Panasonic VIERA DT50

$1,402
  • 47" 1080p
  • 3D
  • Internet enabled
Released March, 2012
But the outlook has brightened, and this year's Panasonic crop is keeping an eye to a more modern design aesthetic - even if it's still a couple of years behind.
Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)

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First reviewed April, 2012

Features Key features of the Panasonic VIERA DT50

Front view of Panasonic VIERA DT50
Up until 2012, design was never a major consideration for Panasonic, a company much more concerned with picture quality than aesthetics.
Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)

size

47"
60"
55"
I performed a hands-on evaluation of the 47-inch Panasonic TC-L47DT50, but this review also applies to the other screen size in the series (55-inch).
VIERA DT50 by c|net (May, 2012)
On the upside the TV does come with a full complement of video apps, and the 3D performance is better than our current 2D star, the (plasma).
VIERA DT50 by c|net (May, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Panasonic VIERA DT50

 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Netflix
  • video chat with friends from the comfort of your living room
  • enjoy realistic 3D videos at home
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
  • built-in, 802.11n

cons

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  • limited color calibration controls; might not display the best picture
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  • can't access streaming content
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Reviews Word on the street

Rated 44%
Read the review (May, 2012)
Let's see now...3D is good for an LCD at this level, which isn't to say it has the crosstalk-free edges of LG's passive system, but it is better than most 2011 active LCDs for crosstalk.

Panel

3D glasses aren't included, but thankfully it's compatible with the universal standard so you can use compatible 2012 glasses like the Samsungs ($20 each) instead of the Panasonics ($60).
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)
The DT50 has a glossy coating, which is a trick usually employed on LCD screens to preserve black levels when seen under lights.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)
Some people may also appreciate the 2D-3D conversion capability but I personally prefer to watch 3D native content, as it leads to less eyestrain.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)

3d

That the Panasonic DT50 performs better than the ST50 in 3D mode is the only surprise here.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)
In regard to 3D, the TV does offer a couple of extra controls for 3D depth.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)
The extra cost of Panasonic's glasses is also an inhibiting factor.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)

Picture quality

I experimented with the color control between a value of 44 (which looked the most natural) and 57 (which made the response graphs pretty, but the picture looked weird) and decided ultimately to leave it at the original.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)
On the other hand, the AI Picture setting does go some way toward enhancing shadow detail, but it does so unnaturally in comparison with our test TVs.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)
Sure, you can engage the Dark black level control to give the illusion of deeper blacks, but this will only serve to crush them further and make the picture dimmer.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)

Content

The TV offers a number of wireless functions including its Smart Viera platform and offers smartphone control and third-party gaming control support.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)
It may not have had the oil-slick appearance of the LG G2 but it was definitely more noticeable on the majority of content.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)
Processing is also good with rock-solid 24p support and an excellent ability to banish jaggies from 1080i content.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)

Type

Panasonic offers LCD TVs in order to appeal to plasma-phobes, but for a TV as expensive and poorly performing as the DT50, I've got to wonder if the effort is worth it.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)
When viewed against a better TV such as the ST50, the LCD's lack of saturation is instantly noticeable.
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)
Unfortunately there cannot just be a single, pithy one-liner for the Panasonic DT50 LCD TV, but it can't be all that bad, right?
Panasonic VIERA DT50 47" | Rated 44% by by c|net (May, 2012)

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