"Good as secondary TV"on by quedro
Size - not so many plasmas in 42"
HDMI 1.4 w/ Audio Return Channel - very convenient
Easy remote control
DLNA Support - good feature but buggy.
Sturdy tilted stand.
Cons Quality is ok but not the greatest for the price.
Limited brightness (best use at night only).
Produce lot of heat and consumes more power than LCD.
Viera Cast is very slow and choppy. Limited number of apps.
Netflix audio is buggy.
DLNA is buggy, it's hi
Summary It's a good value TV if purchased for bedroom, kids room, secondary TV etc
If you need a decent home theater setup look somewhere else or at least for bigger models. Not good for a sunny or highly illuminated environment. 42" for 3D feature is too small and does not justify the price paid for 3D glasses.
Pros 2nd Generation Panasonic 3D technology
Better processing than 2010 units
Panasonic reports no rising blacks
Comes with WiFi Dongle ($80 Value)
Superior HD Picture Quality
Cons What else? Brightness could be better.
Summary I've had my P42ST30 for over 300 hours now. I highly recommend breaking it in using the methods described over in the High Def Junkies forum for the first 100 hours. Picture is fantastic. I watched Dark City Director's Cut on Blu Ray and it was amazing. Great contrast between inky blacks and bright lights. No bleeding or brightness fluctuations that I could see. Very sharp colors. I have not watched 3D content yet but the 2D-3D is kinda cool. Using Xpand 106 glasses.
All in all I did a lot of research on tech forums and customer reviews before I decided on this panel. I really believe it's one of if not the best value out there for a 42" 1080p 3D plasma television.
Pros Picture quality...
Cons Unreliable, expensive repairs.... Not worth the money....
Summary Panasonic would not offer anything for recourse even though the tv was only 4 months out of its 1 year warranty! I had to pay $350 to have the pc board replaced, and it took 3 weeks for the repair shop to receive the part from Panasonic! I have talked with 3 other people who have had the same issues and unreliability... This is an inferior product....I will never, ever buy another Panasonic product.... more Chinese crap!
Easy to maneuver
Cons Viera Connect is slow
Could be brighter
Glare is a pretty big issue
Summary I've seen reviews on this TV about a buzzing sound, When I first purchased it I heard a slight buzz but after restarting the TV and checking all the connections the buzzing stopped.
For a Plasma 1080p 3D TV it is EXTREMELY affordable and comes WiFi ready out of box.
The main issue I had was the glare when watching on bright days and Viera Connect being slow. (what do you expect from a TV, they can't put a super heavy duty processor in it.)
I had issues with netflix but it wasn't a constant thing and hardly noticeable.
Overall a beautiful TV for the price and a good buy if you can't afford much more.
Pros Decent Picture Quality. Decent design.
Cons Horrible UNBEARABLE constant fluctuating buzzing sound. Viera Cast is slow and choppy.
Summary I did a lot of research before purchasing this TV. The first thing I noticed is how much this TV buzzed. It was truly awful. Especially when the scenes on TV change color.I also thought of something. When you go buy a TV, the store has it set on VIVID. They have the brightness set all the way up. They do not have these TV's calibrated. They know that a calibrated TV will not catch your eye. They know that a vivid TV will pop at you. They know you will think the picture quality is beautiful and you will take it home. So I do have a point of preferring a bright vivid TV over a well calibrated one.
When the picture goes to a very bright white, the buzzing is at its peak. This is really awful when watching movies. Movies have quiet scenes where you are supposed to get enveloped in to the film, but I never could because of the constant buzzing. It is so incredibly annoying
Viera Cast is so choppy and slow. I feel like I'm using a computer running Windows 3.1. Its really sad, how such a simple program cannot even be made to run quickly. It's not like i'm doing some intensive computer work. It's a simple program they created on for their television and they can't even get it to run smoothly. What a joke. But for real, this would not be a deal breaker for me. Viera Cast is pretty stupid. I would be totally fine with using my ps3 for netflix, hulu, etc.
One thing I like about Viera Cast is their weather program. It gives you a nice background, and if it's raining, it will show a beautiful graphic of it raining on your TV, that way you will never have to see actual rain, or even look outside your window. You can see the digital rain on your TV, and know that it is not a good time to go outside, and instead you should watch more TV.
All joking aside though, the Viera Cast weather app is beautiful and informative, but I just wish it would run smoothly and quickly.
The picture quality is decent. I read the cnet review. I do believe that the picture quality is good, but I have a different perspective on things.
I had an old SONY projection HDTV calibrated, and when it was calibrated I actually thought the picture looked worst. In my perspective the picture lost all its POP, and color. It became a much more blander image.
Don't get me wrong, I fully understand that calibrating it gives you the most accurate colors. But if you think about it, colors in real life are bland.
Pictures on TV, at least in my view, should POP. The red's should be a little redder. The TV should have a glossy bright factor to it. Thats what makes TV so illustrious. TV is not supposed to look like real life.
Anyway, that is my perspective, but I completely respect the person that appreciates a well calibrated set. They are also correct, but it's just not my cup of tea.
This Panasonic is well calibrated out of the box. But for me that's dull. It's fine, it's decent, but it's dull.
One part of me finds it dull, but the other part of me says, HEY, this is how a well calibrated TV is supposed to look like. So I accept it. But I do not accept that awful buzzing sound that emits from the back of the TV. That is why I returned this TV, and I may never buy a plasma until they completely solve the buzzing.
That's my 2 cents.
Updated on Oct 3, 2011