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Bypass the grocery aisle and make your own Easter treats
April 18th, 2014

Easter-eggs

Easter eggs have been appearing on the supermarket shelves since New Year and by now they have whole dedicated aisles but that doesn’t need to mean you have to take home the same foil-wrapped treat as everyone else.

Get the whole family together and make some treats that the Easter Bunny will envy with these glow-in-the-dark hen eggs and our tips for making your own tasty chocolate eggs – both using your trusty Panasonic microwave!


Make your eggs glow in the dark

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Image and recipe by wikiHow

Take some ordinary hen eggs, egg dye and a microwave and you can make a fun Easter project for the whole family. The dye reacts with the protein in the eggs and the energy in the microwave to make one out of three glow in a super cool way. Now, these eggs will not be edible, they are just for fun decoration!

Method

  1. Place three raw eggs gently into a bowl with egg dye. Turn the eggs over a few times to make sure they are covered with dye, and then let them soak for 5 minutes.
  2. Take the eggs out of the bowl let them sit on a piece of paper towel until they dry.
  3. Place all of the eggs onto a microwave-safe plate or platter and then microwave on medium temp for 10 seconds only
  4. Carefully remove the eggs and place them on a table or any hard surface.
  5. Turn off the lights. You will see one or more eggs glowing in the dark. Interestingly, only one in three eggs will have this occur as the albumen (egg white) protein needs to be at a certain level. If it doesn’t work, try again with a new batch of eggs.

Make your own chocolate eggs

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If you want to get everyone involved in making Easter eggs instead of buying them from the store, you’ll so much easier to use a microwave to melt cooking chocolate for the moulds than fussing around with double boilers on the stove.

Perfect melted chocolate

  1. Break the chocolate into evenly sized pieces.
  2. Place in a clean, dry, unchipped, heatproof, microwave-safe bowl (Pyrex is recommended). Do not use plastic bowls as they retain moisture that will cause chocolate to seize.
  3. Leave the chocolate uncovered, as covering it will cause condensation to form and drop into the chocolate, again causing it to seize.
  4. Microwave uncovered for the first minute on Medium-High/70%. Stir with a metal spoon. Then microwave for 30 seconds and stir again until smooth. You can microwave or a further 30 seconds if required, stirring afterwards.
  5. Remove from microwave and stir until completely smooth.

Tips for chocolate moulds

  1. Brush an Easter egg mould with vegetable oil to lightly grease.
  2. Spoon the melted chocolate into the prepared mould (about 1 1/2 tablespoons each side for a large mould and 2 teaspoons each side for a medium mould).
  3. Working quickly, use the back of a teaspoon to spread the chocolate evenly over the inside of both sides of the mould.
  4. Close the mould so the edges join. Use clips to secure.
  5. Shake to coat on both sides. Set aside for 5 minutes. Turn over and set aside until almost set.
  6. Place in fridge for 5-10 minutes to chill.
  7. Remove the clips. Gently press the top and bottom of the mould, one side at a time, to release the egg.

Then it’s time for the Easter egg hunt! Why not use your glow in the dark eggs to light the way around the back garden for a fun night hunt?

Easter treats are easy with a Panasonic microwave.

Fold glow sticks inside empty plastic Easter eggs for a night time glow in the dark egg hunt!

Fold glow sticks inside empty plastic Easter eggs for a night time glow in the dark egg hunt!
Image by Pinterest.

 

Get seriously creative with the LUMIX TZ60
April 16th, 2014

The widely-acclaimed TZ series are beloved for their ability to combine outstanding performance and imaging capabilities in small, travel-friendly bodies. The new LUMIX DMC-TZ60 continues that fine tradition and it is already reaping accolades, including being awarded with the Photo Review “Editor’s Choice” and scoring an overall rating of 8.8 out of 10.

The TZ60’s houses a powerful zoom lens, Live Viewfinder and Wi-Fi®/NFC, GPS in a body that is slim enough to fit in your shirt pocket, making it the perfect travel companion. But that’s not the end of the story.

