AV manufacturers, Panasonic loved blended fortunes with its 2016 TV vary. So it’s no shock to seek out it shaking issues up for 2017 – most notably by quadrupling the variety of OLED TVs in its vary.

Right here you will discover particulars on each TV in Panasonic’s new vary, all the best way from its range-topping new ‘pro-grade’ 4K OLED proper all the way down to its no-frills HD entry stage LCD fashions.

I’ll replace this text with pricing info as quickly because it’s obtainable. Please word that on the time of writing, Panasonic is outwardly not planning to launch any of those TVs within the U.S.

4K Fashions

Panasonic EZ1000 (EZ1002 within the UK)

Launched on the CES in January, these extremely high-end OLED TVs promise class-leading image high quality – for a worth. They’re constructed utilizing Panasonic’s “Grasp OLED Show” know-how, which Panasonic says permits for extra “granular” management than has been potential with any OLED earlier than, leading to enhanced shadow detailing and shade accuracy.

Additionally they use 800-nit OLED panels with a brand new black level-boosting filtering system, plus a Studio Coloration HCX2 processing engine that borrows quite a few high-level applied sciences from Panasonic’s broadcast monitor division.

These applied sciences embrace a strong 3D Look Up Desk system for additional shade accuracy, and picture tuning by skilled Hollywood colorist Mike Sowa. The THX-certified display screen even lets content material creators add their very own 3D Look-Up tables in order that they’ll use it to grasp content material, that means that for the primary time customers could possibly watch content material on the identical display screen it was mastered on with out having to cough up 10s of hundreds of {dollars} for knowledgeable monitor.

The flat-screened EZ1000 collection can be notable for delivery with a strong ‘blade’ design exterior soundbar speaker.

My ‘first look’ on the EZ1000 could be discovered right here.

Particulars

Display screen sizes/Costs: 65-inch (£TBA), 77-inch (TBA)

Confirmed HDR Assist: HDR 10, Hybrid Log Gamma

Display screen decision: 3840×2160

Display screen Know-how: OLED

Processing Engine: Studio Coloration HCX2

THX Licensed: Sure

Panasonic EZ950 Sequence (EZ952 within the UK)

For individuals who can’t afford the EZ1000, the brand new EZ952 OLED collection appears to be like like a doubtlessly thrilling different. They don’t use the Grasp OLED panels of the EZ1000 and so received’t get pleasure from fairly a lot shade and shadow element refinement. Additionally they use built-in audio system fairly than the EZ1000’s “blade” speaker, and so they received’t be a part of the flagship mannequin in supporting the flexibility for content material creators to add their very own 3D Look Up tables.

They’ll, although, nonetheless get the Studio Coloration HCX2 processing, Hollywood tuning and THX certification of their dearer sibling.

Particulars

Display screen sizes/Costs: 65-inch (£TBA), 55-inch (TBA)

Confirmed HDR Assist: HDR 10, Hybrid Log Gamma

Display screen decision: 3840×2160

Display screen Know-how: OLED

Processing Engine: Studio Coloration HCX2

THX Licensed: Sure

Panasonic DX900 Sequence (DX902 collection within the UK)

Panasonic is constant to promote its 2016 DX900/DX902 collection into 2017. I’ve lined these units intimately on this separate article, however briefly talking they use direct LED backlighting with native dimming and a singular, HDR-friendly “honeycomb” construction to serve up 1000 nits of peak brightness alongside spectacular black ranges.

Particulars

Display screen sizes/Costs: 58-inch (£1,749), 65-inch (£2,299)

Confirmed HDR help: HDR 10

Display screen decision: 3840×2160

Display screen know-how: direct LED with native dimming and honeycomb mild management construction

Processing engine: Studio Coloration HCX

THX Licensed: Sure

Panasonic EX780 Sequence (EX750 collection within the UK)

The EX780 TVs are the one new fashions in Panasonic’s 2017 LCD vary to get the model’s extremely highly effective new Studio Coloration HCX2 processing system and “Hollywood tuning.” They’re additionally the one new fashions to learn from ‘Tremendous Brilliant Panel Plus’ know-how for extra HDR-friendly nits of brightness.

As far as I can inform at this level, we’re solely speaking right here about peak brightness ranges of round 550 nits. Nevertheless, Panasonic claims that the EX780 screens ship an unusually excessive basic and sustainable stage of brightness, and that distinction is enhanced by a brand new “Digitally Enhanced Native Dimming” system that provides LCD shutter management to a standard native dimming system, to ship far simpler dimming zones than you’ll usually get with an edge-lit LCD TV.

The EX780 collection additionally, it appears, supply 3D help. This makes them not solely the one 3D-capable TVs in Panasonic’s 2017 vary, but in addition one of many solely 3D-capable TV collection obtainable from any model in 2017.

The 50-inch and 58-inch fashions within the vary characteristic edge LED lighting, although it is potential that the 65-inch and 75-inch fashions are utilizing direct LED lighting. I’ll attempt to make clear this within the coming days and replace this story accordingly.

