Panasonic has just launched its new VIERA plasma HDTV that consists of the PZ850 series that are Web-enabled, allowing you to access popular content from the Internet such as YouTube, Google’s Picasa Web Album and Bloomberg without having to turn on your computer. This VIERA line was initially previewed at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in January 2008, but at least we consumers have the option to purchase one of these puppies this time around. More on the PZ850 series are available after the jump, including an excerpt from the press release itself.
Panasonic’s VIERA 1080p PZ850 series offers features designed for the most demanding videophile – enhanced contrast ratio, deeper blacks, faster response time and outstanding picture quality in four screen sizes – the 46-inch class TH-46PZ850 (46.0″ measured diagonally), the 50-inch class TH-50PZ850 (49.9″ measured diagonally), the 58-inch class TH-58PZ850 (58.0″ measured diagonally) and the 65-inch class TH-65PZ850 (64.8″ measured diagonally). Coupled with Panasonic’s new VIERA CAST technology, the PZ850 series will give consumers on-screen access to a far broader range of unique content than ever before.
The PZ850 makes it a snap to enjoy High Definition digital still and video images in a 16:9 widescreen format simply by inserting an SD memory card into the PZ850 itself. This is not a new feature as all of Panasonic’s VIERA HDTV range is able to accept SD memory cards and display digital stills from there, the PZ850 series is unique as it boasts support for H.264 codec that makes it possible to enjoy HD video content from your HD camcorder by simply inserting an SD memory card into the TV. Other features include a Pro Setting Menu, an enhanced native resolution contrast ratio of 30,000:1, a dynamic ratio of 1,000,000:1, 24p native reproduction, Digital Cinema Color Re-Mastering (a technology that allows for accurate color reproduction essential for movies), and Studio Reference Mode (provides faithful reproduction of the subtle colors intended by film makers).