TZ60-Photo-Review-smlThis exceptional new model also features significant manual control upgrades that are sure to excite creative photography enthusiasts, such as RAW compatibility and Focus Peaking. While pocket-sized, the TZ60 shows no compromise on optical technologies, incorporating a 24mm ultra wide-angle 30x zoom LEICA lens into its slim, flat body.

In addition, the TZ60 offers advanced HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) which effectively suppresses hand movement in both photo and Full-HD video recording. A built-in LVF (Live View Finder) with 200k-dot equivalent resolution and 100% field of view is also set to impress, bringing stable framing and high visibility to every shot – even under strong sunlight!

Of course, great photos were meant to shared and the TZ60 shines in this regard. Wi-Fi® and NFC technology allow instant image sharing, as well the ability to utilise a smartphone or tablet as a secondary monitor.

READ MORE

TZ60 nabs Photo Review “Editor’s Choice” honour.

Lumix DMC-TZ60 press release.

Lumix DMC-TZ60 product page.

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The LUMIX GH4 is ahead of the curve with world-first* 4K video recording
April 16th, 2014

Here at Panasonic, we are so excited to be debuting the very first compact system camera to offer 4K video*. This Ultra-HD format is going to be the next big thing and the LUMIX GH4 is actually able to shoot at the 4K cinema resolution of 4096×2160 / 24 fps, as well as the 4K TV standard of 3840×2160 / up to 30 fps.

With a camera that offers video recording at four times the resolution of Full-HD, it’s hard to talk about anything else but the GH4 has been treated to a number of impressive upgrades that set it apart from the earlier GH3 to deliver best-in-class performance.

For instance, the GH4′s new Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine team up to reduce noise while raising resolution and improving color reproduction, and innovative DFD technology increases the speed of Contrast AF.

If you like your camera to be adventure-proof, the weather-sealed GH4 is the perfect companion and the shutter has been designed for a lifespan of up to 200,000 releases, double the life of many cameras in its class**.

What’s more, the camera’s Wi-Fi connectivity has been enhanced with NFC for simple pairing with a smartphone or tablet (QR code scanning available for non-NFC devices) and the GH4 also supports optional accessories such a powerful external flash and a stereo/shotgun microphone.

When all is said and done, the GH4 really throws down the gauntlet to camera manufacturers in its class, delivering a video/still hybrid that will thrill camera enthusiasts across the scale from amateur hobbyist through to professional-level cinema and video productions.

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Other great features include:

  • Focus Peaking (users can see the focus position while monitoring the subject in live view. Also available in remote photo / video shooting with smartphone / tablet via Wi-Fi)
  • RAW Data Development in Camera
  • High-Speed Burst Shooting at 12 fps (AFS)
  • Variable Frame Rate video available from 2 fps up to 96 fps
  • Focus detect area, increased from 23 (DMC-GH3) to 49 points for more flexible composition.
  • Custom Multi mode in which you can freely select the blocks to focus out of the 49 focusing area.
  • New Face / Eye Detection AF, which automatically sets focus right on the face or eye in face.
  • Time Code
  • Zebra Pattern
  • HDMI output at 4:2:2/10-bit
  • Cinelike Gamma
  • 1kHz Test Tone and Colour Bars (SMPTE/EBU/ARIB Standard)
  • Master Pedestal adjustment

* For a digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) camera as of February 7, 2014
**Panasonic in-house examination.

READ MORE

Full GH4 specification.
DMC-GH4 Product Page.
DMC-GH4 Kit Website.
DMC-GH4 Press Release.

We’ve worked out how to make our cameras and camcorders even smarter
April 15th, 2014

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That smartphone that is never out of your hand and your LUMIX camera with amazing imaging technology come together to create a picture powerhouse, thanks to the Panasonic Image App.

Simply download the app from the iTunes or Google Play store and you’ll be able to use your smartphone to control shooting and viewing modes on a LUMIX digital camera or camcorder*, as well as Geotagging images and instantly transferring your shots to your favourite social networking sites. The app even lets you turn a Panasonic digital camcorder into a brilliant home monitor system.


