Consumer Reports: Panasonic Has Better 3D

Contributing Writer

With 3D HDTVs now hitting the market, consumers are faced with two major choices: Panasonic and Samsung. Both offer sizable HDTVs that will take a huge bite out of your wallet. Unfortunately, the emerging home-bound technology is fresh off the presses--consumers will definitely want to make the best choice for the buck. With that said, which 3D HDTV offering is better? Panasonic or Samsung?

Consumer Reports compared three 3D HDTVs: the 58-inch plasma Panasonic VT-20 model, and the 46-inch 7000 and 8000 series models by Samsung. The good news is that all three HDTVs provided "impressive" 3D effects in full 1080p resolution. Unfortunately, that's where the similarities end.

According to the report, testing showed that the Panasonic HDTV offered crisp, fluid 3D scenes, showing no signs of double-imagery while the glasses were on. Both Samsung models weren't quite so clean, revealing a slight double-image while wearing the specs--naturally this takes away from the overall 3D effect.

The report also added that viewers can't watch 3D movies on the Samsung models while laying horizontally; the movie gradually turns black as the glasses turn 90-degrees into a vertical position (see image). That's not the case with Panasonic's HDTV, and Consumer Reports proves this claim by rotating the glasses in a video report located here.

Outside the 3D aspect, the testing also found major differences between the Panasonic HDTV and both models manufactured by Samsung, claiming that the black levels of the Panasonic set is far more superior. However, Consumer Reports also points out that the plasma vs. LCD debate is no different here than with non-3D sets. To get the full evaluation, check out Consumer Reports' video review.