Panasonic TX-P50GT30B review

Breathtakingly accomplished 3D plasma with cloud-based apps capability

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For

  • Outstanding build quality
  • Brilliant 2D and 3D pictures
  • Good online and multimedia capability

Against

  • Minor colour bleed with 50Hz PAL
  • 3D glasses knock out a lot of brightness
  • Poorly designed eyewear

Just when LCD seemed to be poised for world domination, plasma's clear advantages with 3D saw a swift upturn in the technology's fortunes.

Recent new active 3D TVs from Samsung and Panasonic itself have shown big leaps forward for LCD's 3D capabilities, though, while LG's passive LCD alternative has also been making waves. Panasonic's second wave of 3D plasmas has much to prove, then, and the TX-P50GT30B represents a radical overhaul of the previous generation.

A NeoPlasma panel replaces the previous NeoPDP technology, with highlights including faster-switching phosphor and a new filter.

Panasonic's new slim plasmas also now sit in a more affordable position in its range and the TX-P50GT30B sports not only dual high-definition Freeview and Freesat tuners, but also Panasonic's new Viera Connect online platform, plus extensive multimedia talents.

The 50-inch TX-P50GT30B is joined in the lineup by the 42-inch TH-P42GT30B and 46-inch TH-P46GT30B. Amazingly, despite this series' awe-inspiring spec, it's not quite at the pinnacle of Panasonic's current 3D range. The VT30 series adds an extra high-contrast filter and boosts sound by installing new dual-range speakers together with a boxed subwoofer.

Rather lower down the pecking order, sets in the ST30 series lose the Freesat tuner, lack any THX/ISF endorsements, don't allow USB HDD recording, have no DLNA capability and fewer USB and HDMI ports and are considerably chunkier in profile.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Analog TunerPAL
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera GT30
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)29.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption400 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand753 mm
Width with Stand1177 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory1000
3D ConversionYes
USB RecordingYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyIntelligent Frame Creation Pro
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height718 mm
Width1177 mm
Depth58 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
Product SeriesGT30
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Colour Depth68.7 Billion Colors (12-bit)
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Teletext, Web Content Access, Media Player, PC Streaming
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P50GT30B
Product NameViera TX-P50GT30B Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP50GT30B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
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.

SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)25.50 kg