Panasonic TC-P42S30 Review
42" VIERA 3D Plasma TV
The replacement for the ever popular 1080p S2 series from last years batch of Panasonic plasma offerings is the S30 series. The main upgrade from last year is that this plasma uses the same new phosphor technologies used in the higher end 3D compatible models.
The new fast switching phospor technology is mainly to help with fast processing needs related to 3D viewing, but it should help slighly on normal 2D viewing as well.
Picture and Viewing Feaures
The TC-P42S30 uses the Infinite Black panel, we noted it's impressive brightness and saturated colors in our reviews last year and for the most part found it to have excellent picture quality. All of Panasonic's 3D plasmas feature Full HD 3D sending all 1080 lines of resolution to each eye as a product of the 600Hz sub field drive.
The TC-P42S30 continues with the same large bezel 3" depth clunky appearance as the S2. The bezel frame is about 2.5" in width in gloss black.
The S30 will sell at extremely attractive price points, taking on all comers in the value category for those that are not concerned with 3D compatibility, sleek appearance, or Internet TV connectivity.
Internet Applications and Connectivity
The S30 does not have Internet Connectivity
-Jack Burden, Contributor
- 42" screen class (41.6" diagonal screen size)
- 16:9 native aspect ratio with 5 aspect ratio correction modes
- Fast-switching phosphors for incredibly smooth action
- 3 HDMI inputs (2 rear, 1 side) with 1 Audio Return Channel
- SD slot for VIERA Image Viewer, 2 USB ports, 1 composite AV input, 1 component audio with L/R audio, PC input
- Analog audio input for HDMI; Digital optical audio output
- Two 20W speakers built-in
- Includes tabletop stand; Wall-mount sold separately
- Remote control included; LAN and RS-232c ports
- Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution with Super Resolution (artificial picture upscaling)
- 6144 equivalent shades of gradation
- 600Hz maximum sub-field drive
- Deep Color; x.v.Color
- 24p playback (2:3)
- AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback
- VIERA Link (HDMI-CEC)
- Easy IPTV streaming
- VIERA Tools
- Game Mode
- Pixel orbiter (Anti-Image retention)
- Trilingual menu (English, Spanish, French)
- Built-in Closed Caption decoder
- Off timers
- ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuners built in
- Dimensions (with/without stand): 40.2"/40.2" W x 26.6"/25.2" H x 11.4"/2.8" D
- Weight (with/without stand): 49.6 lbs/41.9 lbs