"Panasonic's 2011 ST30...few steps forward, some back"
29 June 2011
Pros: -Price (Value), especially with any sort of bundle. Cheaper than the GT30 and better in many regards. -Black levels: black levels smack levels, the difference between them on high end TVs is minimal and has mainly evolved into a numbers game. But if that'
Cons: -Fluctuating Brightness: HUGE Issue. Caused me to return my TV. Research it--all 2011 models are affected. It is the plague and totally unacceptable. Firmware fixable? Time will tell. But if your set happens to have this issue at a high enough level, you
Pros: Panasonic's ST30 is the only 1080 plasma available under 50 inches. If you have cabinet or other space concern, this model is all you get.
Cons: This is all you get. No THX ($$ saving on Pan's part), full picture tweaks denied (that's cheap, folks). It would be nice to have the picture adjustments that film enthusiasts who don't want to make a TV the visual 900 lb gorilla of the living room, but
Intolerable fluctuating brightness & green patches
Mr. Alan T. Fidler "cbcdesign", Amazon
26 July 2011
Summary: The Panasonic P50ST30B Plasma Television is at face value a very nice piece of equipment. It had full 1080P high definition capability, displays full HD 3D, produces deep blacks, deep colour and very nice picture quality. Unfortunately it also has two glaring problems that are so obviously unacceptable in a TV costing as much as this model does that I wonder how Panasonic have the nerve to even consider marketing the set.