Panasonic showcased their range of Blu-ray players and recorders for 2010 at their convention in Munich, including their first 3D player, portable models, and new Blu-ray recorders.
Latest Blu-ray range from Panasonic
While the highlight of this range is the DMP-BDT300 3D Blu-ray player, other models include the DMR-BS850/BS750 units, which are Panasonic’s follow up to last years Blu-ray recorders.
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There are three new standard models, the DMP-BD85, DMP-BD65, and DMP-BD45. Also new to the range are the DMP-B500, and DMP-B100, both portable models, and finally the SC-BTX77 and SCBTX75, which are slim home cinema models.
Panasonic DMP-BDT300 HD 3D Blu-ray player
The flag ship Blu-ray model for Panasonic this year has to be it’s BDT300 3D player, which as the name suggests can display 3D images through a compatible TV, such as the Panasonic VT20.
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The BDT300 features Viera Cast compatibly, Panasonics web access feature, and can display some web content such as YouTube and Picassa.
As well as watching the latest 3D movies, users can also display their own films and pictures through the model via it’s USB and SD card slots.
Panasonic BS850 and BS750 Blu-ray recorders
The BS850 and BS750 Blu-ray recorder models both come with twin HD tuners, enabling users to record two channels at the same time whilst watching another. Both tuners are Freesat, meaning that viewers can record content from the many free to air channels available. The models also feature Viera Cast, giving access to online content. The The BS850 comes with a 500 GB hard drive, while the BS750 comes with 250 GB.
Faster Boot Up
One of the issues of Blu-ray compared to DVD, is the noticeable length of time it can take to boot up the unit and start watching a disc. When unveiling their new players, the BD-85, BD-65 and BD-45, Panasonic announced that they had addressed this issue and claimed they had reduced this to 0.5 seconds.
Which? Technology Researcher Jack Turner was at the conference in Munich, and said ‘While we saw a live demonstration which certainly seemed to indicate that the 2010 models were much faster at starting up compared to the 2009, we look forward to putting them through our own rigorous testing to identify how much faster they really are.’
Panasonic B500 and B100 Portable Blu-ray players
The two new portable Blu-ray models, the B500 and B100, both feature an SD card slot, allowing the user to view movie and image content. The B500 takes this further, and can be used in a similar way to a digital photo frame, displaying a slide show of the images either on their own, or with a calendar and clock function.
The B100, Panasonics entry level portable Blu-ray player, comes with car DC adaptor and car bracket, allowing the unit to be fitted to the head rest of a car.
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