Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo Profile

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Front View

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Front View
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Front View. Photos (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

To start of this photo look at the Panasonic TC-P50GT30 is view of the set as viewed from the front. The TV is shown here with an actual image. The image shown on the screen was cut out and repasted back so that the brightness and contrast of entire photo could be adjusted in order to make the TV's black bezel more definitively visible.

For a look at the rear, as well as the connections and control options of the TC-P50GT30, proceed through the next series of photos...

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Side Controls

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Side Controls
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Side Controls. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up photo of the onboard controls for the Panasonic TC--P50GT30, which are located in bottom right side corner behind the screen. These controls are also duplicated on the wireless remote control, which is shown later in this profile.

Starting on the top are the channel scroll buttons.

Moving down, are the volume control buttons.

Next is Menu access. It must be noted that when the Menu button is pushed, all of the other buttons, including the volume and channel buttons are used as part of the menu navigation system. Although you should take care not to lose or misplaced your remote control, these controls do allow access to many of the TV's functions.

Finally, on the bottom, input select control. Repeatedly pushing this button scrolls through the available input sources.

What is not shown is the power on/off button. This button is actually located on the front of the TV, on the bottom of the screen bezel.

Proceed to the next photo...

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Rear View

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Rear View
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Rear View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is the entire rear panel the Panasonic TC-P50GT30.

You can see the ventilation holes (note the two fans on the left area), the official label, the connection section near the bottom right and right side, and the AC power cord near the bottom center.

For a close-up look at the rear panel connections, proceed to the next photo...

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Side Panel Connections

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Side Panel Connections
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Side Panel Connections. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the connections on the TC-P50GT30.

Starting on top is an SD Card slot. This can be used to access audio, video, and still image content stored on SD Cards.

Next are two USB inputs. These are used for accessing audio, video, and still image files on USB flash drives or for connection of the provided USB WiFi adapter.

Below the two USB ports is a Digital Optical Audio output. Many HDTV programs contain Dolby Digital soundtracks. It is also important to note that the TC-P50GT30 has no analog audio outputs. This is a growing trend for both Plasma and LCD televisions.

Moving to the bottom are four HDMI inputs. These connections allow the connection of an HDMI or DVI source (such as an HD-Cable or HD-Satellite Box, Upscaling DVD, or Blu-ray Disc Player). Sources with DVI outputs can also be connected to HDMI input 4 via DVI-HDMI adapter cable. It must also be noted that only HDMI 1 is Audio Return Channel enabled.

For the additional connections provided on the TC-P50GT30, proceed to the next photo...

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Rear Panel Connections

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Rear Panel Connections
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Rear Panel Connections. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at additional audio/video connections provided on the TC-P50GT30. The connections are located near the bottom right side of the rear panel.

Starting on the left is the Ant/Cable RF input connection for receiving over-the-air HDTV or unscramble digital cable signals.

Next is a wired LAN (Ethernet) connection. If you don't have access to a Wireless router, insert an Ethernet cable for connection to a home network and the internet.

Next is a PC-in or VGA input. This allows the Panasonic TC-P50GT30 to be connected to a PC or Laptop Monitor output. Connection is made via provided adapter cable.

Continuing to the right is a mini-jack input for analog stereo audio connection via an adapter cable (provided). This audio input can be used for audio sources associated with either DVI (using HDMI 4 input), PC, or Component video sources (not at the same time, however).

Moving further right is the component video input. Connection is made via another adapter cable (provided).

Finally, on the far right is a Composite Video input, along with associated analog stereo audio inputs - (adapter cable provided).

Not shown is the AC power cord.

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo 0f Included Accessories

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo 0f Included Accessories
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo 0f Included Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the accessories and documentation included with Panasonic TC-P50GT30.

Along the back row is a quick setup guide, child safety information, product registration card, and user manual.

On the table is the remote control, RF cable adapter, digital optical adapter cable, PC monitor adapter cable, component video adapter, composite video - analog audio adapter, analog audio-only cable adapter, Wifi USB adapter, and USB adapter dock.

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Remote Control

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Remote Control
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Remote Control. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Remote Control for the TC-P50GT30 is about 9-inches long and fits very comfortably in your hand.

On the very top left of the remote is the Power On/Off button.

Just below the power button is the Light button - this button lights up the remote buttons so that they are easier to see in a darkened room. This is great convenience.

The other buttons in this group include: 3D settings, Closed-captioning, SAP (second audio program for TV broadcasts), Input select, Game Mode, VieraLink, and Settings Exit.

Moving below this group of buttons are the menu access and navigation buttons. Just below the menu the color-coded function buttons. These buttons are provided for special features associated with Blu-ray discs, as well as other special functions designated by Panasonic.

