Panasonic Viera 80 Series
Released March, 2008
The Pros:Fantastic image quality without the premium pricing. Very long panel life. Improved form factor, much thinner than 2007 models.
The Cons:Suffers from same issues as other plasmas. No native 24p mode.
The 80U series of sets are the entry-level 1080p offerings in Panasonic's 2008 lineup of plasmas, which is their 11th generation of plasma TVs. The 80Us sits above the PX80Us with a better panel that is a native 1080p, and higher contrast ratio, and comes below the PZ85Us that have a higher contrast ratio and more features.
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Unlike the higher-end offerings the PZ80Us don't have the one-sheet glass design or the 48Hz mode.
- 1080p native resolution
- 20,000:1 static contrast ratio, 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
- Game mode
- VIERA link
- Inputs: 3xHDMI 1.3, Component, Composite, S-Video
Clarification on 24p handling - Unlike the higher end PZ800U and PZ850U series, both the PZ80U and PZ85U series perform a 3:2 pulldown on 24p content. What this means is that the 24 frames per second signal is converted into a 60Hz display, with one frame showing for 3 refreshes, and the next frame showing for 2 refreshes. The higher end models display each from for 2 refreshes which makes for smoother motion especially during pans and zooms.
Common to all 2008 Panasonic Plasmas
Anti-reflective screen - created by Fujitsu these screens reduce the amount of ambient reflection that can appear in a brightly lit room.
100,000 hour half life - Panasonic rates the panel to last 100,000 hours, which is about 30 years of regular usage, or 11 years of non-stop, before the brightness of the display is halved.
User Reviews (1)
Fantastic image quality without the premium pricing
Improved form factor, much thinner than 2007 models
Suffers from same issues as other plasmas
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