Review Price £450.00
Finlux 42S7080 Features
Heading into the Finlux 42S7080’s amusingly gold-tinted onscreen menus, there are one or two more features than might have been expected at this price point. For instance, there’s a 2D-to-3D conversion system, and a sliding bar for adjusting the perceived depth of the 3D image.
You can also adjust the backlight output between Eco, high and Auto; activate optional noise reduction systems; adjust the aggressiveness of the dynamic contrast system; tweak skin tones in isolation from the rest of the picture’s colours; shift the red/green colour balance; and even adjust the gain of the RGB elements.
This shows a surprising awareness from Finlux of the sort of adjustments real AV enthusiasts like to find on their TVs. So let’s hope the 42S7080 follows up with the sort of picture quality AV enthusiasts like to find.
Finlux 42S7080 Performance
There are times when it actually does - or at the very least, there are times when the Finlux 42S7080’s pictures are far better than you might expect from such a price-oriented TV. Overall, though, its pictures are best described as hit and miss.
The best images all appear when you’re watching predominantly bright HD material. For instance, the studio footage of Sky News HD, animated classics like Beauty and The Beast or Shrek and any bright scenes in non-animated blockbuster movies all look bright, punchy, richly coloured and really, unexpectedly sharp.
Detail levels are so high with HD, in fact, that they humble those of some considerably more expensive TVs from much bigger brands than Finlux. What’s more, the Finlux 4S7080’s sharpness isn’t blighted nearly as severely as we would have expected by LCD’s blurring issue when dealing with horizontal motion.
The exceptional sharpness of HD footage also reveals how little the Finlux 42S7080 suffers with such picture noise type as grain, dot crawl or excessive MPEG decoding mush.
The Finlux 42S7080’s budget nature isn’t completely absent from its handling of bright scenes. Colours, for instance, lack a little subtlety, which can occasionally leave video sources looking a touch cartoonish. Extremely bright areas can ‘white out’ too, resulting in a noticeable loss of image detail. Overall, though, it’s hard to imagine anyone who’s paid so little for a 42-inch 3D TV feeling in any way unhappy while watching the sort of bright material that makes up most of a typical user’s viewing time.
Where the Finlux 42S7080 falls down is with dark scenes. For instance, even with the set’s backlight, brightness, contrast and dynamic contrast settings all tweaked to deliver the best all-round results, many dark scenes wear a distinct grey overtone where the image should look black. As well as looking quite unnatural in itself, this greyness can hide shadow detail in dark parts of the picture, and make some colour tones during dark scenes appear slightly unnatural.