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Panasonic TX-P50G30 - Picture Quality and Conclusions

John Archer

By John Archer



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Panasonic TX-P50G30


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Its black level response is markedly richer and deeper than that of the vast majority of other TVs out there, especially once you’ve taken into account the amount of shadow detail the set can portray within its reasonably inky black colours. This is a clear advantage of plasma’s direct, emissive technology versus LCD/LED’s ‘backlight’ technology, since it allows each pixel of the picture to be illuminated largely independently of every other pixel.

Plasma’s approach to lighting its pictures also means you don’t have to worry about either the viewing angle restrictions posed by LCD technology or the backlight consistency issues that can be such a problem with edge LED TVs.

Next, while the P50G30’s colours might not look as explosively vibrant as those you’d see from an LCD/LED TV, they are nonetheless very natural in tone, extremely subtly delineated when it comes to blends, and impressively well balanced, with no significant sign of the tendency to push greens and oranges that plasma can suffer with.

HD pictures on the P50G30 look blisteringly detailed and crisp, especially with the excellent native contrast response allowing even details in dark areas to continually add depth to the image. There’s no blur over motion either, thanks to plasma’s innately excellent response time versus LCD TVs, and with Blu-ray HD sources, while there is judder to contend with, it’s not severe.

Panasonic TX-P50G30

If you’re a particular hater of judder, though, again Panasonic’s got your back with its IFC system, which smooths judder away a little (on its mid setting) or a lot (on its max setting), without generating as many artefacts as many rival motion processing systems. Personally we generally chose not to use IFC, as it can turn films into videos. But we’re always in favour of brands offering end users plenty of choice over how their pictures look, so long as any processing options don’t throw up too many ugly side effects.

The P50G30 proves very able with standard definition pictures too, upscaling them to the screen’s full HD resolution with decent if not earth-shattering levels of sharpness, and keeping a firm lid on source noise.

We also spotted practically no trouble from plasma-related foibles such as image retention, ‘fizzing’ over the picture if you watch from too close, and exaggerated fizzing over skin tones.

The net result of all this is a 50in 2D picture that’s hugely engaging in either standard def or HD mode - provided, at least, that you’re not using it in the sort of high-brightness room that might be better served by an LCD/LED screen.

It's a fine gaming monitor if that's your bag too, delivering an impressively low input lag measurement (using its Game mode) of just 25ms.

The P50G30’s sound, meanwhile, is also a cut above that of most flat TVs. There’s slightly more power and mid-range openness around, which means that soundtracks sound more detailed, well rounded and clear. That said, we’re not talking about anything truly spectacular - merely above average.


Surprisingly, the P50G30 isn’t quite just the the P50GT30 minus 3D we’d expected it to be; it’s also got a chunkier design than its 3D brother, and features a watered down Infinite Black variant versus the P50GT30’s ‘Pro’ version. And it doesn’t have the GT30’s built-in Freesat HD tuner.

But despite these compromises, it’s still a very fine 2D TV indeed, and can be considered great value to boot.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Image Quality 9
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Value 9


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??


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.


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


I Asked Jeeves and he gave me this link:


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.


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.


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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