Meet Panasonic’s 2017 4K LCD TV Lineup With HDR10, HLG and Smart TV Updates
Stephan Jukic – February 18, 2017
Panasonic may not sell many 4K TV son the U.S market but their models are not only popular in Europe and other overseas regions, they also generally get some great critical reviews by users and professionals both.
Thus, there are probably plenty of people out there who will find plenty to be excited about with the new and recently announced 2017 Panasonic 4K UHD TV lineup and some of the company’s HDTVs as well.
For this year, at a recent launch event in Frankfurt, Germany, the company has unveiled several new 4K HDR TV series called the EX750, EX700 and EX600 models and to accompany these, there are also two new lines of HDTVs called the ES400 and ES500. Then there’s also Panasonic’s new home screen design for its smart platform and an update or HLG high dynamic range standards.
According to Panasonic, all of their 4K TVs from this latest generation offer “enhanced LED backlighting and the latest LCD panels” with support for HDR standards built into them. The sort of HDR content offerings that the TVs are designed to display effectively can also be streamed to them from built-in content apps that include Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube as well AS other sources. Furthermore, since these TVs support the HDR10 standard for high dynamic range content, they can play back 4K ultra HD Blu-ray disc movies in their full color saturated, high contrast glory.
Additionally, like many 2017 4K TVs from other key brands such as Sony and LG, Panasonic’s new TVs will all feature the Hybrid Log Gamma HDR standard that has now become a new key feature of 4K television content playback specs. HLG is designed to handle the expected wave of broadcast 4K HDR content that we’re expecting to see emerge at some point in 2017 and while its inclusion is still mostly symbolic in today’s 4K TVs, it could become a key spec for top-shelf 4K home entertainment by next year, just like Dolby Vision and HDR10 have become crucial specs in the 4K TVs and premium 4K content sources of 2016 and 2017.
Moving back to the specific 4K TV models themselves, the flagship TV of Panasonic’s 2017 LCD TV range is the EX750, which will be available in 75 inch, 65 inch, 58 inch and 50 inch display sizes. This models is followed by Panasonic’s EX700 and EX600 4K HDR models in successive downward order of pricing. All of these models will offer something that Panasonic calls Cinema Display Mode, which is Panasonic’s way of delivering “enhanced local dimming” and high black levels with highly detailed variations of dynamic range in contrast. Furthermore, the company is claiming that the new TVs will be exceptionally bright due to their HDR specs and backlight technology. The EX750 flagship LCD model is however the only LCD TV among Panasonic’s 2017 lineup which will come with 3D technology as well.
We’re not yet sure which of these models offer full-array LED backlighting but this is generally a feature of only the priciest flagship models, so we believe that the EX750 will come with it.
Then there are the updates to Panasonic’s smart TV platform, which will now come with a favorites folders for multiple users and a “My App” button on the remotes of these TVs for faster access to custom user content selections. Also, as we’d said, the media player in the new smart TV OS will now support 4K HDR10 and 4K HLG high dynamic range content sources.
We should also note that Panasonic’s true 2017 flagship 4K TV models are the two OLED TVs that the company has also released. These, called the EZ1002 and EZ EZ952, come in 65 and 75 inch and then 55 and 65 inch sizes respectively. They offer the full power of OLED display technology and all of the same HDR support specs found in the LCD 4K TVs mentioned above.
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