Panasonic 150″ Plasma: Massive 4K2K Display

Panasonic 150″ Plasma Specifications:

  • Display: 150″ Plasma Display Panel (PDP)
  • Pixel Format: 4096 x 2160 (4K2K)

Panasonic 150

Engadget: The massive 150″ plasma TV from Panasonic is a go. As soon as Panasonic’s plasma display panel (PDP) fabrication plant commences production in May 2009, the 150″ PDP will be on its way to stores so you can plunk down an unheard amount of money for it. But what will you do with it?

You will most likely not have any 4K2K video sources. And even if you did, you’ll need to play it somehow. You might have managed to secure a yet-to-be-available JVC 4K2K super high-definition player to pump the 4K2K video via dual-link DVI to the massive 150″ plasma, but I doubt it. What I’m getting at is that there is little infrastructure to support 4K2K as of now, in terms of viewing 4K2K video that is. Getting a computing environment on a 4K2K-capable display, on the other hand, would be easy since dual-link DVI is fairly easy to find.

But the day will come when you’ll be able to get 4K2K disks via Netflix or at Blockbuster (if they’re around by then). Many versions later, both the PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles will probably have 4K2K-ROM read capability. Just imagine what games will look like on 4K2K! You’ll need to get a doctor to give you a clean bill of health so your heart can take what will seem to be happening for real. Other changes will happen. What will be interesting are the changes that will undergo in terms of movie-making. Even now with the transition from 480i to 720p/1080i the actors and actress must have perfect faces. If you have a tiny pimple somewhere, viewers will notice. Got a single nose hair that’s protruding beyond the confines of the nose by just 1mm? Well, gotta get rid of that before you get in front of the 1080/24p video camcorder. Or else people will notice. Now, can you imagine how much more perfection will be demanded by the time video is shot at 4K2K? Maybe we’ll see virtual characters that look and act so human, we won’t be able to tell the difference.

Samsung SENS X360: MacBook Air Killer?

Samsung X360 Specifications

Display: 13.3″ Wide TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1280 x 800
Webcam: 1.3MP
GPU: Intel X4500
CPU: Centrino 2 ULV
RAM: 1GB up to 4GB
Storage: 64GB or 128GB SSD, 120GB 5400RPM HDD
Connectivity: 7-in-1 Card Reader, USB (3), ExpressCard/34, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
Battery: 6-10 hours
Dimensions: Thickness 0.66″-1.2″
Weight: 2.8lbs

Samsung X360: MacBook Air Killer?

Let’s just get the answer out of the way: Not really. Apple‘s MacBook Air is the ultra-modern minimalist art piece. Samsung‘s X360 does have some nice design elements such as the brushed aluminum cover and piano black finish all around. But design wise, it is a bit of a complicated one with different materials and resulting textures. The 13.3″ TFT LCD sports a 1280 x 800 pixel format and is lit by a LED backlight. As you can see from the picture, everything is glossy and results in quite a bit of reflection. Of course, if you’re sitting right in front of it, reflections are minimized.

Samsung X360: MacBook Air Killer?

The keyboard design is ho-hum and not even as sexy as Sony‘s Z or FW series let alone the MacBook Air. From the pictures, the X360 looks like it was designed with the best of intentions but maybe there were too many intentions as it does not look quite in the realm of sexy. So in terms of design the X360 is no match for the MacBook Air. In terms of utility, which is a complete different story, almost any other 13.3″-class notebook PC will be better than the MacBook Air. Continue reading →

Sharp AQUOS XS1: 23mm Ultrathin 52″ and 65″ LCD TVs

Sharp AQUOS XS1 Specifications

Display: 52″, 65″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Response Time: 6ms
Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1
Frequency: 100Hz (European version)
Dimensions: 23mm thick (0.9″)
Availability: October 2008, UK

Sharp AQUOS XS1: 23mm Thick 52

Thin is definitely in. At just 23mm (0.9″) Sharp‘s AQUOS XS1 series LCD TVs are world’s slimmest. The XS1 comes in two sizes: 52″ and 65″. Both sport a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 and has double the normal frequency at 100Hz, which should significantly reduce motion blur. Contrast ratio is quite fair at 10,000:1.

From the picture, I am assuming that Sharp is measuring the thickness of the XS1 at its thickest part. Compared to Sony’s KDL-40ZX1, Sharp’s XS1 is 5mm thinner. Sure, Sony‘s KDL-40ZX1 has the top portion that is just 9.9mm, but anyone can make a portion of the TV really skinny. I say Sharp wins with its XS1 over the KDL-40ZX1. And it isn’t even a fair comparison since Sharp’s XS1 is at least 12″ larger with the 52″ version and 25″ larger with the 65″ version.

