Pros Excellent still image picture, THX Mode looks great, good list of features
Cons Very poor motion-handling capability, Standard Mode is not very good, terrible standard def. picture
Summary Ok, so like most of you, I spent a good deal of time doing research for my TV purchase. Ultimately, it came down to two TV's: the Panasonic TC-PVT20 and the Samsung PN50C7000. After much debate and based on everything I had read and seen in-store, I initially decided to go with the Panasonic TC-PVT20 from Best Buy. The TV looked beautiful in-store, got great recommendations from both CNET and Consumer Reports, and seemed like an all-around no-brainer to buy.
However, once I got it home and hooked up to my DIRECTV box, I was pretty surprised at how disappointed I was. I was SHOCKED at how poor the motion-handling capability was on the Panasonic. As I jumped between MLB HD, NHL HD, NFL Network HD, NBA HD, and ESPN HD, I couldn't believe how much trouble I was having viewing the various sporting events. Anytime there was a panning motion from side-to-side (and let's face it, that's pretty much all that happens during a game) it seemed like someone was shaking the camera. It was very jarring and really difficult to ignore. In fact, it was even difficult to watch normal TV shows when an image moved horizontally across the screen, let alone sporting events.
In addition, the picture in STANDARD mode was nothing special (not even as good as my parents' Panasonic G10 from last year), though switching to THX mode did result in a significant improvement. And, to be fair, still images looked excellent on the Panasonic.
However, it was impossible to ignore the motion blurring issue, so I returned the Panasonic and got the Samsung PN50C7000 - and I couldn't be happier. Once you perform either the firmware update or the "switch to Game Mode and back" maneuver, any hint of a video processing issue (a.k.a. "soap opera affect") is gone. The Samsung correctly handles panning motion while viewing sporting events and, quite honestly, has delivered the best Blu-Ray movie picture I've ever seen (a few friends stopped by to watch Iron Man 2 and commented that they couldn't believe how crisp the picture looked).
Finally, and this is a small issue, the standard definition picture quality is honestly the worst I think I've ever seen on any TV. Of course, most people don't watch much in SD anymore (especially those that are looking to purchase this TV), but sometimes you can't avoid it. For example, during an ESPN highlight reel, some of the highlights were presented in HD, while others were only available in SD. So as the highlights were played, it was extremely jarring when things switched back and forth. Again, this is a minor issue and you're not going to purchase or not purchase this TV based on its ability to display SD content, but I do feel it's worth noting.
All-in-all, I'm much happier with the Samsung PN50C7000. Great picture, excellent for viewing sports, better list of features, and beautiful styling. The Panasonic is still a very good TV, but it didn't deliever the viewing experience I believed I was going to receive. You may want to consider your viewing purposes before investing in it - if you like watching sports, I'd definitely recommend the Samsung PN50C7000 (PN50C8000, for that matter).
Pros The 2D performance is stellar. Blacks are very deep. Other colors really shine against blacks. Blu-Ray movies look great. Xbox video games run smoothly and the sharpness of the image is great. Simple controls for picture quality and general tv setup.
Cons 3D images have reduced brightness. Unclear if online connectivity and apps will get updated to new versions due out with the 2011 models. Doesn't convert 2D to 3D. Would like to have Hulu and other online apps.
Summary Overall, I am very happy with this TV. The 2D picture quality is the best I have seen, and playing Call Of Duty Black OPs in 3D is fun. Easy to set up and use and enjoy. Was a little pricey, but so far I'm very satisfied with this purchase. If you can find one, get it, especially if you don't care about converting 2D to 3D, which the 2011 models supposedly will do. Not a feature that matters to me as I primarily bought this TV for its stellar 2D picture quality.
Pros I've spent a lot of time doing online research and in person side by side comparisons the V25 is top notch almost no ghosting with superior deep blacks and colors really pop out, you cant compare it with the competition even against the PN58C8000
Cons Expensive, No 2D to 3D conversion which isn't such a big deal since it doesn't work all that well anyway, Looks plane Jane until you turn it on wish it had better styling, and as of most plasma T.V's it has a minor buzz if your 4 in away : )
Summary Cant go wrong if the picture quality if your ultimate aim
Pros Picture quality & black levels are outstanding. Sports and HD movies are my main passions and this set really delivers. No buzzing of any kind & after 3 months see no problems with image retention or and no sign yet of any loss of black level.
Cons Price. The G25 is available for far less and is an excellent set in it's own right, but put them side by side and in my opinion it's worth the extra money.
Summary 3D is a plus but I purchased the set for it's 2D performance. Video is smooth, you don't see the motion artifacts that are a problem with LCD's. THX setting is a plus and unlike some other sets, you can still make adjustments to a wide range of picture controls. Wide range of controls available for picture adjustment and very nice built in presets, primarily use THX mode with just couple of tweaks. In Custom picture mode the Pro Setting are available if you really want roll up your sleeves and do your own calibration, haven't felt the need yet. This set has all the functionality you would expect, such as indepent settings for each input ... a feature that is being quietly dropped from many of the newer HDTV's. The Viera Cast and internet gadgets are a plus and can be updated through the built in internet connection. This is a quality product and you never feel short changed for the money you spent.
Pros the picture is the best. granted when you take it home select the THX mode and move the contrast the your desired amount other than that it is good. 2D is awesome best i have ever seen.
Cons the only thing wrong is the style, compared to the Samsung 8000 this set it bulky.
Summary if your looking for a TV for performance pick the VT20. 600hz true blacks its make this set just pop. the 3D just pops for me. when i got my VT20 i got the starter pack so i received 3 pairs of glasses for free compared to the samsung 8000 which only 1 was free, (i have a family of 3 so that was an easy choice for me glasses were 150 bucks a pop )... no ghosting, no cross talk in 3D. superb picture. but i can insert a SDcard on the side which is awesome i dont have to use a computer to show my pics to guests. also the internet capability on this is behind the power curve that the samsung and the sony. but i think that can be easily updates through an update. also side note when people compare this set to the pioneer elite Kuro you know its a damn good TV. the Kuro is the best tv sold in the history of TV.
TV, free (3) 3D glasses with (2) 3d MOVIES
Picture Quality 9/10
not the best TV but its pretty damn close
not as good as the other competitors
Bottom line get this TV over the samsung and you will always have a smile on your face... I do