updated 04:30 pm EDT, Wed June 20, 2007
42-inch 1080p plasma
Panasonic has announced the TH-42PZ700U, a late addition to the company's 2007 plasma lineup. It is claimed to be the only 42-inch plasma capable of 1080p, making high contrast and resolution more affordable to the average buyer. The set has a contrast ratio of 5,000:1, and is equipped with two HDMI inputs, as well as an SD slot and compatibility with EZ Sync control technology. Panasonic plans to ship the 700U in early July for $2,500.