Source: Gizmodo

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Sony Cybershot DSC-T500: 10MP Digital Camera with 720p Movie Recording at 30fps

Sony Cybershot DSC-T500 Specifications

Display: 3.5″ wide transflective touch TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Display Pixel Format: 640 x 360 for a total of 230K pixels
Image Sensor: 1/2.3″ Super HAD CCD 10.3MP (10.1MP effective)
Image Format: JPEG, 3648 x 2736 (max)
Video: 720p 30fps limited to 10 minutes per clip
Video Pixel Format: 1280 x 720
Video Codec: MPEG4 AVC/H.264
Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar, 5x optical zoom, 33-165mm (35mm equiv.), f/3.5-4.4
Storage Media: MemoryStick up to 16GB
Connectivity: HDMI, USB 2.0, Composite
Availability: Late September 2008
Price: About US$400

Sony Cybershot DSC-T500: 10MP Digital Camera with 720p Movie Recording at 30fps
Image source: DPReview

On August 28, 2008, Sony introduced its Cybershot DSC-T500 compact digital camera. The DSC-T500 sports a 10MP image sensor, is very compact, sports a high-tech look and seems to have a solid build. I often carry around my Canon SD1000 to not only shoot pictures, but also video. The tiny SD1000 has served as both digital camera and camcorder quite well. The 640 x 480 video that it saves is good-enough for watching on the computer and for YouTube. But I have been thinking of ways to capture HD, but without the heft or having to spend much. I think the DSC-T500 is the answer. Continue reading →

Sony KDL-40ZX1: 9.9mm thick 40″ LCD TV

Sony KDL-40ZX1 Specifications

Display: 40″ TFT LCD with white LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Frequency: 120Hz MotionFlow
Color Gamut: x.v.Color
Video Processing: BRAVIA Engine 2
Connectivity: HDMI (1 on main unit, 3 in external box), Composite (2), S-Video (1), VGA (1), Ethernet, USB, Component, Wireless
Power Consumption: 195W (operational), 0.3W (standby)
Dimensions: 986 x 599 x 28mm
Weight: 12.2kg
Availability: November 10, 2008 in Japan
Price: JPY490,000

Sony KDL-40ZX1: 9.9mm thick 40

9.9mm. That’s 0.99cm. And again just a hair under 0.39″. Wow. That is super thin. But just so you know, that 9.9mm figure is just for the top part. When you come down a bit you’ll hit a bit thicker portion and that’s 28mm or 1.1″. That’s still quite thin. Sony‘s KDL-40ZX1 makes use of a white LED backlight, with some impressive optical films to diffuse the light coming out of the LEDs I’m sure. A contrast ratio of 3000:1, 120Hz frequency, BRAVIA Engine 2, 178/178 viewing angles all point to one thing: a must-have 40″ LCD TV if you intend to put it up on a wall. Shame to anyone who gets the KDL-40ZX1 and simply uses the stand, wasting what is the most incredible feature: ultra thinness. But actually, the picture above looks really nice. You might want to keep it on the stand just to take a look at how thin it is from time to time. Another cool feature is the 5GHz wireless connection: you wouldn’t want a whole bunch of wires coming out of the KDL-40ZX1. And that is why there is an external box for most of the AV connections.

Source: AV Watch (Japanese, Translated English) via engadget

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Viewsonic VX2265wm: 22″ LCD Monitor with 120Hz

Viewsonic VX2265wm Specifications

Display: 22″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1680 x 1050
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Frequency: 120Hz
Response Time: 3ms
Connectivity: Dual-link DVI, Stereoscopic 3D
Availability: Before end of 2008

Viewsonic VX2265wm: 22

You’re used to seeing 120Hz frequencies on LCD TVs. The benefit of 120Hz over 60Hz is that motion blur is reduced when viewing fast moving objects on TV. Viewsonic is bringing that motion blur-busting technology to LCD monitors. The VX2265wm LCD monitor sports a 120Hz frequency and is claimed to be the world’s first for a LCD monitor. The 120Hz frequency is supported by a very fast 3ms response time. The dual-link DVI input is for its stereoscopic 3D capabilities. The contrast ratio of 1000:1 is very good for a monitor. Continue reading →

