Even before you turn it on, the crystal frame design of the Panasonic Smart Viera 50" Class ST50 Series Full HD Plasma HDTV enhances your environment by simply being a beautiful object. It's when you fire it up, however, that it becomes obvious that the TC-P50ST50 is at the frontier of a flat panel breakthrough which turns traditional passive viewing into a completely interactive experience with a radically immersive element: 3D.
Panasonic uses Full HD Frame Sequential technology to create its 3D images. Images recorded in 1920 x 1080 pixels for both the right-eye and the left-eye alternately flash on the screen at high speed. When you view the screen through active-shutter glasses that open and close each lens in sync with the alternating images, you see breathtaking Full HD 3D pictures with stunning power and realism.
"Vividness," is the key word in the TC-P50ST50's design. Besides 3D, 2,500 Focused Field Drive technology ensures action with striking clarity while gamers will appreciate the 1,080 lines of moving-picture resolution coupled with Game Mode which optimizes contrast and sharpness and accelerates image processing. And speaking of gaming, downloading games from Viera Connect Market allows you to utilize your tablet or smart phone as a game pad as well as a remote control for browsing the web. And you can do it wirelessly thanks to the TC-P50ST50's built-in WiFi.
If you're short of space, or you just prefer an uncluttered room, you'll appreciate the 3D Real Sound with 8-Train Speakers. Panasonic employs acoustic-field compensation technology to match the soundtrack's frequency to human auditory characteristics. Eight small speakers with reflectors create surround effects enhanced by a super slim subwoofer that adds rumble, thunder and realistic base notes to your programming. You can listen to music or view video and photos downloaded from an on-line source or from an SD card or USB drive thanks to the TC-P50ST50's convenient ports. Your TV's wide connectivity also includes 3 HDMI inputs as well as component composite and optical inputs.
And if you have questions about this incredible entertainment hub, Panasonic has answers. Just press the eHELP button on your included remote control for details as well as FAQs about peripheral devices and operating instructions.
Finally, not only is your TV eco-friendly, thanks to the elimination of mercury and lead, but it's loaded with energy-saving features like auto shut-off and Intelligent Auto Standby that continue to save you money and reduce your carbon footprint long after your purchase.
Enjoy the Ultimate 3D Experience Via Active Shutter Progressive 3D Method
The display alternately shows images for the left and right eyes. The left and right lenses of the eyewear open and close in sync with this display timing to show separate images to the left and right eyes. By repeating this action at high speed, the brain perceives 3D images. And because this method displays Full HD 3D images just as they are, both eyes receive 3D images in high, full-HD quality.
Panasonic Full HD 3D
Your TV is compatible with a 1080p 3D signal and has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080p.
Crisp, Clear Moving Pictures - 2,500 Focused Field Drive
This original Panasonic technology detects image movements like the human eye, and optimizes the drive accordingly. By achieving instantaneously powerful light emission rather than finely divided emission, it reduces the afterimages that cause blurring. As a result, fast movement is reproduced with excellent clarity.
Infinite Black Pro - Deeper Blacks Even in Bright Rooms
Enhancements to the panel and cells help reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks - even when viewed in bright surroundings. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and realism to the viewing experience.
Web Smoother - Smooth Reproduction of Web Movies
The blurring that often happens in web images is eliminated to produce naturally smooth motion.
2D-3D Conversion - Easily Convert 2D Images into 3D
Unique Panasonic technology converts 2D images into high-quality 3D images in real time. The image depth is analyzed from the compositional, color and brightness data of each scene, to convert 2D images into naturally beautiful 3D images. In addition to ordinary TV programs, this method can be used to convert a variety of 2D images such as web content, Blu-ray Disc media, photos and movies saved onto SD Memory Cards into 3D images with a high level of precision.
3D 24p Cinema Smoother - Movie Content with Smooth Playback
Enjoy naturally flowing 24p films and familiar TV-like quality. When reproducing images from a 24p film source, Viera's 24p cinema smoother function generates smooth, natural-looking images.
