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  • Full HD with 3D ready
  • It has Infinite Black 2 panel
  • VIERA Connect Wi-Fi Ready
  • VIERA Image Viewer H.264 with 3D Playback
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Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight51.8 pounds
Product Dimensions2.8 x 40.2 x 25.2 inches
Item model numberTC-P42ST30
Color Nameblack
Specification Metenergy_star
  
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ASINB004M8SBPW
Best Sellers Rank #57,628 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight71.1 pounds
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Date First AvailableFebruary 3, 2011
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: TC-P42ST30
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Speaker Count: 2
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3D Technology Checklist

This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need. 3D viewing requires:

A Display
First, you'll need a 3D-ready display--whether it's a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays have more processing power than standard 2D models for displaying 3D images in rapid succession.
A Source
Your display may be ready for 3D playback, but you'll still need a device to read 3D content. This can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3 system.
3D Content
3D content--the actual entertainment, in other words--will be played back using the source mentioned above, whether it's a 3D broadcast from your cable provider, a 3D Blu-ray Disc, or a 3D video game.
3D Glasses
For now, the vast majority of 3D HDTVs require glasses for 3D viewing. Many use powered "active shutter" glasses, others polarized "passive" glasses. You'll need one pair per viewer, and they'll have to be compatible with your display, whether they're the same brand, or a pair of "universal" glasses designed to work across brands.
HDMI Cable
To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a high-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation feature bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second), for carrying the 3D signal without any loss of quality.

If you want to get more information about 3D, shop our 3D products, watch videos, or interact with other customers, we invite you to visit 3D 101, our customer center about everything 3D.


Internet-Ready Television

Internet-Ready Television

Internet-ready TVs use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content, whether it's streaming video from Netflix, new music from Pandora, or a quick glance at today's weather forecast.

Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.

Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.

Learn more about Internet TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at our Internet TV 101 customer center.




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Step into the 3D World. The VIERA ST30 Series Full HD 3D Plasmas create an all new viewing experience by putting you inside the action and creating a new world of TV viewing realism.

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Infinite Black 2

In new VIERA models, contrast in brightly lit locations has been significantly improved. Enhancements to the panel and cells help reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks even when viewed in bright surroundings. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and realism to the viewing experience.

Full-time 1080 Moving Picture Resolution

VIERA plasma TVs have 1,080 lines of moving-picture resolution. Newly developed phosphors with minimal afterimages and a new motion compensating technology have made it possible to render faster-moving images with greater sharpness. This far surpasses the APDC moving-picture resolution measurement standard of 5 seconds by providing a moving-picture resolution of 1,080 lines at the 1.5-second level. And it shows the inherently clear motion of VIERA TVs in both 2D and 3D images.

3D 24p Cinema Smoother
VIERA incorporates technology that analyzes picture information in both the preceding and succeeding frames, and creates a precise supplementary frame between them. This suppresses the jerky effect seen in movies so playback is smooth and natural-looking. The distinctive tonal qualities and atmosphere of the movie are preserved, and you enjoy extremely lifelike 3D images.

Full 3D
600Hz
Frame Sequential Technology

Panasonic uses Full-HD Frame Sequential technology to create its 3D images. Images recorded in 1920 x 1080 pixels for both the right-eye and the left-eye alternately flash on the screen at the ultra-high rate of 120 frames per second. When you view the screen through active-shutter glasses that open and close each lens in sync with the alternating images, you see breathtaking FULL HD 3D pictures with stunning power and realism.

Brilliant Luminance and Superb Blacks

By combining the highly light-transmissive IPS Alpha Panel and high-brightness backlight, Panasonic has attained both high contrast and low power consumption. Also, by detecting the contrasting parts of the scene, the backlight is adjusted to maintain a brightness that is optimal for each area. Deep blacks are reproduced with no fading. The contrast between the brilliance of diamond-like stars and the deep black of the night sky produces a sharp, crisp image.

600Hz Sub-field Drive

600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into dots. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects.

