Archive - June 2020

Effortless Capture of Immersive Sound for Vlogging and Creative Video: Panasonic Announces LUMIX G100 with OZO Audio

Achieve outstanding audio straight from the camera with the new LUMIX G100, a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera designed and developed for vloggers and online video content creators.

The LUMIX G100 is the first interchangeable lens camera (ILC) to offer OZO Audio[i] – incorporating three microphones that allow the user to capture immersive sound. Whether you are behind the camera narrating, or in front of the lens speaking to camera, the OZO Audio system will track and capture sound, removing the need for an expensive, bulky external microphone.

In addition to making it effortless to capture high-quality audio, the G100 offers the benefits of a compact, lightweight ILC, supported by a range of new functions designed to provide excellent video quality and operating ease for the creative videographer. Newly-introduced on the G100 are content sharing via smartphone at the touch of a button, LUMIX Video Selfie via a free-angle monitor, and Frame Marker with a range of popular aspect ratios. Other capabilities include smooth 4K Video, Quick and Slow video modes, and V-Log L recording pre-installed for precise colour grading.

The exciting new G100 will be available in Australia from late July at photographic specialists and consumer electronics retailers. The body is available in black.

High audio quality by OZO Audio Technologies

With OZO Audio by Nokia, the G100 offers audio with the quality and convenience to truly support today’s explosion of demand for video capture that’s intended for universal playback and shareability across social media platforms. It provides creative empowerment and improved production values for serious content creators who want to stand out with amazing audio, while still working with minimal equipment.

James Choi, Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Australia, explained: “We’re excited to introduce this camera with an all-in-one audio solution unique in its class. It has two significant benefits that make it easier to create really engaging vlogs. Firstly, it can capture sound based on where you are in relation to the camera – so whether you are in front or behind the lens, audio is clear and sharp, actively reducing background noise. Secondly, OZO Audio works together with the G100’s autofocus system to track and follow the sounds of the subject in focus when it is in front of the camera.”

The G100 uses three built-in microphones to track and prioritise the subject while recording sharp, vibrant sound, and all that’s required is to select the most suitable mode. The five modes are Tracking, Surround, Front, Back and Auto.

The Tracking mode is an industry first and a game changer for vloggers and on-camera presenters. It works in conjunction with Panasonic’s Face Recognition technology to analyse the scene and automatically adjust the three microphones to converge on the location of the presenter or the subject. The end result is clear voice recording with consistent levels even when recording in crowds or locations with ambient noise.

The Surround mode records audio in all directions to provide a 360° sound experience, perfect for conveying the ambience of a scene, from the sounds of nature to a sports event.

The Front mode captures sound in front of the camera while suppressing any noise behind the lens. It’s ideal for isolating voices in interviews or when recording live performances such as concerts, theatre shows or corporate presentations.

Back recording is perfect for solo travellers and independent content creators. Generally not practical with an external microphone, the back recording mode opens up new creative opportunities by empowering the camera operator to directly narrate the scene they’re shooting, giving their audience real-time insight into what is happening, as it happens.

Auto mode is best for unpredictable scenes and general recording situations. It automatically switches between tracking and surround modes, allowing the operator behind the camera to interact with a presenter in front of the lens, or seamlessly combine the 360° soundscape of a scene with real-time narration – eliminating the task of editing audio from multiple sources in post-production.

Technical and creative capabilities for convenient, streamlined video capture and sharing

Convenient shooting assist functions and high-quality, stable video

The LUMIX Video Selfie mode captures the vlogger and the background, and the G100 enters this mode when the large 3.0-inch 1840k-dot touch monitor is flipped out to face the user. This free-angle rear monitor is also convenient for taking high and low-angle shots.

Other shooting assist functions for the solo content creator include Frame Marker for checking composition during recording. A wide range of aspect ratios are supported, including those for popular social media platforms – 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5, 5:4 and 9:16. In addition, the REC Frame Indicator displays an eye-catching red frame for checking at a glance if the camera is recording or not.

The G100 captures smooth 4K video in 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30p/25p/24p[ii]. When recording video, a powerful image stabiliser is indispensable to avoid shaky images. The 5-Axis Hybrid I.S. (Image Stabiliser)[iii] in the G100 provides effective shake suppression for stable, easy-to-watch video in situations such as recording while walking and talking.

Easy connectivity via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HDMI

Creatives on the move can streamline content sharing with smartphones using Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy connection and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi® (IEEE 802.11b/g/n). With an always-on connection using BLE4.2, images can be geotagged, and a smartphone can be used as the camera’s remote control. A dedicated button on the G100 allows vloggers to quickly transfer images and videos to their smartphone for editing and sharing to social media. The camera also supports video output over HDMI, allowing it to be used as a streaming webcam with exceptional sound, high image quality and rich depth of field.[iv]

High-quality sensor and creative capabilities

The G100 has a 20.3MP MOS Sensor without a Low Pass Filter, for creating sharp images with low noise. This sensor is much larger than that of a smartphone, and this capability provides the benefits of shallower depth of field, enhanced image quality and allows low-light shooting at up to ISO 25600.

