Panasonic TX-P42VT30B review

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

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Panasonic tx p42vt30b

The TX-P42VT30B's black level response is the best from any TV since Pioneer's legendary KURO plasmas and there can be no higher praise than that.

The extra contrast filter enables the screen to deliver dark scenes that are richer, more natural and with a greater cinematic punch than those achieved by the GT30 models. Plasma's self-emissive (as opposed to backlit) nature enables the hugely impressive blacks to sit right alongside bright whites and colours with none of the inconsistency that plagues LCD TVs.

Also abundantly apparent is how much richer and brighter colours are on the TX-P42VT30B than they were on last year's VT20 models. This is undoubtedly the result of marked improvements in power efficiency that have enabled brighter pictures without breaking the energy consumption ceilings set by the electronics watchdogs.

Colour tones are extremely natural and have an extra vibrancy that makes it easier to appreciate the finesse with which the TX-P42VT30B blends hi-def hues.

Detail levels are exemplary, thanks in part to some excellent image processing and panel design; Panasonic is currently the only manufacturer with a full HD, 42-inch plasma in its lineup.

Motion clarity is also mostly excellent, with no sign of the blur that is so common on LCD sets, while judder is neatly contained most of the time and eradicated entirely when Intelligent Frame Creation processing is engaged.

IFC can make pictures look processed and unnatural if it is set too high, but is certainly worth experimenting with on its lowest setting.

Panasonic tx p42vt30b

Plasma enables a much wider viewing angle than LCD without any loss of contrast or colour saturation and the quality and power of the TX-P42VT30B's picture processing ensures it can also produce clean, crisp 2D pictures that don't suffer from serious colour tone degradation.

The set's 3D performance is vastly entertaining, thanks to the near-elimination of crosstalk noise.
This leaves you free to appreciate the excellent clarity and detail of full HD 3D Blu-rays and there is much more brightness, shadow detail and colour richness than was witnessed Panasonic's 2010 3D plasmas.

This is especially true if you switch the set to its Dynamic mode for 3D viewing, which suggests Panasonic might be well advised to include a dedicated 3D picture setting on its future ranges.
Some room for improvement remains when it comes to brightness and colour compared to the vibrancy of a typical LCD 3D picture, but the absence of crosstalk more than atones for this.

The TX-P42VT30B's pictures aren't quite perfect, though. The reduction in brightness caused by the extra contrast filter might be a minor handicap under abnormally bright conditions and judder is noticeable when viewing 50Hz material to the extent that some double imaging occasionally occurs, although a small dose of IFC improves things markedly.

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