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Panasonic TX-P50GT50 review

For 2D and 3D Blu-ray fans there's simply no better TV

Digitally speaking the Panasonic TX-P50GT50 is well endowed. What did slightly annoy us is that as soon as we switched it on it started searching, and tuning-in, digital channels followed automatically by analogue, the latter being a total waste of time (about five minutes).

Once done, the electronic programme guide for Freeview HD proves a massive improvement on previous attempts by Panasonic, though it's hardly the most joyous around. There's no thumbnail for live TV and no sound either, which makes inspecting the TV schedules a rather lonely experience.

Panasonic TX P50GT50 review

That's even more of a shame given that the Panasonic TX-P50GT50 can indulge in recording TV programmes – complete with timer – to an HDD connected to one of its three USB slots.

Its other connections are plentiful as befitting a high-end TV. Four HDMI inputs on the side of the TV are kept company by three USB slots, an SD card slot, headphones jack and a Common Interface space.

Panasonic TX P50GT50

Underneath are ports for connections for both Freesat HD and Freeview HD tuners, a Scart (via an adaptor), an optical audio input, either composite or component video (again, via an adaptor, which also includes phono inputs) and Ethernet LAN (though there's a Wi-Fi module mounted nearby, too).

The latter fuels both basic media streaming (from a USB or SD media, or over a home network from a PC or Mac), and Panasonic's stab at smart TV – Viera Connect.

Panasonic TX P50GT50 review

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Apps are quickly increasing and now involve BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, BBC News, a web browser, Skype, Netflix, Eurosport, YouTube, Acetrax Movies, Twitter, Facebook, SHOUTcast Radio, Picasa, ROVI TV Guide, Euronews and Dailymotion, among many others.

The only absentee of any note is Lovefilm, though Viera Connect is the only such smart TV platform that hosts a shopping section (where you can buy keyboards and gamepads for the few games offered as paid-for downloads, 3D specs and Skype cameras such as the TY-CC20W).

Panasonic TX P50GT50

3D imaging is via Panasonic's own Active Shutter Full HD 3D system, though sadly no 3D glasses are included in the box.

Tech-wise the NeoPlasma panel has seen some new developments for 2012. The panel filter now lets less light in, and better controls its discharge; the end result should be brighter images with blacker blacks.

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
Product FamilyViera
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelC
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
BluetoothYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)27 kg
Operating Power Consumption400 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,500,000:1
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand754 mm
Width with Stand1170 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1200
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year270 kWh
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate2.50 kHz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD)
Height704 mm
Width1170 mm
Depth47 mm
Sound SystemDTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, Virtual Surround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesMedia Player, PC Streaming, Web Browser, Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P50GT50B
Product NameTX-P50GT50B 50" Smart Viera Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-P50GT50B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

50" Smart VIERA Plasma TV - with Easy Operation, Timeless Design, Advanced Picture Quality & Networking Capabilities (Energy Efficiency Class C)

The display alternately shows images for the left and right eyes. The left and right lenses of the eyewear open and close in sync with this display timing to show separate images to the left and right eyes. By repeating this action at high speed, the brain perceives 3D images. And because this method displays FULL HD 3D images just as they are, both eyes receive 3D images in high, full-HD quality.

This original Panasonic technology detects image movements like the human eye, and optimises the drive accordingly. By achieving instantaneously powerful light emission rather than finely divided emission, it reduces the afterimages that cause blurring. As a result, fast movement is reproduced with excellent clarity.

SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)23 kg