To test the performance of the TH-P50ST30D, we ran videos of Blu-rays, external hard drives, DisplayMate and a range of other tests. To start off, the remote control is extremely responsive and one need not point it directly at the television. We found that handling of the remote was good as it is ergonomically designed. The buttons are large and this plays a big role in navigating through the different menus. The speakers on this television are pretty good and are sufficient for a medium-sized home. One need not turn them up too high for it to be audible.
Extremely slim for a plasma television
We did not need to adjust the brightness or contrast levels at all as in normal picture mode, the words on-screen appeared detailed and the greys and whites appeared accurate. While checking the extreme grey scales with colour bars we observed that all basic colours had been properly reproduced. However, the seam between the blue and green bars was a bit soft in comparison to others. In the defocusing, blooming and halos check we observed that there was a lot of detail. In the reverse video contrast check all the characters had sharp edges and appeared uniformly. The colours in this test appeared accurate and all characters appeared in focus. While checking the primary colours, we noticed that all colours appeared natural except for yellow, which was dull, and green which appeared vibrant. In the colour intensity scales test we observed that all scales were visible and there was no bleeding noticed across all the bars.
During playback of standard definition content we observed that image quality was really good and all skin tones appeared natural. During the tests we turned all the enhancements down and we observed that there was no extra smooth effects visible. With the enhancements on we noticed that though it appeared smooth, it did not make much of a difference overall. The black levels of this television are something that really stood out. With the lights turned down in the room, one can really enjoy watching dark scenes on this television. The TV handles external bright environments really well and even with the lights on, one can make out the deep black levels.
Base is very sturdy
To test the high definition quality of this TV, we connected a number of Blu-ray players. There is a strange issue which occurs between Philips players when paired with Philips Blu-ray players wherein the disc starts playing but after that an error occurs on-screen and then none of the controls of the television can be accessed. This was prevalent with two Philips players. We also paired it with a Panasonic home theatre system and this error did not occur. Viewing HD content on this television is a thrill as one can certainly enjoy the movie experience. This can also be felt while watching HD files from a portable hard drive. All colours appeared natural and one can enjoy this television the best when the picture mode is set to Cinema.
Switching to 3D is as simple as a tap of button. The television instantly switches on to 3D mode and the depth is apparent. Black levels while in 3D mode are really good as well and a notable mention regarding this TV is that there is a very slight amount of crosstalk.
The stylish P50ST30D offering from Panasonic
The Panasonic TH-P50ST30D is sold in India at an MRP of Rs. 1,19,900. The television does well when it comes to its design and build quality. The features and performance is where the television really excels. There is nothing that is going wrong for this television at all except for maybe the price in comparison to the cost of LED LCD TVs nowadays. However, this television is also priced very attractively and given its features and performance, Panasonic have truly hit the sweet spot when it comes to the price, design and features. If one is in the market with a lakh and twenty thousand to spend and plasma is their choice of panel; then this model is a sure shot.