Panasonic Viera TX-L32G10B - 32in Freesat LCD TV - Panasonic Viera TX-L32G10B

John Archer

By John Archer

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Although I rather skipped past the 100Hz/IFC processing system on the previous page, it does, of course, warrant more attention. Its combination of doubling the usual PAL refresh rate and interpolating wholly new frames of image data should, based on past experience, result in a picture that suffers much less than usual with LCD's traditional motion blur troubles.

And this does indeed prove to be the case. Every type and level of motion, from small head movements of newsreaders to the charging around of Champions League footballers, looks markedly crisper and less blurred with the IFC mode set to medium than it does with the IFC system deactivated. Camera pans look reasonably fluid too and the combination of IFC with the set's 24p processing does a nice job of reducing judder while watching 1080p/24 Blu-rays.

What's more, as noted on other recent Panasonic IFC TVs, the motion enhancement is delivered without causing anything really upsetting in terms of distracting processing side effects - at least provided you stick with the IFC system's medium setting, rather than stepping up to ‘high'.

Colours are pretty respectable, too. Not perfect, but respectable. There's a good degree of subtlety in the way colour blends are presented, for instance, with practically no sign of the striping that gives away TVs with insufficient video processing power. Hues are decently dynamic too; not up there with the eye-burning saturations found from one or two rival brands, but satisfactory.

We commonly find Panasonic TVs to be unusually good at handling standard definition, too. This proves to be the case again with the L32G10, which upscales standard definition pictures from both the Freeview and Freesat tuners without introducing anywhere near as much softness and noise as we commonly find with full HD TVs.

A big part of this standard def talent can be apportioned to the set's uncanny knack of recognising and often doing away with common noise elements such as grain, dot crawl and MPEG blocking noise.

ffrankmccaffery

April 28, 2009, 10:20 pm

why would you want the design of a tv to "engage" you? surely the subtler and less obtrusive the styling the better?

grouse

April 29, 2009, 1:51 am

where has value gone on the scores. or did this tv get 0. 𧽴 for a 32" is very steep in this day and age.

Andy Vandervell

April 29, 2009, 2:25 am

Ah, may bad. Was dazzled by the endless torrent of 7s. Yeah, 𧽴 is a lot, but you're paying for the Freesat tuner there really.

Geoff Richards

April 29, 2009, 5:08 am

@Grouse - these days there isn't really a straight Size vs Price progression as there might've been in the past. "𧽴 for a 32" is very steep in this day and age" is a perfectly natural reaction, but this is Full HD 1080p for starters. Also the in-built Freeset HD tuner will set you back 𧵎-ish as a set-top box (from memory).





I'm not defending this Panasonic per se - just pointing out that it's a member of the "Premium Small" sector ie 32" for people with small requirements, but premium spec, rather than the usual bargain basement (I saw a TV ad for Argos tonight that had 32" 720p LCD for 𧷣!!)

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