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Panasonic VIERA TC-L42U30 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV (2011 Model)


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  • IPS Panel
  • 120Hz Motion Picture Pro 4
  • VIERA Image Viewer,Limited Warranty for U.S.A. and Puerto Rico only
  • Fine Black Panel, VIERA Link
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight41.9 pounds
Product Dimensions40.2 x 11.4 x 26.3 inches
Item model numberTC-L42U30
Color NameBlack
Specification Metenergy_star
Special FeaturesIntegrated Card Reader
Frequency Response Curve50/60
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB004M8SBHU
Best Sellers Rank #53,688 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight51 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableFebruary 3, 2011
  
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  • Integrated Card Reader
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Product Description

Amazon.com

(March 2011)

With 120Hz Motion Picture Pro 4, VIERA® U30 Series LCD HDTVs are great for viewing your favorite sports teams or action movies. You can also share your favorite digital photos on the big screen.

TC-L42U30

Panasonic Features

VIERA Image Viewer
VIERA Image VIEWER™

Equipped with an SD card slot, VIERA makes it easy to view full-HD photos and motion images that you shot yourself. Simply insert the SD memory card into the slot, and you're ready to view your photos and full-HD videos on the big screen. You can make your slide shows even more impressive by adding background music and attractive frames. With VIERA's big screen and superb image quality, family and friends will love sharing your memories.

VIERA Link
VIERA Link™

VIERA Link simplifies the operation of a variety of AV devices, so you can operate them all using only the VIERA remote control. Setup is easy—simply connect the devices to each other via HDMI cables.

Fine Black Panel
Fine Black Panel

Panel reflections have been reduced to half those of conventional panels, to sharpen images and reduce glare.

120Hz Motion Picture PRO 4
120Hz Motion Picture PRO 4

120Hz Motion Picture Pro4 displays all video signals at 120 frames/second—double the native frame rate. This increases the frame count to allow more natural frame-to-frame transitions, for smoother motion images with higher resolution. Motion Focus Technology reduces flicker and effectively suppresses blurring and afterimages.

Key Specifications

  • Series: U30
  • Screen type: LCD
  • Screen size: 42 inches
  • Native resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Moving Picture Resolution: 900 lines
  • Filter: Fine Black Panel
  • HDTV display capability: 1080p, 1080i, 720p
  • EDTV display capability: 480p
  • Speakers: 2 full range, 20W total power, Surround Sound Capable
  • Image viewer: JPEG playback
  • Aspect control:480i/p: Full, Just, 4:3, Zoo1080i/p: Full, H-Fill, Just, 4:3, Zoom
  • Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK3L2RW (US only)
  • Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French
  • Energy Star qualified: Yes

Connections

  • HDMI: 3 (1 side)
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): RCA x 1 (common with Composite)
  • Composite A/V: 2 (1 side); each with audio input
  • PC input (15-pin, D-Sub): 1
  • Digital audio output: 1 (5.1 ch)

Dimensions

  • TV with stand: 26.3" x 40.2" x 11.4" (H x W x D); 41.9 pounds (1,021 mm x 666 mm x 288 mm; 19 kg)
  • TV without stand: 24.9" x 40.2" x 4.3" (H x W x D); 37.5 pounds (1,021 mm x 632 mm x 107 mm; 17 kg)

Panasonic 2011 LCD HDTV Comparison

Series:
DT30
D30
E30
E3
U30
U3
X30
C3
C30
Models:
Panel Type
IPS Alpha LED LCD
IPS Alpha LED LCD
IPS Alpha LED LCD
IPS LED LCD
IPS LCD
IPS Alpha LCD
IPS Alpha LCD
IPS Alpha LCD
IPS Alpha LED LCD
HD 720p
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--
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Full HD 1080p
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--
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3D Ready
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--
--
--
--
--
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Filter
Clear Panel
Clear Panel
Clear Panel
Fine Black Panel
Fine Black Panel
Fine Black Panel
Fine Black Panel
Fine Black Panel
Fine Black Panel
Moving Picture Resolution
1080 Lines
900 Lines
900 Lines
300 Lines
900 Lines
300 Lines
300 Lines
300 Lines
300 Lines
VIERA Connect
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--
--
--
--
--
--
Easy IPTV
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DLNA
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Wireless LAN
Ready
Ready
Ready
Ready
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--
Ready
--
--
Ethernet
--
--
--
--
HDMI
4
4
4
4
3
3
3
2
1
Component (Y/Pb/Pr)
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Composite A/V
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
Digital Audio Output
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
PC (DSub)
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
USB 2.0 Port
3
3
2
2
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1
--
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JPEG Playback
MP3 Playback
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MPEG Video Playback
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What's in the Box

