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REVIEW / Panasonic Viera TX-P50V20

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu Published on September 6, 2010
Translated by Sam McGeever
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  • Screen size 50 inches
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • HD compatibility (1080i/720p) Yes / Yes
  • HD Ready certification Yes
  • Brightness NC
  • Contrast ratio 5000000 :1
This model is the 50'' version of the 42'' TV that we tested in our labs, the Panasonic Viera TX-P42V20.  

Everything we said in the original article holds true--the only thing that's different is the size!  

The only exception is that some manufacturers fit different sized televisions with panels from different sources.  In that case, our comments are only valid for the panel that we originally tested.  Contrast, black levels, colour handling and ghosting are all subject to change from one panel to another.

Manufacturers who do fit the same panel in all of the TVs in a range can expect the same results across the whole range.  The only factor which could be prone to slight variation is the brightness, producing slightly different contrast.  According to our own tests, and assurances from manufacturers, the results of one TV can accurately be applied to others in the range.



  • Very responsive display
  • Excellent contrast ratio: average of around 14000:1
  • Very wide viewing angles
  • Good quality audio


  • Glossy screen susceptible to reflections
  • Poor quality remote control with no backlighting
  • Slightly high energy consumption: 309 W at 150 cd/m²
  • Mediocre multimedia player


The Panasonic V20 is an exceptional TV! Home Cinema fans will be bowled over ...
5 Panasonic Viera TX-P50V20 DigitalVersus 2010-09-06 00:00:00
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