Panasonic TX-P42G20B 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 600Hz Neo Plasma TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD (discontinued by manufacturer)
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|Connectivity Technology||USB; Ethernet||USB; Ethernet; WiFi||HDMI,USB, Ethernet, Wifi||USB||USB^WiFi|
|Display Resolution Max||1080p Full HD||4K||4K||4K||4K|
|Display Size||42 inches||40 inches||49 inches||43 inches||55 inches|
|Image Aspect Ratio||16:9||—||16:9||—||16:9|
|Item Dimensions||8.2 cm x 1.03 m x 65.4 cm||4 x 89.5 x 51.4 cm||1.1 m x 5.48 cm x 63.87 cm||96.4 x 24.2 x 61.6 cm||1.23 m x 4.9 cm x 71.5 cm|
|Item Weight||20.5 kg||12.5 kg||16.1 kg||10.8 kg||15.3 kg|
|Special Feature||—||Smart / Internet||Smart / Internet||smart / internet||Smart / Internet|
|Tuner Technology||Digital TV||mpeg4||DVB-S2 (HD)||DVB-S2 (HD)||DVB-T2, DVB-C, DVB-S2|
On-mode power consumption290 Watts
Visible screen diagonal42" / 107 cm
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New VIERA NeoPDP Plasma TV
Deep blacks and breathtaking clarity result in a more powerful viewing experience ideal for sports, movies and gaming. And because they also have Freeview HD built in, you’ll be able to catch the best of this summer’s High Definition sporting action subscription free, as well as your favourite soaps, dramas and documentaries in full HD glory.
NeoPDP - Continuing to Redefine Plasma Technology
Panasonic's VIERA NeoPDP is a breakthrough in plasma technology, featuring a range of innovations that bring every detail of life. The power behind NeoPDP is larger cell surfaces and improved phosphor mixtures of the display panel which ensure bright, true-to-life colours. What’s more, the cell’s pilot light has been minimised to achieve deeper blacks and higher contrast, while new & refined image processors bring out the very best of this ground breaking panel technology.
VIERA incorporates an improved panel production process and the new Real Black Drive system. A pre-discharge control system, the Real Black Drive system achieves next-generation black reproduction. When you're watching movies, VIERA renders images just the way the director intended, even in scenes where it's difficult to achieve a proper balance of light and dark.
VIERA NeoPDP achieves an outstanding dynamic contrast ratio of over 5,000,000:1 to deliver the deepest black ever. This is especially important to accurately reproduce even subtle differences in the blackness level. Blacks are purer & whites brighter – giving sharper, more lifelike and 3-dimensional pictures.
600Hz Sub-field Drive with Intelligent Frame Creation Pro
To ensure smooth and judder-free pictures, VIERA NeoPDP employs innovative 600Hz Sub-field Drive with Intelligent Frame Creation Pro. This is a Panasonic's unique image-analysis processor that converts the motion in each scene into sub-fields. The sub-fields are then optimised to display fast action scene in Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution with amazingly smooth motion. Each frame is displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous processor - virtually eliminating unsightly smearing & after effects.
THX Certified Display
THX reproduces film images exactly as the film's creators intended them. The overall aim was to improve the experience of cinema-goers and faithfully recreate the audio and visual ambience that filmmakers intended. To receive THX certification, Panasonic's TVs undergo stringent tests to determine whether the exact same brightness and colour are displayed at all screen locations, and whether black levels satisfy standard criteria. VIERA meets the high standards set by the THX Certified Display Program.
The Best of the Internet with VIERA CAST
Enjoy Internet content right on your TV. With VIERA CAST you can enjoy online videos, photos, and more. You can also check sports, news, weather and stock information with an easy-to-use Web interface that's built into the TV. What’s more, VIERA CAST's assorted online content has new additions, including the remarkably popular SkypeTM and Twitter® applications. VIERA CAST not only offers unique web entertainment but also expands your forms of communication.
At the touch of a button, VIERA Cast connects to YouTube™, Eurosport™, Google’s Picasa Web Albums™, Bloomberg TV and weather reports – directly from your VIERA NeoPDP TV.
During the summer of 2010, new contents such as Skype, Acetrax and Twitter will be added to VIERA Cast to further expand your online entertainment on your new VIERA TV.
View Photos from your SD Card
It's easy to view full-HD images with the SD card slot. Watch and show your photos and motion images right after you take them. Simply insert an SD Memory Card into VIERA to display photos and full-HD videos on the large screen. An easy-to-see, easy-to-use thumbnail display has also been added. You can also enjoy special background music, slideshow frames and transition effects.
In Game Mode, quicker image response increases the enjoyment of video games when a game console is connected to the TV. What's more, VIERA produces the dark images in video games more clearly. This mode works with the anti-image retention (wobbling) function, too.
VIERA Eco Link
VIERA Link uses the control signals that are transmitted through an HDMI cable for automated functions. Just press the VIERA Link button on the VIERA TV remote to control your entire Panasonic components including Home Cinema Systems, HD camcorder and Lumix digital cameras.
In 2009 the VIERA Link concept has been further developed, providing you even more functions. For example, Eco Link which helps you to save energy by putting all connected Panasonic devices into sleep mode when they are not used.
