The P58V10 also excels with the sharpness of its pictures when watching HD. The combination of its impressive video processing and Full HD resolution gets the maximum impact from the huge 58in screen, leaving no pixel unturned in its effort to produce HD images of heart-warming – and noiseless – clarity.
Then, as usual with a mid-level or higher Panasonic plasma, there are the P58V10’s black levels to consider. For as well as achieving an inky black level depth that only LED-backlit LCD TVs or Pioneer’s last KURO sets challenge, the P58V10 manages to combine the blackness with exceptionally subtle presentation of shadow detailing – something that direct LED LCD TVs still struggle with to some extent.
However much issue I might take with the accuracy of the 600Hz name Panasonic has given to its motion processing, meanwhile, I do have to admit that the system really does a good job of slashing the amount of judder evident in the P58V10’s pictures, helping action sequences look much less jerky and blurred.
There are occasionally one or two processing artefacts to show for the motion processing’s efforts, but provided you don’t leave the system running at its maximum level, its benefits comfortably outweigh the sporadic negatives.
With some reasonably punchy, dynamic and clear audio to accompany its vast and mostly excellent pictures, the only downer I have on the P58V10’s pictures are that its standard definition pictures don’t look as sharp as I know they can. But then they also don’t look as noisy as is often the case with super-sized screens, so I guess you could say the situation is six of one and half a dozen of the other, as my dear old nan is always saying.
The P58V10 may only be a solid standard definition performer, but it goes without saying that a screen of such magnitude simply cries out to be fed a diet as rich in high definition content as possible. And with HD, its performance truly is imperious – even more so, I’d argue, than Panasonic’s more expensive ultra-thin Z1 range.