Panasonic 65FZ802 OLED 4K TV Preview

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Ten inches makes all the difference

by Steve Withers Jan 10, 2018 at 2:08 AM

  • SRP: £3,499.00
    Panasonic's 2018 OLED range is intended to build on the positives of the 2017 models and like other TVs using this screen technology, the differences for this year might be seen to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. One feature that has been carried over for 2018 is the choices of screen size, with 55 inches the smallest available with the larger 65 inch option seen here.

    Panasonic’s major area of differentiation from the competition remains the picture processing developed in cooperation with the major Hollywood studios and the FZ802 builds on the already strong offering from last year. The latest version of the company’s HCX processing engine has been fitted and this offers very high degree of control over colours on screen combined with a notional ability to display amounting to almost one hundred percent of the DCI colour space.

    Perhaps the most significant of these is the inclusion of HDR10+. Panasonic is at pains to stress the open format, royalty free nature of the format but the flipside to this is that Dolby Vision remains off the cards. Standard HDR10 material is also supported however. Panasonic has also tweaked the performance to better support the HDR requirements of gamers and combined this with the ‘quickest ever’ response times.

    Another useful addition to the spec is the inclusion of the Dynamic Scene Optimizer function, which uses picture analysis to mimic dynamic metadata when playing an HDR10 source on the FZ802. This has been combined with an auto HDR Brightness Enhancer function which can automatically adjust the brightness of an HDR image to take into account the brightness levels in room at the time.

    As part of the company’s ‘Art & Interior’ ethos, the FZ802 is constructed from premium materials and features a floating stand construction.

    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £3,499.00

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