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(Pocket-lint) - Panasonic has announced its TVs for 2021 - the JZ series OLEDs and JX series LEDs.

Since their January announcement the sets have since gone on sale. Here then are the Panasonic TV highlights for 2021, including some of the excellent older sets already available through numerous retailers.

One thing to note on model numbering if you're browsing Panasonic TVs: J equals 2021, H equals 2020, G equals 2019 and so on - something to watch out for when you come to buy.

Panasonic OLED TVs

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Panasonic JZ2000

  • Screen sizes: 65in, 55in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Filmmaker Mode, Netflix Calibrated Mode, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ Adaptive, Dolby Atmos

The flagship OLED TV for 2021 comes with the same top-end Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel as 2020's HZ2000 (see further below), yet with HDR10+ Adaptive added for good measure.

Like Dolby Vision IQ, this is a HDR technology that not only changes the colour signature depending on each scene, it takes into account your ambient lighting to present colours and contrast in exactly the format the director intended.

The JZ2000 also embraces gaming with more vigour than ever before, with 4K 120Hz support over HDMI 2.1 and variable refresh rate (VRR) technology on board.

But the real key about this set is that it embeds a Dolby Atmos soundsystem - so if you don't have a separates or soundbar setup and don't want to buy one then its sound quality is superb. Not interested in that? The JZ1500 (below) goes lighter on the sound setup.

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Panasonic JZ1500

  • Screen sizes: 65in, 55in, 48in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Filmmaker Mode, Netflix Calibrated Mode, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ Adaptive, Dolby Atmos

The JZ1500 features the same Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel as the JZ2000, but will also be available in a new 48-inch screen size. It also cuts out the full-on Dolby Atmos speaker arrangement from the build, saving you cash - which is ideal if you want to pair with an existing soundbar or AV system.

Gaming is also embraced fully this time around, with confirmed features including Game Mode Extreme. This reduces latency to imperceptible levels when playing. It also features AMD FreeSync Premium technology and two HDMI 2.1 ports.

Its HCX AI Pro processor (which is also found on the JZ2000 and other OLED TVs for 2021) has an Auto AI mode that examines and detects images in real time, ensuring that they are presented at their best, whether they are sports, cinema or any other kind-of genre.

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Panasonic JZ1000

  • Screen sizes: 65in, 55in, 48in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Filmmaker Mode, Netflix Calibrated Mode, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ Adaptive, Dolby Atmos

The Panasonic JZ1000 sports almost the entire same gamut of features as the JZ1500 but has a different OLED panel.

Instead of the Pro Edition, it sports the Master HDR OLED panel. Other than that, it still comes with the upgraded new processing engine - HCX Processor Pro AI - Game Mode Extreme, and smaller screen size option.

It's worth also noting that it too has two HDMI 2.1 ports - much like the other 2021 OLEDs - and Dolby Atmos support.

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Panasonic JZ980

  • Screen sizes: 65in, 55in, 48in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Filmmaker Mode, Netflix Calibrated Mode, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ Adaptive, Dolby Atmos

Again, like the JZ1000, it's largely the panel that is different on the JZ980. This model has Panasonic's standard OLED panel, although the featureset is largely identical.

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Panasonic HZ2000

  • Screen sizes: 65in, 55in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, Dolby Atmos

The HZ2000 was the flagship OLED TV from Panasonic, until the JZ2000 took over that role.

Like the latest models, this 2020 stunner supports Filmmaker Mode to present movies as their directors intended, and Dolby Vision IQ, which adjusts the HDR picture settings automatically, depending on the viewing conditions.

The set is also built around Panasonic's Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel. That effectively means it is capable of high peak brightness, while retaining the deep black levels OLED tech is well known for.

Audio also gets a big boost at this end of the range, with 360-degree Soundscape Pro surround built into the set itself. This includes five speaker units with two upfiring speakers at the top to give you the extra height channels for Dolby Atmos soundtracks. The newer JZ2000, however, adds two additional output channels to the sides for even greater immersion!

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Panasonic HZ1500

  • Screen sizes: 65in, 55in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, Dolby Atmos

One step down from the HZ2000 and you still get highly impressive specs in this 2020 set, including Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Vision IQ and the proprietary HCX Pro Intelligent processor.

The panel is slightly different - the Master HDR OLED rather than Pro Edition - and the audio is a little less bombastic. However, you still get upward firing speakers built into the top of the TV for Dolby Atmos height channels, plus front-firing speakers and a central subwoofer at viewer height for some incredible, immersive sound.

