Panasonic TX-P50GT60 review

Perfect plasma's sweet spot is a triumph of trickle-down tech

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Although the TX-P50GT60 is endlessly tweakable, it's also got some excellent preset picture modes that avoid all that (though they themselves are open to tweaks). Our favourite in a dark room was THX Cinema with some extra contrast added, though the standard Cinema setting works better in a brighter room. So too THX Bright Room, though that mode does introduce a lot of flicker.

Picture presets
The THX Cinema preset really works a charm.

Where the TX-P50GT60's NeoPlasma Black 3000 panel truly shines is with high definition, and our test disc Prometheus. This movie is a test for any screen, but the TX-P50GT60 ekes out masses of detail from the dingy depths, though displays it in a refined-looking, crisp image with loads of depth.

That Infinite Black Pro filter works a treat here, helping to make images convincing not just when total black is apparent, but with rich colours, too; switch to Life of Pi and the tiger looks simply awesome. Motion and judder are not an issue if you engage the 24p Smooth Film feature on its mid-strength, as shown on the tricky beginning sequence of Hugo; the TX-P50GT60's rendition was absolutely pitch perfect.

Upscaling stength

For all the furore over the TX-P50GT60's cracking hi-def images, we're really pleased with how broadcast TV looks – even standard definition channels. It's perhaps this strength at upscaling that makes plasma still the best all-round choice for living rooms at the hefty 50-inch size.

Yes, edges and close-ups can be soft, but there's hardly a suggestion of noise or artefacting, and both colours and contrast remain strong. Not surprisingly, HD channels looks far crisper, but SD is so good we're not searching for HD versions of programmes, as we so often do with LED TVs.

Turning to 3D, the TX-P50GT60 puts in a decent enough performance, but it doesn't blow our socks off. The chief reason for this is flicker.

During that tricky Hugo sequence we were conscious of a constant slight flicker that interrupted the impressive detail on show, while there was also a touch of resolution loss during camera pans. It's not quite as easy to watch as a passive 3D rendition, though it's ultimately worth getting used to since the 3D effect is both more convincing and subtler despite being more detailed.

Meanwhile the active shutter 3D specs supplied with the TX-P50GT60 – model number TY-ER3D5MA – are lightweight and very comfortable.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera GT60
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)26 kg
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand750 mm
Width with Stand1170 mm
Depth with Stand308 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1500
Network (RJ-45)Yes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
USB RecordingYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height697 mm
Width1170 mm
Depth49 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product SeriesGT60
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Media Player, PC Streaming, Picture and Text (PAT), Hotel Mode, Teletext
Product ModelTX-P50GT60
Product NameViera TX-P50GT60 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-P50GT60E
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • Viera TX-P50GT60 Plasma TV
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
Weight (Approximate)22.50 kg