Review: Samsung NX1 4K Mirrorless Compact System Camera

September 4th, 2015 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, HDMI, HDR, Product Reviews, Review, UHDTV

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My first SLR, the Pentax Spotmatic F, and my second, the Nikon F, were iconic cameras. They broke new ground and set new standards for their time. My gut tells me Samsung’s flagship NX1 mirrorless camera will be joining the list.

The NX1 ($1,499.99 for the body only) is Samsung’s first true professional-level interchangeable lens camera, and it comes loaded with cutting-edge features including: a 28.2 megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS sensor; 23.5 x 15.7mm internal 4K@24fps, 4K UHD@30fps and 1080p at up to 60fps (120 fps in 1080i); advanced hybrid autofocus system utilizing 205 phase-detect and 209 contrast-detection AF points; 100-25,600 native ISO range, expandable to 51,200; 76.6mm (3-inch) 1,036k-dot Super AMOLED touch screen; 10-12 stops of dynamic range; and H.265 video recording system with uncompressed 8-bit, 4:2:2, 4K output via HDMI.

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IFA Helps 4K UHD TV Makers Connect The Quantum Dots

September 3rd, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

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Televisions capable of producing high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide color gamut (WCG) were among the hottest trends emerging from this week’s IFA electronics trade show in Berlin, Germany.

As LG and Panasonic used the event to show off or unveil new 4K Ultra HD OLED models with WCG and HDR capabilities, manufacturers and developers of LED LCD TVs kept in step by showing new quantum dot (aka nano-crystal) TV technology and products, and announced key partnerships that should soon help bring the display advancements to retail stores at more affordable prices. For consumers, that means more lower-priced 4K Ultra HDTVs with HDR and WCG capability are just around the corner.

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Panasonic Enters 4K OLED TV Market

September 2nd, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, HDR, News, OLED, OLED, Plasma, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

VIERA TX-CZ950 FrontPanasonic used the IFA Show in Berlin, Germany Wednesday to unveil its first 4K OLED TV – a 65-inch curved-screen model.

The company, which for years championed the superior contrast and off-angle viewing benefits of plasma TVs over LED LCD TVs, added its first OLED model, which will offer some of those same benefits, and better, along with an ultra-thin screen depth, and efficient power usage.

Panasonic discontinued plasma TV production in 2013, due to declining sales and profitability from the technology, and it has long been expected that it would look to introduce an OLED TV to fill the void.

Pricing for the 65-inch TX-65CZ950 has not yet been announced. Statements out of the IFA show said it would be shipping in the European market in October, but no word yet on when it will arrive in the U.S.

According to a spokesperson from Panasonic U.S., “these were Japan and Europe based announcements. Details on how they will translate to the U.S. market will be announced separately as details are finalized…in some cases not until CES.”

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LG webOS TVs Get Upgraded, DirecTV 4K Added

August 31st, 2015 · 2160p, 3D HDTV, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, DVR, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, Satellite TV, Satellite UHD 4K TV, Streaming Services, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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LG Electronics USA revealed Monday an expanded list of content partners for its webOS Smart TV platform, including access to streaming Full HD and 4K content from DirecTV without the need of extra boxes.

LG also announced a free firmware update for 2014 webOS Smart TVs, bringing most of the features and functionality of 2015 webOS 2.0 TVs to the earlier television models.

LG said the upgraded LG webOS sets will offer an improved user experience with a more intuitive layout, convenient shortcuts, quicker boot-up time and even faster response when switching between applications.

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Samsung Takes Aim At LG RGBW LCD TVs

August 31st, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

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The on-going dispute over whether or not LG’s newly launched RGBW LED LCD TV technology qualifies for the minimum resolution performance characteristics of a 4K Ultra HD display resurfaced over the weekend as Samsung sent out a notice that all of its 2015 6 series to 9-seires 4K Ultra HDTV models will carry the Consumer Electronics Association’s “4K UHD logo distinction.”

The announcement, which was made in advance of the IFA electronics trade fair in Berlin, Germany, was a swipe at arch-rival LG Electronics, which for a variety of reasons has elected not to participate in the CEA’s 4K Ultra HD logo program this year, according to a company spokesperson.

“While LG is a proud member of the CEA and supports its goal of promoting 4K Ultra HD, LG elected not to participate in the voluntary CEA logo program for LG 4K ULTRA HD TVs this year,” the company said in a statement.

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CEA Defines An `HDR Display’, Awaits Definition For HDR

August 28th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Players, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, Streaming Services, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) issued Thursday the industry definition for high dynamic range (HDR) compatible video displays, specifying base-line standard SMPTE BT 2084 Electo Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) and SMPTE BT 2086 metadata support. Now all we need is a definition for what HDR is.

The CEA’s new HDR TV definition basically applies to how a TV recognizes, receives and uses HDR. It does not include performance parameters, such as minimum and maximum brightness and black levels needed to determine how “high” is high dynamic range. The CEA is leaving that up to the decision of industry groups such as the UHD Alliance, which continue to wrestle over the dynamic range dynamics.

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Hisense Unveils ULED Quantum-Dot 4K LED TV

August 27th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV

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Hisense USA used a Times Square press conference Wednesday to unveil its answer to Samsung’s SUHD 4K LED-LCD TV series in a ULED H10 nanocrystal-based (a.k.a. quantum dot) 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV. The company’s new premium TV offers a curved screen, high dynamic range (HDR) capability and a wide color gamut.

The company also introduced a 55-inch ULED TV that does not use quantum-dot technology, but produces a wider color gamut than conventional Rec.709-supporting HD TVs.

Hisense also used the occasion to acknowledge its recent acquisition of the Sharp Electronics North American marketing and manufacturing operations for TVs, which begins next year, but offered few additional details on what its dual-brand strategy will be, how the expanded operations will be managed or whom it might bring in to help run the business.

Hisense calls its new TVs with the expanded color and contrast performance ULED. The premiere ULED H9 and H10 series models include the 55-inch 55H9 and 65-inch 65H10. Both have curved LCD screens, full-array LED backlighting (240 zones for the 65-inch model and 85 zones for the 55-inch model), local dimming and peak brightness performance, the company said. The 65-inch model has peak brightness up to 900 nits.

In addition to offering advanced picture and sound performance (via an on-board audio system designed with the assistance of dbx-TV), Hisense said the ULED TVs will offer high value. The models will be backed by Hisense’s 4-year warranty, and pricing on the 65-inch model (65H10)  rings in at $2,999.99, compared to Samsung’s 65-inch UN65JS9500 SUHD LED TV at $4,497.99. Pricing on the Hisense 55-inch 55H9 model is $1,299.99.

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`Vidity’ 4K UHD Download System Licensing Begins

August 26th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Curved Screen, DVR, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV

WDMYpassportcinemaThe Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA) released licensing specifications Wednesday for “Vidity-branded” technology, that will make possible 4K Ultra HD and HD movie and TV program downloads for playback from in-home storage devices.

The technology delivers high-quality images and sound and will extend to files encoded with high dynamic range (HDR) metatdata.

The Vidity platform first appeared earlier this month through a Western Digital My Passport Cinema 4K Ultra HD (UHD) movie storage device that will playback select movies from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and eventually other studios, initially on select Samsung 4K SUHD TVs.

Samsung, which was an early SCSA member and Vidity licensee, is currently offering a promotion giving away a My Passport Cinema 4K UHD player preloaded with 4K UHD movies from 20th Century Fox for the purchase of the select 4K UHD TV models.

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