In all other respects, this is as near to the flagship model as you like. With Alexa and Google Assistant support thrown in for good measure.

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Panasonic HZ1000

  • Screen sizes: 65in, 55in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, Dolby Atmos

The HZ1000 retains the Master HDR OLED panel of the HZ1500 but drops the audio to a regular sound system.

You still get the Filmmaker Mode with a dedicated button on the remote that will put your screen into industry-selected picture settings that best suit movie content, while Dolby Vision IQ choose the best images depending on the ambience and light in your viewing room.

The base also features a swivel design, so you can move it to be face-on to multiple viewing positions. But, as it's OLED it'll also have super wide viewing angles anyway.

Panasonic LED TVs

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Panasonic JX940

  • Screen sizes: 75in, 65in, 55in, 49in
  • LED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ Adaptive, Dolby Atmos

As with the OLED TVs for 2021, the flagship LED runs on the HCX Processor Pro AI chip, which enables it to automatically detect the type of content playing and adjust the image accordingly. This is claimed to significantly improve sports broadcasts, for example.

It comes with the HDR Cinema Display Pro - Panasonic's best LED panel yet - and, for the first time in an LED TV from the brand, carries Filmmaker Mode (as do the other LEDs for 2021).

It is the only LED TV in the range to support Dolby Vision IQ, the form of Dolby Vision HDR that adapts depending on the ambient lighting in your home. There is also Game Mode Extreme and Dolby Atmos on-board, with the former designed to help gamers get the most from their consoles.

The TV is 4K 120Hz too, which is a major boost, and comes with innovative tabletop feet that can lift the set higher when placed in an alternative position.

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Panasonic JX850

  • Screen sizes: 65in, 58in, 50in, 40in
  • LED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Vision, HDR10+ Adaptive, Dolby Atmos

The JX850 makes a few compromises when compared to the flagship model. It has standard Dolby Vision on-board, for example, as well as a slightly less beefy processor, in the HCX Processor AI.

Game Mode is less "extreme" and the panel used is Pana's HDR Bright Panel Plus.

Other than that, this is another top-line LED TV for 2021 with Dolby Atmos decoding for hook up to an equivalent soundbar, AV reveiver and/or speaker system.

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Panasonic JX800

  • Screen sizes: 65in, 58in, 50in, 40in
  • LED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Vision, HDR10+ Adaptive, Android OS

Further down in the 2021 LED TV family comes the JX800, which loses some of the features of the ZX940 and JX850, but actually gains a new one - Android OS.

Its smart TV platform represents the only TV in the range so far to have Android. It incorporates some of Panasonic's own Home Screen platform but gives you the best Google has to offer too.

You don't get Dolby Atmos support on this model. Picture processing is also slightly less powerful, with Panasonic's entry-level HCX Processor running the show here.

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Panasonic HX940

  • Screen sizes: 75in, 65in, 43in
  • LED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, Dolby Atmos

Until the JX940 was released, 2020's top-end LED TV in Panasonic's lineup is the HX940. It comes with a 100Hz panel and HCX Pro Intelligent processing.

In addition, it supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, plus HLG for TV broadcasts in HDR when available, and can pass through Dolby Atmos when connected to a capable sound system.

The HX940 comes with Local Dimming Pro Intelligent tech that allows for better black levels in dark scenes, thanks to multi-zoned control over the backlight. While the Home Screen 5.0 smart TV platform gives you all the latest streaming apps and customisation options for you to put the ones you use the most front and centre.

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Panasonic HX800/820

  • Screen sizes: 65in, 58in, 50in, 40in
  • LED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, Dolby Atmos

The Panasonic HX820 and HX800 are effectively the same LED TV, except the 820 is available exclusively through John Lewis in the UK. You might find it has a different stand or bezel colour.

It drops the picture processor down to the HCX (not Pro) but you won't notice much in practice, we feel. You also get the HDR Bright Panel Plus technology and Local Dimming technologies from Panasonic, rather than advanced versions found in the 940.

4K HDR standards are all still supported at this level, with HDR10+, Dolby Vision and HLG Photo - which was introduced with the 2019 range below.

Dolby Atmos is also supported, although you will need a decent, compatible sound system to get the most from it.

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Writing by Rik Henderson and Chris Hall. Editing by Mike Lowe. Originally published on 16 February 2018.
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