Panasonic TX-P50GT50 review

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

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The Panasonic TX-P50GT50 suffers from the same problem as all of the brand's 2012 TVs; while its user interface is relatively straightforward to use, it's long-winded and old-fashioned-looking, and not a patch on the likes of LG, in particular.

Take media playback. The Panasonic TX-P50GT50 supports MOV, MP4, AVC HD and AVI files over a network, adding MKV and WMV support if you use a USB flash drive. MP3, WMA and FLAC music files are also supported, as are JPEG photos.

Panasonic TX P50GT50 review

Not a bad effort, but actually accessing these files from a Mac is a terribly manual process, and poor when compared to LG's SmartShare idea.

That said, it's not a difficult or complicated TV to get on with, largely thanks to its excellent preset picture modes. Kudos goes to the THX Cinema mode in particular, though there are two spaces – Professional 1 & 2 – on which to save calibrations; the Advanced Menu (once activated in the set-up menu) contains tweaks for white balance, gamma and colour management.

Panasonic TX P50GT50 review

Dual-core processing makes Viera Connect a joy to use, and it remains one of the easiest to use smart TV platforms around, despite its separation from the GUI as a whole.

A final gripe about the user interface involves the grid-like electronic programme guide for Freeview HD; it contains two hours' of schedules for 10 channels, but both audio and picture of the channel you're on are cut while you inspect it. It badly needs a live TV thumbnail.


As a result of the Panasonic TX-P50GT50 being relatively slim, audio is nothing to get excited about.

Panasonic TX P50GT50 review

We failed to hear much difference between V-Audio and V-Audio Surround, and though there's just enough mid-range to cope with most dialogue-dominated TV programmes, the onboard sound never does justice to the on-screen awesomeness.


We think the Panasonic TX-P50GT50 is excellent value, considering its high-end performance. Still, we do think that any plasma TV costing this much that purports to be a 3D TV – and a stunningly effective one, at that – really should have at least a couple of pairs of 3D glasses in the box.

If you do want to add some to the Panasonic TX-P50GT50, Viera Connect's Marketplace sells Panasonic's TY-EW3D3ME (£80.99/$79.95), TY-ER3D4 (£50.99/$79.99) and TY-EP3D10 (£18.99/$24.99).

Panasonic TX P50GT50 review

All use Bluetooth or radio to link to the Panasonic TX-P50GT50, so no line of sight is required, though that does have the unfortunate effect of making 3D specs from Panasonic's previous 3D TVs, such as the Panasonic TX-P50VT20 obsolete. Who'd be an early adopter?

Although the step-up VT50 version of this TV includes a slightly more advanced black filter, some 3D glasses and a touchpad remote control, the latter, in particular, isn't worth paying extra for.

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
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand754 mm
Width with Stand1170 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
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
Product ModelTX-P50GT50B
Product NameTX-P50GT50B 50" Smart Viera Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-P50GT50B
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)23 kg