Panasonic TV 2019 − A complete guide to every 4K HDR OLED, LED and HD TV
Panasonic TV 2019: The iconic Japanese manufacturer roared back to prominence after it spent a few years in the doldrums after its Plasma TV division folded. Last year proved to a belter for the brand, winning our TV of the Year award with the F952 OLED TV.
That was last year, though. 2019 promises much potential as well as renewed competition with the likes of LG, Samsung and Sony not looking to fall on their laurels either. With Panasonic’s latest models available to buy in shops, if you’re after a Panasonic TV and don’t know what each model number means or what features they have, we have you covered on that front.
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What follows is a breakdown of the Panasonic TV 2019 lineup, with every 4K OLED, 4K LCD LED TV and HD TV model and series number explained. Before we get into the nitty gritty of the models, here are a few things you should be aware of for Panasonic’s 2019 TV range.
Panasonic TV 2019 highlights:
2019 sees Panasonic double the number of OLED models in its range. The figure now stands at four, starting with the flagship GZ2000 and encompassing the GZ1500, GZ1000 and the entry-level OLED GZ950. They’re available in 65-and 55-inch sizes.
All the 2019 TVs have been certified to the UHD Premium standard. This is the technical standard manufacturers must adhere to if they want to promote their TVs as a premium 4K experience to customers.
Meeting the standard ensures that the TVs support 10-bit colour depth, for a wider, more extensive colour range. They must meet a minimum of 90% of the P3 colour space for richer, more accurate colours on screen. Lastly, they must have either more than 1,000 nits peak brightness and less than 0.05nits black levels or more than 540 nits brightness and less than 0.0005 nits black levels.
In short, supporting the UHD Premium standard should give consumers confidence that they’re getting a consistent and premium 4K HDR experience and that’s exactly what Panasonic is looking to offer in 2019.
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Dolby Atmos is available across the Panasonic 2019 TV range. The flagship GZ2000 OLED incorporates upward-firing Atmos speakers for a taller, wider sound and the GZ1500 has front-firing Atmos speakers. The GZ1000 model down to the GX800 are Atmos compatible, but don’t feature any Atmos-tailored speakers.
Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are available on the same models for 2019. Panasonic announced at CES 2019 that the GZ2000 would be the first TV to support both HDR formats and the GZ2000 to the GX800, incorporate both versions of HDR. It’s a great decision for consumers, and makes HDR more accessible.
More recently announced is that the OLED range now supports the Netflix Calibrated Mode we’ve seen on Sony’s TVs in the past few years. Continuing Panasonic’s emphasis on great picture quality, for viewers watching Netflix content, this mode configures the TV to bring “studio quality picture” and mastering to the living room with more accurate colours and a truer sense of contrast.
HLG Photo is a new HDR standard that adds HDR to static photos. As HDR began in the world of photography, HDR photos had been slow to gain traction with TVs but with this announcement that is no longer the case. All Panasonic’s new OLED and LCD screens down to the GX800 carry support for it.
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The HCX Pro Intelligent processor affirms Panasonic’s close collaboration between it and Hollywood’s professional studio colourists. Its inclusion should help produce a more dynamically optimised presentation capable of vivid HDR colours and tones. All four OLED panels have this chip onboard, while the GX800 makes do with the 2018 HCX processor.
Google Assistant and Alexa voice control are confirmed for the OLED TVs, and that support extends to the GX800. My Home Screen, Panasonic’s smart interface has undergone a redesign with a slicker, simpler look and provision for connecting Bluetooth audio products.
To understand the model numbers, Panasonic uses ‘GZ’ to label its 2019 top tier 4K OLED models. ‘GX’ is for the step down 2019 4K LED LCD models. The HD models are split between returning efforts and new sets. 2019 HD TVs begin with the letter G. 2018 models can be identified by the ‘F’ in the model number and ‘E’ is anything from 2017.
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Panasonic TV 2019 − 4K OLED TV
- TX-65GZ2000B − £4299
- TX-55GZ2000B − £3299
The OLED panel was sourced from LG at an earlier stage than normal and customised to fit Panasonic’s specifications. The colours have been tuned by leading Hollywood colourist, Stefan Sonnenfeld, who has worked A Star is Born, Wonder Woman and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His help factored into the HCX Pro Intelligent processor, which Panasonic claims offers “unparalleled colour accuracy and significantly better average brightness levels”.
