CNET First Look
Panasonic GT50 series plasma TVSuperb picture quality and beautiful design place the Panasonic GT50 in the top tier of plasma TVs, but it's more expensive than others with similar performance.
Hi there David Katzmaier with CNET and -- is a Panasonic TCP 55 GT fifty. This is a 55 inch plasma TV this is. Panasonic's second best series of plasma TVs for 2012. Series also comes in a fifty S sixty and 65 inch size. This review will apply to all of them. As Panasonic's second best series this TV does include -- quite a bit of bells and whistles that principal one is TH acts Ogg video processing so. He -- -- NT HX bright -- -- THX cinema mode or when -- in 3-D. He takes -- -- you get a pretty good almost calibrated picture without -- investment in a picture controls so that's the real benefit of this TV over the step down ST fifty series. This TV's styling and also a little bit slicker than now and it's got. Nice thin bezel around the screen here is also a sort of Chrome I accent around the very edge so all told it's one -- that. Nicer looking plasma TVs we've seen we're not big fans of -- yes stand however it does have a sort of weird. Two tone look to it of course -- -- and while that's not a problem. Panasonic -- planet and -- this for HDMI around back in addition to a PC input. And a component video incredibly these breakout cables for that component input it's also a Smart TV suite on this TV we -- like. The design -- that Smart TV there's. Planning and I video services available as well luckily Netflix Vudu Amazon video on demand so all told the contest like -- varied and there's also this. Viera market place that Panasonic uses two I get other apps and things and we defining quality as Napster -- of a better than some of the other competitors out there although there aren't that many of them. DT if he does -- planning ways to adjust the picture of this custom mode that allows you go and and play with the two point -- gray scale as well as a couple gamma settings doesn't have the ten point full color management system found on the step of -- fifty however. Picture quality -- the GT fifty was superb really one of the best looking by the TVs we've tested this year almost as good as the -- fifty but also at the same level of the ST fifty which is a little less expensive that doesn't bring up and it's been questioned if you're in the market for a Panasonic plasma TV. When you get the GT or the ST this one little -- -- the only real benefit is that -- text picture setting but. When we went any calibrated picture of this TV we found we can actually get a better picture than TH acting just the custom settings so. All told we do recommend the ST -- for most people. You get the nice deep black levels this set as well as the accurate color is also very good ambient light projection filter on the -- if you have some bright lights in the room is gonna perform a lot better than lot of the other plasmas out there of course compared LCDs -- -- get the benefit of excellent off angle and screen uniformity performance so again. Excellent performer but just not quite as good -- value as the ST fifty. We also took a look at that -- -- this that it is a three television -- does not including glasses however but. Three performance is pretty darn good as long community takes 3-D cinema mode and -- to 48 -- it's actually eliminates some of the cross talk -- -- -- -- the picture settings all told though very good read more. That's likely to Panasonic's TC p.'s DT fifty series not enough.