Panasonic VIERA VT30

  • 65" 1080p Plasma
  • 3D 60 Hz
  • Internet enabled
Released January, 2011
The Panasonic VT30's main design improvement over the GT30 series is a single pane of glass that fronts the entire panel, eliminating the depth difference between the frame and the screen.
Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Panasonic VIERA VT30

Back view of Panasonic VIERA VT30
3D picture quality was excellent as well in the THX 3D mode, although Samsung's flagship plasma and LCD were better at reducing crosstalk.
Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

size

65"
42"
50"
We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 55-inch Panasonic TC-P55VT30, but this review also applies to the other screen size in the series.
VIERA VT30 by c|net (Jun, 2011)
The GT25 from last year had a "Blur reduction control" that, when engaged, delivered full motion resolution.
VIERA VT30 by c|net (Jun, 2011)

thickness

Panasonic VIERA VT30
Panasonic VIERA VT25
Panasonic VIERA U50
The difference in absolute depth of black was quite subtle between the VT30 (0.0061 fL) and the Samsung (0.0071), not to mention the GT30 (0.0082), but between the three the VT30 produced the best picture in dark scenes like the nighttime forest in Chapter 10.
VIERA VT30 by c|net (Jun, 2011)
Like Samsung's slim plasmas and many company's LEDs, the input bay of the VT30 series is so slim that breakout cables are required for many of the jacks: component and composite video, stereo audio, RF, optical digital, the VGA input and the RS-232 port.
VIERA VT30 by c|net (Jun, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Panasonic VIERA VT30

power consumption

Panasonic VIERA VT30
Panasonic VIERA VT25
Panasonic VIERA GT30
Power consumption: We did not test the power consumption of the 65-inch TC-P65VT30, but we did test the 55-inch model.
VIERA VT30 by c|net (Jun, 2011)

black levels

Panasonic VIERA VT30
Panasonic VIERA UT50
Panasonic VIERA GT30
On the other hand it did a slightly better job at preserving black levels under bright lights, although the Samsung was still very good in that area.
VIERA VT30 by c|net (Jun, 2011)
Of course the VT25 (which we measured at 0.004 fL) only had a couple hundred hours on it; we its black level to worsen as it ages further, while according to Panasonic, the VT30's black levels won't change.
VIERA VT30 by c|net (Jun, 2011)

contrast ratio

Panasonic VIERA VT30
Panasonic VIERA GT30
New for 2011 Panasonic has added a 10-point grayscale adjustment, full-fledged CMS and, unlike any other TV we've seen so far, a 10-point luminance control to home in on gamma.
VIERA VT30 by c|net (Jun, 2011)
It had better color accuracy, and skin tones and color looked a bit oversaturated on the Samsung.
VIERA VT30 by c|net (Jun, 2011)
 

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

pros

  • 0.1555/0.06
  • Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube
  • Picasa
  • Napster, Pandora
  • Facebook, Twitter
  • AVCHD, MPEG2
  • MP3
  • JPEG
  • 65"
  • supports professional calibration to achieve the most accurate color reproduction
  • 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
  • 0.6365/0.33
  • 0.3068/0.6
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
  • optional, 802.11n
  • 6,589K
  • 1080i content is smoothly rendered at the TV's native resolution
  • 4
  • 0.0062 cd/sq. m.
  • 1
  • other devices can control the TV; better for home automation
  • 87.4%
  • 1
  • 1,200 lines
  • 1

cons

  • 1.94
  • TY-EW3D2SU, 161 dollars
  • 2.42
  • 516 Watts
  • 63,003 g
  • 22,103:1
  • 6,567K
  • 60 Hz
  • 50.8 mm
  • 0

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 87%
Read the review (Jun, 2011)
Compared with the GT30, the flagship VT30's main step-up features are a dedicated 96Hz mode for 1080p/24 content and a single included pair of 3D glasses.

Panel

3D Settings seems misplaced in the Setup menu, and on-screen support beyond basic explanations is nonexistent.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
All told we like the design, but it might be a bit understated for some tastes, and we do wish the bezel around the screen was thinner, a la the GT30 or, better yet, the Samsung PND8000/D7000-both of which have a slight design edge over the VT30.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
If you don't want to mess with controls, THX for 2D and 3D gets you pretty close.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

Picture quality

On the VT30, in fact, it's a complete joke: just 3.4 fL of maximum brightness thanks to a hard cap, and a picture dim enough to likely make most viewers immediately choose a brighter (and more power-hungry) mode.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
Such details were a bit too bright on the VT30 compared to our reference, but still closer than the other two.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
Afterward average gamma and a few other picture characteristics actually measured slightly worse than before we made any adjustments, due we assume to the increase in light output.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

Type

For the last couple of years Panasonic's best plasma has been the most highly anticipated TV review on CNET, and 2011 is no exception.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
The competition, namely Samsung's best plasmas, has gotten better, and the PND8000 we tested (review posting soon) outdoes the color accuracy of the VT30, although the Samsung falls short of the Panasonic in a couple of other areas.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
Its black levels are among the deepest we've seen, outdoing the competing Samsung PND8000 plasma, and its shadow detail is also superior.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

3d

The new 3D glasses, included, are rechargeable and slightly less-dorky-looking then their predecessors (provided you remove the USB charging cable before donning them).
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
We added the Samsung UN55D8000 LED model for our 3D tests, and it was once again the best performer in the room.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
Improvements over the 2010 glasses, model TY-EW3D10, include an on-off switch to make it easier to determine whether they're powered up, a closed design and significantly lighter weight.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

Video

As usual THX mode delivered the most accurate picture out-of-the-box, with Cinema too dim and Custom off in nearly every way.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
Although colors in THX mode looked very good on the VT30, with great saturation and accurate color points, the Samsung was superior overall in this area.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
As for THX, since it lacks most controls our "calibration" consisted of simply increasing light output to our standard 40ftL and tweaking a couple of other basic controls.
Panasonic VIERA VT30 65" | Rated 87% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

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Editions Editions of the Panasonic VIERA VT30

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22,103:1 65" VIERA Link TC-P65VT30
 
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5,000,000:1 55" None TC-P55VT30
 
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