Panasonic Viera TY-CC10W review: Panasonic Viera Skype camera

Typical Price: $199.00
Compare These
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Good audio and video quality. Interface is easy to use. More useful than Twitter on your TV.

The Bad Slow boot-up. Calls don't always connect properly. Expensive. Pop-up notifications can be intrusive.

The Bottom Line The Panasonic TY-CC10W Skype camera is hardly an essential addition to your Viera plasma, but gives you one more way to talk to absent friends.

Visit manufacturer site for details.

7.0 Overall

While Skype has a hardcore audience that has used it for years, in the popular consciousness it’s constantly weaving in and out of view. A while ago, phones with Skype capabilities were all the rage, but where are they now? The idea of video chat has been in the news of late as Fring has tussled with Apple over the use of the iPhone camera.

But what is Skype? Is it a program that, like pretender Apple FaceTime, is designed to bring families together? If so, then it makes sense to integrate into a device the family regularly sits around: the television.

Panasonic has taken this idea and run with it, and several of the company’s new TVs including the VT and V series feature Skype access. Unfortunately, you’ll need a Viera TV with USB ports to use the service and third-party cameras won’t work.

The camera itself features a wide-angle lens, meaning everyone in the family can fit in, and six microphones for better quality audio.

Editors' Top PicksSee All

  • LG 55EC930T

    Starting at: $2,725.00
    4 stars

    With its bright whites and perfect black levels, the LG 55EC930T lives up to the promise...

  • LG EG9600

    4 stars

    The incredibly expensive OLED-powered LG EG960T series delivers the best picture quality...

  • Samsung UNJU7100 series

    3.5 stars

    Samsung's massive lineup of 2015 4K TVs is crowded with overpriced sets sprouting weird...

  • Samsung UNJS8500 series

    3.5 stars

    The Samsung UAJS8000 SUHD TV has a very good picture for an edge-lit LED LCD, but not...


Discuss: Panasonic Viera TY-CC10W

Conversation powered by Livefyre