Panasonic TX-P50GT50 review

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

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Packed with extra features it may be, but smart apps, web browsing and cute designs can be bought for less cash; buying the Panasonic TX-P50GT50 is all about a serious quest for picture quality prowess. And, boy, does this 50-inch plasma TV deliver.

We liked

Nicely styled and reasonably thin, this app-packed plasma television is relatively rare, in that it has both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners. What's equally rare these days is an affordable, though reference-level advanced picture.

Boasting detail-laden, smooth 2D Blu-ray and excellent upscaling – all free from motion blur and endowed with profound yet natural black levels – the Panasonic TX-P50GT50 also supplies the cleanest, most convincing 3D images we've seen yet.

We disliked

With no 3D specs in the box, we do wonder how many owners of the Panasonic TX-P50GT50 will ever get to see its quite stunning 3D images.

With a few tiny caveats, we have no major issues with its picture quality, with our main concerns surrounding the drab user interface, rather average sound and the manual nature of its media streaming feature.

Final verdict

A class-leading plasma TV at an affordable price – at least compared to other high-end TVs – it's impossible to think of a better screen on which to watch both 2D and 3D Blu-ray.

Standard definition sources are coped with unusually well, too, and while the image isn't as immediately bright as an LCD/LED TV, a picture this good shouldn't be difficult to live with in any setting.

However, the user interface is a little drab, and we're sad to see no 3D specs in the box (especially as the cheapest ones don't cost much), but a picture completely lacking in motion blur and with awesome black levels makes this a reference-level television.

Also consider

The Panasonic TX-P50GT50 represents one of the best 3D plasma TVs around, and though it's not at the pinnacle of Panasonic's range – that honour goes to the VT50 Series – on past evidence we're not sure the other brands can quite match it for quality or price.

The closest rivals with a similar feature count (3D, smart TV and a Full HD resolution) include the Samsung PS51E6500 and LG 50PM970T, though we've not reviewed the Samsung just yet.

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