Panasonic Releases Two Standard LCD Video Monitors with Dual HD SDI Inputs and LED Backlight for Professional Use

Panasonic Europe today announced the release of two new LCD video monitors for broadcasting and production use: the BT-L2150 (Full HD, 54.6 cm / 21.5 inches) and the BT-L1500 (WXGA, 39.1 cm / 15.4 inches). The new BT-L2150 and BT-L1500 are LCD video monitors for professional use that support two HD SDI inputs and employ LED backlighting. In contrast to the advanced functionality and rugged build quality of the earlier BT-LH series, the new BT-L series focuses on basic functionality. The series is intended to achieve a high cost-performance.

In the new BT-L series, there are two HD/SD switchable SDI inputs (BNC × 2) in the standard configuration, allowing the display to be switched between two camera inputs. In addition, HDMI, analogue component (Y/PB/PR, BNC × 3), PC (D-SUB 15P) and analogue composite (BNC × 1) video inputs are provided. HD/SD multi-format support and worldwide 59.94 Hz / 50 Hz system frequency compatibility mean that a variety of input signals can be used. In addition to a single two-channel analogue audio (pin jacks × 2) input, embedded audio via the SDI and HDMI inputs is also supported. The audio can be monitored by using the built-in stereo speakers or stereo headphone. The HD SDI inputs support 1080/24PsF, making these monitors suitable for digital cinema production environments. Additional functions demanded by professionals include tally lamps, markers, blue-only display, various colour adjustments (colour temp., sharpness, RGB white balance) and GPI remote control terminal.
The available panel sizes are 54.6 cm (21.5 inches) for the Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels) model and 39.1 cm (15.4 inches) for the WXGA (1280 × 800 pixels) model. The LCD panel module uses an environmentally friendly LED backlight that contains no mercury that is designed for low power consumption. The exterior design follows the lead of the earlier BT-LH1710, and the integrated power supply makes it compact and stylish. The supplied stand allows the screen to be adjusted by tilting forward or back, and installation on a VESA mount or commercially available PC monitor arm is also supported. In addition, a removable protective panel comes as standard, minimizing LCD damage due to impacts such as when moving equipment.

The new BT-L2150 and BT-L1500 will be available in November 2011, with RRP of €1,600 ex VAT and €1,400 ex VAT, respectively.