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Panasonic TC-P42C2 42-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV (2010 Model)


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  • 42-inch Plasma HDTV with 720p HD resolution; 720 lines of moving picture resolution
  • 600Hz Sub-field Drive technology for superb full-HD motion; 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • VIERA Image Viewer for JPEG image slideshows directly from an SD memory card
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI, 2 component, 2 composite, 1 digital audio output
  • Includes removable stand; measures 40.6 x 27.8 x 12.1 inches with stand
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight57.4 pounds
Product Dimensions40.6 x 12.1 x 27.8 inches
Item model numberTC-P42C2
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB003924U7A
Best Sellers Rank #78,047 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight66 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMarch 1, 2010
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: TC-P42C2
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

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Offering excellent picture performance, Panasonic's 42-inch VIERA TC-P42C2 Plasma HDTV features a 720p high-definition resolution and 600Hz Sub-field Drive for superb motion clarity. This and other models in the C2 line offer Panasonic's VIERA Image Viewer feature, which enables you to play slideshows of JPEG images stored on SD memory cards, as well as the VIERA Link feature for controlling a variety of compatible components--from Blu-ray Disc players to digital cameras--through a single remote.

Adhering to Panasonic's commitment to the environment, this VIERA model--as well as all 2010 models--features improved power consumption and meets the new, more stringent Energy Star 4.0 requirements. And you'll get a long Plasma panel life of up to 100,000 hours--more than 30 years of viewing when watched 8 hours a day--before the brightness of the panel decreases to half.

Key Features

600Hz Sub-field Drive: 600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images with 1080 lines of resolution. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology, which converts the motion in each scene into data. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects (see an illustration of 600Hz technology).

 

VIERA Image Viewer: View full-HD images with the integrated SD card slot, enabling you to view JPEG photos captured from your digital camera or camcorder on the big screen. Navigate your images via an easy-to-use thumbnail display.

 

VIERA Link: Allows the interlinked operation of various AV devices--from DVD and Blu-ray Disc players to home theater sound systems to digital cameras and camcorders--using only the VIERA remote control by simply connecting the devices to each other by an HDMI cable (see pop-up illustration).

 



Panasonic's VIERA C2 series Plasma HDTV.

Key Specifications

  • Series: C2
  • Screen type: Plasma
  • Screen size: 42 inches
  • Native resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Contrast ratio: Native: 2,000,000:1
  • Shades of gradation: 6,144 equivalent
  • Receiving system: ATSC/QAM/NTSC
  • HDTV display capability: 720p
  • EDTV display capability: 480p
  • Speakers: 2 full range, 20W total power; surround sound capabilities
  • Image viewer: JPEG compatibility
  • Aspect control: Normal, Just, Zoom, Full, H-fill
  • Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK4P1RW
  • Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French
  • Energy Star qualified: Yes

Connections

  • HDMI: 2
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): 2; each with audio input
  • Composite A/V: 2 (1 side); each with audio input
  • Digital audio output: 1

Dimensions

  • TV with stand: 40.6 x 27.8 x 12.1 inches (WxHxD); 57.3 pounds
  • TV without stand: 40.6 x 26.1 x 3.7 inches (WxHxD); 52.9 pounds
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What's in the Box

Panasonic C2 series Plasma HDTV, removable stand, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions

Series: VT25 Plasma GT25 Plasma G25 Plasma S2 Plasma U2 Plasma C2 Plasma U22 LCD X2 LCD C22 LCD
Models: TC-P54VT25 54"
TC-P50VT25 50"
TC-P50GT25 50"
TC-P42GT25 42"
TC-P54G25 54"
TC-P50G25 50"
TC-P46G25 46"
TC-P42G25 42"
TC-P65S2 65"
TC-P58S2 58"
TC-P54S2 54"
TC-P50S2 50"
TC-P46S2 46"
TC-P42S2 42"
TC-P50U2 50"
TC-P42U2 42"
TC-P50C2 50"
TC-P46C2 46"
TC-P42C2 42"
TC-L42U22 42"
TC-L37U22 37"
TC-L32U22 32"
TC-L37X2 37"
TC-L32X2 32"
TC-L22X2 22"
TC-L37C22 37"
TC-L32C22 32"
VIERA Cast

-- -- -- -- -- --
VIERA Image Viewer
(AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)

(AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)

