Published: January 26, 2012 10:50 AM
By Pierre-Jean Alzieu
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
 
Panasonic was on hand to present its 2012 TV range at CES 2012. With the plasma TV market losing ground, Panasonic will be prioritising LED LCD models this year. 

2012 LCD TVs

Panasonic wt30 2012 lcd tvs


It looks like 2012 will see a transition in Panasonic's TV range. As well as focusing its attention on LCD technology, the firm has had a change of heart about 3D. Not so very long ago, it would have been unthinkable to see a passive 3D TV crop up in Panasonic's TV range, what with the reduced resolution in 3D mode and restricted viewing angles.

With the ET5, however, Panasonic is set to play LG at its own game, as not only does this model use passive 3D technology, but it also comes loaded with connected services and a 300 Hz mode.

High-end models like the WT50 and GT50 will still be using active shutter 3D. These TVs boast motion interpolation functions at 1600 Hz (actual screen frequency 200 Hz) and access to the manufacturer's various connected services.

There are five non-3D models in the range too—the C5, U5, X5, E5 and E50. Some of them don't even have Full HD resolution either. Check out the table below for more information on these TVs.

2012 Plasma TVs

Panasonic vt50


In the plasma series, the VT50 is still the top-of-the-range TV, now with Infinite Black Ultra for even deeper blacks. The ST50 and GT50, on the other hand, stick with the Infinite Black Pro technology seen in 2011's VT30.

Plus, the screen refresh rates have been upped from 600 Hz to 2500 Hz, which should cut down the twinkling effect often associated with plasma technology.

Panasonic 2012 TV Range At A Glance

  Screen / Backlight Resolution Frequency / Actual Frequency
 3D Smart TV Wi-Fi Screen Sizes
C5 LCD CCFL (neon lamps ) HD 50 Hz No No No 32"
U5 LCD CCFL (neon lamps ) Full HD 50 Hz No No No 42"
X5 LCD IPS Edge LED HD 50 Hz No No No 24" 32"
E5 LCD IPS Edge LED Full HD 50 Hz No No No 32" 37" 42" 47"
E50 LCD IPS Edge LED Full HD 300 Hz / NC No Yes Built-in 42" 47" 55"
ET5 LCD IPS Edge LED Full HD 300 Hz / NC Yes / Passive Yes Built-in 42" 47" 55"
DT50 LCD IPS Edge LED Full HD 1600 Hz / 200 Hz Yes / Active Yes Built-in 47" 55"
WT50
LCD IPS Edge LED Full HD 1600 Hz / 200 Hz Yes / Active Yes Built-in 47" 55"
U50
Plasma
600 Hz
Full HD 50 Hz No No No 50"
XT50
Plasma
600 Hz
HD NA Yes / Active No No 42" 50"
UT50
Plasma
2500 Hz
Full HD NA Yes / Active No No 42" 50" 55" 60"
ST50
Plasma Inifinite Black Pro
2500 Hz
Full HD NA Yes / Active Yes Built-in 50" 55" 60" 65"
GT50
Plasma Inifinite Black Pro
2500 Hz
Full HD NA Yes / Active Yes Built-in 50, 55, 60 et 65
VT50
Plasma Inifinite Black Ultra
2500 Hz
Full HD NA Yes / Active Yes Built-in 55" 65"

Note that the models outlined above are destined for the North American market. A rep on the Panasonic stand at CES 2012 told us that the VT50, GT50, ST50, WT50, DT50 and ET5 should be coming to European markets too, but there was no news on the other models.

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