In 2022, Panasonic will bring OLED technology to the 8-series for the first time. All models will be fitted with the 'OLED EX' panel and some with a heatsink. The company will also launch its first 42-inch OLED TVs and bring back 77-inch OLED TVs. Here's Panasonic's 2022 TV line-up
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Panasonic 2022 TVs
Panasonic's new flagship LZ2000 replaces last year's JZ2000. It comes with the company's most advanced and custom-tuned OLED technology which in 2022 involves an OLED EX panel with a heatsink, branding as 'Master OLED Pro with Luminance Booster'. Once again this year, LZ2000 features a built-in Dolby Atmos speaker system that adds side-firing speakers, in addition to front-firing and up-firing speakers. LZ2000 will be available in sizes up to 77 inches.
Stepping down, we have OLED models such as LZ1500, LZ1000, LZ980 and for the first time OLED in the 8 series LZ800 (available only in select regions). All of them will have OLED EX panels. LZ1500 and LZ1000 will have a heatsink to help reduce panel heat stress and boost brightness somewhat.
Panasonic will launch its first 42 inch OLED TVs this year in the LZ1500, LZ980 and LZ800 ranges that will also be available in larger sizes. The smaller 42- and 48-inch OLEDs will not feature the heatsink and brightness will be slightly lower.
The Japanese company has yet to announce 83- or 97-inch OLED TVs, and there are no 8K TVs of any kind in the 2022 line-up.
Like last year's models, all 2022 Panasonic OLED TVs are equipped with two HDMI 2.1 ports that are compatible with 4K120 and VRR (HDMI VRR and AMD FreeSync Premium). These featuers will be working out of the box. Through a new '60Hz Refresh Mode', input lag for 60Hz console games can be improved further.
4K HDR10 is supported up to 120Hz while Dolby Vision is supported up to 60Hz.
Panasonic's new Game Control Board
A new 'Game Control Board' menu mirrors the game bar found in TVs from other manufacturers and adds a couple of other useful settings and data points.
Panasonic's Game Control Board menu
Information – this option displays all the information coming from the source game, such as frame rate, HDR metadata, and chroma sub-sampling data.
Dark Visibility Enhancer – allows the gamer to granularly adjust the near black portion of dark scenes, making it easier to see the route forward or detect enemies hiding in the shadows.
HDR Tonemap – this shows the current HDR tone-mapping settings, which include “Off” (game console is managing the tone-mapping); “On” (TV is managing the tone-mapping); or Dynamic (TV analyses incoming frames in real time and produces dynamic tone-mapping on a scene-by-scene basis, even when source is static HDR).
Input Lag and VRR – display and adjust Input Lag and VRR settings.
Viewing Mode – allows the gamer in real time to change the viewing mode and see the effect live in order to select the appearance he or she prefers.
Panasonic will launch new LCD models, too. These will be mid-range models without miniLED or advanced zone dimming. LX940 comes with two HDMI 2.1 ports and Panasonic's most advanced video processor (HCX Pro AI processor) while the cheaper LX800 (and LX810) features standard HDMI 2.0 ports.
Unlike the more expensive models, LX800 runs Android TV with access to most of the popular international and local streaming apps. The other models still run the company's in-house My Home Screen platform, now in version 7.0.
Version 7.0 has new accessibility features and the 'myScenery' gallery function new includes pictures and video from LoungeV Studio as well as relaxing nature sounds from the Joy Foundation. The TVs also feature Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode.
My Home Screen 7.0
My Home Screen recently gained Apple TV+ and Disney+ apps, but HBO Max is still missing.
Also read: Apple TV+ comes to Panasonic OLED and LCD TVs – updated
There is still no support for Google's Chromecast or Apple's AirPlay 2 cast systems in Panasonic's high-end TVs. Only the Android TVs offer built-in Chromecast.
Improved ambient optimization use sensors to adjust the picture and sound to match your environment at any given time. The new system builds on top of the 'Auto AI' mode introduced last year and on LZ2000 it can adjust both luminance and color temperature. The system can also detect the genre of the content you are watching and adjust the picture accordingly. Auto AI can be switched off.
Other features worth highlighting are FreeSync Premium, multi-HDR support (HDR10, HDR10+ Adaptive, HLG, Dolby Vision IQ, HLG Photo), Filmmaker Mode, Calman Ready, Dolby Atmos decoding support, HDMI eARC, and AV1 video decoding.
The TVs come with built-in DVB tuners for cable, satellite and antenna feeds. Some of the models will also have twin tuners. The TVs have built-in WiFi 5 (ac) and Bluetooth.
Panasonic's 2022 TVs will be available in Europe starting in July. LZ1000 and LX800 are expected to be the last two ranges to arrive, in September. You will have to wait until October for the 42 inch OLEDs. Pricing details have yet to be announced but will be added to the overview automatically as soon as we know more. Once the TVs become available, model names and sizes will become active and clickable links to price comparison or retailers.
You can tell 2022 TVs apart from previous years’ models by the letter 'L' in the model name (i.e. LZ2000 OLED or LX800 LCD). As a reminder: L = 2022, J = 2021, H = 2020, G = 2019, F = 2018, E = 2017, D = 2016, C = 2015, A = 2014. Panasonic skipped 'B', 'I' and 'K'.
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