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Panasonic TX-P42GT60 - Picture Quality & Conclusions

John Archer

By John Archer



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Panasonic P42GT60


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Panasonic P42GT60 - Motion Processing

It’s worth stressing here, too, that Panasonic’s new Hexa Processing engine lets the Panasonic P42GT60 deliver surprisingly effective anti-judder processing via Panasonic’s Intelligent Frame Creation/24P Smooth Cinema systems. We’re not saying you should definitely use this system, mind you; it can leave images looking too ‘liquid smooth’ to resemble a genuine 24p cinema experience. But we are saying that the processing engine is now powerful enough to deliver judder reduction without the image suffering heavily with such unwanted artefacts as flickering and shimmering – so long, at least, as you never venture higher than the system’s lowest power level.

Panasonic P42GT60

Yet more good news concerns the picture presets for the Panasonic P42GT60. The latest Normal preset is a much more useful out-of-the-box setting than we’ve seen from Panasonic before, leaving you only having to deactivate the set’s eco picture mode and noise reduction settings before you’ve got a truly enjoyable picture.

The two THX 2D presets are also a better ‘instant’ option for film fans than ever before – not least because these presets show an excellent understanding of the P42GT60’s panel’s minor weaknesses. In particular, the luminance level of the THX mode is perfectly judged to avoid the slight tendency you see with the other presets for dark but detailed parts of pictures to look a little fizzy and ‘alive’.

Panasonic P42GT60 - Wide Viewing Angle and Bright Room Support

There are two significant ‘practical’ advantages of the Panasonic P42GT60 we should mention, too. First, its use of plasma rather than LCD tech means you can watch it from almost any angle without pictures suffering a significant reduction in contrast or colour saturation.

Second, the increase in brightness the P42GT60 enjoys vs earlier Panasonic plasmas, together with a greatly improved ambient light filtering system, mean you can watch this new screen in much brighter room conditions than any previous Panasonic plasma without the image losing dynamism and/or colour accuracy.

Panasonic P42GT60

This latter fact should also give the GT60 range a far better chance of holding their own on harshly lit shop floors when trying to compete in such unhelpful conditions with LCD TVs.

Panasonic P42GT60 - Standard Definition

Tearing ourselves reluctantly away from HD viewing to standard definition, the Panasonic P42GT60 still impresses. Its upscaling engine is superb, sharpening pictures up considerably while also suppressing source noise. Even better, watching a couple of standard def football games it was a huge relief to find only the slightest hint of the ghosting and fizzing noise around the pitch lines, which has been apparent during fast camera pans with so many Panasonic plasma generations before.

There's also less fizzing noise over fast-moving skin tones than before, though this is still an area where Panasonic could try and improve things for its next plasma generation. If it actually makes a next plasma generation...

Panasonic P42GT60 - 3D Picture Quality

Given the P42GT60’s increased brightness, we fired up a 3D movie full of hope that we’d no longer feel frustrated by the brightness reduction in 3D mode that’s been so obvious with previous Panasonic plasma generations. And so it proved.

While there is still a clear dip in brightness when the 3D glasses (two of which are included free with the TV) kick in, 3D images still have enough punch to grab and hold your attention while also being able to deliver more shadow detail in dark areas and, as a result, a deeper and more accurate sense of depth.

Panasonic P42GT60

You also get a great sense of the full HD nature of the active 3D format when watching 3D Blu-rays, and 3D motion looks remarkably clean and judder-free – so long as you use the motion processing. Motion still isn’t shockingly bad if the purist in you refuses to contemplate the 24p Smooth Film motion processing options, but for us the slight ‘over-fluidity’ of 3D images with the motion processing engaged easily trumps the attention-distracting jitter you see with the Smooth Film mode turned off. This fact made us not as keen on the processing-averse 3D THX setting as we were on the 2D THX setting.

The single best thing about the P42GT60’s near-flawless 3D images, though, is their almost total freedom from crosstalk ghosting noise. This makes 3D much more immersive and much less tiring to watch than it is on screens which are rife with crosstalk.

Panasonic P42GT60 - Audio Performance

After the frequently astonishing glories of the Panasonic P42GT60’s 2D and 3D pictures, the set’s audio is just a little disappointing. The mid-range isn’t quite as expansive as we’d like, leaving dense soundtrack moments sounding a little compressed and muddy. The set does, though, deliver a slightly richer bass line than many of its flat TV rivals, and proceeding seldom slide into harshness despite the lack of headroom the mid-range contains.

One final point to consider is the P42GT60’s potential as a gaming monitor. And we’d rate it as outstanding. For as well as its terrific contrast and motion handling proving perfect companions for your typical game, we also measured input lag at a very respectable 35ms for the most part. One or two of our measurements came in higher, at a much less helpful 62ms, but these moments were very much in the minority.


The Panasonic P42GT60 is an incredible achievement by Panasonic, taking its already formidable plasma technology to a whole other level. So much so that we have no hesitation in recommending it as something that anybody – not just serious movie fans with dark rooms – can fall in love with.

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Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • 2D Quality 10
  • 3D Quality 10
  • Design 7
  • Features 9
  • Sound Quality 7
  • Value 9


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.

Chris Beach

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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