Panasonic VIERA GT30

  • 60" 1080p Plasma
  • 3D 60 Hz
  • Internet enabled
Released January, 2011
Vudu video and Hulu Plus are still missing, and we could nitpick about the absence of Rhapsody since Napster gets a spot, but otherwise the selection is solid.
Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Panasonic VIERA GT30

Back view of Panasonic VIERA GT30
Overall the GT30 delivered excellent picture quality, with deep black levels, accurate color, and the essentially perfect uniformity of plasma, with the surprising bonus of handling 1080p/24 content correctly.
Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

size

60"
42"
50"
We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 50-inch Panasonic TC-P50GT30, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series.
VIERA GT30 by c|net (Apr, 2011)
Note that all of these dimensions might vary on the larger screen sizes in the series.
VIERA GT30 by c|net (Apr, 2011)

thickness

Panasonic VIERA GT30
Panasonic VIERA U50
Panasonic VIERA ST30
Like Samsung's slim plasmas and many companies' LEDs, the input bay of the GT30 series is so slim that breakout cables are required for many of the jacks: component and composite video, stereo audio, RF, optical digital, and even the VGA input.
VIERA GT30 by c|net (Apr, 2011)
The new panel measures 1.5 inches deep, but a speaker bulge along the bottom (you can't detach the speaker) brings the true depth to 2.2 inches.
VIERA GT30 by c|net (Apr, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Panasonic VIERA GT30

power consumption

Panasonic VIERA GT30
Panasonic VIERA ST30
Panasonic VIERA VT30
We did not test the power consumption of this size in the Panasonic TC-PGT30 series, but we did test the 50-inch model.
VIERA GT30 by c|net (Apr, 2011)
Many of the other sets in our lineup looked better in this regard, and we consider this one of the GT30's most apparent performance issues.
VIERA GT30 by c|net (Apr, 2011)

black levels

Panasonic VIERA GT30
Panasonic VIERA ST30
Panasonic VIERA VT30
Overall the GT30 was a very good 3D performer, showing minimal crosstalk compared with the others and delivering deeper black levels than the ST30.
VIERA GT30 by c|net (Apr, 2011)
Panasonic modified the antireflective screen on the GT30, and as a result we saw deeper black levels and contrast under the bright lights than on the GT25 or the Samsung C8000, but not deeper than on the Kuro or the LCDs.
VIERA GT30 by c|net (Apr, 2011)

contrast ratio

Panasonic VIERA GT30
Panasonic VIERA VT30
Panasonic VIERA LEW56
The GT30's gamma measured worse than the GT25 and differences were visible in program material.
VIERA GT30 by c|net (Apr, 2011)
Compared with the GT25 from last year it evinced worse gamma, which washed out darker parts of the image (an issue that also caused us to slightly prefer the ST30's image overall to that of the GT30), and showed some subtle fluctuations in black and gray areas.
VIERA GT30 by c|net (Apr, 2011)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 0.1521/0.06
  • 2:2 Pulldown @ 48Hz
  • Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube
  • Picasa
  • Napster, Pandora
  • Facebook, Twitter
  • AVCHD, MPEG2
  • AAC, LPCM, MP3
  • JPEG
  • supports professional calibration to achieve the most accurate color reproduction
  • 60"
  • video chat with friends from the comfort of your living room
  • VIERA Link
  • access streaming content over the Internet
  • 3
  • enjoy realistic 3D videos at home
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
  • 0.2996/0.59
  • built-in, 802.11n
  • 1080i content is smoothly rendered at the TV's native resolution
  • 4
  • 34.8 mm
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1,200 lines
  • 1
  • 1
  • 83.04%

cons

  • 1.92
  • 3.58
  • TY-EW3D2SU, 161 dollars
  • 6,370K
  • 473 Watts
  • 0.6315/0.34
  • only proprietary remote controls can control the TV
  • 16,712:1
  • 38,011 g
  • 60 Hz

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
Read the review (Apr, 2011)
Rated 80%
Read the review (Apr, 2011)
On the other hand we appreciate their prior-year backward compatibility: you can use Panasonic's 2011 glasses with the 2010 TVs, and the 2010 glasses with the 2011 TVs.

Video

Of course, the availability of color calibration controls would have improved THX's Geek Box scores considerably.
Panasonic VIERA GT30 60" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)
You'll need to input a 1080p/24 source to activate the 24p mode at 48Hz, but due to the flickering we don't recommend it.
Panasonic VIERA GT30 60" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)
On the other hand we did notice some artifacts from 1080p/24 sources in 60Hz mode.
Panasonic VIERA GT30 60" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Apps

You do get full picture control with Netflix and other streaming services-the TV basically treats Viera Connect as a separate "input"-but THX is renamed Cinema.
Panasonic VIERA GT30 60" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)
Unfortunately the Netflix interface doesn't allow search and uses the old horizontal scroll instead of the new tiled layout, but at least you get genres.
Panasonic VIERA GT30 60" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)
The Viera Connect home page uses a simple, tile-based layout for apps.
Panasonic VIERA GT30 60" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Cinema mode

Overall Custom fared better in the Geek Box, but THX definitely looks better in person.
Panasonic VIERA GT30 60" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)
For our calibration, as usual with Panasonic, we tried using both THX (since it lacks most fine adjustments our THX "calibration" consisted mainly of increasing light output from 30 fL to 40 fL) and Custom, which allows more picture control (we ruled out Cinema as a starting point because its light output maxed at 30 fL).
Panasonic VIERA GT30 60" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)
Notably the two-step Motion Smoother dejudder control is inactive in THX.
Panasonic VIERA GT30 60" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Content

On the "Digital Video Essentials" test Blu-ray we noticed shifting lines and minor instability in the downtown Philadelphia buildings during an upward-facing pan.
Panasonic VIERA GT30 60" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Movies

Like Samsung and LG, Panasonic redesigned its Internet suite for 2011 TVs, adding an app store, greatly expanding content offerings and changing the name-it's now Viera Connect for TVs, although the old Viera Cast moniker still applies for 2011 Blu-ray players.
Panasonic VIERA GT30 60" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Competition What else you should consider

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Panasonic Viera ST50 2-way tie: Quite consistent calibrated gamma Viera ST50 vs VIERA GT30
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Panasonic VIERA ST30 Most even colors at default settings ST30 50" vs GT30 60"
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Panasonic VIERA VT30 Highest contrast ratio VT30 55" vs GT30 60"
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Panasonic VIERA LEW56 Rated the best by consumers LEW56 32" vs GT30 60"
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Panasonic Viera VT50 4-way tie: More HDMI ports Viera VT50 vs VIERA GT30
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Panasonic Viera GT50 3-way tie: Biggest screen Viera GT50 vs VIERA GT30
Front view of Panasonic VIERA GT30

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Editions Editions of the Panasonic VIERA GT30

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512 Watts 65" TC-P65GT30
 
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473 Watts 60" TC-P60GT30
 
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434 Watts 55" TC-P55GT30
 
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399 Watts 50" TC-P50GT30
 
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