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This model is the 42'' version of the 50'' Panasonic Viera TX-P50ST50B TV that we tested in our labs. For more information about the ST50, please therefore go to our review of the Panasonic Viera TX-P50ST50B. Everything we said in the Panasonic ST50 review holds true for this model—the only thing that's different is the screen size! Sometimes manufacturers fit the different sized models of a given television with panels from different sources. In such cases, our comments are only valid for a specific size of a given TV, fitted with the panel that we originally tested. Contrast, black levels, colour fidelity and ghosting are all subject to change from one panel to another. When different panels are used, we'll be sure to let you know about it! Manufacturers who do use the same panel in all the various sized TVs sold under a given model number can expect the same results across the whole range. The only factor that could be prone to slight variation is the brightness, producing a slightly different contrast.
Panasonic's plasmas have earned an enviable reputation for picture quality, and its latest models claim to improve things even further, upping the brightness while simultaneously improving black levels. The Viera TX-P42ST50B is my first chance to check out whether this is true. Priced at around £950 online, this TV sits below the VT50 and GT50 models in Panasonic's line-up of 3D plasma sets, and above the entry-level UT50. The menu system that Panasonic uses on its TVs badly needs to be updated to bring it into line with more modern offerings from the likes of Sony, LG and Samsung. The bad news is that Panasonic has told me this isn't going to happen until its next generation of TVs. There are some updates on last year's models but they're mere tweaks. The menus remain dull and dated. Most simply consist of white or yellow text against a blue background, with minimal use of graphics. At least the electronic programme guide (EPG) has finally been overhauled to remove the web-style adverts that used to clog up the screen. If you pop into the set-up menu, you can now also choose between three layouts for the EPG. The 'Normal' mode shows seven channels' worth of data at a time, the 'Full' option displays 10, while 'Info' has five channels, but adds a programme description box at the bottom of the screen.