The U50 is the lone non-3D in Panasonics 2012 HDTV Plasma model line-up. The model features 1080p Full HD resolution, fast-switching phosphors, media player, and 600Hz sub-field drive.
Operate Multiple Systems with Just One Remote Control through VIERA Link
The U50 features VIERA Link, a technology that allows a consumer to operate all VIERA Link compatible AV components using only the TV?S remote control. In addition to operating a VIERA HDTV, video source, and home theater receiver can be connected to a VIERA HDTV and controlled via VIERA Link remote. Users can then watch their child, pet and/or property by installing the camera and networking to the VIERA HDTV via Ethernet cable.
A Large Screen Full HD All-Round Performer: A Suite of Technologies
600Hz Sub-field DrivePanasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into data; and each framd is virtually displayed in a shorter length of time, to create crisp images.
Game ModeGames are much more fun when there's no lag in operation. Select "Game Mode" under the picture mode option and VIERA 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 and easy to see.
Media PlayerSimply insert an SD Memory Card or USB memory stick into the slot to enjoy previously saved photos, video clips and music on VIERA's 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.
An optional Skype Communication camera (TY-CC20W) allows the consumer to communicate with friends and family via a large TV, rather than on a small computer or smart phone screen. Record an original message and set it as your answering voice message. Callers can record messages onto the SD Memory Card*, while you are away. *Minimum 512MB required
Panasonic?s commitment to sustainability and producing products that are ecologically sound is evidenced in the 100,000 hour life span of the Plasma Display panel and the lack of lead or mercury in the panels. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process, Panasonic's plasma panels last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That's more than 30 years of viewing 8 hours a day. Plus with Eco Mode, Panasonic TV's turn off and adjust brightness depending on the VIERA's operating status. Settings can be configured by selecting Eco mode from VIERA Tools. The Power Save setting also adjusts screen brightness to reduce power consumption.
Crisp, Clear Moving Picture - 600Hz Sub-field Drive: Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into data and each frame is virtually displayed in a shorter length of time, to create crisp imagesClear Images from Any Angle: Self-illuminating plasma displays can be viewed from anywhere in the living room without any color fading, so images are always clear and beautiful. Each pixel appears exactly the same, so there is no difference in colors even when viewed from an angleGame Mode: Games are much more fun when there's no lag in operation. VIERA 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 and easy to seeMedia Player: Simply insert an SD Memory Card or USB memory stick into the slot to enjoy previously saved photos, video clips and music on VIERA's large screen. You can also add frames and other effects to your photos and videos and create slide shows complete with background musicOne Remote Controls Them All - VIERA Link: 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 cableMercury and Lead Free: 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 useLong Panel Life: Plasma panels last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That's more than 30 years of viewing 8 hours a dayEco Mode: This mode automatically turns the power off and adjusts the brightness depending on VIERA's operating statusC.A.T.S. [Contrast Automatic Tracking System]: This 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 consumptionPower Saving Functions in VIERA Link: The power of each connected device is adjusted depending on usage to reduce wasteful usageStandby Power Save: When VIERA is turned off, the power consumption of connected devices is minimizedIntelligent Auto Standby: Power consumption is minimized by using VIERA Link control for interconnected devicesPanasonic VIERA AR Setup Simulator App: Get the best Setup and viewing style for your Panasonic Viera TV
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from Las Vegas, Nevada
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from St Clair Shores, Mi
We use it in the living room for the family. The picture on it is excellent. Couldn't ask for a better TV.
A great plasma tv for a good price. No 3D - really didn't want it. Easy to set up, got a wall mount from monoprice.
from Fort Myers, Fl
The picture out of the box on this TV is vert good. With tweaks found on CNET boards its truly amazing. I personally find the picture quality on a plasma much better than an LED TV. However this TV is in a darkened bedroom. For a brightly lit living room I might go with an LED. The stand is sturdy and was easy to put together and the overall appearance and build is excellent. Would highly recommend this TV for its amazing picture and price savings since its just a high quality TV without the smart options or 3D fad. As far as it only having two HDMI ports, no big deal. I simply ordered a five port switcher for $15 online. Again compared to my mothers Samsung LED that she paid much more for, the picture quality on this TV blows it away IMO.
good price for the size
By Mr Hapi
from Antioch, ca
Love the plasma.
By Jim the Runner
from San Francisco, CA
This TV switches between channels and input devices quickly, compared to many Samsung and Sony TV's I've tried.
from Queens, NY
TV and movies.picture quality and colorpoor bright room performance. reflections.
Solid picture quality. Bang for buck!
from Arlington, TX
Good bang for your buck. Solid picture quality for less than $800. If you just want a tv with a good picture and not all the bells and whistles I highly recommend it.
Great company will but again
Good delivery driver ensured product was tested and in good condition before delivery confirmed. Great overall process.