Panasonic TX-P42G20 review

This Panasonic certainly has a lot going for it, not least great images, but it's expensive against its peers, and out-performed by the best Tested at £1100.00

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Our Verdict

The ’P42G20 is a good plasma, but it’s out-performed and more expensive than the class leaders

For

  • Freesat and Freeview HD tuners included
  • excellent Freesat image
  • deep blacks
  • vibrant colours
  • filmic, inviting picture

Against

  • More expensive than its peers

Now Pioneer has ceased TV production, we're often asked if plasma TVs have had their day?

Well, Panasonic certainly doesn't believe this to be the case. The company has made more than its fair share of plasma sets over the years, and now that former Pioneer engineers are wearing Panasonic colours, we don't expect its stance to change too soon.

The G20 range sits at the more affordable end of the long list of Panasonic TVs.

Resolution is still up to Full HD standard, while the set also includes Panasonic's Neo PDP plasma technology and a 600Hz Sub-field drive with Intelligent Frame Creation Pro motion processing.

Freesat HD and Freeview HD tuners
Integrated Freesat tuners have become increasingly common on Panasonic TVs and you'll find the relevant screw-in connection on the back of the 'P42G20.

The company's generosity also extends to an integrated Freeview HD tuner, so you can access BBC HD and ITV HD without the need for an external dish.

Comparing the two, the Freeview HD picture isn't up to the standard of the Freesat image. Whether watching HD or standard-definition content, Freesat channels display greater solidity, composure and clarity.

Traditional plasma strengths
Switch to DVD playback and the traditional plasma strengths are immediately apparent, especially with regards to black levels.

As Darth Vader's shuttle docks in the Death Star during Return of the Jedi, there's great depth to the black expanse of space.

Switch to Blu-ray and ‘The Shire' scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and the 'P42G20 paints a glorious, colourful picture.

Perfectly acceptable sound
The greens and browns of The Shire look rich, though the colour is laid on quite thick compared with the Sony KDL-40EX503. As Gandalf's cart makes its way through the village, the picture shows decent depth, and when Frodo jumps on-board, the brief shift in pace is handled with only the slightest of twitches.

As long as you don't crank the volume to crazy levels, the sound is perfectly acceptable. There's reasonable solidity in the low frequencies, and high notes don't sound shrill or disturbing.

The 'P42G20 just goes to show there's plenty of life in plasma. We can't wait to see what models higher up the Panasonic chain are capable of.

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Specifications

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Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand30.8 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate23.50 kg
Width with Stand102.9 cm
Weight Approximate20.50 kg
Height with Stand69.3 cm
Width102.9 cm
Depth8.2 cm
Height65.4 cm
ColourSilver
Dimensions65.4 cm (H): 102.9 cm (W): 8.2 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesMedia Player, PC Streaming, Web Content Access, Teletext, Picture and Text (PAT), Child Lock
Aspect Ratio16:9
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")

General Information

Product LineViera
Product NamePanasonic TX-P42G20
Product ModelTX-P42G20
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Brand NamePanasonic
Product TypePlasma TV
ManufacturerPanasonic
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP42G20B

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption390 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption280 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Motion Interpolation TechnologyIntelligent Frame Creation Pro
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year