• Internet and content via ethernet port
  • Very good sound
  • Internet connectivity
  • Well-designed remote
  • Multimedia playback via USB port


  • Disappointing picture quality
  • Average picture quality
  • Clumsy switching between inputs

At A Glance

The Panasonic TH-50PZ850U has fantastic extras, but only average picture quality for a 50-inch plasma HDTV.

Manufacturer’s Description

With the TH50PZ850U plasma TV, Panasonic has achieved picture quality that's sure to blow you away. The increased native contrast ratio of 30,000:1 ensures exceptionally rich blacks and stunning whites. An anti-reflective filter keeps unwanted reflections to a minimum. The TH50PZ850U includes a built-in NTSC/ATSC/QAM digital tuner to receive standard definition, high definition, and digital cable content. The set includes 4 HDMI connections, which enables the transfer of high definition video and audio via a single cable. That means you can enjoy HD entertainment without the inconvenience of numerous tangled cables.

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The Specs

Broadcast Format Displayed 1080p
Broadcast Format Supported
  • 1080i
  • 1080p
  • 720p
Display size 50.0 inches
Contrast ratio 1000000:1
Viewable size 49.9 inches
Display type Plasma
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1080p pixels
General Information
UPC Code 037988242108
Ports and Connections
S-Video-In S-Video (Input)
Audio Input RCA Audio (Input x5)
  • HDMI (Input x3)
  • HDMI (Input) Input
Audio Digital Optical Digital Optical Audio (Output)
Component Video Component (Input x2)
Audio Output RCA Audio (Output)