The audio system has been given a tune-up by Technics and features Technics JENO engine for “accurate, refined sound”.
Other features include Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Panasonic’s new My Home 4.0 Screen smart platform allows users to tailor the interface to their own needs.
- TX-65GZ1500B − £2999
- TX-55GZ1500B − £2299
The GZ1500 is similar to the GZ2000 in almost every way save one. There are no upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers on this model. Instead the GZ1500 employs two-channel front-firing Atmos ‘Blade’ speakers that jut out from the bottom.
Otherwise it’s exactly what you get from the GZ2000: both shades of dynamic HDR, voice assistants, Freeview Play and the HCX Pro Intelligent processor.
This model is exclusive to John Lewis.
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- TX-65GZ1000B − £2799
- TX-55GZ1000B − £1999
- TX-65GZ950B − £2499
- TX-55GZ950B − £1799
The GZ1000/GZ950 are similar to the above OLEDs feature-wise, although there’s no specific Dolby Atmos speaker (the telly is Atmos compatible, however).
The only significant difference between GZ1000 and GZ950 are the stands. The GZ1000 (above) has a broader, flatter stand while the GZ950 adopts an L-shaped configuration.
Nevertheless, the GZ1000 is a belter of premium OLED TV from Panasonic, which bodes well for the GZ2000. If you’re after a set that can play all kinds of HDR content with a cracking picture, the GZ1000 is one of the best OLEDs on the market.
Panasonic TV 2019 − 4K Premium LED TV
Panasonic’s flagship 4K LED keeps pace with the OLEDs in terms of features, with the HCX Pro Intelligent processor onboard. It’s called the GZ940 in Europe but for the UK it’ll be called the GZ920.
There are no Dolby Atmos speakers (but it is Atmos compatible) and the stand is different with the GZ920 standing on four legs. It’s only available in 75-inches.
It’s with the GX800 where the feature set starts to be trimmed. There’s no HCX Pro Intelligent processor, just the impressive HCX Processor Panasonic brought out last year.
Otherwise the same features in the higher specc’d TVs. The stand is different, with the GX800 standing on a central pedestal that’s designed with cable management in mind.
This was the first Panasonic 2019 TV we reviewed and it took top marks. It’s competitively priced, with a generally good HDR performance but the big standout is Dolby Vision and HDR10+ compatibility, making for a “mid-range screen that sets a new benchmark for price and performance”.
The GX700 omits Dolby Vision, Atmos and the HCX processor. There’s also no support for voice assistants or Panasonic’s my Home Screen. You still get HDR10+ and Freeview Play and my Home Screen is replaced by the Web Browser smart platform.
The panel used for this model is a VA screen, so it should have good contrast albeit sitting at an angle will likely mean a reduction in the saturation of colours.
The GX700 comes in a dark metallic finish and a support that has feet in the centre position. If you’re living in the Republic of Ireland, the RTE Player is included.
Panasonic TV 2019 − 4K Entry-level LED TV
The GX560 serves as one of two entry points for Panasonic’s 4K TV range. This model does not support Dolby Vision and HDR10+, so you get the vanilla HDR10 and the HLG broadcast standard.
For smart features you get Freeview Play for UK Catch-up services and apps for both Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video. The UI for this model has been revamped and the pedestal design is also new. RTE Player is available for the ROI users.
There’s no difference in features between this and the GX560. It’s the aesthetics and the sizes that differ.
While the GX560 is available in 65-inch model, the GX550 is suited for smaller rooms with sizes ranging from 43-inch to 55-inch. The pedestal stand comes in a black finish rather than the GX560’s silver.
Panasonic TV 2019 − HD LED TV
FS603 − 40-inch & 32-inch
Panasonic has carried over one HD TV from 2018. The FS503 sports a HDR panel as well as support for HDR10 and HLG.
Freesat and Freeview Play come built in and the smart platform is the my Home Screen 3.0 version. If you live in the ROI, you get the RTE Player.
The GS352 is a new HD LED model but unlike the FS603 it does not have any HDR support. You do get Netflix and an Amazon Prime Video app. For catch-up TV there’s Freeview Play.
G302 HD LED TV − 43-inch, 32-inch & 24-inch
The G302 is the most basic model in Panasonic’s 2019 TV range. No smart features and no HDR. All you get is a Freeview HD tuner.