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Panasonic introduces its 2022 core and premium TV line up, comprising advanced OLED and Core LED ranges with screen sizes from 77 to 42”.
The 2022 models incorporate new game features including Game Control Board, low latency improvements for 60Hz gaming. Also HDMI2.1 with advanced gaming features is now available on the full 2022 OLED line up regardless of the screen size. The LX940 LED TV also supports Game Control Board and HDMI2.1. All OLED models use the very latest 2022 panel generation configurations with brightness and colour volume improvements. They have been tuned in Hollywood by prominent colourist, Stefan Sonnenfeld. LED models from LX940-series and above use the HCX Pro AI processor and support automatically adjusting colour temperature to best match the ambient environment. All OLED models also support Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode. Home viewing experiences is optimized by the latest version of My Home Screen 7.0 operating system and other accessibility options.
The OLED line-up features the LZ2000 (77”, 65”, 55”), the LZ1500 (65”, 55”, 48”, 42”), the LZ1000 (65”, 55”), and the LZ980 (65”, 55”, 48”, 42”) series. These models are the perfect choice for movie lovers, all 2022 OLED TVs use the very latest 2022 panel generation configurations. The LZ2000 and LZ1500 (except for 48” and 42” models) boast “Master OLED Pro” configuration, whereas the LZ1000 uses the “Master OLED” configuration. The 48” and 42” models of the LZ1500 and the LZ980 adopt the “OLED” configuration. All 2022 OLED models have been custom engineered by Panasonic to deliver even more brightness in terms of higher peaks in True Cinema, Cinema, Filmmaker, and Professional modes. Furthermore, the colour volume for blues has been improved whilst still retaining high precision in terms of reproduction of various gradations, thanks to Panasonic’s HCX Pro AI Processor.
Core LED series
The Core LED line-up features the LX940 LED (75”, 65”, 55”, 49”, 43”) and the LX800 Core LED (75”, 65”, 55”, 50”, 43”) series, which create an immersive viewing experience for sports and gaming lovers. Fitted with HCX Processor Pro AI (LX940) and HCX Processor (LX800), the Core LED series deliver high colour accuracy and outstanding contrast. The Core LED range is ideal for day-time gaming and watching movies, as the “HDR Cinema Display Pro” (LX940), the “HDR Cinema Display” (LX800 75”, 65”, 55” models), and the “Bright Panel Plus” (LX800 50”, 43”) adjust brightness to fit the surrounding ambient lighting environment.
Enhanced gaming experience
Speed, clarity, smoothness – these are the essentials for an immersive video game experience. Panasonic’s Game Mode Extreme demonstrates several advancements that make Panasonic’s OLED and LX940 LED TV the ultimate tools for gamers. This includes supporting key HDMI2.1 features such as High Frame Rate (HFR) as well as Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) at 120Hz in full 4K resolution. VRR support helps to solve many of the potential console-side problems such as judder and tearing if rendered resolution and LOD (level of detail) is too high, or there are too many effects or objects rendered at the same time. With VRR ON, the TV and the console synchronize the frame pacing to provide a smoother experience. A brand new feature called Game Control Board collects all relevant game settings and information in one place and presents them as a game overlay – so that gamers never need to leave the game to access them. Furthermore, it can be programmed to be accessed by just one click on the remote control by assigning it to the customisable “my App” button.
The Game Control Board overlay provides access to the following key features and information in real-time:
- Information – this option displays all the information coming from the source game, such as frame rate, HDR metadata, and chroma sub-sampling data.
- Dark Visibility Enhancer – allows the gamer to granularly adjust the near black portion of dark scenes, making it easier to see the route forward or detect enemies hiding in the shadows.
- HDR Tonemap – this shows the current HDR tone-mapping settings, which include “Off” (game console is managing the tone-mapping); “On” (TV is managing the tone-mapping); or Dynamic (TV analyses incoming frames in real time and produces dynamic tone-mapping on a scene-by-scene basis, even when source is static HDR).
- Input Lag and VRR – display and adjust Input Lag and VRR settings.
- Viewing Mode – allows the gamer in real time to change the viewing mode and see the effect live in order to select their preferred appearance.
2022 also sees improvements in terms of speed. 60Hz Refresh Mode dramatically reduces latency and input lag for 60Hz games on OLED TVs. This drastically reduces mid-game stress for gamers that require quick response speeds, especially in action games. Furthermore, Panasonic has put an end to choppy game play and ensures a smoother gaming experience, given that OLED TVs and the LX940 Series are certified with AMD FreeSync Premium Support in 2022. The LX940 LED TV also features a fast 120Hz panel ensuring double speed conversion which is ideal for gamers who need a low-latency experience.
