Archive - June 2021

Panasonic and Marion Grasby launch “Marion’s Test Kitchen” to surprise and inspire home cooks

Television presenter and author to share the ultimate cooking freedom with Panasonic’s multi-functional kitchen range, designed for every Australian family.

Panasonic has announced a new partnership with prominent Australian cook and content creator Marion Grasby. The collaboration, “Marion’s Test Kitchen”, will see the fan favourite showcase the convenience and versatility of Panasonic’s diverse range of kitchen appliances.

Marion will recreate some of the most engaging recipes from her repertoire in appliances such as Convection Microwaves and Rice Cookers – showing home cooks how popular meals can be created fuss-free, and with delicious results.

The five-part content series will challenge perceptions and demonstrate how the brand’s modern solutions offer Australians the ultimate cooking freedom.

Marion Grasby said: “I am incredibly excited to collaborate with Panasonic! I’m always interested in new tech and love testing out its potential to make things easier or better for cooks like me.  I’ve got some awesome experiments up my sleeve, from preparing the crispiest pork belly in a convection microwave to making a spicy satay in a rice cooker.”

Charissa Sano, Home Appliance Category & Marketing Communications Manager at Panasonic Australia said: “The lives of Australian consumers and their families have never been busier or more complex, but with these multi-functional kitchen heroes, it’s easy for anyone to create an impressive array of healthy, delicious and perfectly cooked meals.

“Marion’s series is designed to inspire Australians to have a go and enjoy exploring the full capabilities of appliances such as Convection Microwaves or Bread Makers. For example, a recent survey showed that 80% of Australian microwave users use their appliance at least once a day[i] – we aim to show them the true extent of what’s possible. Panasonic products are backed by over 100 years of technology R&D, so like Marion, we’ve done the hard work and you can enjoy the outcome!”

Marion’s Test Kitchen will be launched across Marion’s Facebook, Instagram and You Tube channels, with the first episode featuring Marion creating Crispy Pork Belly in Panasonic’s NN-CF770 Convection Microwave.

Dive into the first episode here and see the results for yourself.

To find out more about Panasonic’s range of kitchen appliances visit:

For the second year running, a Canstar Blue survey of Australians across the country has found that Panasonic Microwaves lead the way, with the company receiving Canstar Blue’s 2021 Award for Most Satisfied Customers[ii]. Panasonic has continuously invested in Microwave innovation, from the company’s first model more than 55 years ago, to today’s Convection models that offer the ultimate cooking freedom – allowing consumers to bake, roast, grill and steam, and enjoy convenient heating and defrosting.

[i] Market Research survey conducted in Australia, April 2021


New F1.8 Large-Aperture Fixed Focal Length Lens for LUMIX S Series: Compact, Lightweight Standard LUMIX S 50mm F1.8 (S-S50)

Panasonic is pleased to introduce a new large-aperture standard fixed focal length lens, the LUMIX S 50mm F1.8 (S-S50). Following the 85mm S-S85 lens, it is the second addition to the planned series of four F1.8 large-aperture lenses based on the L-Mount system.

The LUMIX F1.8 lens series has a common positioning of controls for ease of use and a common barrel diameter that provides the convenience of using the same filters. Using lenses of a similar size and diameter also makes it easier to switch between them when an S Series camera is mounted on a gimbal, for example. Currently, 24mm and 35mm F1.8 large-aperture lenses are also under development to further enhance the LUMIX S Series lens lineup and meet the needs of customers.

The LUMIX S 50mm F1.8 is extremely lightweight and mobile at around 300 grams, and the rugged dust/splash-resistant[i]design withstands use under harsh environmental conditions down to a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius.

The LUMIX S 50mm F1.8 is comprised of nine lens elements in eight groups including three aspherical lenses, one ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens and one UHR (Ultra-High Refractive Index) lens. The use of three aspherical lenses achieves beautiful bokeh, while the ED lens effectively suppresses chromatic aberration. The filter diameter is 67mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm. The LUMIX S 50mm F1.8 also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing. The lens is suitable for photography from portraits to landscapes.

The lens will be available in July 2021 from leading photographic specialists. The Panasonic and L-Mount system alliance is committed to the development of L-Mount lenses for the further expansion of its lineup, fulfilling the needs of customers.

LUMIX S 50mm F1.8 (S-S50) lens: RRP $699

For further information, please visit or call 132 600.

[i] Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water. To avoid damage when using the camera under these conditions, it must be used in accordance with associated instructions in the manual.