Panasonic 2013 Plasma HDTV Prices and Features Revealed

March 13th, 2013 · 7 Comments · 3D HDTV, News, Plasma

Panasonic TCP60ZT60 v2 580_

The 2013 Panasonic plasma line-up has a number of significant changes from last year’s models.

The five series tops out with the ZT60. It has a new panel that incorporates a number of picture improvements including: direct attachment of the cover glass to the front panel glass eliminating an air gap and associated double images. We’ve been told this was last seen in the Pioneer Kuro models (when Pioneer left the plasma game, their IP and plasma engineers joined Panasonic). Other picture improvements include new Studio Master Panel with deeper blacks and brighter whites, a new faster Focused Field drive, a new front Louvre filter for more effective rejection of room reflections, new red phosphor and wider color gamut. The ZT60 won the HD Guru Best HDTV Award at the 2013 CES. All the new features and descriptions and prices are after the break.

TC-P65ZT60

65-inch $4,099 Available May

TC-P60ZT60

60-inch $3,499 Available May

Features

My Home Screen

My Home Screen provides instant access to your favorite Smart TV contents. The My Home Screen menu leads you to a wide variety of content in addition to TV, including smart apps, an Internet web browser, videos and photos. It provides complete access to everything as soon as you turn on the TV.

Selectable Apps

Selectable apps available from the My Home Screen menu include: Clock, Calendar, Weather, Reminder, RSS, Memo, YouTube, Skype, Facebook and more.

Voice Guidance

SMART VIERA Voice Guidance uses text to speech functions to verbalize text contents on TV. It works well for verbally reading out program information, SNS messages and web page contents.

Full HD 1920 x 1080p 3D Resolution

The display alternately shows images for the left and right eyes. The left and right lenses of the eyewear open and close in sync with this display timing to show separate images to your left and right eye. By repeating this action at high speed, the brain perceives 3D images. Plus, since the TV is compatible with a 1080p 3D signal and the panel has Full HD 1920 x 1080p native resolution, you’ll enjoy Full HD 3D images. Two pairs of 3D eyewear are even included.

2D to 3D Conversion in Full HD 1080p Resolution

With advanced 2D to 3D conversion technology, you can turn virtually any 2D content into crisp and clear Full HD 3D images. It allows you to turn ordinary TV broadcasts and recorded programs into exciting 3D content.

3000 Focused Field Drive

This original Panasonic technology detects image movements like the human eye, and optimizes the drive accordingly. By achieving instantaneously powerful light emission rather than finely divided emission, it reduces the afterimages that cause blurring. As a result, fast movement is reproduced with excellent clarity.

Studio Master Panel

Eliminates the air gap between the cover glass and front panel glass. Other enhancements to the panel and cells help reproduce images with smooth, national gradation and deep, rich blacks – even when viewed in bright surroundings. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding realism to the viewing experience.

VIERA Connect Cloud-Based Internet Content Access

VIERA Connect provides cloud-based Internet content access. It brings you video-on-demand (VOD), catch-up TV, games, educational content and more – all through a wide range of apps. It affords virtually limitless content consumption from the comfort of your living room.

Built-In Wi-Fi with Easy-to-Understand Wireless LAN Settings

With built-in Wi-Fi, no additional equipment is needed to connect with an existing wireless router in your home network. Your Panasonic TV will automatically detect available networks and take you through an easy Wi-Fi setup process.

DLNA Certified

This DLNA-compatible TV makes content easy to share by linking equipment over a home network. Enjoy photos, movies, music and more in the living room, bedroom or any room in the house.

VIERA Remote 2 App

VIERA Remote 2 is a free app available for download to compatible iOS and Android mobile devices. It lets you use a smartphone or tablet as a second screen for watching private content or controlling the TV and adjusting TV settings. It provides intuitive tap and flick-based commands. Plus, it supports easy functions like Swipe & Share 2.0, which make the TV easier to use.

Swipe & Share 2.0

With Swipe & Share 2.0, you can use a one finger swipe to share and transfer video, photos, music contents and web pages between the TV and your smart devices by linking a smartphone or tablet to Panasonic’s Smart VIERA TV. You can also share content with friends and family. With a two finger swipe, you can easily save video, photos, music contents and web pages.

USB Media Player & SDXC Card Reader

Thanks to the triple USB ports, you can use a USB memory stick to enjoy previously saved music, photos and video clips using the TV. You can also add frames and other effects to your photos and videos, as well as create slide shows complete with background music. A wide variety of formats are supported, so you can play PC-based music files and Web movies right on your TV. You can also use the SDXC memory card reader for playing media files.