Particulars

Display screen sizes/Costs: 50-inch (£TBA), 58-inch (TBA), 65-inch (£TBA), 75-inch (£TBA)

Confirmed HDR help: HDR 10, Hybrid Log Gamma

Display screen decision: 3840×2160

Display screen know-how: edge LED with native dimming for 50-inch and 58-inch, probably direct LED for the 65-inch and 75-inch fashions

Processing engine: Studio Coloration HCX2

THX Licensed: No

Panasonic EX730 collection

Stepping all the way down to the EX730 LCD collection from the EX780s sees you dropping the Studio Coloration HCX2 processing, 3D help, and Hollywood tuning. The panel delivers much less brightness too (although I don’t have a determine on this), and it’s additionally value noting that movement dealing with drops to 1600Hz BMR (to make use of Panasonic’s proprietary terminology) versus the 2400Hz BMR of the EX780s.

The Panasonic EX730 collection. (Pic: Panasonic)

The sting LED lighting system does nonetheless get native dimming, although, and you continue to get help for HLG HDR in addition to HDR10.

Particulars

Display screen sizes/Costs: 40-inch (£TBA), 50-inch (£TBA), 58-inch (£TBA), 65-inch (£TBA)

Confirmed HDR help: HDR 10, Hybrid Log Gamma

Display screen decision: 3840×2160

Display screen know-how: edge-lit LCD with native dimming.

Processing engine: Superior Color processing

THX Licensed: No

Panasonic EX700 Sequence

This seems to be virtually similar to the EX730 collection, besides that the EX700 doesn’t get the EX730’s twin-tuner performance. As there isn’t a lot else to say about this mannequin, I would as nicely level out that it shares the identical ‘Swap Design’ aesthetic characteristic because the EX730, which supplies you a alternative of the place and which manner spherical you connect its desktop toes.

I believe that not all territories will get each the EX700 and EX730 – or that one or different mannequin will solely be obtainable in particular stores.

Particulars

Display screen sizes/Costs: 40-inch (£TBA), 50-inch (£TBA), 58-inch (£TBA), 65-inch (£TBA)

Confirmed HDR help: HDR 10, Hybrid Log Gamma

Display screen decision: 3840×2160

Display screen know-how: edge-lit LCD with native dimming

Processing engine: Superior color processing

THX Licensed: No

Panasonic EX600 Sequence

Essentially the most vital distinction between the EX600 and the EX700 collection is that the EX600’s edge LED lighting system doesn’t characteristic any native dimming. It simply will get “adaptive backlight dimming,” which manipulates all of the LEDs on a common foundation. Additionally a reasonably large deal is the EX600’s lack of the extensive shade spectrum help supplied by Panasonic’s higher-spec fashions, whereas movement dealing with drops to 800HZ BMR.

Particulars

Display screen sizes/Costs: 40-inch (£TBA), 49-inch (£TBA), 55-inch (£TBA), 65-inch (£TBA)

Confirmed HDR help: HDR 10, Hybrid Log Gamma

Display screen decision: 3840×2160

Display screen know-how: edge-lit LCD with whole-frame dimming.

Processing engine: Superior shade processing

THX Licensed: No

HD Fashions

Panasonic ES600 Sequence

Oddly there’s only one mannequin in Panasonic’s premium HD TV vary for 2017 – and it’s solely a 32-incher. It’s a full HD mannequin with direct lighting, and it will get a Tremendous Brilliant Panel regardless that it presents no help for top dynamic vary know-how (one thing that’s supported, for higher or worse, on all of Sony’s 2017 full HD TVs, as mentioned on this break down of Sony’s 2017 TV vary).

The 32ES600 will get 800Hz BMR movement processing (spectacular for a 32-inch TV), although it’s value noting that it solely will get Panasonic’s outdated My Residence Display screen interface, fairly than the Firefox-based My Residence Display screen 2 system discovered on all of the 4K fashions.

Particulars

Display screen sizes/Costs: 32-inch (£TBA)

Confirmed HDR help: None.

Display screen decision: 1920×1080

Display screen know-how: direct-lit LCD

Processing engine: 1080p pixel direct

THX Licensed: No

Panasonic ES500 collection

The one apparent specification distinction between the ES500s and 32ES600 is that the latter makes use of an 800Hz BMR movement system whereas the ES500s solely help 600Hz BMR.

The ES500 fashions additionally characteristic a unique design – most notably within the desktop stand division, which swaps the darkish, sq. bar of the ES600 for a wider, silvery bar.

Particulars

Display screen sizes/Costs: 24-inch (£TBA), 32-inch (£TBA), 40-inch (£TBA), 49-inch (£TBA)

Confirmed HDR help: None

Display screen decision: 1920×1080 on the 40-inch and 49-inch, 1366×768 on the 24-inch and 32-inch

Display screen know-how: direct-lit LCD

Processing engine: 1080p pixel direct

THX Licensed: No

Panasonic ES400 Sequence

Once more, these are related in specification to the ES500 collection. The primary variations are a drop to 400Hz BMR from 600Hz BMR, the removing of any pseudo encompass results from the audio system, and the removing of Voice Assistant know-how from the good options.

The ES400 additionally contains a much less premium design, with a extra plasticky black end and simple separate desktop “toes.”

Particulars

Display screen sizes/Costs: 32-inch (£TBA), 40-inch (£TBA), 49-inch (£TBA)

Confirmed HDR help: None

Display screen decision: 1920×1080 on the 40-inch and 49-inch, 1366×768 on the 32-inch

Display screen know-how: direct-lit LCD

Processing engine: 1080p pixel direct

THX Licensed: No

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