Last year, Blu-ray was the next big thing, and this year it's Full HD -- at least if you're listening to Panasonic. The company has released four new 1080p plasma panels from 42-inch to a massive 65 inches, with barely a word about content and what is now a hotly contested battle for the successor to DVD.
The entire PZ700A range features a native 1080p resolution, HD tuner, and a massive 100,000 hour life. Three HDMI inputs come as standard, including a front-mounted port for connecting a compatible camera or console.
If you're used to the plasma panels of old with their dodgy gradations of colour then the Panasonic will come as a welcome surprise -- there are supposedly 4,096 gradations of colour, which means no more "banding". This brings the claimed total number of visible colours to a whopping 68.7 billion. Of course this is much higher than the number of colours you'll see through your average HD broadcast, but good to know the capability is there.