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Panasonic TX-P50GT30B review

Breathtakingly accomplished 3D plasma with cloud-based apps capability

Panasonic tx p50gt30b

Panasonic's second-generation 3D plasma TV arrives with a lot to live up to and some hot competition, so it's just as well that it comes sporting a radically revamped panel design and all manner of multimedia tricks and treats.

The new panel technology enables much more brightness than was possible on previous models and this is achieved without damaging energy consumption or spoiling contrast. The TX-P50GT30B's multimedia talents include USB recording of the Freesat and Freeview HD tuners and access to Panasonic's exciting new Viera Connect online platform.

Happily, the new plasma technology helps the TX-P50GT30B improve considerably upon the already fine GT20 series with both 2D and 3D footage, enabling enhanced contrast, richer colours, much more brightness and more detail in dark 3D areas. These new benefits come on top, of course, of plasma's already proven advantage with 3D crosstalk.

You need to be more careful to avoid image retention in the first 100 or so hours of the TX-P50GT30B's life than you might have been with previous models, but provided you're willing to commit to this and can afford the asking price, it's a spectacular TV.

We liked

The improvements Panasonic has introduced to its 2011 3D panels deliver clear and wide-ranging picture quality benefits, such as enhanced contrast, richer colours, sharper detailing, and a more dynamic picture, in 2D as well as 3D.

The TX-P50GT30B looks nice by Panasonic standards, too and is beautifully built. Plus, it's superbly connected with multimedia tools galore.

We disliked

The screen seems more prone to image retention, at least in the early hours of its life, than last year's models. There's a little colour seepage with 50Hz PAL footage too, but this can be fixed via the IFC system.

A bit more control over colours and motion processing would be a good move too, and it would have been nice to find built-in Wi-Fi and a couple of free 3D glasses included for its £1,800 price tag. Finally, Panasonic's current 3D glasses continue to irk.

Final verdict

As with its debut 3D LCD TV, Panasonic has gone for broke with the first of its new 3D plasmas, a fact that has resulted in a rather imposing price tag on the TX-P50GT30B. The good news is that your outlay is rewarded with a truly sensational level of picture quality in either 2D or 3D mode.

The high levels of extra punch Panasonic has added to the GT30's 2D and 3D pictures versus last year's equivalent models means you need to take a few extra precautions to avoid screen retention in the TV's early days. Aside from this, the performance is state of the art.

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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