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Panasonic apps: a smarter way to control your Panasonic products
July 24th, 2014

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With smartphones and tablets so deeply integrated into the fabric of our lives, we are always looking for clever ways to take our technology to the next level. You’ll be happy to know that many of Panasonic’s latest products are compatible with ingenious apps designed to help you get more out of your products – and you can download them for free to your smart device. Check the list below to match your latest Panasonic purchase with its must-have app.


VIERA TVs and the Panasonic TV Remote 2 App

TV Remote 2 app lets you comfortably operate Panasonic VIERA TV with your mobile device. You can load a QWERTY keyboard to browse the web in a much easier way than using the remote control, utilise the Swipe & Share feature and also control all the aspects of the TV’s menus and controls using a touch screen device. There is also a game pad, so if you are downloading games, you can play as a controller through your device as well. The latest VIERA models can even stream live TV or recorded TV from a connected USB hard drive to your mobile device on Wi-Fi, inside or outside your home, or cellular date thru the TV Anytime function. On selected models you also have the Remote Sharing feature, giving you access to send messages (text or video) to registered user of your TV at home.

Download the TV Remote 2 app:

App-VIERA-PlayStore  App-VIERA-AppleStore

*2011/2012/2013/2014 VIERA models


LUMIX cameras/camcorders and the Panasonic Image App

The Panasonic Image App lets you control your camera* or camcorder** through your mobile device to take pictures, record video and even control settings like zoom. In addition, the remote control functionality can help you use the Baby Monitor setting on the new camcorder range to keep an eye on the little ones even if you’re not in the same room.

Download the Panasonic Image App:

App-Lumix-PlayStore  App-Lumix-AppleStore

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*Digital camera DMC-G6 / GF6 / GH4 / GM1 / GX7, DMC-FT5 / FZ1000 / LF1 / SZ8 / SZ9 / TS5, DMC-TZ37 / TZ40 / TZ41 / TZ55 / TZ56 / TZ60 / TZ61, DMC-ZS27 / ZS30 / ZS35 / ZS40

**Digital video camera HC-V250 / V520 / V520M / V550 / V550M, HC-V720 / V720M / V727 / V727M / V750 / V750M / V757, HC-W850 / W850M / W858 / X920 / X920M / X929, HX-A100 / A500 / WA30


Audio systems and the Panasonic Music Streaming App

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The Panasonic Music Streaming App makes it easy for you to share your music on the devices* in your home. As long as your speakers are equipped with DLNA, Bluetooth or Airplay, the app identifies them and chooses the best way to share music taking all the hassle out of it and leaving you to enjoy your music.

Download the Panasonic Music Streaming App:

App-AudioSystems-PlayStore   App-AudioSystems-AppleStore

*AirPlay supported device, Bluetooth supported audio device, DLNA supported audio device, Qualcomm AllPlay supported device.


Audio systems and the Panasonic MAX Juke App

The Panasonic MAX JUKE App* lets you play songs stored on your smart devices via Bluetooth, request and play songs from the internal or USB memory on mini systems and even share the request playlist with your friends at the same time.

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IOS version not available

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Get the party started (and keep it going all night) with Panasonic MAX.

*MAX770, AKX58 and AKX18. 


Blu-ray recorders and the Panasonic DIGA Player App

DIGA Player brings your TV life style one more step ahead through Panasonic Recorders. You can enjoy your favorite TV programs anywhere at home and set timer recording from outside with your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. DIGA Player will browse and load recorded list and TV channel list from your Panasonic Recorders onto your smart device connecting over Wireless LAN network. On selected models, you can stream Live TV or recorded content from the HDD to your mobile device within your Wi-Fi network, turning your device into a second screen.

App-DIGA-PlayStore   App-DIGA-AppleStore

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Go your own way with remote recording.

*Remote recording is available on selected Panasonic compatible recorders. For more detail, please refer to support page of DIGA Player application: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/bd/app/index.html


Cordless phones and the Panasonic Smartphone Connect App

Smartphone Connect turns your smartphone into an extension of your Panasonic cordless home phone*. You can use Smartphone Connect to make and receive landline calls with your smartphone, copy data from your smartphone to your phone system and more.

