Pros This TV has excellent picture quality. The price is amazing for an excellent 50 inch. The new 2010 model is a lot thinner and lighter than the 2009 models, and it is more energy efficient.
Cons I worry a lot about potential black fade.
Summary I love this TV. I returned a 54 inch 2009 G10 Panasonic plasma model when I read about the black fade issues. I naively thought that Panasonic would definitely take care of these issues before releasing the 2010 models. Even though they said they turned back the pixel voltage, doesn't mean that black fade won't be an issue. If I knew for sure that black fade would be an issue on the 2010 models, I definitely would not have purchased a 2010 model no matter how good the initial picture was. I would have spent my money elsewhere. I even wrote Panasonic an email stating that I hope 2010 models won't have black fade issues. If they do I will lose my respect for Panasonic. So the bottom line is if I don't get black fade then I got a five star TV. I rated 4 stars because of possible unresolved black fade issues.
Pros -Picture Quality
-IR is really a thing of the past
-Easy to use menu
-Black Levels, colors, depth of picture, Uniformity
(I think Picture Quality is the main reason we buy a TV right!?)
Cons -1080P/24 flickers (not a huge issue, 60hz mode is fine)
-Speakers (OKAY, they aren't terrible but obviously TV's today are designed to be used with surround sound, which will be coming soon.. until then, the TV speakers are fine for normal viewing)
Summary I have had this TV for almost a month now. I got it on sale at Paul's TV inside of Jordan's Furniture. My father has a Samsung UN46B8000. Great TV and technology, but it doesn't hold up to the Picture Quality of the Panny Plasma!sofast1: sorry I never responded. I never got a notification that someone left a comment on my review! Anyway, hope you enjoy the TV and settings! I know I certainly am!
The black levels are great, and even if they do rise in normal conditions it will not be noticeable. This is my first plasma and I have to say I was worried about IR but after getting some (I played GTA IV for several hours) and only being able to see it with no ambient light and from 3 inches from the screen where the HUD/MAP was shown I can tell you IR is severely overblown and should not worry you.
I used the THX settings recommended by CNET and love the way movies, sports, and normal programming looks. The dark knight was amazing and the lack of blur makes watching football/hockey/baseball awesome! The only time the screen looks dark to me is on some videogames like MW2 where the realistic colors actually makes it hard to pick out other players because of the camo. Games like this benefit from the "game" mode which boosts color and contrast.
My favorite part of this TV (and Plasma over LCD/LED) is the lack or pixelated areas around text or fast moving objects which is caused by the blur reduction and motion resolution software used on LCD/LED TV's. Since plasma is @ 60hz this is not needed and you still get a clear picture!
If you are a buyer like myself (probably 50/50 Gaming vs TV and Movie) who is looking for awesome PQ and is not interested in 3D... YOU NEED to check this TV out. You would be hard pressed to find a better deal. Plasma is much more cost efficient over 5 years (and even beyond that) if you consider.. I got my TV for $1150... vs my dads comparable LED being closer to $2000. the argument of "it costs more to run plasma" is true... but its about $20-30/year. so for 5 years its an additional $100-150. putting the plasma still below the initial cost of the LED LCD.
Basically, Don't listen to all the marketing (or take it with a grain of salt) and do your own research, read some threads/blogs/reviews, don't think that if it costs more its better, and enjoy your new TV!
Oh, and for anyone looking to buy a TV, my experience at Paul's was great. I went in to ask about the G and VT series (even though i didnt want 3D) and the sales guy actually told me it wasnt worth getting the VT at that point... an honest answer.. unlike my trip to Best Buy.. which was a total sales pitch.
Updated on Sep 22, 2010
Pros This is my first flat screen TV, believe it or not. I am thrilled with my purchase!
Plasma has it all over LCD, and the G25 had all the inputs I needed and the picture quality is spectacular. Easy to setup and use.
Cons I would have liked to have an analog audio output that is controlled by the remote.
The digital optical output really doesn't do much for me.
Summary I have had this TV for 10 days now and have absolutely no regrets.Well, our G25 is only 6 weeks old and it has just failed...
Great picture, no noticeable blur, it is almost like a CRT display!
Updated on Jun 2, 2010
At this point it is only 6 weeks old and when we turned it off last night we heard a loud crack and now only the red light blinks on front. It is completely dead in the water.
Now le';s see how well the the extended warranty from Future Shop (Canada) does.
Still really like the the set, but I hope this isn't a harbinger of things to come.
Pros Blackest blacks. Most accurate colors. No motion blur. No stuttering. No input lag when gaming.
NOTHING looks better at this price. NOTHING.
Cons I wish there was a 'slight' overscan option, say 2% overscan, instead of just 0% and 10%.
Summary READ THIS CNET REVIEW! See the "Editor's Note" at the bottom? It states that after 2400 hours the black level hadn't changed enough to matter. This TV rocks.
And as for Panny reliability, I've owned 4 and none of them have ever had the slightest problem.
Netflix looks awesome on vieracast. I'd plan on running a cat5 cable from the router to the tv, however, as the panny wireless dongle is expensive, and no other wireless adapter will work.
I'm at 7 months and 1300 hours.
The reviewer claiming this set failed after 14 months last may is obviously talking about a different model, as this set only came out in March.
I have an HTPC connected and love how good it looks. The VGA connector is basically worthless. If you want to connect a computer, HDMI is the only way to go. Just make sure you set the HDMI port you're connected through to "non-standard" on the RGB setting. Otherwise you'll get "crushed" blacks.
"Best 46 Size TV"on by markabcabc
Pros Great Sound
Screen Not Reflective
Cons Styling could be better but it still looks good.
Summary I thought the 50 was too big for my room so I wanted the best 46 screen size out there. I bought this model on-line because Best Buy only sells the lower end Panasonics at the 46 and 42 levels. I have a 32 LCD too and there is no way I would buy another LCD. This plasma is so easy on our eyes with no bright spots like LCD models. It doesn't have the reflective issue of the 2009 model. Reflectivity on the screen is a non-issue. Abolutely not even the faintess of a buzz. Sound is excellent but probably because it is not as flat as the others. I thought I would have to buy external speakers but it is a non-issue with this set. I'll take the extra thickness for good sound any day. HD is excelllent and SD is as good as to be expected for being SD. We watch both. I would have liked to have compared to the Samsung Plasma but did not want the 50 screen. Thought the screens on the 2009 Samsung's model were better than the 2010 models. Get the G25 over the S2 in the Panasonic.We watch it in Standard Mode and have not changed one setting. This is how good the color and picture is on this model.
Updated on Aug 30, 2010