Panasonic U30 series LCD HDTV, removable stand, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions

Product Description

Equipped with an SD card slot, VIERA makes it easy to view full-HD photos and motion images that you shot yourself. Simply insert the SD memory card into the slot, and you're ready to view your photos and full-HD videos on the big screen. You can make your slide shows even more impressive by adding background music and attractive frames. With VIERA's big screen and superb image quality, family and friends will love sharing your memories.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It will take plenty of finagling to get dark pictures to look decent and you will get annoyed with it. Read more ›
If your looking at TVs in this price range I…My parents got a comparable samsung model for about the same cost and its picture looks very pixelated compared to this. Read more ›
I bought this based on the reviews here at Amazon and I am not disappointed. The quality is great and the delivery was on time. The settings options on the TV allows… Read more ›
This TV was purchased as a replacement for an earlier HD TV that no longer…The picture is outstanding and it's amazing how much better the new HD TV is than the older one. Read more ›
Purchased this TV for boyfriends birthday, and it was a big hit. Picture is great, easy set-up, and great for gaming. For the price it is totally worth it. Read more ›
Great TV at a even better price cant beat this with a stick for under $600 at my door. Picture quality is fantastic, sound is not the best but better then most other LCDs. M… Read more ›
I set it up on my own. Picture and sound quality are excellent, and I'm most glad i did not go with a smaller screen. I could not be happier with my new telly, and i hope… Read more ›
The picture was beautiful. The sound was great. I had to turn the motion thing off because it made everything look really fake but otherwise it was amazing. Read more ›
Contacted Panasonic for technical advice and did not receive any response. Then purchased a Panasonic SC-HTB10 Sound Bar and now the sound is good. Very disappointed in no… Read more ›
Panasonic is a top of the line product. Great picture, great sound, I am looking at buying another VIERA smart TV now and will stick with the best. Technology changes every… Read more ›
I purchased the Panasonic external sound-bar system for $250.00 and it improved the audio sufficiently but it was still inferior to the built-in speakers in my 40" Samsung… Read more ›
The Panasonic Tv arrived without damage and works very well. The picture is great, however the sound needs an assist from a sound bar or surround sound. Read more ›
OK, the TV itself is amazing: clear, crisp picture, especially after customizing…Install and setup were amazingly simple and I couldn't be more pleased with the product. Read more ›
Excellent picture, sound and set up was fairly easy. I would recomment this TV. Read more ›
Really nice image quality, easy to set up (it took me 10 minutes to connect the stand and install it.) Surprisingly good sound. Read more ›
I ordered this as a replacement for a returned 50 inch…Easy to set up, MUCH lighter (LCD) and even though I went from 50" to 42", the picture quality in HD is superb. S… Read more ›
O what a Christmas present! Panasonic VIERA is all that it was stated to be......arrived in short order, simple to set up, easily fine tuned, Picture and sound quality are j… Read more ›
Easy delivery, easy setup, basic functions with DISH and VCR smooth, no problems. I will update after a few months. Read more ›
I also watch Netflix and network TV station shows piped in through my computer. The picture quality is very good, The colors are very good. It's lasted me for 2 1/2 years… Read more ›
Straig…Excellent colors - Excellent sound - boyfriend had to run out get a blu-ray player and is a very happy CAMPER when he is 'sent to 'his room to watch football!!!!!!!!! Read more ›
There's very little configuration to get this unit going out of the box. Picture is crisp and the colors are full and rich. The sound was surprisingly good, far better than… Read more ›
That said, when we first set the tv on the console it wobbled and I was concerned at first,…The unit itself is beautiful with a black plastic frame with a glossy finish. Read more ›
Power consumption can easily be tuned down to as little as 50 or 60 watts....and a setting that uses the advertised 80 watts looks relatively good.....however, my favorite… Read more ›
The color is great, the view angle is wide, I bought it for couple of months, so far so good, I heard some of brands, it will be out of order easily after one or two years,… Read more ›
This Panasonic TV has excellent quality, however, it lacks many features that other brands offer for about the same price. I returned it for that reason. Read more ›
Very easy to setup and if not, they give you a 800 number to call and speak with a human customer service rep who will walk you…I had a small problem setting up my sound. Read more ›
I didn't want my TV to be fantastic such as 3D and internet characteristc. Just want simple functions to handle and good pitctures and sound. It is very easy to set up,… Read more ›
