September 23, 2022

Image high quality is mediocre with grey blacks, a reasonably imply serving of shadow element and colours that look just a little “off.” I preferred its styling, nonetheless, and the E50 affords a greater characteristic set — Good TV and a big serving of connections — than the in any other case superior and cheaper Toshiba L5200. However the trade-off right here is in image high quality, and I consider you need to all the time pay for one of the best image your cash should buy, and never essentially the most variety of widgets and doohickeys.

Sequence data: I carried out a hands-on analysis of the 47-inch Panasonic TC-L47E50, however this assessment additionally applies to the opposite display screen sizes within the sequence. All sizes have similar specs and in line with the producer ought to present very comparable image high quality.

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Panasonic is at present having fun with its most trendy yr ever, with boomerang stands and stylish glass accents, and fortunately this renewed design effort touches the E50 sequence. The tv is probably not as fancy because the high-end WT50, however it is not ugly by any means. It encompasses a shiny black body and a gorgeous, clear backside bezel.

The design of the E50 is definitely fairly good for a) a price range mannequin, and b) Panasonic. Sarah Tew/CNET

The distant management is a stripped-down model of the clicker I’ve grow to be very acquainted with over the previous couple of years, with a central D-pad and enormous buttons. Sadly it is just a little cramped within the center and it is too straightforward to by chance hit Web as a substitute of the Up key, which necessitates ready whereas the Good TV interface masses.

The distant management is pretty primary Sarah Tew/CNET
“=”” bgcolor=”#CCCCCC”>Key TV options “=””>Different: Non-compulsory USB Wi-Fi adapter (DY-WL10, $80 record)

Show know-how LCD LED backlight Edge-lit
Display end Shiny Distant Normal
Good TV Sure Web connection Wired
3D know-how N/A 3D glasses included No
Refresh fee(s) 120Hz Dejudder (easy) processing Sure
DLNA-compliant Photograph/Music/Video USB Photograph/Music/Video

Whereas one of many Panasonic’s closest rivals, the Toshiba L5200, strips out the options in favor of a greater image, the E50 does give some concession to the specs record. Whereas it misses out on 3D, the Panny nonetheless options Good TV (which is arguably extra helpful) however it makes use of a wired, Ethernet connection solely. You may add a wi-fi dongle to the TV, by way of one of many twin USB ports, however this may add as much as $100 to the value.

It is slim pickings in regard to additional options of the TV, with a 360 Again Mild Scan as a part of its movement compensation engine and a 24p Cinema Smoother. As a price range TV, there is no backlight dimming or different LCD-enhancing options.

Good TV: Panasonic debuted its Good TV platform a number of years in the past and the title has modified a couple of occasions — now it is referred to as Good Viera. The interface stays the identical, although, and it is nonetheless straightforward to make use of. It consists of a giant grid of eight tiles with all the greatest apps accessible on the primary display screen, together with Hulu Plus, Netflix and Skype (here is the full comparability). You may swap any accessible app in or out, a degree of customization not discovered on different Good TV suites. Response time depends upon your connection, and whereas the look is considerably old style in contrast with LG’s and Samsung’s slick interfaces, it is also arguably extra usable.

Replace: The newest software program replace causes the TV to point out you a banner advert while you first energy up. It popped up and lasted about 3 seconds, however it was nonetheless annoying. I used to be joyful to see I might disable it (here is how), however the banner is turned on by default.

The Good TV interface is similar as featured on all Web-connected Vieras. Sarah Tew/CNET

Image settings:
The choice right here falls in need of many different rivals, significantly LG and Samsung. There isn’t any superior calibration right here; essentially the most helpful controls are the three presets for coloration temperature and three settings for smoothing along with the standard primary changes.

Connectivity: Although it is a reasonable tv, the E50 nonetheless affords a full complement of ports, with 4 HDMI inputs, two USB connectors, a hybrid element/composite adapter and an Ethernet connection. What did they omit? Wi-fi. As I discussed above, if you wish to improve a appropriate wi-fi adapter for one of many USB ports, it can price you between $50 and $100 on-line.

