Panasonic TC-P50GT30 Review Page 2

Value Rating: 9/10

At $1709 from our recommended resellers the TC-P50GT30 represents a very good solid value considering picture quality, 3D future proofing (keeping in mind that the glasses will cost $ in the future), skype, Viera Connect, and Viera Cast Internet suite. Included also is a Wifi dongle for easy Internet access – a nice accessory to not have to purchase. Competition comes from the Samsung PN51D7000 and the LG 50PZ950 in the plasma realm. Other competition in LED-LCD TVs is also present.

Overall Rating: 8.9/10

Calibration Notes: Our calibrated picture settings can bring this TV to life and make it surpass most on the road. Reds appear slightly oversaturated at times but we prefer this to the very color deflated picture with the THX, Standard or Cinema mode settings - and you will to. Give them a shot. Follow our picture settings closely:

Picture Mode: You must be in the Custom Mode to make the following adjustments. Pro Setting may not be adjusted in the other Picture modes.

Picture Mode: Custom
Contrast: 70
Brightness: 60
Color: 48
Sharpness: 10
Tint: 0
Color Temp: Warm 2
Mosquito NR: Off
Motion Smoother: Off
Black Level: Light
24P Direct in: 60Hz
In Pro Settings Menu (White Balance)
W/B high R +16
W/B high G 0
W/B high B +16
W/B low R +7
W/B low G 0
W/B low B +4

Processor Testing: Panasonic has not improved upon or corrected deficiencies in the processing chip sets for the GT30. For a near top tier TV it should test better in this area. The main issue was wobbling instability during the Film Resolution Loss Test and no effort to remove judder effects when panning. Overall the Panasonic GT30 scored an Average to Good Result in these tests.

HQV Video Board Processing Tests

With 480i Input

Jaggies 1: Good result
Jaggies 2: Average

Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction: Average to Good
Film Detail Test Race Car/Stadium Seating: Pass: 1 second before eliminating moire video noise.

Film based Pulldown Cadence tests (applicable to DVDs)
Cadence 2-2 30fps: Average to Poor result.
Cadence 3-2: Average result

With 1080p HD Input

Jaggies 1: Average to Good result
Jaggies 2: Good

Video Resolution Loss Test: Good
Film Resolution Loss Test: Average to Poor Result. Wobble/unstable

HD Background: Good
Stadium Seating Test with Moire: Average to Good result


  • 50" screen class (49.9" diagonal screen size)
  • 16:9 native aspect ratio
  • Full HD 3D ready (Requires 3D glasses)
  • 4 HDMI inputs with 3D capability
  • 1 component video input + composite audio, 1 composite AV input, 1 PC input, 1 analog audio input, 3 USB ports
  • Audio Return Channel (HDMI input 1)
  • L/R full range speakers (10W + 10W)
  • Includes tabletop stand; Wall-mounting bracket sold separately
  • Remote control included
  • 6,144 equivalent shades of gradation
  • 24p video playback
  • Improved 600Hz sub-field drive
  • THX Mode (2D/3D)
  • Deep Color and x.v.Color
  • VIERA Connect (IPTV) with included wireless LAN adapter
  • Pixel orbiter (Anti-image retention)
  • Game Mode
  • VIERA Tools
  • VIERA Link
  • Panel half-life up to 100,000 hours
  • 3D image viewer
  • Mercury- and lead-free display panel
  • 3D 24p Cinema smoother
  • Infinite Black 2
  • 2D to artificial 3D upconversion
  • 1920 x 1080p Full HD resolution
  • Dimensions (without/with stand): 46.4"/46.4" W x 28.3"/29.7" H x 2.3"/13.2" D
  • Weight (without/with stand): 56.3/65.1 lbs.