"Spectacular HDTV"5.0 starson by Colorado6
Pros: Stunning Picture Quality
None of the "old" issues with Plasmas
Handles the full nuances of the entire color palette unlike LCDs
Handles fast action with no blurriness.
Handles cinema 24p very well.
Deep blacks are phenomenal.
Cons: No wireless internet connection (but I'm reaching on this).
Black bezel is outstanding, but does attract little finger prints.
Summary: I just got the TCP54G10. STUNNING! A little history. I have been looking at HDTVs for about 3 years, and looking at DLPs originally, then went into this year thinking LCD is the way to go. I'm glad I waited, the inverse relationship between the technology and the prices is right this year.
Before you go buy an HDTV, do yourself a favor, look at this TV, and do some research. Read other reviews. It turned me around to plasma and to this 2009 model plasma from Panasonic in particular. I knew plasmas simply have a superior picture, but I thought the price and issues with plasmas were a detriment.
On the picture, another reviewer referred to perhaps a slight "green tint", I've not seen that at all, and frankly I've not seen that referred to in other reviews. My thinking is it could be the TV needed to be calibrated.
I came into this dead set on an LCD, most likely from Samsung, that was before I started doing research on the latest Plasmas. Picture quality compared to an LCD, it's simply stunning, LCD has nothing on the plasmas. The Panasonic G10 is nothing short of amazing. The upconvert DVDs on this are amazing, and our Pioneer Blu-Ray is jaw dropping.
While I knew the picture quality on plasmas can't be beat, I thought the issues outweighed the plusses. No they don't. A) No Buzzing, (we live in Colorado), B) wattage, very comperable to LCDs, negligable difference between LCDs, C) price, better than LCDs. D) This has a very sturdy, scratch resistant plastic screen. No Glass. E) Burn in or retention of picture. No problem there with this series. F) Price- lower than an LCD.
G) Heat, not noticeably hotter than an LCD (this is BIG).
(Oh the dirty little secret. The other manufacturers are getting out of plasma, why? Because Panasonic apparently owns the manufacturing plants, and they would have to pay Panasonic). Thus they can't compete on price.
This handles the true 24p nicely. It handles fast action with no blurriness no flicker (LCDs have just started to get around this with 120 hz). You'll read about the 600 HZ subfield drive on this latest model, and some threads that say "well it still doesn't handle true cinema completely... Yes, it does. Don't get too involved in the weeds with that. Suffice to say, it handles blu-ray action stunningly, and 24p just fine. No flickers, no blurriness. Stunning clarity. This is nice and bright (plus you can adjust this), and the deep blacks are stunning. An LCD looks, well, manufactured, and can only handle so many colors. Plasma can handle nearly infinite color palate so the pictures come out very natural, and you can see all the nuances of colors (like the Planet Earth series).
Bottom line, from someone who was dead set on an LCD: it's a stunning TV, you can't go wrong. We LOVE it. Panasonic has great reliability history.