Panasonic 2021 TV update brings full 4K resolution with VRR and HFR

Update brings refreshing change

by Andy Bassett

From today, a firmware update for Panasonic’s 2021 HDMI 2.1 TVs will enable VRR and HFR at 4K resolution along with Dolby Vision VRR up to 60Hz.

TV manufacturers would probably admit that in the rush to get gamer friendly features incorporated into their latest televisions as the HDMI 2.1 rollout gained momentum over the last year, they didn’t always get it right.

So it was good to see that Panasonic admitted early on that its 2021 range of TVs couldn’t effectively display 4K resolution images when variable refresh rates or high frame rates of 120Hz were added to the equation. Even better, the company set about working on a fix, and that firmware solution is now available.

This new firmware update covers all 2021 models which support HDMI 2.1 and includes (in Europe) the latest JZ2000, JZ1500, JZ1000 and JZ980 OLED models, plus the JX940 LCD range.

Panasonic’s statement read as follows:


“Following a commitment it made to gamers earlier this year, Panasonic has today released a firmware update to support 4K2K resolution for both Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and High Frame Rate (HFR). The same new firmware also supports Dolby Vision VRR up to 60Hz. As a result, Panasonic’s TVs deliver an incredible HDMI2.1 gaming experience coupled with Panasonic’s customary picture quality and accuracy.

“The update adds a new “4K120Hz Bypass Mode” option in the picture settings menu. When this option is activated, it enables 4K2K VRR by bypassing various picture processing (similar to Panasonic’s Pure Direct mode).”


The update has come just in time to be discussed on the new AVForums Podcast which features our final thoughts on Panasonic’s flagship OLED for 2021, the JZ2000. The podcast can be viewed live on our YouTube channel on Weds 24th Nov at 7:30pm GMT. If you can’t tune in live though, it will remain available to watch later and will also be available in audio form on the Spotify, Apple, Google and Stitcher podcast services.

If you’ve got one of Panasonic’s 2021 models that will benefit from this firmware update, leave a comment and let us, and other owners, know what difference it’s made.

Source: Panasonic
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