Panasonic TX-P42G30 review

Panasonic's TX-P42G30 Plasma TV is a really impressive high-def performer Tested at £700

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Our Verdict

Panasonic has nailed it with the G30 – the company is in the zone at the moment

For

  • Solid build, finish and ergonomics
  • good spec
  • great contrast
  • detailed pictures

Against

  • THX preset is a matter of taste
  • needs fiddling before colours look natural

Some manufacturers are more optimistic than others when it comes to pricing. Or perhaps some just like to build in a lot of headroom to let retailers offer eye-catching ‘discounts’.

Either way, unless you’re a Lottery roll-over winner, you needn’t concern yourself with the £950 Panasonic’s own online store would like to relieve you of for the TX-P42G30. Even those who pay the £700 we’re quoting could try harder.

Spec (and performance) heavy
Regardless of discount, though, you can at least revel in the knowledge that you’ve bought one of the better pound-for-pound 2D plasmas.

Compared to, say, the Samsung UE40D5520, the Panasonic is a bit chunky, but the frame encloses plenty of tech. Freeview HD reception, USB recording, Viera Connect online functionality (wireless if you shell out for a dongle)… it’s even got an SD-card reader.

Oh, and THX certification – though we found Panasonic’s preset THX mode a touch murky with whites.

If you’ve used a Panasonic TV made in the last dozen years then you know the TX-P42G30’s remote control, and in conjunction with clean on-screen menus it makes the Pana straightforward to set up.

There’s a little more finessing of motion handling to be done than we’d like, but ergonomically the G30 is fine.

Good performance with HDTV
It’s also fine when receiving high-def TV. Black levels are impeccable: inky and deep but with sufficient detail to keep you fully informed. Contrast is punchy, motion is handled with tremendous assurance and picture noise is suppressed pitilessly. Textures, too, are convincing.

Upscaled DVDs enjoy a lot of these positives as well – particularly the delightful blacks and the corresponding facility with contrast.

There’s a slight but undeniable softness to our DVD copy of No Country For Old Men, mind you, and consequently a rather vague way with edges. Within that, though, detail stays high and motion is gripped manfully.

Those wrongs are righted with a switch to Blu-ray. The Panasonic is a really impressive high-definition performer, dealing out prodigious levels of detail, distinguishing explicitly between textures and generating gratifying depth and insight into black tones.

Beautifully lit pictures impress
The G30 lights its pictures beautifully, too – doubtless a by-product of its excellent contrast, and it deals with even the toughest motion without alarms.

Sound-wise, the G30 is on the toppy and hard side, though it’s quite open and doesn’t incorporate the brazen sibilance some rivals are so keen on. No, our biggest (perhaps our only significant) concern is with the colour.

Unlike every other non-Panasonic screen, there’s a deal of fine-tuning to be done to achieve a neutral balance – it’s doable, but without thoroughly investigating the sub-menus the G30 overstates green tones slightly but consistently.

So, set aside an extra 10 minutes at the start of your G30 ownership, and then you’ll be in possession of a cracking TV – even if you do end up paying as much as Panasonic thinks you should.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesPG30
Product LineViera
Product NamePanasonic TX-P42G30
Product ModelTX-P42G30B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Brand NamePanasonic
Product TypePlasma TV
ManufacturerPanasonic
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP42G30B

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand32 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate24 kg
Width with Stand102 cm
Weight Approximate20.50 kg
Height with Stand67.5 cm
Width102 cm
Depth7 cm
Height64 cm
Dimensions64 cm (H): 102 cm (W): 7 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesChild Lock, Picture and Text (PAT), Media Player, PC Streaming, Web Content Access, Teletext
Aspect Ratio16:9
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemVirtual Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption400 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption275 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Motion Interpolation TechnologyIntelligent Frame Creation Pro
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Analog TunerPAL
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Package Contents
  • Viera TX-P42G30E Plasma TV
  • Remote Control
Environmental CertificationREACH

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year