Panasonic TC-P54G10 Review
The main thing that can be said about Panasonic TC-P54G10 is that it offers just the right balance between price and quality. Even though it does not exactly match the quality of its V10 counterpart in all areas, it falls only slightly behind it and it is also less expensive, which can make it the right choice for those that do not intend to spend more money just for a product that is a new release. As any Panasonic plasma TV released in 2009, it comes with many new and exciting features, also displaying exceptional black levels and overall picture quality. For a 54 inch plasma TV, it provides the viewer with a great watching experience, guaranteed by its overall great picture quality, marred only by a few flaws.
Note: Panasonic TC-P54G10 shares the same features and performance as all models in G10 Panasonic Plasma TV series. This review here is slightly shorter than the Panasonic TC-P50G10 review. If you want to find out a bit more about this model (especially about its features), feel free to consult that review as well.
At a Glance:
- NeoPDP panel
- Resolution: 1080p (standard) / 1920×1080
- Contrast ratio: 40,000:1 (native) / 2,000,000:1 (dynamic)
- Shades of gradation: 6144
- THX certified
- New AR Filter
- 24p cinema mode
- VIERA Cast™
- VIERA Link™
- VIERA Image Viewer™ with AVCHD playback
- 600 Hz sub-field drive
- 3 HDMI inputs
Pros & Cons
- The superb black levels are the best on the market at this moment
- Good colors using THX mode
- Viera Cast and Amazon Video on Demand
- Very good value for the money
- Colors are not perfect, especially in non-THX modes.
- 1080p/24 content unwatchable using the 48Hz mode
With the best black levels ever seen on a plasma TV released in 2009, Panasonic TC-P54G10 can also boast about great shadow detail and contrast. These traits pile up for making overall great picture quality, despite little flaws that mar the otherwise impeccable data sheet on this plasma TV’s performance. Video processing is not at its best, and upscaling conversion has some issues, but, all in all, this model is surpassed only by its brother, TC-P54V10, in its size category.
In people’s homes and specialists’ tests, Panasonic TC-P54G10 has delivered an incredible quality of black levels that many did not see from the discontinued Kuro series manufactured by Pioneer. Providing for an incredible overall picture quality, along with very good shadow detail and contrast, this plasma TV has earned its place on the market. Its capabilities are due to the technology used, called “Infinite Black” that cause the pixels to turn off, where no light is present in the picture, making for this superior quality of the black levels.
With THX certification, Panasonic TC-P54G10 has the guts to present itself even to the most pretentious customers. Yet, there are voices saying that the greens can become somewhat offending to the eye, and even the THX mode can render the image to appear a little dim, in case the customer prefers better the brightly lit LCD’s. Also, the colors can become a little washed out, when the room is scalded in light. Panasonic is trying its best to eliminate the glare through special antireflective screens, but there are other competitors that managed to deal better with this issue.
Besides THX, Panasonic TC-P54G10 is superior to the S1 series also through the fact that it can handle 24p cinema mode. This means that you will be able to watch the latest Blu-ray discs. Yet, one cannot expect wonders, as the 48Hz frequency still delivers enough artefacts to render the watching a little too enduring, and it is highly recommended to use the 60Hz frequency to avoid this. The V10 is superior to the G10 in this matter as well, as its 96Hz frequency has eliminated the flicker altogether.
For SD content, Panasonic TC-P54G10 does a pretty decent job. This means that there are other plasma TV’s on the market that can perform better at this, despite the fact that Panasonic TC-P54G10 has solid noise reduction capabilities. Some jaggies appear around some objects, and the objects are not rendered as sharp as on other displays.
If you want the best of the best in 54 inch plasma TV, and money are not important, then TC-P54V10 should be the logical choice. But if you do intend to get a better deal, and still enjoy the second best, then you should go for the Panasonic TC-P54G10. It delivers great quality picture and it is less expensive than the top of the line, which matters for a plasma TV of this size.
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