With VIERA Eco Link, you can connect and control all your Panasonic devices efficiently through your TV, without wasting power
Saving Energy with Eco Mode
As people become more aware about environmental concerns, the power consumption of their electronic products presents itself. To improve on the environmental impact of power consumption, Panasonic has introduced an Eco Mode as standard in most of its VIERA TVs. By activating the Eco Mode, a photo sensor measures the ambient light conditions of the room and the picture settings adjust automatically. As a result, the TV uses less power in darkly-lit conditions without any compromise of the picture quality.
Build to Resist – VIERA Tough Panel
Panasonic VIERA Plasma TVs are protected by a front sheet of glass resistant to impacts of up to four joules. This is particularly reassuring for families with small children who may otherwise inadvertently damage the screen when playing.
Also, the growing success of games consoles using motion controllers has led to an increase in TVs being accidentally struck and damaged by controllers which have slipped out of player’s hands. Thanks to VIERA plasma TVs’ Tough Panel you don’t need to worry. And what’s more, the protective panel makes cleaning easier too, simply wipe with a soft cloth when necessary.
Lower Power Consumption
With the NeoPDP panel, Panasonic has radically lowered the energy consumption of their TVs. NeoPDP televisions only need half as much energy as 2007 models to produce the same amount of brightness, doubling their efficiency. This has been made possible by expert engineers who have employed an improved luminous gas, larger cells and newly created electronic packaging. The result is an improvement in picture quality and eco-friendliness in equal measure.
Panasonic VIERA Plasma TVs are protected by a front sheet of glass resistant to accidental impacts
Long-Life Design - up to 100,000 Hours of Viewing Enjoyment
Because a TV should have as little negative impact on the environment as possible, it must function for many years. That is why Panasonic Plasma TVs have been engineered to deliver an excellent viewing experience for up to an amazingly long 100,000 hours. So if you were to watch TV eight hours a day – that would be 30 years!
Panasonic lead-free Plasma TVsFlat screen TVs that employ conventional technologies may contain a spot of harmful chemicals such as lead or mercury. These chemicals are then set free when the TV is taken to recycling at the end of its lifecycle. Already in 2006 and as the first manufacturer worldwide, Panasonic has completely eliminated the use of lead and mercury in their flat screen TVs.
Top customer reviews
Without boring you to death with all technical comment that is freely available on the net I just thought I would say that this set is superb.
Freeview SD is stunning. I watched saving private ryan last night and the depth of the picture is amazing.
I like plasma as its not in your face like LCD,or as sharp and colours seem more natural.
Blue ray is gobsmackin and even upscaled normal DVD's like Lord of the Rings are amazing.
Sport in HD fabulous
Sound is OK though to get the best you need a designated AV system
One thing I do notice is that it chucks a lot of heat out, dont need a fire anymore.
All in all a great buy stop agonising and buy one
Christmas 2010. No regrets. The picture is deeper and natural. Sport excellent. None of the problems mentioned on forums elsewhere, buzzing, flaoting blacks, posterisation etc. Just a cracking TV. Wish I had waited for the price drop and bought the 46 or 50 inch, small complaint though
Since you can buy Plasma TVs this good at this price, forget LCD and "LED" (LED TVs are LCD displays with a different means of illuminating the picture, they are not a brand new technology, so don't be suckered into paying top dollar (top pound?) for one). This display completely smokes the contrast and black level (which are responsible for the "richness" of the picture), the colour accuracy, the viewing angle, and the motion clarity of any LCD. Furthermore, Panasonic's Plasmas do not have any of the image retention problems that some of the cheaper brands do, so you don't have to worry. If you're scared of Plasma TV because you've been drip-fed scare stories by the kids at your local box-shifting electronics store, then frankly, get over it or miss out!
The Hard Drive PVR feature is also very cool - hook up a USB hard disk to the TV and you can set the TV up to record TV programmes onto it for later viewing. Consider the cost of PVRs on their own and then consider that this TV essentially has one built in...
Also, the TV supports Freesat HD and the brand new Freeview HD.
I have used all of the facilities available, I can connect with my Win 7 computer to show videos, music and photos without problem. Iplayer works well from the 'Red Button' as does YouTube via my Ethernet connection. I baulked at the £80 asking price for the wireless USB adaptor and have gone for a faster and cheaper option of an Ethernet cable.
Sound quality is just about adequate, the speakers are incredibly small so it is some achievement to have got the quality they have.
On picture quality the upscaled SD can be superb. I say 'can be' because it undoubtedly depends on the source. BBC SD News in the studio is an example of excellence. Old Channel 5 material still looks bad! BBC HD looks great on FreeSat, I don't have access to FreeView HD. Occasionally there can be colour banding problems, strangely this always seems to be on face flesh tones where there is a subtle graduation of colour across the cheek. This results in a 'band' of colour following the contours of the cheek. Interesting problem.
Great TV, Panasonic just need to loosen up on the recording side of things.
January 2011: Having lived with this set for over six months now, I still find it a superb picture, a good user interface and reliable. However I do find myself asking the question why do I have both a Freeview HD tuner and a Freesat HD tuner. When can I use both of them? As far as I can make out, the answer is Never! I come back to my point raised in the original review above, that Panasonic really have missed a trick by preventing you recording a program on one tuner and watching a different program on the other tuner. Virtually all PVRs have dual tuners for that very reason so there cannot be a legal reason. Can anyone throw any light on this? (Like Panasonic please!)
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