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Panasonic TX-P42GT60 - Operating System & Picture Quality

John Archer

By John Archer



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Panasonic P42GT60


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Panasonic P42GT60 - Interface

Alongside all this picture fine-tuning is Panasonic’s startling My Home Screen interface, designed to streamline and personalise the process of finding content across all the Panasonic P42GT60‘s myriad content sources – Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, AV inputs, multimedia on smart devices/networked DLNA computers, and online apps/video streaming services.

Panasonic P42GT60

You can read our full Panasonic My Home Screen review for the full details, so here we’ll just say that it’s currently our favourite smart TV system, thanks chiefly to its simplicity (including in-depth explanations and tutorials) and flexibility. Particularly great is the way it allows you – and every member of your household - to create customised, personalised home screens containing direct links to all your preferred content.

The only issue is that Panasonic’s Viera Connect online platform is missing two or three key video content providers at the moment, including LoveFilm.

Panasonic P42GT60 - Android and iOS support

Also worth a quick mention here is the Viera Remote 2 app for iOS and Android devices, which does a great job of combining second screen playback of what’s showing on the TV with the facility to cast multimedia on your smart device to the TV screen. Plus, of course, you can control the TV via your touchscreen device or even by voice commands issued through your smart device’s mic.

Panasonic P42GT60

For most people excited by the thought of a new Panasonic TV, though, the main event of the P42GT60 will inevitably be its picture quality. So we’re very pleased to report that this is nothing short of stunning.

Panasonic P42GT60 - Black Level Response

Even by Panasonic’s famously good standards, for instance, the P42GT60’s black level response is magnificent. Parts of pictures that should look black actually do; not grey, not blue, not green, but genuinely, naturally, pure black. Not surprisingly this makes the Panasonic P42GT60 gorgeously adept at handling the sort of very dark scenes that punctuate so many of our favourite films.

It’s not just the depth of the P42GT60’s black levels that makes it so stunning to behold with dark scenes, though. For plasma’s self-emissive pixel approach also means that it delivers pretty much flawless shadow detailing in even the very darkest corners, completely avoiding the hollowness that so often afflicts LCD TVs when they’re asked to reproduce an extremely dark sequence.

Panasonic P42GT60

Plasma’s self-emissive nature also lets the Panasonic P42GT60 to give dark scenes a degree of dynamism seldom seen in the LCD world, since the fact that each pixel is responsible for its own light level enables bright parts of predominantly dark scenes to look just as potent and punchy as they would if the entire image was bright and vibrant. Even Samsung’s outstanding new LCD TVs have to sacrifice a significant amount of overall lighting when trying to reproduce very dark scenes, yet with the P42GT60 dark images look as full of dynamic range as they would at the cinema.

What’s more, they manage to do this while suffering not a trace of the backlight inconsistencies/clouding many LCD TVs still suffer with when asked to combine light and dark content in the same frame.

Panasonic P42GT60 - Brightness and colour

It’s important to add here that Panasonic has delivered a really significant jump in brightness output compared with its previous plasma generations, making huge inroads into tackling what has been the main chink in Panasonic’s plasma armour for years now.

As well as introducing a greater sense of dynamism to the portrayal of dark scenes, the Panasonic P42GT60’s newfound brightness also works wonders on bright fare, injecting a new level of punch to proceedings that looks much closer to the colour-rich aggression LCD has traded on so successfully for so long.

Panasonic P42GT60

Before fans of plasma’s reputation for more subtlety and nuance start to worry about the P42GT60’s stronger colour and brightness, though, rest assured that Panasonic’s latest plasma retains some of the most subtly rendered and certainly most natural colour tones in the TV business. In fact, we’d argue that the enhanced dynamism helps the P42GT60 deliver a more natural palette than any Panasonic mid-range plasma before, with crisper whites and a more neutral balance between the dominant red, green and blue tones. Not bad when you think that even Panasonic’s previous plasma generations have long being considered by the AV cognoscenti to be the last word in colour accuracy.

Panasonic P42GT60 - Sharpness and Detailing

The P42GT60 is also a joy to behold when it comes to sharpness and detailing. Its plasma panel automatically gives it a huge edge over LCD models when it comes to avoiding resolution loss over moving objects. But going beyond that the set’s powerful colour processing and vastly improved sub-field driving system ensure that HD detailing is also allowed to appear unencumbered by colour banding/blocking or excessive judder.

Just as important is the way the Panasonic P42GT60 resists the temptation, even with its non-THX presets, to over-egg the sharpness pudding, avoiding the distracting granular, fizzy look HD sources tend to exhibit with, for instance, Samsung’s plasma TVs (until you ramp down their brightness and contrast settings).


April 17, 2013, 8:43 am

And sad to think they may end up ceasing production of plasmas! Got this on my "want" list


April 17, 2013, 9:05 am

I think the pen is not all that silly. Apart from being a nice surface to be creative, using a pen for say a touch interface will save getting finger marks all on the screen. I'm a football coach, I could see this also handy for pausing a recorded football match and drawing on the screen to do some explaining etc. There are of course lots of other uses I'm sure people could think of. I personally think your rant went slightly over the top, especially when it's an option.


