Anyway, getting back to the matter at hand, my more prosaic take on Panny’s flowery V-Real 3 words would be that its new improvements make pictures look more natural via improved noise reduction, colour and possibly contrast algorithms. If I can drum up any more specific info on V-Real 3 in time for the next Panasonic review we do, rest assured I’ll tell you all about it.
Having mentioned contrast just then, now seems like as good a moment as any to mention that Panny has refined its dynamic contrast system for the 32LZD80. Now the system of automatically dimming the TV’s backlight output during dark scenes is claimed to deliver a seriously potent contrast ratio of 10,000:1.
Other features of note on the 32LZD80 include full 1080p/24fps compatibility and the option to deactivate overscanning from the picture so that 1080-line sources can be presented on a purer, pixel for pixel basis.
It’s worth adding, too, that the screen is built using ‘IPS Alpha’ technology, designed to deliver a much wider genuine viewing angle than ordinary LCD TVs can offer.
Before getting into how this exciting-sounding new TV performs, there is one feature it doesn’t have that we hopefully won’t miss too much: 100Hz processing for reducing LCD technology’s customary problems with motion blur.
In most ways the 32LZD80’s pictures live up to the high expectations its specifications – and Panasonic’s heritage – have built up in our minds. For instance, the V-Real 3 engine works wonders at keeping video noise of every type out of the picture. HD images thus look terrifically polished, without the slightly ‘gritty’ look they can take on with lesser TVs.
Perhaps an even finer demonstration of the V-Real 3 system’s talents, though, can be seen in the superb way that standard definition pictures from the onboard digital tuner survive the journey up to the TV’s full HD pixel count. Rare indeed are full HD TVs that manage to make standard definition sources look this clean and natural.
The 32LZD80 also deserves credit for its colours. For instance, I can’t remember a 32in TV that’s done a better job of making the tricky ”Blade Runner” Blu-ray’s skin tones look realistic, or portrayed the subtle colours of the futuristic, neon-lit city walls so accurately – all without any ‘striping’ of colour blends.
More good stuff concerns the 32LZD80’s motion handling, as Batty’s climactic pursuit of Deckard sees the protagonists moving with real fluidity and a minimum of LCD’s traditional resolution loss.