There’s also 3D noise reduction and MPEG noise reduction – Fujitsu calls the latter CODEC noise reduction, but it’s fair to say that any CODEC you use will be based on some form of MPEG. Whatever you call it, it should reduce the appearance of blocking and mosquito noise. Another interesting inclusion is the Progressive Scan setting, which optimises the de-interlacing of input signals. Here you can choose to optimise the screen for 24fps (the speed that movies are shot in) or 30fps (for NTSC based source signals) – strangely there’s no optimised setting for 25fps PAL, but maybe Fujitsu feels that the 24fps setting is close enough. All this image processing is wrapped up into Fujitsu’s AVM II (Advanced Video Movement) package, and as picture processing goes, it does a pretty good job – with high definition sources at least.
Feeding the P42XHA58 a diet of top quality high definition source material produces some of the best results I’ve seen on an HDTV. I hooked up Toshiba’s high-end HD-XE1 HD DVD player (a full review of which will appear soon), and the results were very impressive indeed. I set the HD-XE1 to output 1080p and the Fujitsu had no problem accepting the signal over HDMI. The P42XHA58 produced a crystal clear image when watching Superman Returns – jumping to the scene where the man of steel saves the plane and space shuttle, the Fujitsu produced a stunningly sharp image, even with masses of movement, flames and a healthy serving of black smoke to contend with.
With fast motion and extremely bright images failing to faze this screen, I threw some dark and moody content at it. Miami Vice may be a God awful movie adaptation of the iconic 80s TV show, but it’s great for separating the wheat from the chaff when it comes to black levels and low light detail resolution. Again, the P42XHA58 took things in its stride, producing truly deep black levels, while maintaining minute details in dark areas – a truly stunning performance, although still not enough to make me ever want to watch the movie again!