Image high quality

As compared with the image high quality offered by rivals such because the Toshiba L5200, the Panasonic E50 is unimpressive on the value. It does not do something significantly effectively, with pretty inaccurate colours and grayish blacks. It is higher than a bargain-basement TV just like the catchily named TCL L40FHDF12TA, however not a lot.

The E50’s greatest drawback is that black areas of the image are topic to backlight bleeding, which additional obscures the TV’s common dealing with of shadow element. Aspect-by-side with the Toshiba, the Panasonic’s pictures lack the solidity of the L5200. Even a good manner with 24p sources does not do a lot to propel the image of this Panasonic TV previous shoulder shrug territory.

Click on the picture on the proper to see the image settings used within the assessment and to learn extra about how this TV’s image controls labored throughout calibration.

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Black degree: Historically, an LCD TV that appears poor in a darkened theater room will look OK beneath lights, the place flawed black ranges grow to be hidden. However whether or not in the dead of night or gentle the blacks of the E50 had been fairly unhealthy on this class.

On the notoriously darkish scenes of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Half II,” the E50 was not the worst performer in our lineup — that doubtful honor goes to the TCL — however the Panasonic wasn’t significantly better. Whereas it is ready to select some element from the onscreen gloop, the rather more gifted Toshiba delivered pictures with larger solidity.

In contrast in opposition to its competitors, to not point out the Panasonic’s personal UT50 plasma, the E50’s grayish blacks made darkish scenes look just a little soggy. As well as, whereas the TV does supply some usable shadow element, the poor uniformity hid most of it.

On the upside, although, and counterintuitively, the TV affords deeper black ranges than the costlier Panasonic DT50’s, which is, on the time of writing the worst television I’ve checked out in 2012. At the very least the E50 does supply up some depth the place the DT50 merely could not.

Colour accuracy: A have a look at the geek field under will shortly let you know that coloration accuracy is just not this tv’s sturdy level. Whereas I used to be in a position to get a comparatively vigorous image tackling the Colour management to the bottom, the charts are all nonetheless over the store. What this interprets to in program materials is a saturated image which is just a bit bit too crimson. That is on account of Panasonic’s default Film mode itself being manner too crimson, and with a restricted number of controls this was too tough to right.

Video processing: The E50 was in a position to decode the 24p correctly materials with no drawback, which is the most important good thing about its 120Hz refresh fee. It additionally did very effectively within the movement decision check, however solely with Clear Movement dejudder turned on. As ordinary, enabling that mode additionally launched smoothing and artifacts that had been a lot worse to my eye worse than any judder or blurring it was making an attempt to forestall, so I saved it turned off.

Uniformity: Uneven colours, an absence of shadow element, and here is one other so as to add to the record: uniformity issues. Most distributors are getting on the LED bandwagon this yr, and it appears to be to get that tick within the test field — LED is routinely higher, dontchaknow? I am kidding.

Edge-lit LED TVs usually have issues offering a uniform picture throughout the display screen, and the E50 is not any exception. The pattern I acquired exhibited actually unhealthy uniformity, with massive grey splotches when displaying a black display screen or in lots of scenes you’d discover in a darkish film like “Deathly Hallows,” and so they had been most prevalent within the left and proper hand sides of the display screen.

Off-axis efficiency was fairly good for an inexpensive LCD, and whereas its stablemate the WT50 is healthier, the E50 reveals off IPS know-how’s strengths: particularly first rate off-angle viewing. In order for you a constant off-axis image and near-perfect uniformity, you are still higher off shopping for a plasma, in fact.

Vivid lighting: Whereas most LCDs look higher in a lit room than in a darkish one the place the panel’s innate lack of distinction is much less of a difficulty, the E50 carried out poorly in a brilliant room with blue-ish blacks and the next reflectivity than most of its rivals within the lineup.