Canon EOS 50D: 3″ VGA LCD Monitor

Canon EOS 50D Specifications

Image Sensor: 15.1MP APS-C CMOS with EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Performance: 6.3fps continuous shooting. Max burst 90 JPEGs with UDMA card
Image Processor: DIGIC 4
ISO Sensitivity: 100-3200, expandable to 12800
Autofocus: 9-point wide area
Monitor: 3.0″ Clear View VGA LCD with Live View mode, Face Detection Live AF
Monitor Pixel Format: 640 x 480
Body: Magnesium alloy with environmental protection
Connectivity: HDMI, mini-USB
Lens Mount: Canon EF, EF-S
Flash Mount: EX-series Speedlites

Update 2008.08.27 1:34AM PST

Canon EOS 50D LCD Structure

There is a bit more information about the 3″ VGA display on the 50D. There are at least three anti-reflection coats on top of the LCD panel. The anti-reflection coat minimizes light reflections so that images can be easily seen in bright ambient environments. There is also a dirt-resistant fluorine coat as well as a scratch-resistant hard coat. These coatings will help keep the LCD clean and ultimately allow for optimum viewing of images. Source: DPReview

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Canon EOS 50D: 3
Image source: Digital Photography Review

Canon‘s EOS 50D is the just-announced digital SLR (DSLR) and the successor to the popular EOS 40D. The 40D had 10.1 million effective pixels and the 50D increases that to 15.1 million effective pixels. Pixel count will continue to increase but some time in the future the point will be reached where picture quality starts to decrease given a APS-C sized CMOS sensor. Of course, at that time we might see affordable full-sized CMOS sensors. I’m hoping there will be a 5D successor announced soon. I digress, unto the 3″ VGA LCD monitor. Continue reading →

Nokia N85: 2.6″ AMOLED Mobile Phone

Nokia N85 Specifications

Display: 2.6″ Wide Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED)
Camera: 5MP with dual LED flash
Storage: microSDHC (up to 8GB)
Connectivity: 3G, GPS, WiFi
Battery: 28-hour music playback

Nokia N85: 2.6

Nokia‘s N85 replaces the N81. In the process, the built-in camera is upgraded from 2MP to 5MP. Whether that will result in better pictures is anyone’s guess before reviews can be conducted, but if you look at the 5MP shooter in the N95, my guess is that the camera is going to be very good. Just don’t expect to shoot fast-moving objects. GPS is a welcome addition. Now the biggest development, in my opinion, is the 2.6″ active matrix OLED or AMOLED or short. I can’t tell just how wonderful it is by looking at the picture, but if you’ve seen an OLED display in real life, be assured that the quality will be excellent and exceeding most other technologies including the latest and greatest mobile TFT LCDs.

The N85 is a slider and exposes N-Gage friendly controls allowing you to relax and enjoy a game or two. Not sure exactly, but there is little to no storage for music files. Instead you can use a microSDHC card that’s up to 8GB for your pleasure. Put all of your classic music in one 8GB microSDHC and your rock-and-roll in another and you’ve got a nice way to make the most of this limitation on the N85. I would have liked a 32GB flash storage device BUILT-IN.

Source: Electronista via engadget

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LLUON A1: 18.4″ All In One

LLUON A1 Specifications

Display: 18.4″ Wide TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1680 x 954
CPU: Intel N720 Atom
RAM: 1GB
HDD: 160GB
Optical: DVD Multi
Availability: South Korea

LLUON A1: 18.4

LLUON’s A1 is an unique all-in-one in that the base looks like a netbook. The similarity doesn’t end there as the A1 makes use of an Atom CPU for processing power. Similar to the iMac G4, the LCD can be easily adjusted. The current iMac’s lack the ability to position the LCD and instead forces you to reposition yourself. The 18.4″ LCD is of the 16:9 aspect ratio variety and sports an unusual pixel format of 1680 x 954. It would have been much better if the LCD panel featured 1920 x 1080 pixels. However, the overall result of forging these components together lends itself to a very nicely designed all-in-one.

Source: Akihabara News via engadget

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Sony PSP-3000 LCD Much Improved

Sony PSP-3000 LCD Much Improved

Famitsu via Engadget: The PSP-2000 is on top and the PSP-3000 is on the bottom. There are a couple of improvements of the LCD on the PSP-3000 that I can see from this picture. Just look at the black levels (dark areas in the strawberry) and you can easily see the improvements in contrast ratio. And there is very little glare on the PSP-3000 LCD. Very important when you’re using the PSP-3000 where there are a lot of light sources.