A New TV Sound Experience - 3D Real Sound with 8-Train Speakers
Eight dome-type microspeakers with reflectors deliver wide-ranging, high-quality sound. Only about 0.31" (8.0 mm) thick, these compact units also contribute to the beauty of the narrow-edge design.
Super Slim Subwoofer
The subwoofer, which is mounted to the rear surface of the panel, delivers robust bass sounds. Its super slim design, with a thickness of only 0.86" (22 mm), helps to keep the entire display attractively thin.
Sound Lifting Driver
Original Panasonic acoustic-field compensation technology produces highly accurate sound imaging. Matched to human auditory characteristics, the frequency for the bandwidth in which the sound is located is adjusted and the optimal compensation is applied.
Smartphone Remote - Viera Remote App Support
The Viera Remote App lets you use a smartphone or tablet device as a remote control. Both tap and flick-based commands are intuitive. Text input is easy, too, with familiar keyboard operation. These handy devices also make great gamepads.
Game Pad Operation
Gamepad content for Viera Connect game applications can be enjoyed on the large screen which is perfect for group gaming.
Browser Linkage - Linking Content Enables Greater Enjoyment
You can easily display web pages accessed by your smart phone on your Viera TV.
Present photos, music and movies that are on your smart phone on your Viera TV.
Simple Remote Control Changes the Way You Operate
The remote features easy-to-see characters and an easy-to-understand button layout.
Product Support Center - Instant Support When You Need It
Easy-to-understand frequently asked questions (FAQ) about connecting peripheral devices and operating methods are explained via movies. A video guide can be accessed from Viera Connect.
eHELP - Inside the User's Manual
No need to search through the user's manual. Now you can find out how to operate and connect devices right on your TV screen. Just press the Help button on the remote control to display eHELP.
Viera Connect is an internet service for TVs based on the use of cloud servers. It brings you video-on-demand (VOD), catch-up TV, games, educational content, and lots more, through a wide range of apps. It's a great way to relax in your living room with family and friends.
Large Screen Web Browsing with Your Family
The browser supports HTML5 pages, so you can browse the Internet much like you do with a PC. Unlike a PC, though, the large screen allows the whole family or a group of friends to comfortably view a wide variety of content.
Built-in WiFi - Neat and Comfortable Wireless Internet Connection
It is easy to connect to the internet or a home network by using the built-in WiFi function. There is no need for cords or cables, so the layout is flexible and the room stays neat and uncluttered. Using a wireless connection for Viera Connect and employing the DLNA function make it easy to share photos and movies.
DLNA - A Home Network Linking the Entire House
A DLNA compatible Viera makes network connection a snap. It makes content easy to share by linking equipment over a home network. Enjoy photos, movies, music and more in the living room, bedroom, or any room in the house.
Game Mode - Get More Excitement Out of Gaming
Games are much more fun when there's no lag in operation. Your TV automatically chooses settings that provide the optimal image, so you get super-fast response and no delays. Even dark scenes with delicately rendered details are beautiful displayed. Game Mode makes all of the game apps on Viera Connect even more fun to play.
Media Player - Play Various Types of Formats Easily
Simply insert an SD memory card or USB memory stick into the slot to enjoy previously saved photos, video clips and music on the large screen. You can also add frames and other effects to your photos and videos, and create slide shows complete with background music. A wide variety of formats are supported, so you can listen to PC-based music files and web movies right on your TV.
Viera Link - One Remote Controls Them All
Viera Link interlinks the operation of various AV devices, so you can operate them all using only the Viera remote. Setup is easy, too. Simply connect the devices to each other via HDMI cables.
Environment-Friendly Panel - Mercury and Lead Free
Panasonic is committed to making products more friendly to the environment. In line with this commitment, all Viera plasma display panels are free of both lead and mercury. This reduces the impact on the environment years down the road when the TV is recycled or retired from use.
Long Panel Life - Years of Beautiful Images
One important way consumers can protect the environment is by choosing high-quality products and taking care of them so they last for a long time. A high-quality Viera HDTV can help. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process, our plasma panels last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That's more than 30 years of viewing eight hours a day.
