Pros

  • Includes 3D, Wi-Fi, USB, and SD Card support
  • Excellent slideshows
  • Easy to use and configure

Cons

  • Distorted sound
  • Unexceptional image quality
  • Menus not always intuitive

At A Glance

The Panasonic TC-P42ST30 seems like a good deal for a 42-inch 3D HDTV, but the audio and video quality are both lacking, and the set doesn't come with 3D glasses.

Manufacturer’s Description

The VIERA ST30 series introduces six screen sizes, from 42-inches to 65-inches, to the Panasonic family of Full HD 3D HDTVs. Featured in this series are the TC-P65ST30, a 65-inch class (64.7" measured diagonally); TC-P60ST30, a 60-inch class (60.1" measured diagonally); TC-P55ST30, a 55-inch class (55.1" measured diagonally); TC-P50ST30, a 50-inch class (49.9" measured diagonally); TC-P46ST30, a 46-inch class (46"measured diagonally) and the TC-P42ST30, a 42" class (41.6"measured diagonally).

The Specs

Interfaces/Ports
USB Yes
HDMI Yes
Number of HDMI Ports 3
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 42.00 "
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic
UPC Code 885170043534
Manufacturer Part Number TC-P42ST30
Brand Name Panasonic
Product Name Viera TC-P42ST30 Plasma TV
Marketing Information

The VIERA ST30 series introduces six screen sizes, from 42-inches to 65-inches, to the Panasonic family of Full HD 3D HDTVs. Featured in this series are the TC-P65ST30, a 65-inch class (64.7" measured diagonally); TC-P60ST30, a 60-inch class (60.1" measured diagonally); TC-P55ST30, a 55-inch class (55.1" measured diagonally); TC-P50ST30, a 50-inch class (49.9" measured diagonally); TC-P46ST30, a 46-inch class (46"measured diagonally) and the TC-P42ST30, a 42" class (41.6"measured diagonally).

Product Model TC-P42ST30
Product Type Plasma TV
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.panasonic.com
Product Line Viera
Product Series ST30
Memory
Memory Card Supported Secure Digital (SD)
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Features Media Player
DLNA Certified Yes
Video
Video Signal Standard HDTV
Standard Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Enhanced Refresh Rate 600 Hz
Motion Interpolation Technology Intelligent Frame Creation Pro
Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080
Scan Format 1080p

Performance

Lab Tests 2D
Brightness and Contrast Rating Good
Brightness and Contrast Score 2.7
Color Quality Rating Good
Color Quality Score 2.6
Detail Rating Good
Detail Score 3.5
Motion Rating Good
Motion Score 2.7
Power Usage
Green Rating Good
Green score 72.0