Users can create impressive 4x[v]/2x slow and 8x/4x/2x quick FHD motion footage, as well as capturing Time Lapse videos. For advanced videographers, the G100 supports V-Log L recording, which provides a wider dynamic range for colour grading in post-production.

The camera has a high-performance 3,680K-dot equivalent centre-aligned viewfinder. Useful 4K features include LUMIX 4K Photo mode, which allows photographers to capture spur of the moment fast-action shots by shooting at burst speeds of up to 30 frames per second. In addition, Post Focus mode allows the user to choose the focal point of an image after the shot has been taken, and Focus Stacking combines focal points to achieve complete foreground to background focus.

Compact, lightweight design

The G100 is highly compact and mobile. For example, when used with the LUMIX G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens, the combined weight is just 412 grams. A new ergonomic Tripod Grip – both a lightweight handgrip and mini tripod – has also been released. The optional DMW-SHGR1 grip[vi] connects via USB to start/stop video recording, release the shutter and enable/disable Sleep mode. The camera battery can be recharged either via AC or USB.

LUMIX G100 Pricing

DC-G100GN-K – Body only: RRP $1099
DC-G100KGN-K – Kit with LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens
(H-FS12032E-K): RRP $1299
DC-G100VGN-K – Kit with H-FS12032E-K lens and DMW-SHGR1E Tripod Grip: RRP $1399

[i] For a digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of June 25, 2020.

[ii] Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 10 minutes with [MP4] in [4K].

[iii] When using an interchangeable lens (H-FS12032) released before this camera, update the firmware of the lens to the latest version.

[iv] It is not possible to stream live in 4K. While using the HDMI output function, video cannot be recorded. HDMI video capture device required. When an HDMI video capture device is used, separate streaming software for PC is required.

[v] 4x available in 30p/25p only.

[vi] The DMW-SHGR1 is compatible with the G100, GH5*, GH5S*, G9*, G95* and G85*. *Firmware update of the camera is required. In addition, the G9 and G95 require connection to the remote terminal of the camera using a bundled conversion cable. Sleep button cannot be used.

・Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic Launches its Most Rugged and Powerful Android™ TOUGHBOOK A3 Tablet

Panasonic has strengthened its popular AndroidTM line-up with the launch of the TOUGHBOOK A3, a fully rugged tablet with a 10.1 inch display. With Australian businesses increasingly turning to AndroidTM for their rugged mobile tablet and handheld needs, the TOUGHBOOK A3 is ideal for emergency services personnel, utilities and field service agents, transport and logistics operators and mining professionals.

The fully rugged device has a powerful battery life of nine hours[1] with standard batteries and 15 hours using the optional large battery with dual battery capability. Available in Australia from August 2020, the TOUGHBOOK A3 is designed for use and easy viewing in all light and weather conditions and boasts a range of flexible port options that can be configured to meet the needs of mobile workforces. Bolstering its position as a leading rugged device, the TOUGHBOOK A3 is also in the process of obtaining approval as an Android Enterprise Recommended (AER) device, to meet Google’s strict enterprise requirements for hardware and software.

“A successor to the popular TOUGHBOOK A2, this latest device is more rugged, powerful and able to work even longer in the field than its predecessor,” said Ranjit Sohoni, Senior Product & Marketing Manager Oceania – Mobility Solutions at Panasonic Australia.

“The TOUGHBOOK A3 is ready-made for mobile workers in warehouses and using forklifts; field service agents and automotive workers needing devices for diagnostics, data management and operational controls; and emergency services personnel requiring a secure and effective mobile computing solution.”

The ability to pair the new TOUGHBOOK offering with existing Android systems is set to streamline processes in rapid response situations and give better control over logistics and warehouse management. Panasonic expects this to be particularly welcomed by the country’s emergency services and transport teams, given the unprecedented demand of their services in the past 12 months due to natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether the requirement is scalability, flexibility or adaptability, the TOUGHBOOK A3 bolsters an organisation’s ability to deliver outstanding serviceability.

Tougher than ever

The TOUGHBOOK A3 is equipped to help mobile workers combat the toughest tasks in the field. It is water and dust resistant (IP65) and drop tested to 1.5 metres (MIL-STD-810H Certified). Using the Android™ 9.0 (Pie) operating system, the device is powered by the latest long-term-support Qualcomm® 2.2Hz Octa-Core SDM660 CPU with 4GB memory and an increased 64GB eMMC storage.

Clear and responsive display

The 10.1 inch outside viewable display (1920×1200) has been designed for easy use and clarity of vision both outside and indoors. The 10-point capacitive touchscreen display can be used by hand, gloved hand or with the capacitive stylus pen for accurate annotation or signature collection even in the rain. It also includes a front camera and microphone for video conferencing and a back camera with flash for document and image capture.

Flexible for business needs

The tablet comes with a rich set of business interfaces including USB Type-C® (USB 3.0) and USB Type-A (USB 2.0). Three different customisable gadget port options in five different combinations allow the device to be tailored to exact business requirements, including an optional smartcard reader, barcode reader or an additional USB Type-A (USB 2.0).

