There are still things we’d like to see Panasonic improve for its next (presumably) G30 range, of course. These start with their design, since the P50G20B is looking disappointingly drab and old-fashioned compared with the latest efforts from the likes of LG, Samsung and Philips.
We’d also like to see a little more content appearing on the VieraCast platform, which certainly looks rather content-light compared with Sony’s latest Bravia Internet Video engine. There’s still room for even more improvement with the set’s standard definition pictures, too, which could look a touch crisper and more consistently coloured. Sound could have a bit more potency as well, and it would be nice if Panasonic finally got rid of the last low-level traces of its plasmas’ tendency to show a little fizzing noise over horizontally moving skin tones. But many of these ‘niggles’ are really quite minor.
Until the perfect TV comes along, we can only ever talk about the balance of strengths versus weaknesses when trying to review a TV. And in the P50G20B’s case, its strengths - especially with Blu-ray - look positively mountainous compared with its weaknesses.
Panasonic’s latest NeoPDP technology moves the brand’s plasma case forward so far so fast with the P50G20B that it’s impossible not to think that we’re seeing the most obvious fruits yet of Panasonic’s 2008 deal with Pioneer.
There are still people who might prefer the glamour and extra aggression of some of the best LCD TVs around, but for serious movie fans - especially those with viewing angle issues - the P50G20B is brilliant.