CES 2018 is traditionally the time when each of the big TV manufacturers unveil their new lineup for the year, and Panasonic has followed that trend by revealing its two flagship OLEDs for the year, following on from the EZ1002 released last year (and pictured above).
The FZ950 and FZ800 both feature Panasonic’s new HCX video processor (detailed below), and are available in either 55-inch or 65-inch variants.
Read on for everything we know about the new televisions, and keep checking this page throughout the coming months as Panasonic announces the rest of its lineup for the year.
Panasonic 2018 TV technology
It’s a similar piece of technology to what’s already offered by Dolby Vision, but through being an open standard it’s hoped that adoption might end up being wider, even if it doesn’t quite meet the same technological heights as Dolby’s proprietary tech.
Unfortunately, the sets don’t offer support for Dolby Vision, which is perhaps surprising that Panasonic recently announced its first Vision-equipped UHD Blu-ray player.
As mentioned above, the two sets are powered by Panasonic’s HCX Video Processing engine. With every OLED panel being produced by the same manufacturer, the way the images are processed has become an important way for manufacturers to distinguish their premium sets from the competition.
Panasonic says that the HCX chip offers good quality thanks to its ‘Dynamic LUT’ (or look-up table) system. This monitors the brightness of each scene in a film to deliver the best color accuracy.
Panasonic OLED 2018 Models
Panasonic FZ950: The FZ950 is the more premium of the two sets. It features an integrated soundbar that’s been developed in conjunction with Panasonic’s Technics division. The soundbar has eight drivers in total, including four larger woofers, four squawkers and two tweeters, and theirs a passive radiator in there as well to help out with bass.
Panasonic FZ800: Step down to the FZ800 and you appear to get exactly the same panel, just without the front-facing soundbar. That means you’re still getting almost 100% DCI-P3 colorspace coverage, and the same HDR10+ support powered by the same HCX chip.