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Panasonic DMP-BDT120 review

 Review: January 2013  

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: Best-in-class picture quality, 3D playback, Smart TV and excellent connectivity put this entry-level player ahead of its rivals.


Design & looks

Panasonic's range of plasma TVs has a reputation for being rather bland and uninspired design-wise, and their DVD players tend to follow suit. To be fair though, there's little to differentiate the BDT120 from similar products from LG and Samsung. It's rectangular, it's black and it has a glossy front. It will sit happily below your flatscreen TV and it won't look out of place.

One cool feature is the touch-free sensor on the top panel that opens and closes the disk tray when you pass your hand over it.


Although most Blu-Ray players are indistinguishable when it comes to picture quality, if you really want the very best then Panasonic should be your choice. Panasonic has fine-tuned picture quality using technology like Adaptive Chroma Processing to faithfully produce colour data. While many people won't notice the difference, if you want the ultimate, then the BDT120 offers the best of all the entry-level players.

The player can play Blu-Ray disks, including full HD 3D disks and BD-R/-R DL and BD-RE/-RE DL. There's support for DivX HD, amongst other formats.

It can also play DVDs, including DVD+RW/+R/+R DL and DVD-RW/-R/-R DL. The player will upscale DVDs to full 1080p HD resolution.

Both DVD and 2D Blu-Ray disks can be converted into 3D. You can even watch your own home movies in 3D, as camcorder movies stored on a memory card can also be converted into high definition 3D. The amount of depth in the converter can be modified for maximum realism.

The player will also play CDs, including CD-R and CD-RW.

Audio quality is excellent with support for 5.1 high definition audio and the lossless audio codec FLAC. Output is via HDMI or digital optical audio.

VIERA Connect

Panasonic's comprehensive Smart TV offering is called VIERA Connect and includes BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Dailymotion, Picasa, Skype, Facebook and Twitter. For this, you'll need to connect the box to the internet using an ethernet cable.


The player is well connected, and can easily be integrated into your home network. DLNA-certified, it allows devices to be connected via WLAN, two USB ports and also has a useful memory card slot. This enables you to stream movies, music and photos from connected devices to your TV.

It's also possible to buy a Wi-Fi dongle that plugs into one of the USB ports.

Panasonic's free remote control apps will turn your iPhone or compatible Android smartphone or tablet into a powerful remote control.

Conclusion - best in class

Panasonic's entry-level Blu-Ray player costs about the same as LG's and Samsung's, but it does more, and it does it better. This is no bog-standard Blu-Ray player. It provides the best picture quality in its class, and top-notch audio too. It's a whiz at 3D, playing 3D disks and upscaling and 2D-3D converting anything you can throw at it. On top of all that, it comes with Panasonic's excellent VIERA Connect Smart TV and is extremely well connected, with a Wi-Fi USB dongle available as an optional extra.

If we could choose the entry-level model player from any major manufacturer, we'd choose Panasonic's BDT120.

The BDT220 might be a smarter choice however, as it already includes built-in Wi-Fi.

Update (June 2013): The new Pansonic DMP-BDT130 Blu-Ray player updates the 120 with improved Viera Connect features.

Panasonic DMP-BDT120 features include:

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Average rating from 4 reviews:

Reviewed by mike movie from united kingdom on 22nd Oct 2015
Very good picture and sound .works with TV upstairs but not on my Sony TV in living room downstairs strange?. Bluray picture very clear with full HD TV .excellent if worked with my Sony TV .

Reviewed by John o from uk london on 2nd Apr 2015
its a good player but you can't hack yet the code to make it play in any region dvd. panasonic have blocked this somehow it gets on my nerves I should be able to do what I want with my own equipment.

Reviewed by Tommyj200sx from uk on 1st Jul 2014
Awesome machine, i have it plugged into powerline adapters for steaming from a nas drive and sound picture quality are 10/10

Reviewed by Tony from U.k. on 5th Jul 2013
Excellent playback quality. Cannot wait for free time to explore all functions. Bargain ! , !

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