April 18, 2013, 11:36 am

I'm really not sure that only having 3 hdmi can be considered a bad thing for a high-end panel...surely if you're paying this much, you've got/getting a proper amp/receiver to go with it.
2 at the back (both fully specced with audio return), then one on the edge for smartphone/camcorder connections (though the amp should have that) seems more than plenty.

Amps on the other hand need to have >4, ideally 6+ HDMI's!

Anti Fake

April 18, 2013, 4:21 pm

Great review , GT60 is really performer plasma tv.


April 20, 2013, 1:24 pm

My family and I are just about in love with our new
Panasonic! We got it hooked up at home,
and it the picture was just amazing! When I got the DISH Hopper I knew it was time to start looking for another TV, as
the Hopper gives me HD to four different sets, and I only had three at the
time. A coworker of mine at from my job
at DISH suggested looking into Panasonic, and I couldn’t imagine making a
better choice for my new TV! The best part is now; no one has to worry about
their favorite show being skipped because of a DVR timer conflict.


April 22, 2013, 10:17 am

Does this TV have any fans inside it?


April 22, 2013, 4:14 pm

It's already official. Panasonic is shutting their plasma divisions down by 2014. I don't know if they cease the production but no new models will be developed. These are the last ones.


April 26, 2013, 11:35 am

Absolute nonsense!
Panasonic are NOT shutting down Plasma production by 2014, or any other set date for that matter!
Production and development of Plasma goes on alongside LED/LCD and OLED until OLED is a true production reality, by which time Plasma AND LED/LCD are all dead technologies and will all be superceded by OLED.
That is the official line by Panasonic's head man at the launch of the 2013 ranges.


August 7, 2013, 1:02 pm

I've just got this TV (in the 50" guise) and it's fantastic. Regarding the pen thing my wife was very excited to use this when we have people over. Drunken Pictionary on a massive TV can be either brilliantly entertaining or absolutely terrifying depending on who is playing..


August 7, 2013, 1:09 pm

Makes sense Chris. Also, the note about the centralised kettle lead seems bizzare to me as it is perfectly positioned for a wall mount (my builder built a socket just below the bracket for plugging in the TV. No need for a conduit and no mess, just a little cable tie and badabing).

Bugi Vri

August 20, 2013, 12:46 pm

It is absolutely NOT total nonsense.
Panasonic will indeed not stop producing and fine-tuning their existing plasma technology. It has however indeed communicated to the world that they will cease active R&D into really further developing plasma technology, as it is too costly compared to what the plasma division is bringing them revenue-wise. With the OLED TV's slowly emerging in the past and coming years, it seems just to cut down on R&D spending on plasma, and instead look towards developing its successor - OLED.

Then again, what more is there to wish for. This TV is as good as it gets. I want this device. Badly. Such a shame I will have to wait (a) till I've got the money to spend, and (b) till I have time to travel to the Netherlands, where the GT60 is on sale for € 1049, whereas here in Germany one can only get the GTW60 for 200 euros more - without any difference really that would justify this hefty price-increase.


October 14, 2013, 9:22 pm

I bought one (42") and it's going back after 2 days. There's unacceptable buzzing noise from the TV (linked to how hard the power supply is working, i.e. louder when there is more bright white on the screen), horrible judder on panning shots and odd yellow flashes where high contrast areas change quickly (dynamic false contouring or DFC, I have learned it's called). All of this is on Freeview, HD and SD.

Strangely, none of the (many) reviews I read mention these problems, but owner's forums do. Make sure you test view one or buy from a reputable retailer with a good returns policy. I'm back to square one and going LED.

Credit where it's due, on a non-panning shot of wildlife in slow motion on BBC1 HD, the picture was absolutely stunning. But the other issues are so bad they're headache inducing. Buyer beware!

Tutan Khamon

November 15, 2013, 9:28 pm

esti prost?


November 18, 2013, 4:55 pm

I bought this TV (42") 3 weeks ago having held out until now with my trusted JVC 28"CRT. I never had any problems with motion on that (indeed no TV maker ever said their motion was better than the others until flat panels came along!) So, I was with great trepidation that I gave in as I had hoped that OLED would be the norm by now.
I have no regrets at all and so glad I waited. This TV is sublime in the way it handles motion, detail, colour, well everything really. It's taken a week or two to get used to the jump in screen size but otherwise a quantum leap in TV viewing. And believe me, I a very critical of almost all other flat screen TVs. I am now slightly paranoid about screen burn however!
All I will say is that if you are thinking of this Panasonic TV don't hesitate, get it while you still can.


February 23, 2014, 12:51 pm

Interesting about the yellow flashes. I still see yellow and blue flashes on my old Kuro set but no one else can see them - it happens in high contrast areas where black is next to white etc. Could it be that this is a side effect of getting super high contrast on plasma? I never see it on LCDs. Do you have a link to these discussions? Was considering this set!

marc antoine

June 6, 2014, 4:46 pm

i have this tv,how to stop the judder effect?
and what are you calling "reversal film effect"?

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