When we talk about TVs these days, there no one who talks about conventional boxes; everyone wants to get an LCD or Plasma. HDTVs are also becoming a passion. Now a days, it isn’t only size that matters; there are lots and lots of features that determine whether or not a television is worth buying. Today, I have come up with a review of an HDTV produced by Panasonic, named TH-50PZ850U.


  • 15.2” x 49.9” x 33.3”
  • 99.2 lbs
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Digital Media Playback
  • Multi-Language Menu
  • Picture Viewer
  • Progressive Scan
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • 1080i (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480i (SDTV), 480p (EDTV), 720p (HDTV)
  • HDTV Built-in Tuner
  • 1920 x 1080 maximum resolution
  • 49.9” Viewable Size
  • Contrast ratio: 1,000,000:1
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9
  • Display Type Plasma
  • Static Contrast Ratio 30,000:1
  • Diagonal Screen Size 50 in
  • Output interfaces: A/V (RCA Composite), Audio – Digital Optical, Variable/Fixed Audio
  • Input interfaces: A/V (Composite), Audio – Line In (1/8" Mini), Coaxial (RF), Component Video, Front/Side RCA Composite, HDMI, S-Video, VGA
  • Interface connection: Serial – 9 pin D-shell, Ethernet
  • Price range: $1,569.83 – $2,095.00 (subject to variation according to time and location)


This 50” plasma is nicely priced and is equipped with pretty fine features as well. Whether it is about direct streaming from the internet through Ethernet port, or it is about viewing cherished moments’ still images from the SD card; your Panasonic TH-50PZ850U is the solution.

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About the internet; once you plug the TV into the home network system, you will be able to access the online content that is delivered by Panasonic’s Viera Cast service. It includes YouTube, weather reports, Picasa, and Bloomberg. As we all know the original YouTube video size, this TV streams it in a bit smaller window than the 50” screen. If you wish to view the photos stored in an SD card, the TV has an option of it. You can even watch the videos from your SD cards provided their format is either AVCHD or MPEG2.

Fast moving subjects are the best testing point for big screens. Unfortunately, this TV shows pixels while showing fast moving objects. Also, the pixilation is quite of concern in long shots. There are other problems like reddish tones on Caucasian skin and a bad over scan while handling a 720p source.

Remote is nice, though not backlit. It is a long one with big buttons. Also, it is programmable. On screen menu is easy to use although not a pleasure to sight. Like image quality, sound is also adequate, and not above average. If audio factor is important to you, you might need external machinery.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Direct video streaming from the internet via Ethernet port
  • Nice programmable remote
  • Easy to use on screen menu
  • Nicely priced for 50 inches


  • Average picture quality
  • Average sound quality
  • Remote is not backlit

Final Words:

This is one nice 50” Plasma HDTV that offers basically required features, and is a nice choice if too-good is not your priority.

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