Panasonic TX-L47DT50 review

A Panasonic LED TV with features that make it a real crowd pleaser

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Flying pretty high up the 2012 Viera range, the Panasonic TX-L47DT50 is jam packed with enthusiast-friendly features. Its Freesat tuner is ideal for lapsed Sky subscribers or free-to-air viewers unable to access Freeview come the completion of the digital switchover in the UK. Its multimedia and smart TV talents are diverse, and its classy look finally puts Panasonic on a design par with many of its rivals.

We liked

The Panasonic TX-L47DT50 is unquestionably the best-looking Viera TV ever made. There are numerous ways to tweak the image, and while black levels may not be a match for the best plasma screens, moving images are generally exceptionally good in terms of clarity, colour fidelity and contrast. Multimedia file support is also among the best.

We disliked

There are some picture problems with softness and noise from some standard definition Freeview broadcasts on the Panasonic TX-L47DT50. In terms of usability, the operating system is dated, the web browser can be challenging and the set's connected TV services feel clunky. The surround sound modes have very little effect or discernible difference between them.

Final verdict

The Panasonic TX-L47DT50 has really put its maker on the LED TV map. The model might not raise the bar in terms of design, usability and features but it keeps Panasonic up with its rivals. You'd be hard pressed to guess that Panasonic has no previous form in the 47-inch LCD sector before this year.

Also consider

With Panasonic out of the 2012 blocks so much earlier than its rivals, there aren't many similar sized screens to recommend from this year's output, aside from the highly-impressive LG 47LM670, which is even more attractive to look at, has passive 3D rather than active shutter and lacks the Panasonic TX-L47DT50's image processing sorcery.

If Freesat's not your bag and you don't mind losing one or two minor features, Panasonic's TX-L47ET50 is certainly worth a look, as is the Panasonic TX-L47ET5, which reduces costs even further by using passive 3D.

Not sure LED can cut it in terms of image quality and are prepared to go for a slightly larger screen? The flagship Panasonic P50VT30 is coming down in price a bit now that it's been around for a few months.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera DT50
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17 kg
Operating Power Consumption129 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand677 mm
Width with Stand1067 mm
Depth with Stand265 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height631 mm
Width1067 mm
Depth27 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, Dolby Pulse
Product SeriesDT50
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Web Browser, Picture and Text (PAT), In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Product ModelTX-L47DT50B
Product NameTX-L47DT50B 47" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L47DT50B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

47" Smart VIERA LED TV - Full HD 3D LED panel, Internet Browser and Wi-Fi Built-in
The display alternately shows images for the left and right eyes. The left and right lenses of the eyewear open and close in sync with this display timing to show separate images to the left and right eyes. By repeating this action at high speed, the brain perceives 3D images. And because this method displays FULL HD 3D images just as they are, both eyes receive 3D images in high, full-HD quality.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)13 kg