Here are Panasonic’s 2023 TV models

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Berlin/Lyd & Bilde: During an exclusive event in Berlin, Panasonic has just unveiled this year’s new TV models, including the OLED series MZ2000, MZ1500, MZ980, and – for the first time from Panasonic – a separate model series with MiniLED – the MX950. In addition, LCD series such as the MX800 and MX700 are shown.

Panasonic has taken its time relatively well this year: the Japanese TV manufacturer usually presents the year’s TV news in February, but this year they have run a different launch pace. Already during the CES fair in Las Vegas in January, we got to know the top model MZ2000, but we have had to wait for the rest of the lineup – until now! When this is written, Lyd & Bilde is in place in Berlin at the invitation of Panasonic, together with a bunch of other European tech media.

From the introduction of Panasonic’s 2023 TV range in Berlin, Germany. (Photo: Audun Hage, Sound & Image)

Panasonic 2023: Bets on OLED, MiniLED and LCD

Panasonic’s flagship model MZ2000 was presented back in January, but it is only now that it is approaching store shelves. This is the successor to the LZ2000, which we named the year’s best TV in the high-end class. In other words, expectations are high! The top model uses the latest “MLA” OLED panel from LG Display, and additional cooling to achieve higher brightness.

MLA (Micro Lens Array) is a technique we know from the LG G3. Combined with Panasonic’s eminent image processing and a powerful Technics speaker system. The Panasonic MZ2000 will be available in 55″, 65″ and 77″ screen sizes.

Just below the top model we find the first news here in Berlin – little brother MZ1500. It takes over the baton from the almost equally critically acclaimed LZ1500 from last year. It uses a so-called Master OLED panel (without MLA) to deliver high performance for both movies and gaming. The MZ1500 will be available in 42″, 48″, 55″ and 65″ screen sizes.

True to tradition, Panasonic also offers some more affordable OLED models. The MZ980 and MZ800 are two new model series, both of which will be available in screen sizes from 42-65″. The main difference lies in video processing and operating system: The latter model MZ800 will be the first OLED model from Panasonic with Google TV.

MZ800 – first OLED model with Google TV

Panasonic has had some success with the Google TV user interface in its LCD models, and now this is moving into some OLED models as well, specifically the MZ800.

Panasonic is launching a wide range of OLED models this year, of which the MZ800 (bottom right) will be the first with the Google TV user interface. (Photo: Audun Hage)

MX950: New LCD top model with MiniLED technology!

Among the biggest TV news Panasonic is showing in Berlin is the MX950. This is the manufacturer’s first LCD TV with MiniLED backlight, and in fact the first “back LED” model with proper local dimming since the DX900 from 2016! The new top model is delivered in 55, 65 and 75 inches, and will bridge the gap between the LCD and OLED models.

The MX950 comes with an advanced direct MiniLED backlight. There will also be a scaled-down model – the MX940 – in 43 and 50 inches. These two models use conventional direct LED (so not “mini”) – but provide local dimming as on the MX950 series.

Panasonic MX950. (Photo: Audun Hage)

Plenty of gaming features

Panasonic recognizes that gaming has become increasingly important in recent years. Not only have the games become bigger, more demanding and advanced: the action has also become more cinematic. The games have received content on par with Hollywood films, and the three-dimensional worlds (often with HDR graphics) have become almost photo-realistic.

To achieve the best possible gaming performance, Panasonic has worked closely with the gaming industry, and for 2033 they have become an official TV partner for the Diablo IV® game from Activision in Europe.

Panasonic has further developed the game mode True Game Mode, which brings the precise color reproduction we know from the movie mode, combined with improved HDR tone mapping. The purpose of the mode is to render the game exactly as the game creators want. The game mode can also be calibrated with Calman software from Portrait Display.

The Panasonic models naturally support HDMI 2.1 features such as 4K/120Hz, VRR, AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync for smooth gaming. Support for gaming in Dolby Vision HDR format (at up to 60Hz) is also in place, through the mode Game Mode Extreme.

Panasonic’s 2023 TV models get a number of advanced gaming features. (Photo: Audun Hage

Lyd & Bilde will attend the Panasonic event in Berlin on Wednesday and Thursday, and look forward to sharing some hands-on first impressions in due course. The case is updated!

Price overview, Panasonic 2023 TV models

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