Panasonic just went live with their 2007 plasma lineup
in Japan. While missing the big 58-incher prepped for big-azz US living rooms, they've notably taken the "world's smallest" 42-inch 1080p plasma from prototype
to full-blown production status. The TH-42PZ700 1920 x 1080 panel ships on April 27th for ¥430,000 (about $3,602) with side-mounted speakers or ¥20,000 (about $168) less if opting for the single, under-panel speaker. The Japanese models also feature new AVCHD
playback direct off SD (and SDHC too, we presume) cards in support of Panny's lineup of 3CCD HD camcorders
. Rounding things out are the US-bound, 50-inch 1080p TH-50PZ700
and three lesser PDPs from the PX70 series ranging in size from 37- to 50-inches.