Panasonic will introduce its first 1080p 50-inch Viera plasma TV into the UK this Summer. The TH-50PZ700B (pictured) features a new black-gloss design and a host of picture improvement technologies, foremost of which is V-Real Pro II, said to deliver better blacks and subtler graduations. Also coming this year will be the brand’s first 58-inch 1080p screen. This screen size has proved popular in Japan and will make its debut in the UK this autumn.
Although unannounced, a 42-inch 1080p model is also widely expected later this year. All these 700 series models will be supported by new 70 range of screens based on 768 glass.
Panasonic is claiming a 5000:1 contrast for its Full HD models (compared to 10,000:1 for the regular HD Ready models), and 4,096 steps of gradation (3,072 for standard HD sets). Also new on the high-end models is a slot for large-capacity SDHC cards (glowing blue in the picture above) allowing still images and motion video shot on SD camcorders to be played back.