Panasonic TX-P42VT30B review

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

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Panasonic tx p42vt30b

The heavy, incredibly well built TX-P42VT30B looks, feels and performs like a serious bit of AV kit.
Its connections are comprehensive, it boasts a state of the art plasma panel and benefits from Panasonic's most comprehensive suite of picture adjustments and calibration aids to date, while the already impressive Viera Connect online system can only improve as more content is added.

Most importantly, the pictures are Panasonic's finest to date, which makes them by default among the very best ever seen. Just remember to use it in a reasonably low-lit environment if you want to get the very best from it.

We liked

The TX-P42VT30B is the most solidly built TV around and is good looking to boot. It's got all the connections you could possibly need and ships with 3D glasses and a Wi-Fi dongle.

Its online features are useful and it covers most multimedia bases. It's the set's stunning picture quality that really makes it special, though.

We disliked

The £1,500 price tag is undeniably hefty and the extra contrast filter in the screen slightly reduces its brightness (though it also boosts contrast) and 3D pictures aren't as vivid as on the best LCD sets.
There's judder with 50Hz images, too, which can only be improved by using the set's IFC processing.

Final verdict

The TX-P42VT30B is TV made for AV enthusiasts. Its uncompromising spec leaves no stone unturned in its bid for 2D and 3D excellence, it has professional-grade calibration aids and is beautifully built.
Its 50Hz judder issue and slightly compromised brightness don't stop the TX-P42VT30B from being an imperious example of why plasma is still a hugely potent TV technology.

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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