Easy delivery, easy setup, basic functions with DISH and VCR smooth, no problems. I will update after a few months. Read more ›
You…On the strong setting, yes, some moments in film look like video....it's not that it's not pleasing, it's more like it's distracting at first because I keep noticing it. Read more ›
Would definitely buy another from this buyer. Love the option of inserting the SD card from my camera and seeing my photos on the big screen. Read more ›
This TV arrived in 2 days and I had the base attached and the TV hooked up and running in 30 minutes. The price was great at ~ $600 and the picture quality is exceptional. I… Read more ›
My family has been very happy with this flat screen so far: the picture is fine and we have had no…In the under $600 price range, I think it represents a good value. Jo… Read more ›
Great TV! Great price! It came so quickly and was easy to mount with a mounting bracket we bought at Walmart. Read more ›
Pros- A very good Value paid $560 A great HD picture for sports and other Read more ›
4 stars for the TV, 5 stars given the good price. Just don't go comparing it to TVs that cost many times as much. Read more ›
I have dealt with hd tv's (multiple Phillips 32" LCD's) for years, but this one was a steal! The set up was easy, the picture sharp and the value incredible. The set is in… Read more ›
This flat screen TV was easy to install and the picture is very clear. The installation instructions were hard to find because they were on the box whereas I expected a… Read more ›
I still think the Panasonic 42" 1080p LCD TV with 120 Hz refresh rate is as good as any I have seen. The picture is really sharp and the extra-wide viewing is sharp all the… Read more ›
5.) "HDMI Size" must be set to "Size 2" for full screen 1080p. If you have issues read this: Read more ›
That's about it. This overall is a very good LCD TV you will not be disappointed with other than you may want bigger. Read more ›
This TV also has some of the best speakers I've ever heard on a flatscreen TV. I listen to music from my laptop on it and never stop being impressed with the clarity. Some… Read more ›
While playing Fallout 3, the textures and colors were very precise and true despite the game lacking in graphical detail in general. (most of Fallout 3's graphics seem… Read more ›
Just wish it had a headphone jack. Great picture, sound and easy to operate. No complaints. Read more ›
We…the lights went out (just kidding) The start menu and all menus for this TV are simple, nearly intuitive, to use and ours was set up in less than 5 minutes! Read more ›
really easy to use controller Read more ›
The format button is next to mute. This will fit the screen perfect for computer use. When I first plugged in my laptop, the screen was to small, just zoom in with the… Read more ›
When attaching the base to the television, four screws have to be dropped…It was not easy to use my screwdriver to align the screws with the holes and then screw them in. Read more ›
I was scared to upgrade from 20", because I thought 42" might be to big for video…I also watch a lot of Netflix during the night, and once again, Size is just perfect. I… Read more ›
Has great picture, perfect size for our four seasons room, works well with the DVR and DVD player, has good sound which is nice and clear. Would definitely buy again Read more ›
I've had this TV for about a year now and I absolutely love it. Great picture and good size for a good price. Read more ›
Size: 42" is just the perfect size for me. I sit about 6 feet away from the TV. Read more ›
Was replacing a Westinghouse 32" TV in the bedroom (too small for seeing the DirecTV…Picture quality is great, remote works well and it is a good size for a large bedroom. Read more ›
Hooking up everything was simple. As for the picture options you have custom, vivid, standard, cinema, and game modes. I adjusted each mode to fit the picture that fits me. Read more ›
Love watching Netflix on it, I started playing Halo again for the first time in about 3 months. There are 5 different picture mode, Game, Custom, Vivid, Standard, and Cinema. Read more ›
It should be noted that the tv monitor itself sits very low with the stand, once installed, there is a 1.5" clearance from whatever the tv is sitting on and the bottom of… Read more ›
really easy to use controller Read more ›
Was replacing a Westinghouse 32" TV in the bedroom (too small for seeing the DirecTV…Picture quality is great, remote works well and it is a good size for a large bedroom. Read more ›
No problems with the base/stand as some reviews noted. The picture is great and like the remote. Speaker and sound quality is excellent. Read more ›
I had expected Sony and Samsung to come out on top, and although my personal experience with Samsung (screen halos, popping speakers, poor viewing angles, finnicky… Read more ›
The color is great, the view angle is wide, I bought it for couple of months, so far so good, I heard some of brands, it will be out of order easily after one or two years,… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