Eco Mode - Searching for Waste and Automatically Saving Power
This mode automatically turns the power off and adjusts the brightness depending on the TV's operating status. Settings can be configured by selecting Eco mode from Viera Tools.
Auto Shut Down
This setting automatically turns the power off when there's no image signal for 10 minutes or more, or when there's no activity for three hours or more.
This setting adjusts screen brightness to reduce power consumption.
Power Saving Functions in Viera Link - Ecological and Easy
Intelligent Auto Standby minimizes the power of each connected device depending on usage to reduce wasted energy.
C.A.T.S. (Contrast Automatic Tracking System)
This feature detects the brightness of the room and automatically adjusts screen brightness accordingly. When the room darkens, it lowers the screen brightness and adjusts the image quality for easier viewing while suppressing power consumption.
By softly wrapping the screen in crystal-like transparent material, this light and attractive frame conveys the appearance of a floating image.
|Screen Size (Diagonal)||49.9"|
|Aspect Ratio||16 : 9|
|Pixel Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Refresh Rate||48 Hz|
|Video System||ATSC, Clear QAM, NTSC|
2x USB 2.0Audio/VideoIn
1x RCA CompositeVideoIn(Bottom)
1x RCA CompositeAudioIn(Bottom)
1x RCA ComponentVideoIn(Bottom)
1x RCA ComponentAudioIn(Bottom)
|Picture in Picture (PIP)||No|
|Picture Modes||Full, H-Fill, Just, Zoom|
Swivel: Yes, +10 / -10
|Power Requirements||120 VAC, 60 Hz|
32 to 104 F (0 to 40 C)
|Weight||59.6 lb/27.03 kg With stand|
50.8 lb/23.04 kg Without stand
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Types of Televisions:
In Plasma technology, the display itself consists of cells. Within each cell two glass panels are separated by a narrow gap in which neon-xenon gas is injected and sealed in plasma form. The gas is electrically charged at specific intervals when the Plasma set is in use. The charged gas then strikes red, green, and blue phosphors, thus creating a television image. Each group of red, green, and blue phosphors is called a pixel.
Some Advantages of Plasma Televisions are:
Larger Screen Sizes Available
Better Contrast Ratio, so Blacks are deeper
Better Color Saturation
Little to no lag in Fast Moving Images
Some Disadvantages of Plasma Televisions are:
Susceptible to Burn-Ins(Image is “burnt” onto the screen when left on the screen too long)
Generates a lot of heat
Does not perform well at high altitudes
LCD stands for liquid crystal display. These types of displays are made of two layers of transparent material, which are polarized, and are "glued" together. One of the layers is coated with a special polymer that holds the individual liquid crystals. Current is then passed through individual crystals, which allow the crystals to pass or block light to create images. LCD crystals do not produce their own light, so an external light source, such as florescent bulb is needed for the image created by the LCD to become visible to the viewer.
Some Advantages of LCD Televisions are:
Low energy consumption
No "burn-in" effect
Cool running temperatures
No high altitude issues
Lighter in weight
Some Disadvantages of LCD Televisions are:
Low contrast ratio
Fast Moving Images sometimes lag
Individual Pixels can burn out and cannot be replaced
Smaller Viewing Angle (although not significant difference)
DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology utilizes a small Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) to tilt more than 1.3 million micromirrors-each of them less than the width of a human hair-toward (ON) or away from (OFF) the light source inside the DLP. This process creates light or dark pixels on the face of the projection screen. The light then filters to a color wheel, which rotates 120 times per second, producing the correct hue. Each mirror can turn on or off several thousands of times per second resulting in a technology that can reproduce up to 1024 shades of gray.
Some Advantages of DLP Televisions are:
Little to no affection by ambient light
Better Contrast Ratio, so Blacks are deeper
High refresh rate
No lagging images or burn-ins
Not affected by altitudes
Tuner built-in in most models
The only thing that can burn out is the bulb, which can be replaced, so you could use this TV virtually forever
Many connections available - Can also be used as a monitor
Some Disadvantages of DLP Televisions are:
Must be viewed at eye level for the best picture
While a bulb will only cost around $200, a professional will need to install it, incurring an additional cost.
