Panasonic TX-P42VT30B review

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

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This 42-inch TV introduces an extra bit of technology that is strangely absent on its larger stablemates. Fishbone ITO uses indium-tin-oxide in the plasma panel's electrode structure, enabling each pixel to be driven much more efficiently than was previously possible. This is designed to achieve maximum brightness from less power, which is something of a Holy Grail in plasma development.

The aforementioned extra contrast filter, meanwhile, works to reduce ambient light reflections affecting the onscreen contrast while also adding a slightly darker tone to the light emitted from the TV.

Connectivity is seriously extensive. LNB and RF ports serve Freesat HD and Freeview HD tuners and reams of multimedia-oriented jacks include three USB inputs, a D-Sub PC socket, an SD card slot and a LAN port (despite LAN being rendered somewhat irrelevant by the provision of Wi-Fi via USB).
The SD card slot and USBs not only play most sorts of video, photo and music multimedia files, they can also both be used for recording in lossless quality from the HD tuners.

Video duties, meanwhile, are catered for by four HDMIs (all built to the v1.4 spec for 3D compatibility), the inevitable component video port and a composite video input for anyone daft enough to want one.
The TV's fascia is sleek and exceptionally well built, with a heavy-duty glass top-sheet giving it an elegant single-layer finish.

The TX-P42VT30B is endorsed by both THX (for both 3D and 2D), and the Imaging Science Foundation and its extensive calibration tools include colour management, gamma controls, and white balance adjustments. The presentation of these professional-grade tweaks leaves some room for improvement, but the flexibility they afford is excellent.

The TX-P42VT30B is equipped with both DLNA PC compatibility and Panasonic's cloud-based Viera Connect online service carries more content than the previous Viera Cast platform, with some games and a health and fitness suite about to be added to an already impressive roster that includes Skype, the BBC iPlayer, Eurosport video news and YouTube, as well as the AceTrax service for renting or buying streamable films.

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