An opening take a look at the Panasonic FX750
Panasonic undoubtedly now sees OLED moderately than LCD because the ‘go to’ expertise for its premium TVs.
That’s to not say that the model has deserted LED LCD. On the opposite, the brand new Panasonic FX750 collection (FX780 exterior the UK) is as revolutionary as it’s stunning. It combines a hanging new design with loads of promising new image expertise. This might be a critical contender for TV followers who can’t afford OLED.
The Panasonic FX750 might be out there at display sizes of 49, 55, 65 and 75 inches. I obtained a superb take a look at this mannequin at Panasonic’s product conference in Palma, Mallorca – listed here are my preliminary impressions.
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Panasonic FX750 – Features and design
All 4 fashions within the FX750 vary mix native 4K resolutions with HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG flavours of high dynamic range assist. They use edge LED lighting supported by native dimming, the place zones of the LEDs can output completely different quantities of sunshine.
Where the FX750s stand aside from rival edge-lit LCD TVs is with their additional ‘shuttering’ system behind the pixels. This supplies a considerable additional stage of management over the place and the way the sunshine passes by means of the liquid crystals.
This so-called ‘digitally enhanced native dimming’ system can also be discovered on Panasonic’s new step-down FX740 and FX700 LCD TV collection. However, the FX750 model is claimed to be much more highly effective. Not least as a result of not like the FX740s, the FX750s’ photos are powered by the identical new HCX video processing engine additionally present in Panasonic’s 2018 OLED TVs.
The FX750s additionally rating over the FX740s with a brighter, extra environment friendly LCD panel; by supporting native 100Hz native playback; and by carrying a Freesat tuner alongside the Freeview HD one.
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The FX750s quite a few technical benefits delivered clear image high quality benefits over the FX740s. Before I get into these, although, we have to discuss in regards to the FX750s’ design.
Taking clear cues from LG’s ‘image on glass’ OLED TVs, Panasonic’s ‘Art & Interior Glass’ design mounts a stunningly slender LCD display onto a glass rear plate to actually attractive impact. Especially due to the way in which the glass rear extends past the perimeters of the primary display body.
Note that for some motive the 75-inch FX750 doesn’t sport the glass-based design. Instead it makes use of a extra conventional brushed silver body fairly paying homage to final 12 months’s EX750 collection.
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Panasonic FX750 – Performance
The very first thing that struck me in regards to the FX750s’ photos was how a lot richer and extra dynamic their colors regarded than these of neighbouring FX740s.
During a shot containing a vibrant sundown, for example, the FX750 delivered way more depth within the purple and orange sundown hues. There was additionally extra finesse within the vary of tones seen on this sundown image space, in addition to extra tonal element within the sundown’s very brightest peaks.
There’s extra refined shading and element within the brightest components of different pictures too, comparable to white clouds in opposition to a wealthy blue sky.
This diminished ‘clipping’ versus the FX740 is nearly definitely all the way down to the FX750s’ mixture of a brighter panel and the additional processing prowess delivered by the brand new HCX engine.
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Strangely, whereas the FX750s dealt with the brightest components of its photos a lot better than the FX740s, underneath the glare of Panasonic’s present lights solely the photographs of the 75-inch mannequin regarded considerably brighter general than these of the FX740s.
When you additionally issue within the way more refined and three-dimensional look of the FX750s photos, although, it serves as an essential reminder that it’s not at all times simply how a lot uncooked brightness a TV pumps out that counts.
The manner the FX750 can apparently management its gentle all the way down to a really native stage certainly absolutely needs to be all the way down to its upgraded digitally enhanced native dimming system.
The high quality of the FX750’s gentle management isn’t simply evident in shiny areas. There’s additionally extra shadow detailing and refined color data in very darkish demo reel content material, comparable to a lady’s black leather-based cat go well with, and a few darkish interval drama outfits.
This enhanced darkish space refinement is shocking on condition that the 49, 55 and 65-inch FX750s use IPS LCD screens.
Experience exhibits that whereas IPS-type LCD screens assist wider viewing angles than their VA-type rivals, additionally they endure with inferior distinction. Yet the FX750 exhibits ranges of refined element and color data in darkish areas I’d by no means usually count on to see on an IPS panel.
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I’ll have to see an FX750 underneath way more managed gentle situations than I might at Panasonic’s 2018 product conference earlier than I can remark absolutely on simply how good a job its distinctive backlight system does of combatting IPS’s innate distinction issues. But on the very least it appears there’s one thing fascinating occurring.
Note that the 75-inch FX750 makes use of a VA panel, leading to markedly completely different picture traits. Its photographs regarded considerably brighter than these of the IPS screens, and loved a higher sense of distinction throughout pictures containing a mixture of shiny and darkish content material.
On the draw back, its display was way more liable to reflections than the smaller IPS fashions. Also, inevitably, its VA image misplaced distinction and color saturation when considered from an angle, whereas the IPS screens’ photographs remained largely unaffected.
Wrapping up the FX750’s enhancements over the FX740s subsequent door are barely cleaner movement dealing with (particularly by way of undesirable processing unwanted effects), and a usually barely sharper look to the demo reel’s 4K photographs.
Before all of us begin considering the FX750 is about to utterly rewriting the LCD rule e book, I ought to say that one or two pictures regarded nearly gray sufficient even within the shiny present room to make me suppose IPS’s inherent flaws haven’t been utterly overcome.
Also, though the FX750 screens are, marginally, the brightest screens in Panasonic’s newest LCD vary, they’re not in the identical brightness league because the brightest screens we’ve seen from Samsung and Sony. I refer again to my earlier level that uncooked brightness by itself isn’t every thing. What you do with that gentle is a minimum of as essential.
In that respect, I’m genuinely hopeful that the FX750 vary’s gentle administration cleverness and uncompromising processing prowess will make it a very thrilling mid-range LCD TV.
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No OLED? No drawback. It appears to be like just like the Panasonic FX750 addresses lots of the issues sometimes related to LED LCD TVs, which might be good for these trying to save a bit of money. Of course, we’ll have to get one in for a correct take a look at in higher situations and examine it equally priced fashions. We’ll get pricing particulars nearer the discharge date in April.