App-Phone-PlayStore   App-Phone-AppleStore

*KX-PRW110/PRW120/PRW130


Air conditioners and the Aircon Sizing Wizard App

Not sure what size air conditioner you need? This is the app for you. Simply enter some basic details about your room and the app will tell you what air conditioner is best for your needs. Also includes information and videos on Air Conditioning technologies. Once you have worked out the air conditioner you need, the app will even show you the location of your nearest Australian dealer, and show you a map on how to get there.

App-Aircon-PlayStore   App-Aircon-AppleStore

 

 

The mighty GH4 just keeps racking up the accolades
July 23rd, 2014

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There’s no doubt as to why the LUMIX GH4 is proving itself as the top choice for sophisticated photographers and videographers. This interchangeable lens camera is loaded with outstanding features and technologies, but the real “wow” factor lies with its hybrid nature, making it the ultimate professional tool for commercial photographers and videographers. In addition to stunning stills, the GH4 provides 4K video recording for the best possible video quality and is backed by features to support serious commercial editing and production.

In fact, the GH4 is racking up so many accolades, that even we are having trouble keeping track of all the awards and reviews, so we decided to gather as many as we could here into one place!

LATEST REVIEWS

AV HUB - “There’s really nothing for it but to give Panasonic a loud round of applause for the Lumix GH4. It’s a masterpiece and it will undoubtedly have rivals banging on the doors of their product planning departments, demanding action.”
Read AV HUB’s review.

Sydney Morning Herald - “The Panasonic GH4 is an impressive piece of gear.”
Read SMH’s review.

Reviewed – Editor’s Choice – 9.7 (Better than 99% of Reviewed Digital Cameras) - “Nothing else for the money offers such a well-thought-out feature set or a quality no-compromises interface.”
Read Reviewed’s review.

Pocket Link – 5 Stars - “It’s the 4K movie mode that sees the GH4 land in a special place. It’s so far ahead of the competition in this regard that it’s currently untouchable.”
Read Pocket Link’s review.


AWARDS

The most recent news for the GH4 list of accolades is the Gold Award given by the Australian Photography + Digital magazine. The July 2014 edition features a 2-page review and scores our GH4 a 4.5 stars in Handling, 5 stars in Features, 4.5 stars in Exposure, 4.5 stars in Image Quality and 4.5 stars for Value for Money.

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Photo Review 9 Stars Editors Choice: The LUMIX GH4 “holds the crown for price, performance and functionality”.

LUMIX GH4 and TZ60 impress judges and receive TIPA Awards.

The LUMIX GH4 is raking in the awards: Photography blog and EPHOTOZINE.

 

Get the party started (and keep it going all night) with Panasonic MAX
July 22nd, 2014

When it comes to a house party, there is nothing better than rocking tunes that everybody loves! The easiest way to get that mood is by sharing playlists and letting your party guests to get their DJ on. With Panasonic MAX and AKX audio systems*, you can really bring your music loving friends together and get them dancing to the same tune, thanks to the Panasonic MAX Juke App.

Download the app to your smartphone or tablet and your partygoers will thank you. You’ll be able to play songs stored on your smart devices via Bluetooth, request and play songs from the internal or USB memory on mini systems and even share the request playlist with your friends at the same time. There’s nothing like sharing music to bring everyone together!

The DJ is in the house with the SC-MAX770

The Panasonic MAX770 is bringing back the cool club days of the 80s with a big powerful system and combining it with of-the-moment technology like the turntable-style scratchpad and the ability to mix and sample songs. You can even use the Panasonic MAX JUKE App to handle basic operations, adjust the illumination, control the scratch function and take song requests.

DJ Jukebox
In addition to an internal 2GB memory capable of storing 500 songs, the MAX770’s DJ Jukebox plays songs from the internal memory or a USB device with Mix Play mode – and you can even operate playlists and play requests through the MAX Juke app.

DJ Sampler
You can use the turntable on the top panel to add samples sounds to the music as it is played. Up to six types of sample sounds can be registered for custom sounds that match the mood of each song.

