Panasonic TX-P50VT30B review

Is this the best home cinema plasma TV around?

TODO alt text

panasonic tx p50vt30b

Panasonic's flagship TX-P50VT30B plasma TV is for those who need not make compromises on price or performance - it's one of the most impressive flatscreen TVs yet.

We liked

The convincing blacks on show here lend tremendous depth, and there's a vibrant brightness in an otherwise black picture that screams 'home cinema'. Add the lack of judder and blur to decent audio, Viera Connect and a choice of free-to-air digital TV tuners, and the Panasonic TX-P50VT30B is quite a package.

We disliked

A particularly dark 3D image is our main criticism, with other complaints including a slightly complex remote control, an inconsistent handling of MKV and AVI video files, and the ugly spectre of image retention.

Final verdict

There's online fun, access to free HD broadcasts and a sumptuous design, but at its core the Panasonic TX-P50VT30B plasma TV is the ideal option for anyone after home cinema-grade AV equipment.

An awesome performance with 2D and 3D Blu-ray (although there's room for improvement in the latter) assures it the love of home cinema aficionados, but it's also kind to poor sources, and a better value choice than bigger plasmas in the VT30 Series.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera VT30
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)35 kg
Operating Power Consumption410 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power12 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand768 mm
Width with Stand1202 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1500
3D ConversionYes
USB RecordingYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyIntelligent Frame Creation Pro
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height733 mm
Width1202 mm
Depth50 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, DTS, Virtual Surround Sound
Product SeriesVT30
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Colour Depth68.7 Billion Colors (12-bit)
FeaturesChild Lock, Picture and Text (PAT), Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture in Picture, PC Streaming, Media Player, Web Content Access, Teletext
Product ModelTX-P50VT30B
Product NameViera TX-P50VT30B Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP50VT30B
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

The 600Hz Sub-field Drive* in VIERA plasma TVs teams up with Intelligent Frame Creation Pro technology to deliver smooth, fluid, on-screen motion. By using an intelligent algorithm within the picture processing based on motion detection, the best combination of frames is created to deliver ultra crisp sports, film and game action.

Package Contents
  • Viera TX-P50VT30B Plasma TV
  • 2 x Pairs of 3D Eyewear
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)31 kg