Continuing to move down are the TV volume and channel scan buttons, and below that, are the Mute, Format (aspect ratio), Info (input signal characteristics), and Favorite (your favorite preset channels).

The bottom portion of the remote is devoted to the direct access channel buttons and transport buttons for operating compatible playback devices (such as Blu-ray disc player).

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Panasonic TY-EW3D2MU Active Shutter 3D Glasses with Included Accessories

Panasonic TY-EW3D2MU Active Shutter 3D Glasses with Included Accessories
Panasonic TY-EW3D2MU Active Shutter 3D Glasses with Included Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

One important item that is not included with the TC-P50GT30, but is required for viewing 3D, are 3D glasses. 3D glasses must be purchased separately. Shown here are the Panasonic TY-EW3D2MU Active Shutter 3D Glasses provided for this review and its included accessories.

Starting on the top left of the photo is the user manual, included storage case, USB charging cable, the box, and actual 3D glasses.

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Input Select Menu

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Input Select Menu
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Input Select Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Input Selection menu.

As you can see, there are a total of eight available inputs, in addition to the ANT/CABLE viewing option.

There are four HDMI input selection options, All the HDMI 3 and 4 inputs are located behind the left side of screen as you face the screen.

Next is the Component Video input (Green, Blue, Red), which is accessible on the rear connection panel via a provided adapter cable.

The video input is ​on the rear of the TV and gives you a Composite Video connection option via provided adapter cable.

The PC selection option is a VGA PC Monitor input that is located on the rear of the TV. A provided adapter cable is provided for this connection.

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of 3D Settings Menu

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of 3D Settings Menu
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of 3D Settings Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the 3D Setup menu for the Panasonic TC-P50GT30.

Auto Detect 3D : When a 3D source is connected to the TC-P50GT30, it is automatically detected and displayed in 3D. However, this function can be disabled, allowing manual switching to 3D.

3D Signal Notification: Displays the 3D availability message if Auto Detect is turned on.

2D to 3D Depth: Adjusts depth of 3D images if 2D to 3D conversion function is activated.

3D Adjustment: Adjust 3D effect of 3D images.

Left/Right swap: Switches the Left Eye/Right Eye views if the 3D images appear reversed on the screen.

Diagonal line filter: Compensates for specific artifacts that may ​be present in the 3D signal.

3D Safety Precautions: This accesses a message that is displayed which is essentially a disclaimer regarding any possible health, safety, comfort issues regarding the viewing of 3D content.

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV Photo of Entire Picture Settings Menu

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Entire Picture Settings Menu
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Entire Picture Settings Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at four pages of the Picture Settings Menu (click on photo for a larger, more legible, view).

Starting on the top left are the basic settings:

Vivid provides a brighter, more color saturated picture, better suited to brightly lit rooms.

Standard provides a preset color, contrast, and brightness setting more suitable to normal viewing conditions.

Cinema provides a picture with decreased contrast, for use in dimly-lit or dark rooms.

THX displays the image characteristics present on the original source material - best used with Blu-ray discs or DVDs with the "THX" logo. Overall, provides the most accurate preset color and contrast setting.

Game optimizes picture settings for video games.

Custom allows the user to set their own preferred video settings.

Manual settings provided for Brightness, Color, Tint, and Sharpness.

Moving to page 2 of the Picture Settings menu are:

Color Temperature, Management, and Photo Enhancement provide settings further settings for both optimized color accuracy, including for photos, and user preference.

C.A.T.S. (Contrast Auto Tracking System) allows automatic adjustment of screen brightness in accordance with ambient light conditions.

Noise Reduction provides a way to reduce the effects of video noise that may be present in a video source, such as television broadcast, DVD, or Blu-ray disc. However, when using this control to reduce noise, you may find other artifacts, such as harshness and a "pastey" appearance on flesh may increase.

Pro Settings allows for more precise individual adjustment of Red, Green, Blue, Gamma, and additional settings - best used by an installer or other setup tech.

Here is what is on page 3 of the Picture Settings Menu:

Aspect adjustments sets how various aspect ratios fill the screen.

PC adjustments provides picture settings specifically needed for PC image sources.

HDMI settings optimizes highlights and shadow characteristics of HDMI video source signals, and well as for Photo and graphics content.

Advanced Picture Settings takes the user to additional sub-menus that provide more extensive, and precise, picture adjustments, shown on the bottom left of this photo. These settings allow further fine tuning video signal sources.

Here is what is on Page 4 of the Picture Settings Menu:

3D Y/C Filter (On/Off) helps to minimize noise and cross-color bleeding.

Color Matrix (SD/HD) selects resolution of signals coming through component video connections.

Block NR (Off/On) helps to reduce the "blocking" artifacts that are sometimes present in some incoming video signals.

Mosquito NR (Off/On) reduces video "buzzing" effects that sometimes appear around objects.

Motion Smoother reduces motion blur for fast moving objects.