Picture quality optimized for the surrounding enviroment
All OLEDs and the LX940 LED TV use advanced sensors to detect the ambient colour temperature and adjusts the picture in a nuanced way to deliver a more natural experience when, for example, watching at nighttime. This new feature builds on Panasonic’s Auto AI mode, introduced last year, which uses Artificial Intelligence to identify in real time the type of content being played in order to smoothly and automatically optimize both picture and sound quality. Advancements in Panasonic’s AI technology have resulted in faster AI genre detection.
The advanced ambient brightness and colour temperature AI sensors work together with HCX Pro AI Processor inside Panasonic’s premium TVs to adjust each colour tone individually in the most realistic way based on the ambient light, thus delivering a more comfortable viewing experience during the day and at night. This reflects the fact that humans perceive ‘white’ differently based on ambient lighting. For example, most European homes use warm-coloured lights at nighttime, meaning that on-screen white colours can be perceived as blueish and too cold. The HCX Pro AI chip works in a highly intelligent and nuanced way, preserving colours with which the human eye is familiar, such as skin tones, so as to ensure a natural picture.
Furthermore, in 2022 Panasonic has expanded adaptive control by also supporting Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode for automatic picture processing depending on ambient room light. Available in the OLED series, Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode enables Panasonic TVs to also deliver incredibly accurate Hollywood-level picture quality for streaming content, reproducing Master Monitor picture quality used by Netflix filmmakers in post-production, and delivering images that are true to the filmmakers’ intentions.
Cinema quality tuned in Hollywood
All this year’s OLED panels combine Panasonic’s technical accuracy, made possible by Japanese engineering and knowhow, with the colour-tuning skills of Stefan Sonnenfeld.
Stefan Sonnenfeld, Founder and CEO of Company 3, is a trusted collaborator of some of the world’s best filmmakers. Sonnenfeld is among a handful of leading artists who has championed the power of color grading to tell stories and communicate emotion. Described by NPR as a “da Vinci of the movies,” Sonnenfeld has applied his skills as a colourist to many of the most acclaimed and popular features of the past decade. Like many other leading colourists, he uses Panasonic OLED screens as large-format client reference monitors in his daily workflow. Indeed, Panasonic’s OLED TVs are widely used in studios and post-production houses.
Audio improvements – pinpointing and targeted sound
The OLED LZ2000 introduces directional sound in addition to Panasonic’s 360° Soundscape all-in-one TV audio package capable of delivering Dolby Atmos immersive audio experiences. The multiple built-in upward-firing, side-firing, and front-firing speaker units produce a spatial soundstage with Dolby Atmos content. As well as improving surround sound, the LZ2000 features the new advanced Front Array Speaker System, which directs the sound, enabling accurate and clear sound and Beam Forming. Models of the OLED LZ1500 series (65”, 55” models only) boast an advanced sound system called ‘Dynamic Cinema Surround Pro’, which supports Dolby Atmos and uses a built-in woofer to provide a powerful and rich bass sound. The LZ1500 (excluding 65” and 55”), LZ1000, and LZ980 series feature ‘Cinema Surround Pro’, which also supports Dolby Atmos. The LX940 series incorporates ’Cinema Surround’, whereas the LX800 features improved ‘Surround Sound’.
Stunning and accessible entertainment
All 2022 OLED and LX940 LED series feature the latest iteration of Panasonic’s highly evaluated smart TV OS, My Home Screen 7.0, which supports all major video streaming services. To widen choice, Panasonic also offers the LX800 LED Android TV™ (*) which provides numerous entertainment options.Panasonic has made significant progress on its My Home Screen 7.0 OS models in terms of accessibility, allowing users to access all related settings through a quick menu, which also automatically triggers voice guidance. The new accessibility menu also provides a variety of useful features. Voice control, audio descriptions, audio dialogue enhancement and hard-of-hearing subtitles can be configured easily.
(*) Android TV is a trademark of Google LLC
All of Panasonic’s continental European sets from LX940 and above feature Panasonic’s original Penta Tuner, which provides five different options for advanced broadcast reception. Ease of use was key, so selection is as simple as pressing a button on the TV remote control. These include DVB-C (cable reception), DVB-S (via satellite), DVB-T (traditional out/indoor antenna), TV to IP, and IPTV, which does not require a server. This function allows significant flexibility in the choice of location in the house, and Panasonic TV guides users through the installation very easily, allowing for a seamless installation process.
Status April 2022: Subject to change without notice
Technical changes and errors excepted