(JPEG)
VIERA Link
webcam capable

webcam capable

webcam capable
NeoPDP Panel -- -- -- -- -- -- --
THX Display -- -- -- -- -- --
Contrast Ratio Infinite Black Pro / 5,000,000:1 Native Infinite Black / 5,000,000:1 Native Infinite Black / 5,000,000:1 Native Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 2,000,000:1 Dynamic: 20,000:1 Dynamic: 20,000:1
22": 15,000:1
Dynamic: 18,000:1
Moving Picture Resolution 1080 lines 1080 lines 1080 lines 1080 lines 900 lines 720 lines -- -- --
Anti-Reflective Filter -- -- -- -- --
Display Capabilities 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
720p, 480p 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p
720p, 480p 720p, 480p
600Hz Sub-field Drive -- -- --
Game Mode -- -- --
Speakers 3; 30W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total 2; 20W total
22": 6W
2; 20W total
Surround Sound
HDMI input 4 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side) 2 3 (1 side) 3 (1 side)
22": 1
2
Component input (Y, PB, PR) 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1
Composite input 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side) 2 (1 side)
22": 1
2
PC input 1 (side) 1 (side) 1 (side) -- -- -- 1 1 1
USB 2 2 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Ethernet LAN input 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
Digital Audio output 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
iPod Universal Dock -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Energy Star
Series: VT25 Plasma GT25 Plasma G25 Plasma S2 Plasma U2 Plasma C2 Plasma U22 LCD X2 LCD C22 LCD


Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

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With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

