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Panasonic TX-P50VT20 review

The 3D Panasonic VT20 is here, and it doesn't disappoint

Our Verdict

For

  • Smooth, involving 3D
  • Excellent 2D picture
  • Freeview HD/Freesat tuners
  • DNLA networking
  • Calibration options

Against

  • 3D glasses uncomfortable
  • Average audio
  • Clunky user interface
  • Ad-hobbled Freeview HD EPG
  • Intelligent Frame Creation artefacts

The Panasonic VT20 is Panasonic's first 3D TV, and it's a belter.

Samsung may have (just) beaten Panasonic in the race to put 3D TVs on the high-street, with its range of LCD and LED-backlit 3D screens, but the Japanese giant's arrival is perhaps more portentous.

The brand was the first major advocate for the format, masterminding the AVC Multiview codec now adopted as the standard to encode 3D Blu-ray movies, and famously sidling up alongside James Cameron when his Avatar project was looking more folly than phenomenon.

Key features

The new 3D screen shares much in common with the brand's 2D TX-P50G20. The bezel colour is different, here it's a dark bronze with silver-effect trim, but beneath the hood is much of the same picture-processing electronics, allied to a lookalike NeoPDP screen.

3d glasses

The TX-P50VT20 is one of only two 3D screens due from Panasonic this summer. It will be joined by the 65-inch TX-P65VT20, expected to sell for around twice the price. There is no difference between the two, bar the size of the glass.

So how does its first consumer 3D screen, the 50-inch TX-P50VT20, look – and does it have more to offer than just a couple of pairs of funny glasses?

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)30.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption425 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand810 mm
Width with Stand1224 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory1500
3D TechnologyShutter
USB RecordingYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height771 mm
Width1224 mm
Depth90 mm
ColourBlack
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesMedia Player, PC Streaming, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Web Content Access, Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P50VT20
Product NameViera TX-P50VT20 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP50VT20B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)27.50 kg