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Panasonic TX-P55VT30 - 2D Picture Quality

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Panasonic TX-P55VT30


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The P55VT30's slight brightness reduction follows through into 2D playback too, so if you’re looking for a TV to go into a rather bright room, the GT30s may perhaps be a better bet (if you can live with the GT30’s maximum 50in screen size).

In most other ways, though, the P55VT30 is as accomplished with 2D as it is 3D. HD sources look nothing short of magnificent, thanks to a jaw-dropping combination of acute sharpness and detailing, vivid yet brilliantly natural colours and, most amazing of all, a vast contrast range that includes black levels even deeper than those already witnessed on the GT30 series.

The impact of both the detailing and black level response delivered by the VT30 series is emphasised by the 55in size of the screen. The 3D experience also benefits hugely from such a large screen. Even standard definition pictures are surprisingly watchable on the P55VT30, despite the obvious challenges for Panasonic’s processing in stretching standard def sources to a screen size as large as 55in. They could look a touch sharper perhaps, but at least they’re not horribly noisy, and retain credible colour saturation.

One last positive to report is that the screen suffers minimal input lag. We measured under 30ms, which means gamers shouldn't have their performance reduced when playing on a P55VT30.

Panasonic TX-P55VT30

The P55VT30’s huge picture quality talents don’t extend to perfection, though. We’ve already pointed out that the filter that helps the screen delivers its amazing contrast performance also compromises the screen’s brightness slightly. Also, during standard def PAL viewing the image can suffer a little from judder, even producing, during camera pans, double imaging around stark image elements such as the lines on a football pitch.

This can be controlled reasonably effectively with the help of Panasonic’s on-board Intelligent Frame Creation system though.

We can't end without mention a few remaining niggles. The P55VT30’s sound isn’t quite as potent and dynamic as we’d hoped given its speaker configuration (though it’s still above average); Panasonic’s 3D glasses remain the most uncomfortable around; and finally in the negative column, you can’t get round the fact that even at the reasonably discounted price of £2,500 we’ve tracked down, the P55VT30 is hardly cheap. But then we guess Panasonic just couldn’t afford to deliver the innovations that help this TV deliver the goods so well if it didn’t charge a premium for them.


The P55VT30 can handily be summed up as being simply the best ‘mainstream’ 3D TV ever, its size and technological prowess coming together to create a near perfect living-room 3D experience. What’s more, the technology that helps its 3D look so good also makes it a brilliant 2D performer. So while the P55VT30 will certainly put quite a dent in even the healthiest of bank balances, as Hollywood likes to say, the money is all up there on the screen.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • 2D Quality 9
  • 3D Quality 10
  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • Sound Quality 7
  • Value 8

Denis iii

June 15, 2011, 2:52 pm

Better then Pioneer Kuro?


June 15, 2011, 4:45 pm

C'mon guys! You're embedding the full-size images on the page and just using HTML to force the browser to resize them. This means to just view the reviews we're having to download the full 1.7MB+ (x2 per page) images even if we're not clicking on them to enlarge...

Think about us on smartphones etc.

Mr Mitchell

June 15, 2011, 5:33 pm

????Have panasonic sorted out the panning problem out? As I have last years model & it give's me head ache.
The only way I know how to improve the motion is turning off IFC in the setup menu:( otherwise it's the best tv picture out there!

Matt Ross

June 15, 2011, 6:08 pm

Knock a few hundred quid off in return for taking away the 3D functionality and I'd buy one of these.


June 15, 2011, 7:52 pm

Very rare that I post now as the new site is totally incompatible with IE6 that is standard still at work. Having to do this on the iPad.

I'd also love a TV this good without 3D but it seems it's going to be a long time yet before Manufacturers realise that most of us don't want it.

Does this TV buzz..?? This is really important to me having had to sell a G20 and lose £400 because of the buzzing.


Energizer Bunny

June 15, 2011, 10:22 pm

Oh Trusted Reviews for the love of god go back to the old website. In times gone by there would have been 20 comments up about this article already. Instead you have 5 and 2 of them are complaining about the website. A huge amount of people are still stuck on IE6 at work and your site is an absolute dog on that browser. If comment numbers are any kind of proxy for general traffic you must be down massively since the ugrade. Please either fix this one or go back :(

The TV looks nice.


June 15, 2011, 11:08 pm

Agree, stunningly lazy programming.


June 15, 2011, 11:10 pm

+1 to the 3D comments. I don't want the gimmick that is 3D, but I would like a top end TV. Can't wait for the 3D fad to be over!


June 16, 2011, 1:48 am

Thank you Trusted Reviews for not supporting IE6!

Personally I'm sick of having to support that antique. The fewer sites that support it the quicker it should finally die.

I do sympathise with those like AJ who don't get a choice of browser though, but sadly there are always casualties for the sake of progress.


June 16, 2011, 3:57 am

I'm really happy that Panasonic finally sorted out their dated aesthetics. But at the risk of whining, I kind of expect Wi-Fi to be integrated into the set instead of via an inelegant dongle before the price point of 2500 quid. Not too much to ask - built in Wi-Fi really comes as standard on every other electronic device now. If manufacturers want to make progress with this connected TV lark, they've got to move on from thinking it's a novel extra.


June 16, 2011, 7:26 pm

@AJ - I had to return a P42G30B because of its buzzing. I now have a buzz-free LCD. From what I've read on AVForums, this is a feature on some Plasmas, with the degree they buzz varying form TV to TV. It also depends on your own tolerance.

Even though the picture was superb on the G30B I bought, I'd be put off buying a Plasma again because of this issue. However, as you pointed out, it's rarely brought up in reviews.


June 16, 2011, 7:29 pm

Unfortunately, it seems that to get a top-end TV now, all of them come with 3D. You can't get one without it. And it looks like it will stay that way for the near future, until this 3D fad is over (like you say).

A Scotland

June 16, 2011, 9:00 pm

I actually like the new website. The old one was aesthetically offensive ;). I am surprised people regularly using this website have internet explorer at all let alone 6.

With 3D, I was originally sceptical too but no longer consider it a fad at all. Too many have invested too much in the format for it to fail now. Don't forget that you are basing your views on experience of something which is in early stages of development having only just begun to receive major investment and attention. I would hope that eventually the technology will reach a stage where all but the most hardened luddites will have to endorse it.


July 3, 2011, 5:46 pm

Why do you never mention the Rated Power Consumption, this one is 430 Watts. Could just about afford the TV, but could only afford to switch it on for special occasions. Like Royal Weddings and The World Cup.

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