3D Image Viewer

It's easy to view 3D photos and movies you shot yourself on the big VIERA screen. After shooting with your 3D-compatible camera or camcorder, simply insert the SD card into the slot on a 3D-compatible VIERA TV. The viewing is incredible, with images so realistic it feels as though you're right back in the moment. You'll find that life's special moments are even more memorable when you preserve them in 3D.

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VIERA Connect

The exciting world of IPTV, centering on TV, is about to begin for the enjoyment of the entire family. Now you can enjoy intuitive remote control while relaxing on the living room sofa, with a wide variety of content at your fingertips. In the near future, TV will also be able to link with a tablet device to achieve completely new forms of entertainment that you've never before experienced.

VIERA Link

VIERA Link interlinks 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 compatible devices to each other via HDMI cables.

VIERA Remote

VIERA remote is a TV remote controller app for select Panasonic VIERA HDTVs that uses your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad (of iOS 4.2 or later) to control TV channel selection, input selection, and volume control. Included features are gesture control, a keyboard user Interface, and a power off button. Learn more about Panasonic’s VIERA remote app.

Long Panel Life, Up to 100,000 Hours

One important way consumers can protect the environment is by choosing high-quality products and taking care of them so they last for a long time. A high-quality VIERA HDTV can help. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process, our plasma panels last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That's more than 30 years of viewing 8 hours a day.

Mercury and Lead Free Plasma Display Panel Panasonic is committed to making our products more friendly to the environment. In line with this commitment, all VIERA plasma display panels are free of both lead and mercury. This reduces impact on the environment years down the road when the TV is recycled or retired from use.

Key Specifications

  • Series: ST30
  • Screen type: Plasma
  • Screen size: 41.6 inches
  • Native resolution: 1,920 x 1080 pixels
  • Shades of Gradation: 6,144 equivalent
  • 600 Hz Sub-field Drive: Yes
  • HDTV display capability: 1080p, 1080i, 720p
  • EDTV display capability: 480p
  • Speakers: 2 full range, 20W total power, Surround Sound Capable
  • Image viewer: Yes (AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)
  • Aspect control:4:3, Zoom, Full, Just, H-Fill
  • Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK4P1RW
  • Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French
  • Energy Star qualified: Yes

Connections

  • HDMI: 3 (1 side)
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): RCA x 1
  • Composite A/V: RCA x 1
  • USB: 2
  • Wireless LAN Adaptor: WiFi Ready
  • Digital audio output: 1 (optical)

Dimensions

  • TV with stand: 26.6" X 40.2" X 12.6" " (H x W x D); 51.8 pounds
  • TV without stand: 25.2" X 40.2" X 2.8" (H x W x D); 44.1 pounds
  • Carton Dimensions 29.5" x 45.7" x 10.0"
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Panasonic 2011 Plasma HDTV Comparison

Series:
GT30
ST30
S30
X3
Models:
Full HD 1080p
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HD 720p
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3D Ready
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Motion Picture Resolution
1080 Lines
1080 Lines
900 Lines
720 Lines
THX Mode
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--
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VIERA Connect
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EASY IPTV
--
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DLNA
--
--
Wireless LAN
Ready
Ready
Ready
Ready
Ethernet
HDMI
4
3
2
2
Component (Y/Pb/Pr)
1
1
1
1
Composite A/V
1
1
1
1
Digital Audio Output
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
PC (DSub)
1
--
--
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USB 2.0 Port
3
2
2
2
MP3 Playback
JPEG Playback
MPEG Video Playback

What's in the Box

Panasonic ST30 series Plasma HDTV, removable stand, wireless LAN adapter, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions, quick start guide

