We've been watching and reading for as much Panasonic news as possible and looks like we'll really need to stay tuned (especially if Devin Graham gets a hold of Panasonic gear). We love that they've announced an action camera that shoots 4k, and are excited to see the mounting options since their cameras are unlike many designs. Panasonic's A100 shoots 1080p, and is a rectangular pack with a cord tethering a small lens module. The new 4k design puts the little lens over the ear and is likely capable of a wide assortment of mounts. Another product we'll be waiting on is the 4k waterproof Varicam. Before Panasonic's announcement the words '4k' and 'waterproof' hadn't been so closely tied.
Wowing audiences is no problem with a Toughpad 4k 20-inch tablet. Sadly, the camera built into the tablet is only 1280x720 video. Is it was too much to ask for a 4k camera to be placed inside such a tablet? Perhaps soon, Panasonic, or someone else will make a 4k display that's part of a device that can shoot 4k. There are two versions, the Toughpad 4k Standard and the Toughpad 4k Performance both have Windows 8.1 Pro, a 256GB SSD and have been tested with a bottom side drop of one foot. The magnesium alloy chassis should be a familiar feel for videographers, and welcome I/O include USB 3.0 and SD cards. The Toughpad 4k Performance adds an i7 core, upgrades the graphics to K1000M GPU, 16GB RAM, a Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet and a combination headphone/speaker jack. There are already so many ways to integrate tablets to video production, it's a little mindblowing to think of having a 4k one.
The LUMIX line gets bolstered with four cameras, the TS5, TS25, ZS40 and ZS35. The two TS point and shoot cameras have built in toughness, and are waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof. For these cameras, the video capability may be thought of as a feature, but it can really highlight the fun of shooting. The TS5 has a Miniature Effect mode that feels like a time-lapse mode and the TS25 has a dedicated record button. The ZS40 and ZS35 cameras are big on their optical zooms at 30x and 20x respectively.
To be continued ... watching Panasonic announcements that is. When we found out more about their 4k action camera and 4k waterproof Varicam, we'll share it here.
Panasonic Announces High-Performance 20-Inch Toughpad 4K Tablet
Performance Model of World’s First* 20-Inch 4K Tablet Powered by Intel® Core™ i7 vPro™ Processor, NVIDIA® Quadro® GPU to Serve as Mobile CAD, Video Workstation
January 6, 2014 (Las Vegas, NV) – Panasonic, an industry leader in reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996, today at the 2014 International CES announced the U.S. availability of the Toughpad™ 4K UT-MA6 tablet, the performance model of the world’s first* 20-inch tablet with a 4K resolution display. Featuring an Intel® Core™ i7-3687U vPro™ processor with an NVIDIA® Quadro® K1000M GPU, and an advanced beyond Ultra HD 4K display providing a lifelike viewing experience unlike any tablet on the market, the Toughpad 4K performance model is built to serve as an ideal mobile workstation for professionals in visual-intensive fields such as computer-aided design (CAD) and video editing.
The Toughpad 4K performance model further expands Panasonic’s Toughpad line to create the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of enterprise-focused tablets. It expands the capabilities of the groundbreaking Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 tablet announced in 2013, a business-rugged tablet with a brilliant 230 pixel-per-inch display that goes beyond Ultra HD resolution. Optimized for the Windows 8.1 Pro operating system and built on the Intel® vPro™ platform, the Toughpad 4K tablet bridges the gap between the needs of IT professionals and workers by including unique hardware and OS-based enhanced security features, remote manageability and capabilities designed to increase end user productivity and data protection.
“Professionals in visual-intensive fields such as CAD and non-linear editing have traditionally been stuck working behind a desk away from where decisions are being made, due to a lack of mobile technology on the market with the large, high-quality displays and high-performance processors these users require,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “As a lightweight 20-inch tablet PC with beyond Ultra HD resolution and high-performance processing power, the Toughpad 4K performance model enables these workers to get things done in the field that previously were only practical at a desktop workstation, greatly expanding productivity, creativity and efficiency in a number of areas.”
Toughpad 4K UT-MA6: Key Features
- High-Power CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3687U vPro™ processor (4MB cache, up to 3.3 GHz) with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
- Advanced Graphics Performance: NVIDIA® Quadro® K1000M GPU (2GB VRAM)
- 4K Visual Experience: 20-inch IPS Alpha LCD screen with 3840x2560 pixel display featuring 230 pixels per inch and 15:10 aspect ratio
- Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Professional downgrade
- Storage & Memory: 256GB SSD,16 GB RAM, 2GB VRAM
- Connectivity & I/O: Mini DisplayPort™, Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v4.0 (Class 1), USB 3.0, SDXC card slot, smart card reader, docking connector, Gigabit Ethernet LAN port
- Camera: 5 MP rear camera; 1280 x 720 pixel front camera
- Durability: Business-rugged with resistance to 12-inch drops to 26 angles (non-operating) and 30-inch drop to its back (operating)
- Battery: 2.5 hours per MobileMark® 2007 testing (60 cd/m2)
- Lightweight Portability: 5.6 lbs., 0.49 inch thick
Like the standard model, the Toughpad 4K performance model offers an optional Panasonic Electronic Touch Pen, a unique new device offering pixel-level precision and a distinctly pen-and-paper-like feel for freehand sketching, annotation or handwriting. The pen uses infrared signals to distinctly read each pixel on the screen and communicates with the tablet via Bluetooth®. For natural and highly accurate drawing or handwriting, the pen can be held from various angles and can interpret more than 2,000 levels of pressure. The Toughpad 4K also offers 10-point multi-touch input.
Combined with accessories such as the optional Panasonic desktop cradle and carrying case solution, the device can be used as both a desktop PC and tablet. The cradle easily converts into a tilted stand to allow the tablet to be used in drafting table mode, and offers USB 3.0 x3, Ethernet and HDMI-output connectivity. A VESA-compatible mounting adapter plate is also available.
Pricing and Availability
The Toughpad 4K performance model, powered by a third-generation Intel® Core™ i7 vPro™ processor and NVIDIA® Quadro® GPU, will be available in Spring 2014 at a list price of $6,999. The previously announced Toughpad 4K standard edition, featuring an Intel® Core™ i5-3437U vPro™ processor with an NVIDIA®GeForce® 745M GPU, will be available in February 2014 at a list price of $5,999.
All Toughpad tablets can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers. All products in the Toughpad family come standard with the industry's most comprehensive 3-year warranty.
International CES 2014
The Toughpad 4K performance model will be showcased as part of Panasonic’s full line of solutions for business at International CES 2014, Central Hall Booth #9806, this week in Las Vegas. Panasonic today at International CES also announced the Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet, a thin and lightweight fully-rugged seven-inch tablet with multiple configuration options and desktop-class performance for highly mobile mission-critical professionals.
Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 Digital Resources
For images, specifications and more detailed information on the Toughpad 4K UT-MA6, visithttp://us.panasonic.com/4k. An in-depth video press release on Panasonic’s Toughpad 4K tablets can be found at http://www.youtube.com/PanasonicToughpad.
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*World’s first 20-inch tablet with a 4K resolution display as of Jan. 6, 2014
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