Panasonic has partnered with Hub Australiato help create a safer workspace
Panasonic has today launched its Australian clean air initiative, turning to its innovative nanoe™ X technology and a partnership with leading premium flex space provider Hub Australia to champion the topic of indoor air quality and facilitate a new way for workers to return to the office.
Panasonic is leveraging its revolutionary nanoe™ X technology that inhibits indoor pollutants and odours in the air and on surfaces through the release of nano-sized, atomised water particles, and features across the air-conditioning range. The company has introduced the Portable nanoe™ X Generator to the local market – combining the flagship technology with the convenience of using it at the desk in the office, to the taxi ride home.
To further mark the launch of its clean air initiative, Panasonic has commissioned in-depth Australian research which examines evolving attitudes, finding that 61 per cent of Australians believe air quality has a significant impact on their health.
Panasonic Australia Managing Director Paul Reid said the findings confirmed the recent imperative on indoor air quality.
“Australians are concerned about the air they breathe and as the leader in air conditioning and air purification solutions through our nanoe™ X technology, we feel it incumbent on us to draw awareness to the growing importance of indoor air quality in private and public settings,” Mr Reid said.
“nanoe™ X is technology that we are incredibly proud of – and it hasn’t come about overnight. Backed by 25 years of dedicated research and development, the latest generation of nanoe™ X is proven by more than 140 independent laboratory tests across a range of use cases.”
“As we introduce the portable nanoe™ X Generator to the nanoe™ X family, we’re harnessing the technology that underpins our air-conditioning range to ensure fresh air travels with you wherever you go, from the office, to the car, through to hotels and cafes.”
To this end, Panasonic has partnered with leading premium flex space provider, Hub Australia, which has a national network of spaces, to drive awareness of the importance of air quality in the workplace, especially as businesses move toward a mobilised and hybrid working model, where ensuring fresh, clean air is essential.
Hub Australia Chief Executive Officer Brad Krauskopf said the partnership gives Hub’s customers the peace of mind that as their teams return to the office, Hub has distributed several hundred Portable nanoe™ X Generators as an additional measure to ensure optimal air quality in and around personal workspaces.
“We’re proud to partner with Panasonic to bring the benefits of superior air quality to our customers, their staff and guests. The research tells us that 57 per cent of Australians are concerned about air quality in the workplace, and are aware that improved air quality can assist with mental alertness and productivity,” Mr Krauskopf said.
“At Hub, we’re strongly committed to creating safe and hygienic shared workspaces that promote overall health and wellbeing.”
Joe De Bella, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Air Conditioning at Panasonic Australia said that the Panasonic-commissioned research reflected an informed population with a shared experience over the past two years.
“The research shows that around one in three Australians aged 20+ are now more concerned about air quality compared to 18 months ago,” Mr De Bella said.
“It’s positive that we as a population are taking notice of the harmful pollutants we breathe each day and it is something that will continue to be front of mind as we battle variants of COVID-19, annual flu seasons, pollution, and the close-to-home threat of bushfires.”
Mr De Bella said that the research reflected the demand for air cleanliness, with one in three Australians considering purchasing air purifiers in the future.
“Around one in two Australians consider air cleanliness / purification to be a very important factor, while one in four rank it most important when thinking about purchasing a new air conditioner.”
Panasonic’s range of air conditioning solutions is built for the Australian climate, with air-conditioning to control the temperature and humidity, as well as nanoe™ X technology in select products to improve the air quality. The lineup includes ducted and spilt system air conditioners, the Air-e generator and air purifiers.
With the addition of the Portable nanoe™ X Generator to the nanoe™ X family, fresh, clean air is now available on the go in a range of settings.
The Panasonic Portable nanoe™ X Generator is available at an RRP of $299.
Click here for The Panasonic Portable nanoe™ X Generator fact sheet.
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Panasonic is proud to introduce the much-anticipated LUMIX GH6 – the latest flagship model in the LUMIX G Series digital mirrorless camera range, pushing the limits of what is possible from a Micro Four Thirds system camera.
Aaron Waters, Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic said: “In 2009, Panasonic pioneered the photo/video hybrid category with the first model in the GH Series, the DMC-GH1. Since then, each subsequent model has driven innovation, putting technology and features normally reserved for high end cinema cameras in the hands of aspiring creators worldwide. Today, it is renowned as a first-choice tool thanks to its performance, mobility and rugged design. Like the legendary GH5, the LUMIX GH6 again breaks boundaries in the category.”
In a Micro Four Thirds category first, the GH6 sports a newly developed 25.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor. In addition to high resolution imaging and high-speed signal readout, the sensor’s single exposure HDR technology is a significant leap forward in dynamic range performance. The next-generation Venus Engine powers not only advanced image processing and computational photography, it also unlocks a new world of video codec options and framerates to enhance workflow and versatility for professional or aspiring videographers. The GH6 offers V-Log/V-Gamut and provides an amazing 13+ stops of wide dynamic range[i].