They are heavy and cannot easily be moved.
Direct-view TVs, also known as the traditional tube television, consist of a single cathode ray tube (CRT) and electron beam that excites and illuminates phosphors on the inside surface of the TV screen.
Some Advantages of CRT Televisions are:
Low in cost
Best black level, contrast, shadow detail and color performance of any video technology out there
Not affected by ambient light
Can be viewed from any angle
Very Long Life Expectancy
Some Disadvantages of CRT Televisions are:
Size and Weight of Television make it very heavy
Limited screen size - 38 inches is about the max for CRT TVs
Uses old technology
Choosing the Best TV Size
Where you are putting your television and what you are using it for will determine the perfect TV size for your room.
Living (or Family) Room
For living rooms and other spaces with high TV use, 37 inch and larger are the most popular choices. In large rooms, the largest size possible is usually best.
For bedrooms, offices and other medium-sized spaces, a tv that is from 26 to 37 inches is your best bet.
Kitchens & Smaller Rooms
For kitchens and smaller rooms where you will be close to the TV, a 15 to 19 inch screen is best suited.
Refer to the below chart for the mimimum distance you should be from the television.
High Definition vs. Standard Definition
|TV Viewing Distance Chart
||Minimum Viewing Distance
||Maximum Viewing Distance
Standard definition is analog signals with resolution of 480i (480 lines drawn onscreen in an interlaced pattern, odd lines separately from even), the format in which TV content is delivered over regular analog broadcasts and basic (non-digital) cable. On the best TVs, the picture quality can be very good or even excellent, but it doesn't compare to the best that HD can offer.
Enhanced definition falls between standard and high definition. ED signals are digital, with resolution of 480p (480 lines scanned progressively). This is equivalent to DVD quality, which is a little better than standard definition but not as good as high definition. Some ED sets can accept HD signals, but they convert them to a lower resolution that they can display, so the picture quality won't match that of true HD. On the best EDTVs, it can be quite good.
High definition offers the best TV viewing possible. HD is a digital-TV format that contains more and finer detail than other formats, so images can have almost lifelike clarity. The picture quality can be stunning, especially on a large, wide-screen set. In technical terms, HD images have higher definition, meaning more picture elements (lines or pixels) make up each image. Most HD broadcasts today are either 1080i (1,080 lines drawn on-screen separately in an odd/even pattern, then interlaced to form one image) or 720p (720 lines scanned in one sweep, or progressively). Another HD format, 1080p, has 1,080 lines drawn in a progressive pattern, which potentially yields the finest detail. This format isn't yet being used for TV broadcasts, but some HD DVDs that support 1080p are expected to arrive this year. TVs with 1080p native resolution have already started to appear on the market.
The below chart explains further the difference between Standard and High Definition Signals.
|Resolution and Picture Quality Table
|Standard Definition TV
||Standard Definition DVD
||Enhanced Definition TV
||720p High Definition TV
||1080i High Definition TV
||1080p High Definition TV/Blu-Ray
||Full Screen 4:3
||Full Screen 4:3/Widescreen 16:9
||640 x 480
||720 x 480
||854 x 480
||1280 x 720
||1920 x 720
||1920 x 720
|Which Audio/Video Connection is the best?
||HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an uncompressed, all-digital signal that combines both audio and video. This connection gives you the optimal 1080p signal and up to 7.1 channel sound.
||DVI (Digital Video Interface) is a video connection that will deliver 1080p video signal, but it does not carry audio signals.
||Component Video, or RGB, is an analog signal connection that splits the video into 3 separate signals, 2 for color and 1 for brightness. The maximum resolution on this connection type is 720p or 1080i.
||S-Video (S for Separate) is a type of component video signal because the color and brightness signals are transmitted on separate wires. S-Video is not used for high definition resolutions.
||Composite, or RCA, connections can be found on almost all video components. Color and brightness pass over the same cable. Although it is the most common connection found, it is also the least quality.