Product Description

Panasonic VIERA TC-P42ST30 42-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This was not an issue since I was hanging it. The picture is great and the internet hooked up without a hitch. Have not yet tried the 3D but will when I get my copy of DVE… Read more ›
Still think 3D is just a…As far as the TV goes the picture is amazing, the 3D is beautiful with least amount of ghosting in any 3D tv I have seen (pretty much none). Lo… Read more ›
First, I am very glad I bought this TV. The quality is outstanding - both the 3D mode and just as a standard Hi-Def TV. One thing that wasn't obvious and is worth… Read more ›
I was worried about burn in and screen retention like plasma's used to do, but there hasn't…The picture quality is great, and even better after you adjust the settings. I… Read more ›
I used D-nice's configuration prior to watching any live tv and it is well worth the wait. Once the phosphors have aged and settled a bit, the picture looks gorgeous. The… Read more ›
This TV shows absolutely…I bought it online and the day it arrived I had it hooked up via HDMI cables to my hd receiver, and hd cable box and the picture was horrible. T… Read more ›
The Viera Cast features are nifty too. I use the YouTube one from time to time. Read more ›
More most users this will be adequate. The 3D feature is awesome. I the 3D glasses are ok. Read more ›
I play PS3 (BF3 + COD, NFS & Madden) and I have tried…I had trouble using any content, ps3 or otherwise, with weak or strong setting on; seriously all you need is 60hz. P… Read more ›
So for movie and regular HD programming you might have to look online for some nice settings made by other users and thanks to the pro settings you can adjust all the color… Read more ›
I have no complaints about the performance of the TV…All the featues work as promised; the picture is good, and the wireless link works very well with my ATT U-Verse Wifi. Read more ›
It is extremely…I went on highdefjunkies.com and researched the ideal settings and proper set up and found a great deal of information that made my TV set up easy. This… Read more ›
So anyway, all that said, the VIERA…They weren't super shiny and susceptible to glare like many plasma screens, the color and black reproduction was considered excellent. Read more ›
It looks a lot better with hdmi devices (xbox 360, blu-ray, etc.). The color black is particularly cool to see - the darkest on a TV I've seen yet. It has wireless, 3D, and… Read more ›
Even if you…I know that the purpose is to get even pixel aging for accuracy of settings, but I think doing this also results in sharper colors, with less bleeding. Read more ›
There are mild uniformity issues in the form of some light…This is only noticable on the solid color break-in slides im running and not noticable in normal viewing content. Read more ›
I'm not sure what another (negative) reviewer was watching to get a dark blurry picture with image lag - I'm getting a crystal clear picture on HD channels, and it's plenty… Read more ›
For me no issue, I use my sound system 99% of the time. Has a little larger bezel than many but I actually like the black frame around the picture. Has the standard array… Read more ›
My friends love it. The speakers are pretty good as well. It gets loud. Read more ›
There is apparently an issue with audio in the netflix application that I have seen talked about in forums that is planned to be addressed with a firmware update. I cannot… Read more ›
It is definetly worth the time to work the custom setup, picture looks pretty amazing. The bad is the sound. It is very bad, with no adjustments to save it. Read more ›
It is a very good panel with excellent color and tone…Its weak link is sound; a very tinny sound with exacerbated sibilants; tone bass/treble control do not help much. A… Read more ›
Maybe a little limited in their adjustment, but you've got Balance, Bass, and…As long as you have sensible expectations going in, you will not be disappointed by the sound. Read more ›
My 1st hd was a 23in olevia tv back in 02 it sounded like the speakers were tin cans....THAT WAS MUCH BETTER THAN THIS......anything over 20 the bass just becomes a crackly… Read more ›
This particular set has a fantastic picture quality. The blacks are deep and inky, the colors bold and accurate, screen uniformity is perfect and the motion is top notch. I… Read more ›
It is worth noting that the plasma was set to game mode, all video processing settings were disabled and the…The display is sharp and motion is seamless with no ghosting. Read more ›
The colors on the led/lcd tv's I was considering look very over saturated and fake by…No problems with glare or brighness levels for me as my living rooms faces north. A… Read more ›
Until around the 200-300 hour mark, I will continue to run the slides in between watching full screen content (games, some TV shows, and zoomed in movies), as this will… Read more ›
I ran the…Picture quality is amazing, although the set is not as bright as a LCD set--to really appreciate its picture quality, you need to be willing to dim the lights. Read more ›
