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Panasonic TX-P50G30 - Features and First Picture Quality Thoughts

John Archer

By John Archer

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Panasonic TX-P50G30

Summary

Our Score:

9

There are a few other key facts and figures the P50G30 shares with its 3D GT30 counterpart. It’s a full HD screen, for a start. And both screens sport 600Hz sub-field drive technology for enhanced motion reproduction and image stability; Panasonic’s Intelligent Frame Creation (IFC) processing for further reducing judder; and official endorsements from both the THX quality assurance group and the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) expert calibration group.

There’s a THX mode on the picture preset list, and a solid if hardly awe-inspiring suite of calibration tools to satisfy ISF professionals, such as adjustments for the gain and cutoff of the red, green and blue colour elements, and a series of gamma preset values.

Also tucked away in an Advanced Settings section of the onscreen menus are a Resolution Enhancer processor for making pictures look sharper, plus pixel orbiter and scrolling bar measures for countering plasma’s potential (though much reduced these days) problems with long-term image retention.

The last feature to touch on before exploring how the P50G30 performs is its Viera Connect online service. As noted in numerous previous reviews of 2011 Panasonic TVs, this service isn’t quite in the same league yet as the best efforts of Samsung and Sony. Plus the service is slightly hampered by a ‘front end’ that looks lovely but struggles to cope concisely with large quantities of apps.

But it’s still worthwhile thanks to headline services which currently include the BBC iPlayer, the AceTrax movie rental/purchase service, YouTube, Skype, Facebook, Eurosport, Twitter, and the Picasa online photo site.

Panasonic TX-P50G30

At first, we have to say the P50G30’s pictures didn’t quite blow us away quite as successfully as those of the P50GT30. We tend to start our tests in what might be called ‘subdued normal’ lighting conditions, and in this configuration the P50G30’s pictures didn’t look quite as punchy and dynamic as those of its 3D sibling. Black levels seemed ever so slightly less deep, and peak whites and colours looked marginally less vibrant.

In a darkened room the differences don’t amount to much at all. And even in a bright room the improvements yielded by the latest NeoPlasma system ensure that pictures on the P50G30 look considerably better than those of Panasonic’s 2010 G20 models. But all the same we would say that the P50G30’s pictures do lack just a little ‘pizazz’ versus those of the P50GT30.

Continuing the negative theme we seem to have embarked on, there’s some noticeable contour/line break up during fast camera pans when watching 50Hz sources (though this can be reduced by calling in the set’s Intelligent Frame Creation processing), and occasionally the image’s brightness seems to flicker up and down a touch unless you’re using the mostly-good-but-slightly-muted THX preset.

So much for the bad news. The good news is that while the P50G30 might not quite hit the giddy heights of the GT30 series, it’s still a very fine Panasonic plasma TV. And a very fine Panasonic plasma TV means a TV that stands head and shoulders above most similarly affordable peers.

Jmac

July 19, 2011, 11:21 am

"The net result of all this is a 50in 2D picture that's hugely engaging ***in either 2D or 3D mode***"

Copy and paste from the P50GT30 review by any chance??

PoisonJam

July 19, 2011, 4:59 pm

I'd really like to see a spec list at the end of these reviews like your camera reviews etc.

I know the first page goes into detail over the specs but it's always good to have things laid out in a scan-able table format too.

Andrew_TR

July 19, 2011, 5:01 pm

The specs should usually be available in the "Specs" tab at the top of the review, in a nice quick-to-read table.

WAgile Guru

July 19, 2011, 6:32 pm

@PoisonJam

I Asked Jeeves and he gave me this link:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/panasonic-tx-p50g30_TV_specs

Hope this helps!

Don Kanonjii

July 20, 2011, 1:49 am

Is it really too difficult to include input lag results for all inputs? I find myself drifting from TR for TV reviews to other sites like hdtvtest and avforums as they have this crucial info.

Cliff

July 21, 2011, 6:53 pm

With reference to John McLean's comment, John meant to write 'in either standard def or HD mode'. That is fixed now.

Don Kanonjii - I've looked at recent reviews on both the sites you mention in your post, and could find no mention of multiple input lag measurements for different inputs - or different picture presets, come to that. They seem to do as we do, which is give a single input lag figure. Feel free to point me towards a particular review that does what you suggest, and we'll certainly consider if it's something we feel we can take into our reviews without making them start to get spec heavy.

I add that last qualification because TrustedReviews is quite deliberately different to the other sites you mention. While we are technophiles ourselves like yourself, we want to reach a majority of people out there who would be baffled by the sort of measurement-filled, graph-heavy, jargon-laden reviews those other sites carry. This is certainly not to denigrate the quality of those reviews; far from it. I'm merely pointing out that we at Trusted work to a 1500-word limit for our reviews in order to make sure that they're digestible and approachable for everyone, not just hardcore enthusiasts and to enable us to cover more products.

commonplace

January 3, 2012, 8:44 pm

Hi. I know this is looking at a comparison between a plasma and LED, but I wondered what your thoughts might be in making a selection between the Panasonic TX-P42G30 (given an overall 9/10 rating) and Toshiba 40TL868 (given an overall 8/10 rating)? Current prices show a price difference of approximately 㿨 with the Tosh being the cheaper, though I'm leaning towards the Panasonic at the moment. Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

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