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Panasonic TC-P42GT25 3D Plasma HDTV Review

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The TC-P42GT25 slightly underperforms compared to the VT20 series we reviewed earlier this year.

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Motion Performance

Motion Smoothness (7.88)

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25, like many plasma displays, showed no issues with motion smoothness. On many LCD displays, we'll notice a laggy motion or flickering. Not so on the Panasonic. Moving objects were quite smooth. However, we did notice a lot of problems with artifacting, described below.

Motion Artifacting (5.5)

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 definitely showed artifacting issues with objects in motion. Artifacts are anything that appears on screen that is not contained in the original signal. What we saw was a lot of blocky discoloration that's simply not present if the same objects is at rest. It's most noticeable if you have a large region of uniform color. The TV's menu offers a Blur Reduction feature that can reduce some of the artifacting, but not enough to make us forget about it. More on how we test motion performance.

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps

As a rare case, the Panasonic TC-P42GT25 was not great at producing a smooth picture when fed a 24fps signal, like a Blu-Ray movie. In order to get the best performance, you need to locate the "3:2 pulldown" option in the Advanced Picture menu. Leaving it in the Auto setting was not enough. You'll need to switch it to the On setting for some types of content. More on how we test 3:2 pulldown and 24fps.

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Resolution Scaling

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 has a native 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution, but much of the content you'll watch is of a lower resolution. It's up to the TV's internal processing to upscale to properly scale the image to fit to screen. At this task, it's not too bad. More on how we test resolution scaling.

480p

When displaying 480p content, the Panasonic TC-P42GT25 loses 2% of the top, bottom, and sides due to overscan.

720p

With 720p content, we noticed a lot of discoloration with high-frequency patterns. Of course, we saw the same thing with native 1080p content, so this isn't necessarily a problem with scaling, but with certain types of resolution demands.

1080i

The 1080i content displayed on the Panasonic TC-P42GT25 showed no significant problems.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. 3D
  7. Viewing Effects
  8. Calibration
  9. Remote Control
  10. Connectivity
  11. Audio & Menus
  12. Multimedia & Internet
  13. Power Consumption
  14. Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT20 Comparison
  15. Samsung UN46C7100 Comparison
  16. Sony Bravia KDL-46HX800 Comparison
  17. Conclusion
  18. Series Comparison
  19. Photo Gallery
  20. Ratings & Specs
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