Panasonic TX-L47WT50B review

Flagship Edge LED TV with 2mm bezel, smart TV, a cracking smartphone app and dazzling 2D and 3D images

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Pacific on Blu-ray usually looks great on a good telly – and here it looks absolutely stunning.

We just can't get over how detailed some of the close-ups are. We're talking fine beard stubble, eyelashes, even individual pores of skin … yuck.

Impressive the detail may be, but it occurs within a clean image devoid of picture noise.

Colour is outstanding, which is partly down to the contrast-rich panel.

Black levels perhaps aren't class-leading on all settings, but we've got no complaints about the True Cinema preset, which we started watching Pacific on.

Barely a few tweaks later we're watching the kind of subtle, graded colours that are rarely seen, at least not within what is probably the most cinematic image yet seen on an Edge LED TV.

Particularly taxing on most TVs is a mixed brightness scene from Pacific where a firestorm sweeps through a dense, inky black jungle in the pitch black of night; the TX-L47WT50 produces not a whisper of haloing, jagged edges or noise.

Truly top-draw stuff – and it continues when viewed from wildly off-centre.

During another nighttime scene the moonlight shines down on the troops, with some excellent detailing visible on reflective armaments, helmets and water, and some clearly visible facial features.

With this kind of local dimming not performed during otherwise sharp, clean and well upscaled standard definition Freeview programming, black levels overall are not quite up there with Panasonic's best plasmas, but it's a close run thing and for the True Cinema setting, there's really no issue.

There really isn't much blur at all either, which gives credence to that 1,600Hz claim (though we really know it's 400Hz), but we did notice a lot of film judder.

At one point the camera pans across the troops ensconced in a clearing of palm trees, creating a massive, uncomfortable judder that's not only jarring to watch, but creates a lot of picture noise within the frame, too.

Happily, there is a solution with few side effects; 24p Smooth Film Judder manages to deliver clean, virtually pristine images from the same sequence, though only on the highest 'max' setting.

Some hate the processed look this kind of trickery can produce, and though we're usually the first ones to disengage such frivolity, we'll make an exception for this one.

Pictures from hereon in are truly excellent, with Freeview HD pictures sparkling and games from an Xbox 360 handled with no visible lag, though it's worth explaining the ups and downs of the Intelligent Frame Creation feature.

Although it does create nasty artefacts, such as flicker, around moving objects if used on its highest settings, it very clearly improves on graphics such as scrolling credits, but use carefully on low power.

Panasonic is a brand that until now has only allowed LED backlit LCD TVs into the outer rings of its vast gamut of plasma TV-dominated TV ranges.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

The reason why Edge LED is now allowed to rival its favoured plasmas is obvious; Panasonic's engineers have pretty much mastered it.

If that's the 2D sorted, it's a similar conclusion on 3D. Although plasma was generally agreed to be a much better screen tech for 3D, the TX-L47WT50 puts the case for Edge LED-backlit LCD TV very well.

Pacific converted into 3D by the TX-L47WT50 is where we start.

It's actually a more profound 3D result than on many competitor TVs, though hardly a must-do.

Fed with a 3D Blu-ray disc of IMAX production Legends of Flight, the TX-L47WT50 definitely suffers from less crosstalk during a fly-by sequence where less-able, slower panels tend to display echoes of the wings of a fast-moving glider.

The TX-L47WT50 also produces a bright image, even with the 3D specs donned, and though competitors manage a slightly more vibrant 3D picture we prefer Panasonic's version.