Total remote control

Just like using a wireless remote control, you can use your smartphone to watch the image on the live view screen of your digital camera or camcorder and to control image shooting and other camera operations, like playing back and deleting still pictures and videos. You can even make settings to automatically copy the footage straight to your smartphone and add Geotagging location information.

Remote Shooting video

Remote View Video


Social networking superstar

‘Instant Transfer’ allows data to be transferred automatically to the designated electronic device whenever the shutter is released. Plus you can also save photos to the Panasonic exclusive cloud service ‘LUMIX CLUB’ and easily transfer still images or MP4 videos to Facebook™, Flickr™, Picasa™, Twitter™ or YouTube™.

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Easy Share Video

Cloud Sync Video


One-touch Connection with NFC

NFC (Near Field Communication) changes a smartphone / tablet into a remote controller by just touching the camera with them.


Geotagging

It is possible to tag the location information to the image by utilizing the GPS log of a smartphone / tablet.


Auto Transfer

Automatically transfers images on your camera to a computer while charging the battery via the wireless access point at home.


Wireless Print

You can print out recorded pictures wirelessly from a PictBridge (wireless LAN compatible) printer.


Big brother is watching

In a good way, though! The Panasonic Image app really expands the features available on a digital camcorder. You can monitor your home while you are out by checking the image on your smartphone, speak to those at home and take pictures. Or watch your new puppy all day from the office (just don’t tell your boss that we put the idea in your head).
New parents will love keeping an eye on the nursery with the baby monitor feature; the camcorder can send notifications to your smartphone or tablet when a crying baby is detected, and it even lets you watch your baby or speak to the little one using the mobile device’s microphone.

*Panasonic Image App not compatible with some models. See app store for full details.

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Introducing the 2014 Panasonic camcorder range
April 14th, 2014

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The 2014 Panasonic camcorder range has been released, featuring five models designed to suit everyone from the entry-level enthusiast to the camcorder fanatic who is devoted to all the latest technologies. Every camcorder in the range offers 1920 x 1080 Full-HD video recording and the option to get really creative with fun modes like Miniature Effect, 8mm Movie, Silent Movie and Time Lapse Recording.

The new camcorder range also boasts some very cool premium features:

Twin Recording*

The creative possibilities of the twin recording function are endless! A second rotatable camera on the side of the LCD screen lets you capture two scenes at once – you can even film yourself while you film your subject.

*Available with HC-W850M

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Full-HD Slow Motion*

The high-quality Full-HD Slow Motion feature transforms simple footage of the kids jumping on a trampoline or the dog fetching a ball into something so much more special.

*Available with HC-W850M and HC-V750M

Baby Monitor

For the ultimate peace of mind, you can use the camcorder’s Baby Monitor feature through your smartphone or tablet. The camcorder can send notifications to your smartphone or tablet when a crying baby is detected, and it even lets you speak to your baby using the mobile device’s microphone.

*Available with HC-W850M, HC-V750M, HC-V550M, and HC-V250

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Wi-Fi Connectivity*

Sharing footage with your friends and family is incredibly easy thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and one-touch connection by NFC (Near Field Communication). These features let you use your mobile devices as remote controls, live-stream events on USTREAM, monitor your home and share your creations on your favourite social networking sites using a very simple drag and drop operation.

*Available with HC-W850M, HC-V750M, HC-V550M, and HC-V250

Read the full press release.

VIDEOS

Full HD Slow Motion in Comparison with VGA for Panasonic Camcorder W850/V750 Series.

Full HD Slow Motion Comparison 120 fps vs 240 fps for Panasonic Camcorder W850/V750 Series.

Night Mode with IR-LED | Panasonic Camcorder W850 Series.

Stop Motion Animation Assist | Panasonic Camcorder W850/V750/V550 Series.

Baby Monitor | Panasonic Camcorder W850/V750/V550/V250 Series.

Moving Subject | Remote Pan Tilt Cradle VW-CTR1 for Panasonic Camcorder W850/V750/V550/V250 Series.

Party Mode | Remote Pan Tilt Cradle VW-CTR1 for Panasonic Camcorder W850/V750/V550/V250 Series.