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LG 50PQ30 Plasma HDTV Review

50 in.

A lower-end set with decent scores and a really low price for its size.

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Motion Performance

Motion Smoothness (5.63)

The LG 50PQ30 has some issues with motion smoothness. Photos suffer from some minor blurring. On our color chart, we noticed that bold colors tend to leave behind shadows as they travel around. When we performed the same tests with 1080i input, these issues got even worse.

Motion Artifacting (6.00)

The TV also had some issues with artifacting. Fine lines will create a shuddering effect. The edges of a box staircase a bit when it moves horizontally. We didn't see any issues with color casting. Overall, there aren't great features to have on your set, but the LG 50PQ30 isn't tremendously worse than the average TV. More on how we test motion performance.

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps

The 50PQ30 had some issues with 3:2 pulldown. Fine striped patterns tend to flash, which is an eyesore. There were also some minor instances of a crawling effect manifesting on patterns. More on how we test 3:2 pulldown and 24fps.

Resolution Scaling

The 50PQ30 had uniform resolution scaling. It wasn't perfect at any resolution, but it wasn't bad either. More on how we test resolution scaling.

480p

The 50PQ30 had the most trouble with 480p, but it still did fairly well. The main issues we saw were with Moire patterns and resolution issues. Fine patterns will get smudged together into dot matrices, acquire a slight rainbow cast, or blur together slightly. We also saw a 2% overscan, which is relatively small.

720p

Basically, we saw the same issues on 720p as we did with 480p, only to lesser degrees. The only area where the TV actually did worse than on 480p was with legibility. We found smaller font ran together somewhat in 720p.

1080i

The differences between 720p and 1080i were minor. Fine patterns seemed to shimmer at times, which was a bit annoying, but had better resolution overall.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Samsung PN50B430 Comparison
  14. Panasonic Viera TC-P50G10 Comparison
  15. Sony Bravia KDL-40W5100 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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