MAX DJ Effect
Every budding DJ will enjoy the skillful control of a professional DJ effect feature. Six effects give you masterful control over the music to entertain your guests with DJ-like club tricks and sounds. You can impress your friends with the phaser, filter, sound chopper, electro echo, pitch shifter and harmonizer for beats that sound like they were dropped by a pro.

*Compatible with models MAX770, AKX58 and AKX18.

Download the Panasonic MAX Juke App for Andriod (IOS version not available).

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Microwave soup recipes to make you welcome winter
July 21st, 2014

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We finally had to bid goodbye to what seemed like an endless Aussie summer and face the cold reality of winter’s chill. It’s not all bad news, though! Winter brings so many delightful moments of cosiness into our life. Crackling fires, soft woollen jumpers, and snuggling up with a hot drink under a warm blanket are just a few.

A positively delightful aspect of the colder months is the opportunity to break out those comfort foods that just don’t make sense during summer – and delicious warm soups definitely top the list.

With a Panasonic microwave, you can even cut down the time you would spend in the kitchen making these yummy bowls of goodness, leaving you more time to spend in front of the fire!

We’ve put together a list of our three favourite winter soups to warm your belly, along with easy steps for your microwave prep:


Potato and Leek Soup

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Ingredients

  • 350g leeks sliced (prepared weight)
  • 350g peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 25g butter
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 300ml whole milk
  • 30mls crème fraiche
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Place the leeks, potatoes and butter in a large bowl. Cover and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 5mins.
  2. Gradually add the stock and seasoning.
  3. Re-cover and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 15mins or until the vegetables are tender. Stirring halfway.
  4. Allow to cool slightly.
  5. Place in a liquidiser and blend until smooth.
  6. Stir in the crème fraiche and season to taste. Heat on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 3 mins or until piping hot.

Pea and Pancetta Soup

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Ingredients

  • 30g butter
  • 1 small leek, halved lengthways, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 small potato, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1-1.2 ltrs chicken or vegetable stock
  • 550g fresh or frozen peas
  • 50g pea shoots (optional)
  • 4 tbsp double cream, plus extra to serve
  • 85g cooked pancetta, cut into strips
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

  1. Put the butter, leek and potato in a large microwavable bowl and cook on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 5 mins, then MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 10 mins or until the potato is soft.
  3. Add the peas and pea shoots if using, and cook on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 5 mins.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a blender, season with salt and pepper and blend to the desired texture, adding the cream at the end (strain through a sieve if you want it really smooth).
  5. Reheat the soup on HIGH MICROWAVE for 3 mins Add a swirl of cream and a sprig of pea shoots if using.

Tomato and Basil Soup

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Ingredients

  • 1tbsp oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 stick of celery chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1tsp sweet or smoked paprika
  • 2tbsp tomato purée
  • 1.25kg tomatoes quartered with central core removed
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp green pesto
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves

Method

  1. Put the oil, onion, celery, carrot and paprika in a large bowl and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 5mins.
  2. Add the tomato purée, tomatoes, sugar and hot stock to the bowl and cook on MEDIUMMICROWAVE for 15mins or until the carrots are soft.
  3. Leave to cool.
  4. Place in liquidiser and purée until smooth.
  5. Season to taste.
  6. Cover and cook on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 3 mins or until piping hot.
  7. Serve topped with a swirl of pesto, and garnish with basil leaves.

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Panasonic’s matching components introduced Hi-Fi without the hassle
July 18th, 2014

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It’s hard to believe that buying a stereo system was once as complicated as buying a car. By the time a salesperson had run through all the confusing aspects of which receivers went with which speakers, whether you needed 8 or 4 ohms impedance, what it was going was going to take to hook it all together and then how you were going to afford the hefty price tag, most of the fun had been taken out of the music.

Today we are flashing back to the Panasonic stereo systems that took the hassle out of Hi-Fi. The RA-6100 and 6600 introduced the concept of high-fidelity matching components that were all compatible in any combination. Music lovers were free to choose from FM/AM stereo receivers, built-in 8 track player/recorders, deluxe turntables, and superb speakers featuring tweeters and thrusters. Instead of relying on a salesperson to guide the way, Panasonic’s matching components turned everyday music fans into stereophonic experts.

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