Launched in the year 2022, the TX-42LZ1500 is a 42" 4K TV from Panasonic. It comes with a True 10-bit OLED panel.
The max. resolution it can display is 3840 x 2160 @ 120 Hz with a pixel density of 106 ppi.
After screen size and resolution, the very next specification of a display that will impact your viewing experience is its Color Gamut.
Panasonic did not provide a color gamut rating for this TV. So we have to take a guess.As the TV comes with an OLED panel, there is no need to worry about color accuracy. Rest assured, Any OLED panel will always come with over 100% sRGB coverage.
What is Color gamut ?
Color gamut specification of a TV indicates the range of colors that it can display.
A display with poor color accuracy will produce washed out colors that will spoil the immersion.
Different manufacturers use different units to specify color gamut. Viz — sRGB, NTSC 1953, DCI P3 etc.
But you don't need to worry about that, below is a chart that you can use to choose a TV with good color accuracy.
Other than color accuracy, the static contrast specification of a TV holds almost equal role in picture quality.
Why its important?
A TV with low static contrast ratio will not produce deep blacks and possibly can bleed backlight as shown in the images below:The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
The above TV's static contrast is rated 800:1. So make sure you get a TV with a static contrast of >= 1000:1. Ofcourse, More the better.
Static contrast ratio and resolution go hand in hand when it comes to details. To put it into perspective, a TV with low contrast ratio will produce less shades of colors, so lesser detail overall.
Given this TV comes with an OLED panel, its static constrast would be Infinity : 1. So no need to worry about this.
HDR is also supported on this TV in form of HDR10, HDR10+, HDR10+ Adaptive, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision IQ and HLG Photo.
As for brightness, the peak brightness it can produce is 250 nits.
If you aren't into gaming, you can ignore these specifications. But if you are also planning to use the TV for playing games or use it as a PC monitor, make sure to take a TV with the lowest input lag and response time.
The input lag on the Panasonic TX-42LZ1500 is 5 ms and its minimum response time is 1 ms. So its a go-to TV if you are interested in gaming.
What is Input lag ?
This lag is the latency at which device inputs changes the content of the screen. Though, this won't matter much if you aren't into competitive/FPS games like call of duty.
But ideally, look for a TV that features an input lag and response time of less than 20ms.
Ergonomics and Dimensions
Coming to ergonomics — a VESA mount with interface size of 200 x 200 mm is provided for wall-mounting. The unit doesn't come with Swivel, Tilt or Pivot support.
The TV measures 42 inches vertically and 36.73 inches horizontally.
It is just 2.64 inches thick.
Overall this TV weighs around 19.0 Kgs (including stand). Without stand, it weighs 13.5 KGs. So plan your space accordingly.
Hardware and Audio
The internals of Panasonic TX-42LZ1500 is powered by a Quad Core CPU. There is no mention about the RAM on this TV.
Speaking of OS, the Panasonic TX-42LZ1500 runs my Home Screen 7.0 Operating System.
For display connectivity, Panasonic has provided two HDMI 2.0 ports and two HDMI 2.1 ports on this TV.
For connecting USB devices, it includes 2x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0. Other connectivity ports include — 1x Antenna (RF) (female), 1x Satellite In (Main — F-type female), 1x AV Component In (YPbPr + L/R), 2x CI+ 1.4 (ECP), 1x Satellite In (Sub — F-type female) and 1x Ethernet RJ45.
Wireless connectivity options on this TV include Wi-Fi (5Ghz + 2.5Ghz), Wifi-Direct, Bluetooth and DLNA.
Now, speaking of speakers, it is packaged with 2 x 15W speakers.
Now, coming to power usage, on average, it consumes 127.2 watts. On standby, it takes 0.5 watts.
It supports a power outlet of 220 V - 240 V/50 Hz - 60 Hz.