C.A.T.S. (Contrast Automatic Tracking System)

The C.A.T.S (Contrast Automatic Tracking System) feature automatically adjusts screen brightness according to ambient light. When the room darkens, it lowers the screen brightness and adjusts the image quality, resulting in both easier viewing and power conservation.

Mercury & Lead Free Eco-Friendly Panel

All VIERA plasma display panels are free of both lead and mercury. This reduces the impact on the environment years down the road when the TV is recycled or retired from use.

Long Panel Life up to 100,000 Hours

Thanks to an innovative phosphor process and rear panel process, this plasma panel will last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half.

Other Features

96 Hz Playback with 24fps sources

Supports 24p Smooth Film playback and 24p playback (3:2)

Full HD Active 3D

Dual built-in 5W front speakers and a 10W 75mm woofer (20W total)

Supports VR-Audio Pro Stage 2.1 for simulated surround sound

Supports Skype on TV with optional camera

Access to eHelp and Product Support Center

Electronic Touch Pen ready

VIERA Link and Bluetooth compatible

Web Browser with Flash

One Sheet of Glass design

HDMI connectivity with Audio Return Channel (ARC) support

30,720 Gradations

6,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio

VR-Audio Pro Stage 2.1 Side Speakers

Voice Interaction

Touch Pad Controller w/MIC

Smart Calibration (via App), Contrast Ratio

Improved Front Filter

Dual Core Processor w/Hexa-Processing Engine

THX 3D/2D

New Pure Red Phosphor

98% of DCI Color Gamut VR-Audio Pro Stage 2.1

2D-3D w/Face Detection, Side Speakers

ISFccc Advanced Calibration Options w/Day and Night Modes

2 Pairs of active 3D glasses

Connections

3 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 component video/composite video, Ethernet jack and SDXC card slot

 

Panasonic TCP55VT60 580

The VT60 uses the Infinite Black Ultra panel in place of the air-gapless Studio Master panel in in the ZT. Panasonic adds a built-in Skype HD Camera. Other features are similar between the two series.

TC-P65VT60

65-inch $3599.99 Available around March 30

TC-P60VT60

60-inch $2999.99 Available around March 30

TC-P55VT60

55-inch $2599.99 Available around March 30

My Home Screen

Selectable Apps

Voice Guidance

Full HD 1920 x 1080p 3D Resolution

2D to 3D Conversion in Full HD 1080p Resolution

3000 Focused Field Drive

Infinite Black Ultimate Panel

VIERA Connect Cloud-Based Internet Content Access .

Built-In Wi-Fi with Easy-to-Understand Wireless LAN Settings

DLNA Certified

VIERA Remote 2 App

Swipe & Share 2.0

USB Media Player & SDXC Card Reader

C.A.T.S. (Contrast Automatic Tracking System)

Mercury & Lead Free Eco-Friendly Panel

Long Panel Life up to 100,000 Hours

96 Hz Playback with 24fps sources

Supports 24p Smooth Film playback and 24p playback (3:2)

Full HD Active 3D

Dual built-in 5W front speakers and a 10W 75mm woofer (20W total)

Supports VR-Audio Pro Stage 2.1 for simulated surround sound

Skype on TV with built-in camera

Access to eHelp and Product Support Center

Electronic Touch Pen ready

VIERA Link and Bluetooth compatible

Web Browser with Flash

One Sheet of Glass design

HDMI connectivity with Audio Return Channel (ARC) support

30,720 Gradations

6,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio

VR-Audio Pro Stage 2.1 Side Speakers

Voice Interaction

Touch Pad Controller w/MIC

Smart Calibration (via App), Contrast Ratio

Improved Front Filter

Dual Core Processor w/Hexa-Processing Engine

THX 3D/2D

New Pure Red Phosphor

98% DCI Color Gamut

VR-Audio Pro Stage 2.1

2D-3D w/Face Detection, Side Speakers

ISFccc Advanced Calibration Options w/Day and Night Modes

2 Pairs active 3D Glasses

Connections

3 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 component video/composite video, Ethernet jack and SDXC card slot

 

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Panasonic TCPST60 580

TC-P65ST60

65-inch $TBA Available around April 20

TC-P60ST60

60-inch $1699.99 Available around April 20

TC-P55ST60

55-inch $1499.99 Available around April 20

TC-P50ST60

50-inch $1149.99 Available around April 30

My Home Screen

Selectable Apps

Voice Guidance

Full HD 1920 x 1080p 3D Resolution

2D to 3D Conversion in Full HD 1080p Resolution

3000 Focused Field Drive

Infinite Black Pro Panel

VIERA Connect Cloud-Based Internet Content Access .

