Pros THX Mode
Cons No discreet remote codes for picture modes (that I can find)
Limited controls for adjustment compared to V10
48hz refresh mode vs 96hz for v10 (doesn't bother me)
Summary I am blown away by this TV. It is a great upgrade from my JVC HD-56G787 rear projection TV. It gets extremely bright, and is more watchable then my old TV in the daytime. At night with the shades drawn, THX mode rocks! It's plenty bright enough for a dark room, and there is no need for calibration in THX mode if that's not something you want to do. On really dark programs, like the night scenes on Lost, I could see tons of black detail I had been missing before. And the deep blacks remind me of my old CRT Sony set. My buddy has a 60" Pioneer Pro-151FD and I would say that while the G10 Series' blacks are not up to that level, the thousands I saved in comparison more than make up for it.
I really had to stretch for Cons above. As I said, the 48hz flicker doesn't bother me at all, and I only notice it in really bright scenes. Even then I prefer it for the smoothness wqhen watching movies on blu-ray. I recommend watching at least one movie all the way thru in 48hz mode before you decide it's real problem. I am willing to bet that by the end of the movie most people will not even notice the flicker anymore. I didn't tell my wife about the flicker and she has never even brought it up as a problem.
Otherwise, for the price you can find it for online with free shipping, this TV can't be beat right now IMO. Also the extra 4" is well worth the expense in comparison to a 50". That was just too small coming off my old 56" set, and 58" was too big for my setup.
Pros Excellent picture
No motion blur
100,000 hr half life - thats over 11 yrs if left on 24/7
Cons that i am ruined from watching regular tv.. and all my friends tvs look lame even in high def mode.. or maybe thats a pro.. lol
Summary Got this TV for Fathers day, and have not been the slightest bit dissapointed. I wasn't sure what to pick.. All the tv's looked decent at the store, but then when I saw this tv hooked up to its demo blu-ray I melted. just to make sure I had the salesman hook up the same blu-ray to another tv. But this panasonic was the nicer tv. Once home and hooked up, I put in a blu-ray and wow. I havent even tried the other modes, just left it on THX and was amazed at all the details. Truly stunning. Action scenes had no pixelization that i could see. The colors beautiful with no bleeding even in all black scenes with the white letters.. Some of the LCDs priced a thousand more had issues with that. Also movies look like movies instead of overly real behind the scenes shots like some of the LCD tvs.
I also have this tv as my main gaming tv, and it is fantastic. It keeps up with fast moving games, even when not set to Game mode.
Its a fantastic tv and I highly reccomend it. It definately feels good to spend about two grand and totally love your purchase. No regrets at all.
Pros -Great Picture
-Deep Black Levels
Cons -Finger print magnet
-shiny, glossy bezel reflects a lot in a well-lit room
Summary After scouting around the internet for a few weeks, I decided to wait for the release of Panasonic's 54" G10 Series plasma - - and I have not been disappointed! I ordered online from Abe's. Shipment was fast and the price was right. The box arrived - - and it's a BIG box - - Panasonic's boxing was really simple. The top of the box slides up and off the base, and the TV is well-secured and padded inside. Unwrap and within minutes the TV is out and ready to go. I opted to use the included stand, screwed in the 8 screws and had my wife help me stand the unit up. HDMI high-def input from my DirecTv box or from my Samsung BD-P3600 looks razor sharp. The image quality is phenomenal on this 1080P plasma. The richness of color, the clarity and detail which this TV offers is exceptional. I've watched a bit of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the TV already and was very pleased with the lack of motion blur. The only bottle neck left is the quality of the feed from DirecTv for television broadcasts! Blu-Ray discs looked unbelievable!
I've had the 54" G10 now for a week and I'm loving it! It's made sitting at home and having a 'night-in' a joy. I'm very pleased with the purchase overall - - and for the quality plasma in a 54" package for under $2000 - - I think the value here is outstanding!
"The Green Invasion"on by jbertani
Pros Picture quality is awesome with STRONG HD programs (ie...the Super Bowl)
Cons Green, green, & more green
Summary I'm a HUGE Panasonic fan & have been for long time. I choose Panasonic pretty much whenever they make whatever product I'm after simply b/c of past experience and satisfaction. Satisfaction is is not the case with this TV. This is my first ever product review b/c I feel strongly enough that something needs to be said (plus my wife doesn't want to hear about it any more!)I thought I set up my comments as reply to SColeman's review but, apparently it is its own posting. I have also noticed that carlosclasson has a posting about 'green' problems too.
The originator of this post (SColeman41) is 100% accurate. The first TC-P54G10 I brought home from the store I discovered, after I opened the box, was a used one (probably returned b/c the previous owner saw too much GREEN!) The store said keep it while we track down a new and get it to you. I had it for a week & was constantly messing with the picture settings and hoping TV 2 would not have these 'green' problems. I even read this posting from SColeman41 & hoped their experience and my first experience were unique like other readers are indicating.
TV2 arrived. Same problem. I have an almost 9 year old Panasonic 47" HD Projection TV that I never had to mess with the picture settings EVER until a year ago when the brightness started going out. I also have a brand new Panasonic TC-L32X1 TV. It does not have this 'green' problem My Grandfather just bought a TC-P50G15. No 'green' for him. The absolutely BRILLIANT (in just standard mode) picture quality of his TC-P50G15 and a Panasonic representative telling me the G10's and G15's are the same TV's except the G15's are in a slimmer, and all black, casing are what determined me to get the TC-P54G10. I assumed great picture like Grandpa's and a 4" inch bigger screen. Half that assumption was correct.
I called Panasonic. They sent out a repair technician to install a firmware update that is supposedly different than the one available for download when you have the TV connected to the internet. The Technician could not get the update to install. 5 days later they came and picked up the TV to take in for repairs. They left a loaner TV. It was a Panasonic TH-42PX60U. Smaller TV and only 720p BUT for the week I had it I never once took the picture settings off of standard mode and I just HOPED that color tones would look as good on mine when I got it back.
Got it back today.....No different than when it left a week ago except a load of finger prints and some scratches that I'm not too happy about. The diagnosis was that the firmware was corrupt so they reinstalled the firmware.
Now the TV is just past 30 days old and can't be returned (or I would).
Is it possible that SColeman41 and I are more meticulous than others? Possibly. But I don't seem to have to make constant adjustments on other TV's. When you pay this much for a TV you should be able to just sit and enjoy it, not constantly wonder how you can tweak the picture.
Updated on Mar 10, 2010
Pros Mostly excellent picture. I was concerned about its suitability in a bright family room, but the anti-glare is excellent and it's plenty bright for daytime viewing.
Cons Greenish tint is distracting and unfortunately shows up mostly on facial shadows....so it's frequent. The other problem is the sound. So poor that I now run my AV receiver all the time.
Summary I chose this TV for its wonderfully natural picture vs. the processed look of LCDs - on this front it delivers. I'm getting used to the green tint, and sound problem is solved with my audio system. If I had known what I know now, I probably would've held off my purchase and waited for a brand/model that didn't have such shortcomings.