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Panasonic Viera TX-P42ST30 Review

Since the start of this year, Panasonic has offered not just two ranges of 3D TVs, but three.  We’ve already reviewed the VT30 and the GT30 series, but now it’s the turn of the ST30, which is even more affordable than its two predecessors.  It seems that one way that Panasonic has kept costs down is by reusing a case from 2010.  Not only does the design fall behind current standards, some other features have been left by the wayside too.

One of the things we really liked about both of the ST30’s big brothers was their sleek design, but this new TV just isn’t in the same league.  At first sight, the TV looks like it’s been shoved into a frame that’s lying around unloved for several years, with a thick, bulky exterior measuring 7 cm from front to back.


Great picture in 2D and 3D

Excellent contrast ratio: over 5000:1

Accurate colours: average deltaE of 2

Virtually no crosstalk

Very wide viewing angles


Sound quality only just average

Glossy screen picks up reflections

High energy consumption: 180 W

Design beginning to show its age

Poor brightness levels in lighter scenes

Like the GT30 before it, the Panasonic ST30 television produces a great quality picture.  It’s a great choice for Home Cinema fans with a tight budget.

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