It is however compromised by an issue…About a half of a second after a scene change there is sometimes an instantaneous change in the overall brightness of the screen. F… Read more ›
From 3d gaming on my ps3 to being able to stream movies from…The picture quality is absolutely amazing and the price was too for something that delivers like this tv does. Read more ›
I don't have 3D Glasses yet so I'll update this review after I perform the 100 hour panel prep and get a pair of Glasses. So Far a Great TV and a great value, but stay tuned. Read more ›
Saw this at the lowest price anywhere and rated best buy by Consumer Reports. Love the Veria Cast so I can watch HD Netflix streaming movies. Read more ›
A well worth it tv for a good price ,I would definitely recommend this TV if your in the market for a 42" TV Read more ›
The colors are rich and beautiful and the blacks are seriously the blackest I have ever seen. This TV has to be one of the best values and secrets out there. If you find a… Read more ›
I knew I wanted plasma, so it was just a matter of looking for the best specs at the best price. This model was compelling on both counts and has exceeded my expectations. Read more ›
After I had placed my order, the delivery set up was super simple - call a number and set up a date and time. The truck pulled up right on time and two men brought the box… Read more ›
Set up was very easy. I had it configured to my system in less than 30 minutes. Read more ›
Such a great product for an amazing price. The setup is easy and picture quality is amazing. I read several other reviews about this product and there were some complaints… Read more ›
Setup was very easy. Read more ›
I saw a 3D video and it was incredible. This TV was very easy to setup. I have no problem with the sound or anything. Read more ›
I was also looking at LG LED TVs but on the…The TV arrived on the date as promised, and although the delivery guy was unable to hook it properly it was very easy to set up. Read more ›
+Wifi set up was easy +Apps are pretty fast and pretty good too +Gaming is outstanding. Read more ›
I am reasonably techno-savvy and read the directions to set up this TV carefully several times. The internet connection has only 4 'channels,' there is no browser. It is… Read more ›
As for the internet features, it's good to have them, and some of them are quite useful, like Pandora radio and weather. It could certainly use some improvements. Read more ›
Online video streaming (I use Hulu+) has great picture quality, and costs a lot…There are other great online apps as well, like Pandora, various sports apps, and games. I… Read more ›
Isn't this amazing? Indeed with these fundamental issues, this app is near;y useless. Unless you search for something, turn on "automatically play the next video", start… Read more ›
So this leaves youtube the only useful free visual app. And that is absolutely horrible to use on this TV (and the player): Read more ›
I primarily bought this for the excellent picture quality based on the various reviews I have read. Menus are are easy to navigate as well. Remote is backlit with just the… Read more ›
I have not noticed any of that on this set. The remote and menus are easy to use and straightforward. The price was excellent three months ago and has come down a hundred… Read more ›
However, I will say I don't like the remote. It works fine, and all the functions I need are easily accessible; from a utility standpoint it's fine. Read more ›
I love being able to watch netflix from my TV rather than having…I also like the netflix interface much better than PS3 or windows media center; it's like the wii...almost. Read more ›
The menu options not near as good as the LG. I liked the touch button controls on the LG much more then the standard control buttons on the side of Panasonic. But the… Read more ›
Also, aside from there being a lot of options to go through, the menu system itself is just kinda weird to use. It totally works, but it was counterintuitive coming from… Read more ›
I primarily bought this for the excellent picture quality based on the various reviews I have read. Menus are are easy to navigate as well. Remote is backlit with just the… Read more ›
So this leaves youtube the only useful free visual app. And that is absolutely horrible to use on this TV (and the player): 1- There is no fast forward or rewind button. Read more ›
I have not noticed any of that on this set. The remote and menus are easy to use and straightforward. The price was excellent three months ago and has come down a hundred… Read more ›
On a whim, I called Panasonic and said I noticed the brightness problem on Standard mode. The rep, who knew exactly what I was talking about, told me it was normal to see… Read more ›
2) Built-in speakers are decent. 3) Swivel function on the stand works well. 4) Perfect horizontal viewing angles. Read more ›
I tried a few different…I originally had the Samsung PN43D450, and was quite pleased - beautiful contrast and saturation, great sound, great viewing angles, great price. Read more ›
3) Swivel function on the stand works well. 4) Perfect horizontal viewing angles. 5) Great color accuracy and brightness when using HDMI content: graphics or photo, with… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

