As an option in the world of Blu-Ray, the Panasonic DMP-BD30 makes a great choice to look at. However, there are a few drawbacks that are worthy of noting. To start with the drawbacks, there is no Ethernet connection. I know, you are probably thinking what exactly does a Blu-Ray player need Ethernet for, but it is important because this will limit the ability to upgrade the firmware for the player, and also limits the ability to use interactive content that is anticipated to be released soon. The last big piece of bad news is that those who want the best is sound quality will need to purchase a good AV receiver in order to get the type of performance that they really want.
The good news is that this player is quite good for the price. With a price tag that ranges in the $450 area it is a good buy and provides the ability to insert an SD card that will allow you to play video from AVCHD camcorders as well as from the actual Blu-Ray discs themselves. Additionally the Panasonic DMP-BD30 can hold its own in terms of working to ensure the best in Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio output. Bringing the distinction of being the first Profile 1.1 player, this certainly has a huge portion of the market waiting to purchase it.
With a weight of around 7.3 pounds and the ability to use a good surround sound system built in this is certainly a great model to take a look at. Of course, it is on the low end of the spectrum and is not the most advanced, but for those who are looking for an affordable option that will not break the bank; this is certainly something to look at very closely. The price tag is right in line with what you can expect, and the product is good and reliable making it a great choice.