Feast your eyes on Panasonic’s new wide-gamut, ultra high-def display
posted Monday, April 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM EDT
Now that everyone and their dog can shoot high definition video, 4K is the next big thing. With double the linear resolution of 1080p, ultra high definition 4K footage is a feast for the eyes -- but only if your monitor is capable of displaying it. A new monitor launched by Panasonic at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas is more than up to the task!
The 31-inch Panasonic BT-4LH310 monitor might also prove interesting for still photographers, thanks to a wide gamut and extremely high resolution, although it's clearly aimed primarily at 2K and 4K video production. According to Panasonic, the new display offers more than 96% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, and is capable of displaying up to 1.07 billion distinct colors. Contrast of the monitor's in-plane switching LCD panel is 1,500:1, and viewing angles are 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically. Resolution is a whopping 4,096 x 2,160 pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio, for a total pixel count just south of nine megapixels.
Other features include zebra and Y-map display functions, 10-bit processing, and a 3D color look-up table with six-pole RGB / CMY color correction. Among other connectivity options, the Panasonic BT-4LH310 supports HDMI 1.4a, DisplayPort 1.1, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI.
Pricing hasn't yet been disclosed, although Panasonic promises an "excellent size-to-price value." The aluminum-framed BT-4LH310 display ships from Fall 2013. More details can be found in Panasonic's press release.