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Mediocre TV, step down from 2011 models
on September 16, 2012
Given positive experiences with the 2011 Panasonic models, I chose this budget 42" model. I'm not that impressed with it to be honest.
2011 models had IPS panel screens which offer deep blacks, uniform image quality, and excellent viewing angles. This TV however doesn't have these advantages. Black looks gray or even green tinged at times, and the problem is worse as you move to the sides. If you look at a solid background you can see the edges of the screen having brighter areas than the center.
In HD mode the picture is very good but for simple digital and analog channels the picture is very grainy. I spent quite a bit of time adjusting settings to get a satisfactory picture. The remote it comes with is very poor and some buttons were unresponsive right out of the box.
Given the price, it was an ok buy, but with Sony and Samsung models dropping in price, spend an extra $50-100 and get a much nicer TV. From the reviews I've seen, Panasonic missed the mark this year with this model as well as the LED screens, probably to save cost. I hope they shape up again.