Panasonic TX-L47ET60B review

This good-looking 47-inch TV ups the smart stakes and puts 3D back on easy street

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Panasonic TX L47ET60B review
The True Cinema preset is a movie lover's dream

As expected, Panasonic's use of a passive 3D screen means a solidly middle-ground performance - but nothing more. Our test disc, a Blu-ray version of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, revealed once again that Panasonic's True Cinema picture preset is a thing of wonder.

Straight out of the box it supplies a cutting-edge calibration that's 95 per cent as good as the long-winded real thing (which is possible thanks to an exhaustive colour menu). Detail is awesome, colours look natural, skin tones in particular, while there's a decent balance between light and dark, as demonstrated in a sequence of snow patches in Central Park. Granted, contrast and black levels are the main weakness; there's a blue-ish tinge to Central Park at night, with little shadow detailing visible. We also noticed some LED light leakage in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Panasonic TX L47ET60B review
Adaptive Backlight Control intensifies the blacks, at the cost of some detail

When engaged, the Ambient Sensor introduces some plasma-like darkness to the image, but drains the luminosity of colour and the TV's bright peak whites fade, while the Adaptive Backlight Control lessens the shadow detail but does add some depth to black (although the blue tinge remains).

Upscaling is truly excellent - a real high-point - with a low-rent SD broadcast on BBC iPlayer, an ageing DVD and some digital video files from a USB stick all immaculately displayed. Bravo.

Sharpness is stable, with clean and tight horizontal and vertical lines for the most part, though one spiraling shot over a Manhattan zebra crossing did create some fleeting jagged edges.

Panasonic TX L47ET60B review
Motion sequences are smooth and sharp

Although it's becoming a standard feature in even mid-range televisions, the 100Hz panel immediately pays its way by helping to create smooth and sharp motion sequences. Fast camera pans don't introduce anything like the kind of distracting blur we used to find on LCD TVs, but it's always there to some degree - a rapid pan across the Brooklyn Bridge during Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, for instance, reveals some minor judder.

The IFC mode, which inserts frames to remove judder, is best avoided for Blu-ray; it creates a fluid video-look but adds some nasty rips and tears around fast-moving objects, though less so for DVD.

The 3D performance is as expected, with clean, almost always crosstalk-free images (we did spot a few during Hugo), but with (very) visible horizontal lines. There's a slight drop in brightness from donning the 3D specs, and fast-moving bright objects in mixed-brightness sequences do cause artefacts not unlike those seen in the IFC mode. It is, however, hassle-free and offers a lot of depth - its use over active shutter is a wise decision, we'd judge.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera ET60
3D Type3D
Smart TVYes
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
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)18 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
RMS Output Power18 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height627 mm
Width1067 mm
Depth35 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product SeriesET60
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Hotel Mode, Web Browser, Teletext, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L47ET60
Product NameViera TX-L47ET60 LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L47ET60E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Panasonic brings you VIERA, a revolutionary line-up of 3DTV, Plasma, LED & LCD TV. The complete range of Viera TVs is fully compatible with the Going Digital Switchover.

Package Contents
  • Viera TX-L47ET60 LED-LCD TV
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)15 kg