Panasonic HDTV - 2009 Viera Series

Published: 29th May 2009
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Brand is one of the top considerations of consumers when shopping for an HDTV. After all, there is no denying that some brands are simply better than others. If you're looking to buy a Panasonic HDTV, here are the various Viera series that Panasonic has released in the past few months, as well as those it has in store for 2009.

Panasonic Viera S1 LCD Series

The Panasonic S1 LCD series has two distinctive features. First, it sports an IPS Alpha Panel, which provides a 178 degree viewing angle - wider than most LCD televisions. Second, it carries the Panasonic Motion Focus Technology, which results in clear images even during fast motion sequences. Like many other series, it also has the Viera Image Viewer and Viera Link features, and also comes with a Game Mode and a 15,000:1 contrast ratio. In terms of connectivity, this Panasonic HDTV series offers three HDMI inputs, a PC input and several others. As of now, it only consists of two models, though - the 37-inch TC-L37S1 and the 32-inch TC-L32S1.

Panasonic Viera S1 Plasma Series

Plasma televisions are known for consuming nearly two times the amount of energy consumed by LCD TVs. However, the Panasonic S1 Plasma HDTVs have changed that, particularly since they come with a Neo PDP Panel and other power-saving features. Aside from this, they also have a Full-Time 1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution, which means it maintains its 1080p resolution even during fast moving scenes, unlike some HDTVs which reduce the number of lines in order to display clear moving images. Other features include the Viera Image Viewer and the Viera Link, as well as three HDMI inputs.

Panasonic Viera G1 Series

The Panasonic Viera G1 Series is a step up from the Viera S1 LCD Series. While it carries the same IPS Alpha Panel with a 178 degree viewing angle, the same number of HDMI inputs and the same features such as the Viera Image Viewer and the Viera Link, it has a 120Hz Motion Picture Pro3 technology, which is better than the Motion Focus Technology in delivering excellent pictures during fast moving sequences. It also has a better contrast ratio of 20,000:1 and comes with a stand that swivels so you can easily rotate your HDTV.

Panasonic Viera U1 Series

This Panasonic HDTV series currently consists of three Plasma HDTV models - the TC-P50U1, the TC-P46U1 and the TC-P42U1, all of which come with a 1080p Full HD resolution and over 900 lines of moving picture resolution. They also have three HDMI inputs and a contrast ratio of 30,000:1 aside from the Viera Image Viewer and Viera Link features.

Panasonic Viera G10 Series

Like the Viera S1 Plasma HDTV models, the G10 Plasma televisions have a Full-Time 1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution and an Anti-Reflective Filter. In addition to the Viera Image Viewer and Viera Link, though, they have the Viera Cast, which allows you to enjoy certain online content, such as YouTube Videos and Picasa albums on a built-in web interface. They also have a PC input, an ethernet port and an analog audio output to add to the connectivity options of the S1 Plasma HDTVs, and have a more distinctive design highlighted by a fading silver wash at the bottom and a round stand instead of the rectangular one previous models have.

Panasonic Viera V10 Series

The Viera V10 Series has a few excellent additions which make it one of the best HDTV series from Panasonic. These include an additional HDMI input, along with Digital Cinema Color and 24p Cinematic Playback, both of which combine to faithfully recreate the experience of watching in an actual movie theatre. The 50-inch TC-P50V10 is particularly commendable, since it comes with a cutting-edge two-inch one-pane-of-glass design and a swivel stand.

Panasonic Viera Z1 Series

LCD televisions used to have the edge over Plasma TVs in terms of being slim. However, the Viera Z1 series, which is the latest Panasonic HDTV series, promises to change that. In fact, it is only one inch thick. It also offers wireless connectivity along with many great features, though all of these are sure to come at a steep price.

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