Built-In Wi-Fi with Easy-to-Understand Wireless LAN Settings

DLNA Certified

VIERA Remote 2 App

Swipe & Share 2.0

USB Media Player & SDXC Card Reader

C.A.T.S. (Contrast Automatic Tracking System)

Mercury & Lead Free Eco-Friendly Panel

Long Panel Life up to 100,000 Hours

Supports 24p Smooth Film playback and 24p playback (3:2)

Full HD Active 3D

Dual built-in 5W front speakers and a 10W 75mm woofer (20W total)

Supports VR-Audio Surround  2.1 for simulated surround sound

Skype on TV with optional HD Camera

Access to eHelp and Product Support Center

Electronic Touch Pen ready

VIERA Link and Bluetooth compatible

Web Browser

HDMI connectivity with Audio Return Channel (ARC) support

12,288 Gradations

5,500,000:1 Contrast Ratio

Fast Switching Phosphors

VR-Audio Pro Stage 2.1 Side Speakers

Smart Calibration (via App),

VR-Audio Pro Stage 2.1

2D-3D

2 Pairs active 3D Glasses

Connections

3 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 component video/composite video, Ethernet jack and SDXC card slot

Panasonic TCP65S60 580

TC-P65S60

65-inch $1699.99 Available around April 20

TC-P60S60

60-inch $1299.99 Available around March 30

TC-P55S60

55-inch $999.99 Available around March 30

TC-P50S60

50-inch   $829.99 Retail/$729.99  from Amazon direct (click link) Available Now

TC-P42S60

42-inch $729.99 Available Soon

1080p Full HD Resolution

4,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio

VIERA On-line Movies

Built-In Wi-Fi

DLNA Certified

VIERA Remote 2 App

Swipe & Share 2.0

USB Media Player

C.A.T.S. (Contrast Automatic Tracking System)

Mercury & Lead Free Eco-Friendly Panel

Long Panel Life up to 100,000 Hours

Supports 24p playback (3:2)

Access to eHelp and Product Support Center

Electronic Touch Pen ready

HDMI connectivity with Audio Return Channel (ARC) support

6,144 Gradations

Connections

2 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 component video/composite video, Ethernet jack

 

TC-P50X60

50-inch $549.99 Available around April 30

TC-P42X60

42-inch $399.99 Available around April 30

1024 x 768 Resolution

3,500,000:1 Contrast Ratio

USB Media Player (MKV/MP4,MP3/DTS,JPEG)

Mercury & Lead Free Eco-Friendly Panel

Long Panel Life up to 100,000 Hours

Supports 24p playback (3:2)

HDMI connectivity with Audio Return Channel (ARC) support

6,144 Gradations

Connections

2 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 component video/composite video

 

 

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7 Comments so far ↓

  • Conrad

    The Panasonic S60 looked mind blowing in person, can’t wait for reviews of the upper-end models

  • bman

    3,499 for the ZT is doable. Glad it’s not some ridiculous $5000. Looking forward to this TV. I’ll prolly keep it for a few years until OLEDs get to decent prices.

  • Vaughn

    On the VT60, any idea if that’s early/mid/late April?

    Not yet. We will post once we get a better idea. In the meantime keep checking the Panasonic direct and Amazon websites (links above) as they appear to receive some of the first shipments.

    HD Guru

  • Caddy man

    On the higher end models, has Panasonic changed the speaker layout from last year’s dual “8-train” speaker system, or is it the same, with an ever so slight bump in power output?

  • John L

    Don’t LCD panels have the correct red color giving you a wider color gamut? I always thought plasma had the right colors.

  • Randy

    Looks like you have the release dates for the ST60 and VT60 flip-flopped. The ST60 is supposed ship before the VT60, but you have March for the VT60 and April for the ST60.

    Yes, according to an update from a number of dealers, some sizes of the ST60 will be shipping in March (Panasonic direct is currently shipping the 50-inch); April for the VT series and still May for the ZT models.

    HD Guru

  • Henry

    Great News! Been waiting for the release of the new Panasonic Plasmas. I cannot wait for the reviews…

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