Streamlining workflow for creators, the GH6 now includes Apple ProRes 422 HQ, 5.7K 30p internal video recording. This saves time in the editing stage of production by avoiding the time-consuming step of transcoding media from common compressed codecs into ProRes or proxy formats, as is often done by mirrorless hybrid camera users. Today, creators are also demanding high framerate recording options in higher resolutions. The GH6 delivers on this with outstanding C4K 120p in 10-bit 4:2:0, all without a crop or the image quality compromises that are often encountered in the hybrid camera segment. LUMIX users have always enjoyed reliably long recording times, and the GH6 is no exception with unlimited recording assisted by Panasonic’s latest heat management technology, including in intensive recording modes such as C4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2[ii].
Building on our legacy of incredible stabilisation for hybrid shooters, the GH6 achieves 7.5 stops of powerful image stabilisation in both wide and telephoto focal lengths. Dual I.S.2 gives users the freedom to choose between using tripods, gimbals or totally handheld, all while delivering smooth and professional images. The GH6 has adopted a new super high-precision 5-axis gyro sensor with a new algorithm to achieve 7.5 stops of Body I.S.[iii] and Dual I.S.2[iv].
Panasonic is excited to see the GH6 released to the market and looks forward to the new creative dimension it will offer professionals worldwide.
Aaron Waters added: “In tandem with the GH6 launch, Panasonic Australia is excited to introduce LUMIX Professional Services (LPS). We understand the requirement for high reliability in the challenging shooting situations that professionals often face. LPS is a dedicated support service, designed to provide an even greater level of service and support for professionals who rely on their LUMIX equipment every day. This program provides peace of mind so creators can spend more time focusing on their creative projects. The LPS program delivers a range of benefits including fast turnaround for repairs, complimentary access to loan equipment and dedicated support services. Members get exclusive access to extra perks such as free sensor cleans and the ability to trial some of the latest product releases.”
Sensor and processor technologies
Panasonic has developed a new 25.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor without LPF (Low-pass Filter) with a high resolution, high-speed signal readout that reduces rolling shutter and achieves wide dynamic range.
Utilising the powerful image stabilisation system, 100-megapixel high resolution images can be captured in camera using the High Resolution mode both with a tripod or handheld. Eight consecutive images are automatically shot while shifting the sensor using the Body I.S. The result is a 100-megapixel (11552 x 8672-pixel) stunning image that faithfully reproduces precise details and can be saved in both RAW and JPEG. To provide users with the greatest shooting flexibility, multiple modes are available to shoot a variety of scenes, including those with motion.
Professional-quality video performance for unlimited expression
The GH6 achieves an impressive C4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 unlimited video recording. In addition, high frame rate video recording has been enhanced to include 4K 120p 10-bit 4:2:0, and FHD 240p 10-bit 4:2:2 (with audio recording) to enable impressive expression such as speed ramping. VFR (Variable Frame Rate) is available up to 300fps in Full HD 10-bit for dynamic slow motion.
For creators desiring wide screen anamorphic content, the GH6 supports full-sensor 5.8K 30p 10-bit recording when utilising dedicated anamorphic lenses or filters. It is possible to display de-squeezed footage to monitor in real time.
The LUMIX GH6 also achieves 4:2:2 10-bit C4K 60p both internally and externally over HDMI simultaneously. The inclusion of HDMI 2.1 will support C4K 120p HDMI video output with a future firmware update. C4K 120p 12-bit RAW output to the Atomos Ninja V+ monitor recorder will also be available via a planned firmware update.
In response to requests from professional users, Panasonic has included video assist functions such as Waveform Monitor, Zebra Pattern, Luminance Spot Meter, Frame Marker, Anamorphic Desqueeze Display, Red REC Frame Indicator and Tally lamps. Some of the new enhanced features include Safety Zone Marker, which shows a guide of 95%, 90% or 80% recording area; while Centre Marker now allows you to choose the type of marker. In Colour Temperature Setting, the kelvin values can now be displayed on the user interface while recording.
High resolution audio recording is now possible supporting up to 24-bit 96kHz[vii]. By using the optional XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1 and the 3.5mm input jack/built-in microphone, users can capture four channels of audio, reducing the need for external audio recording devices. Combinations of external microphones can be used to best fit the recording situation – such as outdoor interviews where voices and ambient sound both need to be captured. The headphone channel can be switched during video recording and audio menus can be directly accessed with the Fn1 button on top of the camera for easy sound level checks during 4-channel audio recording.
4K 60p Time Lapse video can also be produced inside the camera. With the Exposure Levelling function, the exposure is automatically adjusted to prevent large changes in brightness between adjacent frames, allowing daytime to nighttime ‘holy grail’ time lapses to be created in camera. The internal time lapse calculator allows users to understand the required settings without the use of external apps/intervalometers.
