Panasonic Viera TX-P42V10 42in Plasma TV - Panasonic Viera TX-P42V10

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Panasonic Viera TX-P42V10 42in Plasma TV


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Regarding motion, there's no detectable response time-related motion blur whatsoever. Footballers charge about without losing resolution, cricket balls head off to the boundary without leaving smeary trails, camera's pan across a scene without the whole picture softening up… To anyone seriously disturbed by the just-described motion problems associated with LCD, the P42V10's almost instant response time will likely seem like a revelation.

It's important to stress, too, that with the Intelligent Frame Creation system in play, the P42V10 doesn't fall prey to plasma's traditional judder issue nearly as badly as Panasonic's 100Hz or even 400Hz models. The only time judder is an issue, in fact, is with the THX preset in play, which deactivates the IFC system. Clearly THX sees judder as a natural part of cinema viewing. But while I certainly understand and empathise with this 'purist' approach, there's also no denying that the judder witnessed on the P42V10 without IFC engaged can sometimes get quite distracting.

Turning to black levels, what makes them so great on the P42V10 isn't so much their depth - though they certainly go deeper than all non-LED LCD TVs - as their naturalism. By which I mean that the deep blacks are achieved with no OTT reduction in brightness levels, a natural colour tone with no blue undercurrent, and lots and lots of lovely shadow detail helping give dark scenes a sense of depth and solidity most LCD TVs would sell their souls for. Especially as the black level depth doesn't drop off if you have to watch the TV from an angle, as happens with practically every LCD TV in town.

The P42V10 can also deliver some terrific colour response with HD sources too, combining extremely natural tones with an exceptionally wide colour range.

Furthermore, the P42V10's NeoPDP panel allows it to produce brightness levels much higher than most plasma TVs can muster. In fact, thanks to a combination of all the strengths just mentioned, the P42V10 can deliver HD movies that actually look cinematic. And you can't ask for more than that.

Not that the P42V10 only likes HD, though. For Panasonic's V-Real processing does a good job of upscaling standard definition to the P42V10's Full HD resolution, sharpening images without emphasising any inherent signal noise.


August 12, 2009, 10:36 am

Thanks for the review John.

This review is very well timed for me as I am about to move house and install a new setup. I originally had the Samsung Series 8 UE40B800 in mind, though my AV dealer 'strongly' recommended this TV ahead of that model.

I know you have reviewed the 46" version of the Samsung so I wondered what your thoughts might be on which you'd pick. Motion clarity is a big thing for me but then sharpness and image 'pop' is something I look for also. Not sure I'll get the chance to do a side by side compare of both screens :(


August 12, 2009, 12:58 pm

Excellent Review, Just out of curiosity, how does this set compare to the Pioneer 4280XD 1st Gen Plasma? Just wondering how far things have peogressed in 2 years. Thanks


August 12, 2009, 12:59 pm

One would assume that the Freeview tuner is not capable of recieving future free to air HD transmissions which could well be braodcast within a year or so?

Is it possible to include in future TV reviews whether they can be upgraded internally rather than have to think about adding a standalone box.

Also any CAM slot - can it take cards for Freeview and Freesat even if it would be of current limited use as its inevitable (i think) that pay tv will feature in the future.

Simon J

August 12, 2009, 1:06 pm

Oh dear..I suspected that the review of this TV would not be all good.....and still no Kuro beater....will any Plasma manufacturer ever better the mighty Pioneer? It certainly looks as if LCD might get there first at this rate.

I certainly would be interested to see if the 50" version of this set is affected by the same issues as the 42" version?


August 12, 2009, 8:17 pm

Would have been useful to get screenshots of the on-screen guide, etc. I find the UI and usablity of some of the TVs to be very poor. In fact, it would be useful to give a UI and UE rating for each product you review, so manufacturers start paying attention to it.

Also, I am suprised none of the TVs so far come with built in PVR!


August 12, 2009, 11:00 pm

That is a really good idea from ash. having had experience of a lot of TV UIs they can vary a fair bit. For instance one thing that really annoys me about my panasonic (46pz81) is when u go into the EPG there is no picture or sound from the channel ur watching. whereas my older samsung (40m86) did both and my mums sony at least has sound playing.

on the other hand i have found the panasonic to be very responsive to input whereas my samsung could be pretty slow sometimes.


August 13, 2009, 12:13 pm

Could you please start putting the power consumption figures for both use and standby on the summary page. That would be very useful, especially when comparing LCD and plasma units.

Thanks chaps - good review.

Steve 12

August 13, 2009, 4:20 pm

I'm confused

The review states that the 600Hz processing system is intended to dramatically reduce the motion judder problem that's so associated with plasma technology. But it also states that a key advantage of plasma is motion clarity.


August 15, 2009, 1:11 am

I agree with Greg, it would be useful get a power/green rating also.


August 20, 2009, 5:56 pm

And when will you publish review LCD variant of this TV, TX-L37V10?

Ralph Black

September 6, 2009, 2:37 am

Is this tv as good as a late purchase CRT, or am I going to be pleasantly surprised by how it exhibits SD? Please excuse me if this is a silly question, but for me the competition this set faces is against my 5 yr old CRT and not against an LCD. I merely want to be sure that I am actually upgrading as opposed to buying something fashionable and thin!

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