177 of 183 people found the following review helpful By EC8CH on June 23, 2011
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The picture quality of this television is really outstanding. It is however compromised by an issue common to all 2011 Panasonic plasmas known as "Fluctuating Brightness". About a half of a second after a scene change there is sometimes an instantaneous change in the overall brightness of the screen. Full discussion of this issue can be found by Googling: "panasonic 2011 fluctuating brightness".

Panasonic, to their credit, has recognized this as an issue and has come up with a solution that eliminates it. All sets produced after August and have a serial number of "xx1215xxxxxx" or higher will have new software installed that eliminates these brightness fluctuations from happening. If you have an earlier model and notice these fluctuations, contact Panasonic and let them know. They should either schedule a Panasonic employee to flash the software to your EEPROM, or they will schedule a 3rd party tech to replace your A-Board with one that already has the new software installed. In my case, they replaced the A-Board. Since then I have not seen any fluctuation and I am now completely satisfied with my set's remarkable picture quality.

Otherwise this television is exactly what I was looking for. Great price, superb picture quality, good Internet connectivity and interface. 3D is nice for future-proofing but it wasn't something I was actively looking for, but Panasonic sets with the best 2D picture quality are all 3D capable. Panasonic's menu interface seems a little more dated than their competitions, but it is simple and straightforward which makes it very functional without any extra eyecandy.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Mark F on April 25, 2011
OK, I figured since I've hit the 200 hour mark I will give more impressions of my P42ST30.

I highly recommend D Nice's panel prep method which can be found online by using Google. Even if you "accidentally" watched a couple of hours of regular content, just start it now and don't watch anymore. I know that the purpose is to get even pixel aging for accuracy of settings, but I think doing this also results in sharper colors, with less bleeding.

I read the entire thread over on High Def Junkies forum about the brightness flux. Now I've been keeping a critical eye on this TV since I bought it (it's my 4th counting returns of 3 GT25's) and I had not noticed a problem with brightness adjustments during viewing. However, after reading the thread I decided to pay more attention. To test whether or not my TV suffered from brightness flux, I watched a movie that I thought would be an excellent test, Dark City on BD, Director's cut.

All I can say is that I was very impressed with how my ST30 handled this movie. If anyone is familiar with it, you know that Dark City is filmed almost entirely in this eery night/twilight background. There are tons of scenes with inky black backgrounds, brightly lit lights, and plenty of shadows and contours. This TV really passed with flying colors. I actually got up several times to go stare at the screen during a particularly dark scene with good contrast of bright localized lighting and I could not see any brightness flux, or any light bleeding into dark areas, etc...

Tried that "binary butterscotch" hi def jpeg that someone posted a video of on You Tube with his GT30 doing obvious flickering, and the only thing I saw was a very brief moment of darkening of the blacks in the picture and then it was stable.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Samuel T. Stevenson on March 27, 2011
I just received my TC-P42ST30 a couple of days ago. I haven't purchased 3D glasses yet so haven't viewed 3D on this unit, but regular 2D looks great, including 1080i HD. I did some tweaking to the picture and other settings and am still tweaking, but so far I'm very happy with the image quality. I'm watching the NCAA finals now - this unit is great for sports!

I'm not sure what another (negative) reviewer was watching to get a dark blurry picture with image lag - I'm getting a crystal clear picture on HD channels, and it's plenty bright and colorful after I tweaked the picture menu settings to my liking. I haven't noticed any motion lag, including during fast-moving basketball games. I found that the picture looked best with the brightness and contrast set between about +65 and +70 each. I also found that turning off "C.A.T.S." (a picture menu feature that automatically adapts image brightness based on ambient room light) in the picture menu keeps the display from darkening when I want it bright, so that might be worth trying while setting up the picture settings. I got the most realistic color by adjusting the color temperature to "Warm1" and using the "Custom" picture mode's "Pro settings" to tweak the white balance by increasing the blues (+10) and reds (+5) and decreasing the greens (-5) to get more realistic skin tones (I found it nearly impossible to judge skin tones by broadcast content - I used an image file from my computer as my color target) along with -5 on the general "tint" setting. I set the panel brightness to "low" and the gamma to 2.2. I also decreased the "Color" setting quite a bit (+40) to get the colors, which looked over-saturated on the default setting, more natural looking.
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