Agile and smart operation for professional use
Taking advantage of the new sensor and image processing engine, the auto focus performance of the LUMIX GH6 has been improved. With higher speed signal processing by the new image processor and an improved AF algorithm, subject detection performance has been dramatically enhanced to achieve higher precision AF.
To support high precision focusing, the LUMIX GH6 provides practical options for manual focusing such as MF Assist, which enables the focus point to be enlarged while video recording. The linear focus control enables repeatable focus pulls to be achieved by adjusting the degrees required for the lens to move through the focus range from close to infinity focus.
To enhance shooting ergonomics, the LUMIX GH6 has a versatile free-angle touch-control 3.0-inch LCD rear monitor (3:2 aspect, 1840K-dot resolution). Conveniently, tilt/rotation angle can be adjusted so that HDMI and USB cables are not in the way when shooting. A large, 3,680K-dot OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) LVF (Live View Finder) features a high magnification ratio of approx. 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm camera equivalent).
Reliable quality and performance for professional use and connectivity
The GH6 boasts a rugged field-ready design. As well as having a magnesium alloy full diecast front/rear frame, it is splash[viii] and dust-resistant and also freeze-resistant down to -10 degrees Celsius. Recording buttons are located on both the top and front of the camera, which makes it easy to start and stop recording even when shooting at a low angle or with a shoulder rig.
The GH6 is equipped with double card slots. The CFexpress card (Type B) supports internal recording of high bitrate video up to 1900Mbps including 5.7K 30p ProRes 422 HQ and C4K 60p ALL-I. The SD Memory Card UHS II V90 supports internal recording of video at 600Mbps or less, with modes including Relay Recording, Backup Recording and Allocation Recording, using both SD Memory Card and CFexpress Card.
The camera has a full-size HDMI Type A terminal. Plus, a cable lock holder for the HDMI/USB cable is bundled to prevent issues such as accidentally unplugging on location. The GH6 supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 for high-speed transfer. The 2200mAh (DMW-BLK22E) high-capacity battery can be conveniently recharged either via AC or USB PD. The GH6 is also compatible with Time Code IN/OUT synchronisation through the flash synchro terminal and bundled BNC converter cable. This streamlines non-linear editing of footage shot with multiple cameras.
The GH6 supports Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 5GHz[ix] (IEEE802.11ac)/ 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n), for easy content sharing with smartphones. With an always-on Bluetooth connection, a smartphone can act as the camera’s remote control via the LUMIX Sync mobile app. The settings of a GH6 camera can also be copied and transmitted to other GH6 cameras when shooting using multiple cameras (either via LUMIX Sync or SD Card). Hassle free firmware updates are also available via LUMIX Sync.
A wide variety of LUMIX G lenses – Exclusively designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras
The Panasonic LUMIX G Series boasts a total lineup of 30 Micro Four Thirds lenses. For use with the GH6, Panasonic has reviewed and updated the lens firmware for the following models: H-E08018/H-X1025/H-X2550/H-ES12060/H-ES50200/H-RS100400/H-XA025/H-ES200/H-HSA12035/H-FS12060/H-HSA35100/H-FSA45200/H-FSA100300/H-NS043/H-X012/H-X015. This update will be available on 1 March 2022[x].
Future firmware updates
LUMIX GH6 Pricing and Availability
LUMIX DC-GH6GN: Body only: RRP $3699 LUMIX DC-GH6LEICA: Kit with 12-60mm LEICA DG lens (H-ES12060E): RRP $4799 LUMIX DC-GH6PRO: Kit with 12-35mm LUMIX G lens (H-HSA12035E): RRP $4799 LUMIX DC-GH6MKIT: Kit with 12-60mm LUMIX G lens (H-FS12060E): RRP $3999
The GH6 will be available in April 2022 from leading photographic specialists.
[i] When using Dynamic Range Boost. Available in Creative Video mode only, minimum ISO 800 in standard mode/ISO2000 in V-Log/HLG. [ii] Under the guaranteed operating environment. When using a battery. The recording time depends on the capacity of the battery and the recording media. [iii] Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=60mm (35mm film camera equivalent f=120mm) when H-ES12060 is used. [iv] Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=140mm (35mm film camera equivalent f=280mm) when H-FS14140 is used. [v] Available in Creative Video mode only, minimum ISO2000 in V-Log/HLG. [vi] In comparison with LUMIX DC-S1H [vii] 4-channel audio recording is available in ProRes and MOV. [viii] Splash Resistant is a term used to describe an extra level of protection this camera offers against exposure to a minimal amount of moisture, water or dust. Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this camera is subjected to direct contact with water. To avoid damage when using the camera under these conditions, it must be used in accordance with associated instructions in the manual. [ix] 5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries. [x] For more information on the lens firmware update, please refer to https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/index.html