Panasonic TX-P42VT30B review

Sophisticated 3D plasma TV with superb performance and extensive multimedia capability

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  • Unrivalled picture performance
  • Ships with two pairs of 3D glasses
  • Wi-Fi dongle included


  • Expensive for a 42-inch TV
  • Extra contrast filter can make its pictures a little dim
  • Some judder with 50Hz video

The Panasonic TX-P42VT30B looks terrifyingly good on paper.

The 42-inch plasma improves on the exceptional GT30 series by adding an extra filter to the screen structure to improve black reproduction and ships with two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses, plus a USB dongle for Wi-Fi.

The latter two items, if bought separately, will set you back around £300, which immediately accounts for the price difference between the TX-P42VT30B and its GT30-suffixed counterpart.

The TX-P42VT30B also boasts a more powerful audio system than the GT30 models, complete with a separate boxed woofer on its rear and adds recording to SD card from its built-in Freesat HD and Freeview HD tuners.

The TX-P42VT30B is the smallest set in the VT30 range. Above it can be found the 50-inch TX-P50VT30B and two super-sized models, the 55-inch TX-P55VT30B and 65-inch TX-P65VT30B.

If you fancy getting your hands on Panasonic's 3D plasma prowess without spending as much money, the ST30 range sports the same panel technology as the GT30s, but does away with integrated recording, DLNA network support and THX certification and sports a markedly less sleek design.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera VT30
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)27 kg
Operating Power Consumption350 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power12 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand664 mm
Width with Stand1018 mm
Depth with Stand320 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1500
3D ConversionYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyIntelligent Frame Creation Pro
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height630 mm
Width1018 mm
Depth50 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround Sound, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesVT30
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Colour Depth68.7 Billion Colors (12-bit)
FeaturesChild Lock, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture and Text (PAT), PC Streaming, Media Player, Web Content Access, Teletext
Product ModelTX-P42VT30B
Product NameViera TX-P42VT30B Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP42VT30B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The viewing experience has never been so lifelike and compelling as it is with Panasonic's 3D Technology. The fast switching phosphors used in the Neo Plasma panels and an original light-emitting process minimise crosstalk (double images) to deliver clear 3D images and ensure comfortable viewing. This technology also helps to improve 2D picture quality.

The 600Hz Sub-field Drive in VIERA plasma TVs teams up with Intelligent Frame Creation Pro technology to deliver smooth, fluid, on-screen motion. By using an intelligent algorithm within the picture processing based on motion detection, the best combination of frames is created to deliver ultra crisp sports, film and game action.

Package Contents
  • Viera TX-P42VT30B Plasma TV
  • 2 x Pairs of 3D Eye wear
  • Wireless LAN Adaptor
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)23.50 kg