One advantage of buying a budget TV from a brand that’s been involved with TVs as long as Panasonic has is that you can get ‘drip down’ technology. Tech, in other words, that was once only found on high-end TVs, but has gradually seeped down to cheaper models. This is exactly why the GX600 is so attractive. Its 4K picture processing engine is derived from much more expensive TV hits from Panasonic’s back catalogue. Combined with the GX600’s unusually talented backlight controls, the processor delivers pictures that try to track as closely as possible the colour, contrast and sharpness designed by the filmmakers in their mastering suites. The results don’t look as punchy as those of some rival budget TVs, but the balance and refinement on show is very impressive.
Especially if you feed it a source that unlocks its support – unusual at this price level – for the premium HDR10+ HDR format.