The ST50 series features 1080p Full HD resolution, an Infinite Black Pro Panel, and VIERA Connect with web browser and built-in Wi-Fi. Other unique features include 2D to 3D conversion and 2500 focused field drive.
VIERA Connect IPTVVIERA Connect provides access to apps in such categories as video and music, social networking, games, news and lifestyle, sports, health and fitness. It also features a market site, where the consumer can select specific apps or accessories to help personalize the Internet experience. Popular apps on VIERA Connect include Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Facebook, Twitter, Wall Street Journal, and huluplus, all optimized for the best possible user experience. For ease-of-use, use quick keyword input on the VIERA Connect to help retrieve favorite content faster and easier. The social networking TV function allows users to access social network sites while simultaneously watching TV.
VIERA LinkThe ST50 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.
2D-3D ConversionUnique Panasonic technology converts 2D images into high-quality 3D images in real-time.The technology generates a detailed depth effect for each type of image, so the 3D effect is natural and realistic. Enjoy Blu-ray movies, DV D movies and even ordinary TV broadcasts in 3D. The Super Resolution function allows images that were converted from 2D to 3D to be displayed in sharp, clear 3D images.
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DLNA/Built-in Wi-FiConnect this DLNA-compatible VIERA HDTV and DLNA-compatible AV equipment to your home network, and you can watch movies, listen to music, and view photos from any room in the house. VIERA HDTV's Wi-Fi capability gives you even more layout flexibility. The ST50 series has built-in Wi-Fi so there is no wireless LAN adaptor required.
Fast-Switching PhosphorThe use of fast switching phosphors has significantly reduced afterglow duration and reproduced clear 3D and 2D images. Fast switching phosphors are used in all full HD models.
3D 24p Cinema SmootherVIERA gives you naturally flowing 24p images with the look and tonal characteristics of film, and familiar TV-like quality. This mode optimizes the number of frames of 24p images recorded from film sources onto media such as Blu-ray Disc. Panasonic's advanced source analysis and frame generation deliver smooth, natural, and lifelike images.
600 Hz Sub-field Drive and 2500 Focused Field DriveThe ST50 features 600Hz technology which allows for superb full-HD motion and still images. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into dots. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects. The ST50 also employs Neo Plasma Black 2500 FDD (Focused Field Drive) to provide a crisp image even when the content shows very fast motion.
Infinite Black Pro PanelThe ST50 series feature self-illuminating panels with ultimate black levels. 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.
Skype CommunicationAn 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
Environmentally FriendlyPanasonic?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.
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Great TV, Terrible delivery, Service
By Video Junkie
from Orange County, NY
After changing the settings on my cable box to proper HDTV settings and setting up the calibration settings from CNET, I sat and marvelled at the beautiful picture on screen. It's been over a week and I am very happy with this TV so far. Also, I picked up 3D glasses and at first was not too thrilled with the whole 3D thing but after watching the 3D material for about 30 seconds you become adjusted to the 3D images and become immersed. My only suggestion is that you should take the glasses of when looking at non 3D images during a movie.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Excellent quality product
from Yonkers, NY
Very nice looking set, good picture quality out of the box and gets better the longer you use it. Easy setup and wireless is a plus allows you to easily upgrade the firmware when needed.
from MORRISTOWN, NJ
BEAUTIFUL PICTURE. EASY SETUP. HELP SCREEN A PLUS.
as Cnet told-fantastic picture for price
from Columbus Ohio
Great picture, best TV for the money
By Rusty Shackleford
from Dallas, TX
Bought this TV because it was reviewed as the best TV for the money in this price range. I absolutely agree. Amazing picture quality, beautiful 3D, and not ridiculously expensive for a 55" 3D TV
Another great panasonic tv
from Atlanta, GA
Love the tv, but can be hard to see the picture on a sunny day with light colored furniture in the room. Had it set up in about 10 minutes out of the box.
from pico ca
i use with H.D. fios & also with blu ray great picture. i work during the day so watch only at night darker the room the better. sound isnt that great but i got surround sound.had for a couple of weeks played only a littlewith wifi great . mostly with picture quality thats the best.havent got 3d glasses yet but thats next . not good that it doesnt come with at least a pair to see 3d.
A good set
from Western North Carolina
I can't speak for the 3D performance of the set since it doesn't come with any glasses and I haven't purchased any. The picture is good, but I don't think it's quite got the "punch" my belated 50" Samsung plasma had (brought to an early death by a lightning strike). The bottom of the set sits only a couple of inches above my entertainment center using the included base, so my center channel speaker intrudes on the picture.
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By Dr. V
from NY, NY
This is probably the finest TV on the market for the money. You definitely can't go wrong