IFA 2017: Panasonic announce 77-inch EZ1000 OLED TV
Much to nobody’s surprise, Panasonic has used IFA 2017 to announce a 77-inch version of its EZ1000/ 1002 OLED TV series.
The EZ1000’s images are again driven by the most powerful video processing Panasonic has ever built into a consumer television – the Studio Colour HCX2 processor. This includes ‘Delta Zero’ accuracy which means that thanks to 3D look-up tables (LUTs) like those used by Panasonic’s professional filmmaking and broadcast monitor division, the EZ1000 can deliver some of the most accurate colours found on a consumer television.
The HCX2 processor also tackles one of biggest OLED challenges: lost detail in near-black picture areas. One of OLED’s greatest strengths is its ability to create a wonderfully rich, deep black colour. However, to deliver such black colours OLED pixels are essentially switched off and switching them back on again requires quite a large physical change to go from one state to the other. Panasonic, though, is able to use knowledge acquired from its experience with plasma TVs to compensate for this characteristic of OLED panel technology, resulting in improved amounts of detail in even the darkest scenes.
Panasonic is now in collaboration with Hollywood colorist Stefan Sonnenfeld who used an EZ1000 during the colouring process for Wonder Woman. Sonnefeld has also worked on other blockbuster titles including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Furthermore, Technicolor, Hollywood’s leading technology innovator dedicated to bringing the best colour viewing experiences to audiences worldwide, worked closely with Panasonic to develop its new OLED technology. Senior theatrical colourist for Technicolor, Mike Sowa, says: “We cannot praise highly enough Panasonic’s ongoing commitment to improving the viewing experience of its OLED TVs.
“Collaborating with our expert team of colourists and colour scientists for their creative and technical input, Panasonic has worked hard to achieve outstanding picture quality with the very best colour precision and range. We are delighted to team up with a company that shares our passion for the importance of high quality colour when delivering digital life experiences and telling engaging stories.”
Following on from an earlier announcement the EZ1000 will fully support HDR10+ which brings dynamic metadata to the HDR table. This also means that the existing 2017 pro series of OLED TVs will also get a software update to enable HDR10+ compatibility
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