Ready for vehicle use, the TOUGHBOOK A3 can be used with a vehicle dock and its communication capabilities are unrivalled with Bluetooth 5.0, to deliver faster data exchange or communicate over longer distances. It also supports WLAN IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/d/h/i/r/k/v/w with MIMO functionality.

The tablet offers Android OS Enterprise-grade Security, and Enterprise Mobility Management support makes device deployment and management easier.

The TOUGHBOOK A3 comes with a range of accessories – including docking stations, extended life batteries and carrying solutions – and a standard three-year warranty and will be available from August 2020. Prices start at $2999RRP inc GST.

For more information go to our Business Solutions website.

[1] Measured with LCD brightness:150 cd/m2, Web browsing every 20 seconds through WLAN. Varies depending on the usage conditions, or when an optional device is attached.

Technics True Wireless Earphones: EAH-AZ70W – Setting a New Benchmark in Noise Cancelling Technology

Technics has released the EAH-AZ70W True Wireless Earphones – delivering superb acoustics, outstanding noise cancellation and design excellence to build on the reputation of this premium brand.

Aaron Waters, Product Marketing Manager – Audio and Video, Panasonic Australia said: “There is a strong market demand for true wireless audio. These Technics earphones offer stunning capabilities including our dual hybrid noise cancelling technology, rich audio, and long battery life as well as a premium look.”

The EAH-AZ70W is available in stylish black or silver. The compact circular earphones echo the Technics elegance in design with premium touches such as a high-grade spin treatment on the control area, and a matching lightweight aluminum charging case with an upper surface hairline and engraved Technics logo.

The Technics EAH-AZ70W will be available in Australia from mid-July 2020 via selected audio specialist retailers, priced at $449 RRP.

10-mm Diameter Driver Unit and Original Acoustic Design

The large diameter 10-mm dynamic driver delivers a broad soundstage with rich bass, while the graphene-coated PEEK diaphragm reduces vibration for clear, elegant sound. The Acoustic Control Chamber is precisely designed to control air flow and optimise the balance of each frequency. An expansive sound is generated with smooth, detailed highs and tight, articulate bass.

Dual Hybrid Noise Cancelling Technology

The EAH-AZ70W employs two systems to deliver an impressive noise cancelling effect for the True Wireless category. To allow listeners to fully engage with their music, unwanted ambient noise is minimised.

Dual Hybrid Noise Cancelling incorporates Feedforward Noise Cancelling (FF-NC) and Feedback Noise Cancelling (FB-NC) – using microphones to respectively combat noise from outside and inside the ear, along with a combination of analogue and digital processing to cancel noise effectively.

Stable Bluetooth Connection

Conventional true wireless headphones can cause brief interruptions of Bluetooth connection in crowded locations. The EAH-AZ70W offers extremely reliable Bluetooth connectivity to ensure uninterrupted listening.

The earphones’ small size is achieved with the integration of a Bluetooth antenna and a touch sensor inside the control section; while improved connection stability is realised by Technics’ proprietary design, which maximises antenna performance even in a small product cabinet.

The Left-Right Independent Signalling System maintains a stable connection with the correct sound balance between right and left channels, so listeners can enjoy an immersive content experience in a range of environments.

Excellent Call Sound Quality

The EAH-AZ70W is designed for clear call quality. High-performance MEMS microphones use a unique built-in labyrinth cabinet structure to suppress wind noise and improve noise cancelling performance. In addition, a beam-forming technology enables voices to be efficiently delivered while suppressing ambient noise.

Ambient Sound Mode

Simply tapping the touch sensor switches to Ambient Sound mode when the user wants to hear external sounds such as voices while listening to music and without taking the earpiece out. By tapping the sensor for two seconds, the user can switch between “Noise Cancelling”, “Ambient Sound” and “OFF”.

Compact Design

The rounded body fits comfortably in the ears for extended use. A massive amount of 3D ear data was used to optimise the design of the angle and length of the sound ports. The EAH-AZ70W features a splash-proof performance equivalent to IPX4[i].

Long-lasting Battery

When fully charged, the battery provides up to 6.5 hours of continuous playback (when noise cancellation is turned ON). In addition, the charging cradle can be fully charged twice, allowing up to 19.5 hours of playback.

Voice Assistant Compatible (Siri®/ Google Assistant™/ Alexa)

Voice assistant smartphone functions such as Siri and Google Assistant can be activated by operating the earphones’ touch sensor. Amazon Alexa can be activated with the Alexa mobile app, and later this year, will also be available via the touch sensor[ii].

Technics Audio Connect App[iii]

Various functions are available by installing the free Technics Audio Connect app onto a smartphone, enabling easy pairing and initial settings.

[i] Only the headphones are compatible with the IPX4 equivalent. It does not include the charging cradle.

[ii] The activation schedule will be notified on the Technics website.

[iii] Compatible with smartphones and tablets that are equipped with Android™ 6.0 or higher and that support Google Play™, or an iPhone®, iPad® and iPod Touch® equipped with iOS9.3 or higher.

Functions, function names, and specifications are subject to change without notice.