Panasonic Viera TC-P50V10 is simply the best plasma TV of 2009. It is a high-end HDTV and both the feature set and the price are an indicator of that. Though it is relatively expensive, if you want the absolute best HDTV viewing experience, TC-P50V10 is the TV to buy. Though models in G10 series offer pretty much the same picture quality, V10 series of which TCP50V10 is part of, have a few extra features.
Whether those features are worth the extra money, it is a decision only you can make. What I can tell you for sure is that Panasonic TC-P50V10 that we are going to review here, is the best plasma TV for this year and it’s picture quality as well as the set of features is fantastic.
Though the slimmest plasma TV from Panasonic is the exclusive Z1, the TC-P50V10 is also thinner than most HDTVs out there. Measuring only 2 inch deep, it is slightly thinner than most TVs. One thing that adds to this and gives this plasma TV a very beautiful look is the sheet of glass that extends over the bezel. In other words, you get a seamless flat screen and that looks really good. If the looks are not enough, there is also a practical side to it: when you clean the screen, the dust won’t “hide” in the corners of the frame anymore.
Full Set of Features
Being a high-end plasma TV, Panasonic TC-P50V10 has pretty much every feature you could need. From a complete set of picture controls all the way to Internet connectivity and access to Amazon Video on Demand through its Viera Cast. Though it features THX mode, you have many picture controls to adjust the colors to your liking. This is especially useful as the color accuracy is not perfect if you don’t use THX mode. Viera Cast offers some nice to have features like Weather and Stock information, but these have been available last year as well. This year’s novelty is Amazon Video on Demand which we think is a very nice feature to have.
Great Video Processing and smooth 1080p/24 cinema mode
One of the many areas where Panasonic TC-P50V10 really shines is the video processing. When watching HDTV content you are going to have a great experience. If you are a fan of 1080p/24 mode that Blu Ray movies support, you will be happy to know that this TV handles it perfectly. Many HDTV’s out there brag about having this feature, however most of them fail when put to the test. On many plasma and LCD TVs, enabling 1080p/24 mode is not a good idea as the content will become unwatchable due to the flicker. This is not the case with TC-P50V10! This plasma TV is able to play 1080p/24 perfectly, without any flicker or other problems.
I am going to stop here and invite you to read the complete in-depth Panasonic TC-P50V10 Review on our site. We are further covering important performance aspects of TC-P50V10, looking at black levels, color accuracy and standard definition performance. You should also check out 2009 Panasonic Plasma TV lineup while you’re there. All the TVs that Panasonic released this year are grouped by series and you can easily figure out which TV is right for you. Finally, if there’s something you need to know about plasma television, I am sure you will find your answers by reading our in-depth guides.