The G1 Series is Panasonic's flagship line of 1080p LCD HDTVs introduced in 2009 and is Panasonic's only 2009 line to offer 120Hz technology. Similar to the NeoPDP technology that Panasonic markets with their 2009 Plasmas, Panasonic claims they have NeoLCD tech that they introduce in their 2009 LCDs. Specifically Panasonic claims these IPS (in-place switching) panels have a higher contrast ratio, viewing angle, and overall better picture quality than the 2008 models. The lack of extra features, such as network streaming and Internet connectivity, in this flagship line is unique compared to competing manufacturer flagships and even Panasonic's own plasma models. Relative to the step-down S1 Series LCDs the G1s contain a superior contrast ratio and the 120Hz Motion Picture Pro3 technology.
- 1080p native resolution
- 120Hz Motion Picture Pro3
- 20,000:1 native contrast ratio
- IPS-Alpha panel
- VIERA Image viewer (through the SD card slot)
- Game mode
- Release date: May, 2009
120Hz Motion Picture Pro3 - this technology allows the TV to insert one additional frame between each regular frame from the video source. Depending on the algorithm, the content of this frame can change to achieve different effects that usually fall along the lines of attempting to reduce motion blur and smoothing out cinema film. This technology can introduce what is known as the "Soap Opera Effect" which some people dislike.
VIERA Image Viewer - using the TV's built-in SD card slot you can view stored JPEG pictures directly on the TV without any intermediary devices or hardware.
Game Mode - this display setting turns off all of the TVs image processing functions to reduce any lag between controller input and the game's display.
VIERA Link - this is the marketing name given to Panasonic's implementation of the HDMI-CEC standard, which lets you control your other compatible home theater equipment directly from your TV. Each manufacturer has their own branded name for this technology since only home theater devices from the same manufacturers are compatible with one another for direct control.
The naming convention for this line is: Panasonic VIERA TC-LxxG1 where xx is replaced by the TV size.
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