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REVIEW / Panasonic Viera TX-PF42G30

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu
Pierre Anzil
Published on June 13, 2011
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  • Screen size 42 inches
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • HD compatibility (1080i/720p) Yes / Yes
  • HD Ready certification Yes
  • Brightness NC
  • Contrast ratio 5000000 :1
This model is the 42'' version of the 50'' TV that we tested in our labs, the Panasonic Viera TX-PF50G30.

Everything we said in the original article holds true--the only thing that's different is the size!

The only exception is that some manufacturers fit different sized televisions with panels from different sources. In that case, our comments are only valid for the panel that we originally tested. Contrast, black levels, colour handling and ghosting are all subject to change from one panel to another.

Manufacturers who do fit the same panel in all of the TVs in a range can expect the same results across the whole range. The only factor which could be prone to slight variation is the brightness, producing slightly different contrast. According to our own tests, and assurances from manufacturers, the results of one TV can accurately be applied to others in the range.


  • Great picture quality
  • Excellent contrast ratio: 6000:1 in THX mode
  • Very wide viewing angles
  • No Blackfloating in THX mode
  • Good audio quality


  • Glossy screen susceptible to reflections
  • Power adaptor makes annoying noise
  • High energy consumption: 252 W in THX mode


The Panasonic G30 is very similar to the GT30, except it doesn't have support for 3D. Once you're in THX mode, the picture quality is good, with accurate colour reproduction and high contrast ratios making it the ideal choice for Home Cinema fans.
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