196 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Allen on April 23, 2011
Verified Purchase
I wanted to purchase an tv that didn't break the bank, but met my criteria of
40-42", multiple HDMI input, PC input, 1080p, 120hz and this fit the bill. I stayed away from plasma because to me the LCD picture quality is much crisper and I stayed away from LED because for the same sized LCD I can get a bigger screen.

Note: The room that this tv resides in is 11' by 15' and it sits 8' away from the couch. The size is just right for the room.

Initial Setup

Setup was very easy and I was up and running within minutes of taking the tv out of the box. I had to install the included stand and then set a couple of options and the date once the unit was powered on. The stand base is made out of plastic but is connected to the tv with a metal bracket. That said, when we first set the tv on the console it wobbled and I was concerned at first, but after a few days, I already forgot that it initially wobbled, so this was a non-issue. The unit itself is beautiful with a black plastic frame with a glossy finish. It should be noted that the tv monitor itself sits very low with the stand, once installed, there is a 1.5" clearance from whatever the tv is sitting on and the bottom of the monitor itself, there is no way to adjust the height.

Remote Control

The remote control is standard, nothing fancy. I like the over-sized volume and channel buttons, very easy to find without looking at the remote.

Sound

Please keep in mind my room size above. The sound from the speakers are very good. Volume ranges from 0 to 100. When I want to immerse myself in a movie, I set the volume at 45, otherwise I set the volume between 25 and 30. Just don't expect surround sound from them and you won't be disappointed.
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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Wesley C. Honeycutt on May 5, 2011
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Had it for about a week now. Excellent TV.....exceeded my expectations! The HD feeds from the networks are blowin' my mind! Beautiful color and black levels. I'm a newbie there so keep that in mind but it looks great and can really mesmerize me. Before this, I bought a 1080p vizio 22" LED for my bedroom.....thought that was great and that the larger screen would not hold up in comparison....but it's so much better!!! And great fast service by Amazon!

Pros: Beautiful colors
Deep Blacks
Motion Pro works well
Even light across screen
Energy saver!!!
Just the right size for up to 10ft. Viewing
Great viewing angle
And of course, Blu Ray looks beautiful

Cons: Optical audio out only.

Other thoughts:

Motion Pro 4 : I think it works well. You can set it to strong, weak or off. On the strong setting, yes, some moments in film look like video....it's not that it's not pleasing, it's more like it's distracting at first because I keep noticing it. I turned it to strong for the Amazing Race the other nite and it worked well with all the action and camera cuts. For general viewing, I've settled in on the weak setting which is perfect for me.

Power Consumption: I've found by using a watt meter that the backlight is the main variable in using more or less power. Power consumption can easily be tuned down to as little as 50 or 60 watts....and a setting that uses the advertised 80 watts looks relatively good.....however, my favorite setting with the deepest blacks has the backlight pumped up and uses about 135 watts. I can compromise at 80 or 100 watt setting and pump it up when watching a movie or fav show.

A.I.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Old Grizzle on April 16, 2011
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Having both sold and owned a multitude of electronic devices that included Sony, Panasonic and others too numerous to mention and I freely admit to being a Sony lover until this purchase. This set replaces a Sony rear projecting Sony flat screen that required a blub replacement, the cost of which was over 30 percent of what the new set cost me. After comparing the picture quality and features offered by various brands including LG, Sharp and Sony among them, I found Panasonic equaled or exceeded what the competition offered and till now I have no reason to regret my dissension to buy it.

That being said, I am very pleased with Amazon as a seller. Having been a retailer who considered service of prime importance, I hate Box Stores approach to merchandizing that relies on the Hard Sell by their employees and considers the obligation ceases once the item moves out the doorway and becomes the buyers responsibility should a problem surface. Not only did Amazon have my purchase delivered free to my living room in perfect condition, but also guaranteed a replacement should it be defective without the hassles one can expect when dealing with WalMart, Best Buy and others like them.

Would I recommend both the product and the seller? Yes!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on July 6, 2011
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My dad is legally blind but he loves to watch sports and Gunsmoke on TV. It had gotten to the point where he couldn't see well enough to make out the screen of his standard definition TV. So we decided to get him a HD TV and began shopping. The whole family got involved, going to different stores to check out good deals. It took several days of looking around but without any doubt, this TV was the best picture for the price.
It was very easy to set-up - the only problem being the new remote that came with the new HD cable box. He's 84 and can barely see, so leaning a new remote was challenging. But he says he can see everything very well.
One of the things we noticed was that the TV has much better viewing from angles. I had read this at Panasonic's website and it is true. We have a HD and it loses picture quality when we view it from the side; we have to turn it to face us if we are both sitting to the side. This is not an issue with my Dad's TV - you can see very well when sitting to the side.
We are all very happy since he can now resume falling asleep in front of the TV while the game is on.
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