Panasonic, like all of the major HDTV manufactures announced a number of 3D capable HDTVs at the beginning of the year. But it seems as if Panasonic will be the first to release their 3D plasma HDTV.
The 54-inch Panasonic TH-P54VT, and 50-inch TH-P50VT plasma HDTVs have been given a release date of April 23rd in Japan. Both of the Panasonic Viera 3D plasma HDTVs claim to have a 5,000,000:1 native contrast ratio for extreme blacks along with four HDMI inputs and of course the 3D glasses.
Both models have a 120Hz refresh rate to keep the images crisp and the 3D shutter glasses operating fast enough to deliver a high frame rate to each eye.
Although US and European prices haven’t been officially announced just yet the 50-inch model (TH-P50VT) is said to cost €2500, which is currently about $3500. A non 3D version will also be available for roughly $800 less.
$800 might seem a little steep for the privilege of 3D, but we’re sure this price will drop down over time. When it’s about $250 extra or so, we’re sure 3D HDTVs will fly out the door!