Black Level adjusts black level of incoming video signals.

3:2 Pulldown optimizes image quality for incoming 24p signals.

24p Direct In compensates for flicker that may be present in 24p signals.

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Audio Settings Menu

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Audio Settings Menu
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Audio Settings Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the basic audio settings available on the Panasonic TC-P50GT30 which include standard Bass, Treble, and Balance controls.

Proceed to the next page for a look at the Advanced audio settings menu...

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 Plasma TV - Advanced Audio Settings Menu - Pages 1 and 2

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Advanced Audio Settings Menu - Pages 1 and 2
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Advanced Audio Settings Menu - Pages 1 and 2. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Advanced audio settings menu for the Panasonic TC-P50GT30 Plasma TV.

A.I. sound when activated maintains a consistent volume level across programs, channels, and external input sources.

Surround widens the soundstage by extending the left and right sound image beyond the sides of the TV when listening to stereo program sources.

Bass Boost increases volume output of bass frequencies.

Volume Leveler is similar to A.I. sound but maintains volume levels when switching between an external input and the onboard tuner.

TV Speakers allows users to shut off the TV's internal speakers if using an external audio system.

HDMI 1-4 sets the audio source when using HDMI inputs.

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Setup Menu - Page 1 and 2

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Setup Menu - Page 1 and 2
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of Setup Menu - Page 1 and 2. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the general setup menu for the TC-P50GT30. It is very typical and straight forward.

3D Settings (refer back to the earlier page on this).

Channel Surf mode sets your channel surfing preferences: ALL, Favorite, Digital only, Analog only.

Language refers to what language you want the menu displayed in.

Clock sets the time and day.

Ant/Cable Setup scans the available channels (Ant/Cable).

Input labels allows users to reliable all the video inputs. In other words, instead of HDMI 1,2,3,4, Component, Video, etc... Inputs can be renamed to say Blu-ray, DVD, Game, Receiver, and/or Media Extender.

Anti-Image retention activates the Pixel oribiter and brightness of any letterbox or pillarbox bars that may appear in order to reduce any "burn-in" effects.

Network settings provide the needed tools to connect the TV to a home network and the internet.

VIERA Link settings provide remote control via HDMI with (HDMI-CEC) compatible devices. If you have a HDMI-CEC compatible device connected to the TV, you can use the TV's remote control turn on (TV Auto PowerOn), put in standby (Auto Standby), adjust volume (Amplifier Control), Speaker Preference (switches between the TV's speakers and the speakers in HDMI-CEC compatible home theater receiver).

ECO/energy saving accesses several power saving options.

Keyboard type provides for connection and operation of an external USB keyboard.

Advanced setup provides Auto power on and Image viewer auto player functions.

First time setup takes you through an easy step-by-step shortcut procedure, if you desire.

About displays the TV firmware version and software licensing information.

Reset to defaults resets the TV to it original out-of-box factory defaults for the items on this menu.

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Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of VieraCast Menu

Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of VieraCast Menu
Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D Network Plasma TV - Photo of VieraCast Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the first page of the VieraCast menu. As you can see, on this page, main selections are Facebook, YouTube, and AccuWeather, Skype, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and FOX Sports.

Additional selections on successive pages of this menu include: CinemaNow, Pandora, NBA Game Time Lite, MLB TV, USTREAM, and Picasa.

Also included is access to a VieraConnect Market, that has listing of many more audio/video internet streaming services (see additional photo).

Final Take

As you can these from this photo gallery, the Panasonic TC-P50GT30 provides a lot of connectivity and feature options.

The TC-P50GT30 is thin and stylish, especially for a Plasma TV. When the set is off, it is one big deep black rectangle with a very thin outer bezel frame. The bezel design and stand have a very straight, minimalist appearance. The stand allows the TV to swivel several degrees to the left and right.

The TC-P50GT30 also offers a full complement of audio/video inputs, including four HDMI inputs, two USB ports, SD Card slot, and Ethernet port for network/internet connectivity.

The Panasonic TC-P50GT30 3D/Network Plasma TV is also a very good example of how using a TV has changed in recent years. At its core, the TC-P50GT30 provides excellent viewing performance with 3D and 2D high definition sources that should please most consumers.

Also, there are a host of additional well-provided for features that the user can take advantage of, from Internet streaming of movies and music to network media player options to using the TV as video communication display when using Skype. All these features really add to ​value of the TC-P50GT30 as a centerpiece for a home theater system. About the only things it doesn't have is its own built-in Blu-ray/DVD player or DVR.

For additional perspective on the Panasonic TC-P50GT30, also check out my Review and Video Performance Test Results.

Official Product Page

Additional screen sizes of this model: 55-inch TC-P55GT30
60-inch TC-P60GT30, and 65-inch TC-P65GT30.