Product Description

Panasonic Viera TC-P42C2 42" Plasma TV TC-P42C2 Plasma Displays & TVs

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Have The Panasonic in my bedroom. The picture is nice and crisp. Movies look great on it. Read more ›
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This Panasonic tv is an awesome product. Not only was the price impressive but the picture quality is fantastic !!!! Read more ›
Bought this TV last year from Amazon and have been nothing but happy. The picture is AWESOME. After watching the Plasma screen for a year and seeing friends LCDs I am glad… Read more ›
I am pretty picky about the picture and after some adjusting, the picture looks great! Plus, with the money I saved, I can buy a blu ray player Read more ›
I watch lots of sports, and there is no motion blur. The refresh rate is spot on. Picture is awesome. Read more ›
We even tried the SD card input. It was very slow at 12mp resolution. Perhaps it works well for some lower resolutions. Read more ›
What is interesting to…The bottom line is that plasmas are generally better with motion handling but even the worst LCD will likely look fine to most non-sports viewers. Read more ›
I haven't seen any floating blacks, and haven't…I've seen some people complain about a red push after calibration with the C2 series, but am quite happy with the display. Read more ›
With plasma, there is no color degradation when viewing off center... every seat is a good seat. Also, plasma does not show motion blur like LCD sets. This blur is… Read more ›
The richness of the colors, outstanding contrast, and overall image smoothness and clarity made video games look outstanding (I actually decided to keep a game I was going… Read more ›
I was a little hesitant at first just because of the shipping, but the TV arrived on time and in perfect condition. The price is incredible and so is the picture. Read more ›
The price was very good compared to what I found while shopping for tv`s with similar features. the sound from the built-in speakers leaves a little to be desired, but home… Read more ›
This is the only complaint I have with the tv. Otherwise a great tv for a good value. Read more ›
My fiance purchased this TV at a good price, and initially we were fairly pleased. The Mhz, and motion quality were only average, and certainly never had that beautiful… Read more ›
This is an outstanding value. I have no complaints, just an excellent 42" HDTV for a very good price. Read more ›
The tv is great for the price. I picked this up for $389 at Brandsmart. Read more ›
I've owned this tv for nearly 2 1/2 years and throughout that time the picture has never…The display is crisp, natural, and the blacks are perfect... 2 1/2 years later. I… Read more ›
I calibrated the TV, and think that blu-ray, SD…I haven't seen any floating blacks, and haven't noticed any issues with color, having color temp set to Warm in Cinema mode. Read more ›
We opted for a plasma because we sometimes have guests who sit at an angle…With plasma, there is no color degradation when viewing off center... every seat is a good seat. Read more ›
I have been quite pleased with the picture and sound. As of late, I have noticed a strange pixel blur on solid color back grounds. I have tried to change channels when I… Read more ›
However, if what you are looking for is excellent color quality for most basic shows think casual family gatherings, not home theater, then you cant beat the combination of… Read more ›
This TV even makes 480 broadcasts look poorer - I'm not exaggerating. I was initially impressed with the color and smooth gradation but the image quality gets to me. Read more ›
I agonized over what kind of TV to buy and all the various specs and when it came down to it, this Plasma, despite being 720p, looked better and had…The sound is strong. Read more ›
The TV is also about 30 lbs lighter than my old 42 inch. Sound quality isn't as good as the Vizio's. The speakers sound a little tinny. Read more ›
Bought this three days ago and the sound was good, the picture was sweet and then, poof! We got the blinking light of death. Read more ›
Great TV for the money. Sound is excellent for a 42" TV in the $450 price range. Picture quality is extra good but I only have it hook to standard dish satellite (NO HD). Read more ›
Pros: Price, easy setup, good sound, good picture (for the price), aestetically awesome, picture format can be changed to fill screen (i.e. zoom), ease of use/setting… Read more ›
Just got this tv, and I must say...I am impressed. This tv has a great picture, great sound and is really a great value. I would definitely recommend this tv over some of… Read more ›
(I may be reaching here, for I have no evidence to support such.) The viewing setup was easy, and I have not spent any time with the Viera interface. Given I have no… Read more ›
Setup: The setup was extremely easy and i did it with no other help (1 man job). It took a very long time for the tv tuner to find the stations (over 10 minutes), but it… Read more ›
Set up was pretty simple. Up and viewing in about 30 min. Read more ›
The tv is pretty nice, I sit about 8 feet from the tv and the tv is elevated about 2 feet above my bed and there picture and sound…The tv was easy to set up, very solid tv. Read more ›
I was happy to get the 42 inch model, as it fit in to my Jeep without a problem, and was not too heavy…The base stand that comes with this TV is very easy to put together. Read more ›
Pros: Price, easy setup, good sound, good picture (for the price), aestetically awesome, picture format can be changed to fill screen (i.e. zoom), ease of use/setting… Read more ›
It took a very long time for the tv tuner to find the stations (over 10 minutes), but it came back with tons of options…The menu options are awesome and very easy to use. Read more ›
On to the TV, the menu is simple, but gives you options where it counts: THE PICTURE. I use the Cinema view and adjusted slightly. Read more ›
The base stand that comes with this TV is very easy to put together. The remote control is good size and simple to use and the owner's manual is very helpful. The on screen… Read more ›
As a bonus, the LG BD530…Just plug it in to the USB port on the front of the player and make your selection from a simple, attractive menu (kudos to LG for designing that). Read more ›
Other than the need to adjust color settings, the picture clarity on HD images is stunning. Changing resolution and viewing formats is easy via the remote. I connected the… Read more ›
If you go into the picture options you can change to "VIVID" or "Standard" and find what works the best for the scene but it is a little inconvenient to have to change the… Read more ›
Even though this TV is 720p, I have a tough time distinguishing picture quality with my 56" Samsung LED DLP 1080p…On lower quality, standard def pictures the Panny wins. Read more ›
Some…And while the cinema mode certainly is bright it makes image artifacting and pixelation stand out, so I prefer to leave colors and brightness on the standard settings. Read more ›
Motion is smooth and flicker-free. Even the menus get bonus points here, for being intuitive and easy to navigate. I wound up buying two more for the office, we liked this… Read more ›
It took a very long time for the tv tuner to find the stations (over 10 minutes), but it came back with tons of options…The menu options are awesome and very easy to use. Read more ›
The base stand that comes with this TV is very easy to put together. The remote control is good size and simple to use and the owner's manual is very helpful. The on screen… Read more ›
Unit arrived in perfect shape, ON TIME, and without a single dent in the box. FIVE STAR RATING! Read more ›
The base stand that comes with this TV is very easy to put together. The remote control is good size and simple to use and the owner's manual is very helpful. The on screen… Read more ›
I received my new TV quickly. It arrived in perfect shape. Couldn't ask anymore for picture quality Read more ›
Some…And while the cinema mode certainly is bright it makes image artifacting and pixelation stand out, so I prefer to leave colors and brightness on the standard settings. Read more ›
The only down side to this particular model is the lack of an anti-glare filter. This used to be STANDARD on even the lowest of models of these TVs. I didn't realize when… Read more ›
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

183 of 185 people found the following review helpful By JustAnotherEngineer on June 12, 2010
What a great buy this HDTV is. I paid less than $500.00 (including shipping) for this 2010 42" Panasonic Plasma.

I own a 58" 1080p Panasonic plasma which was top rated by CNET in 2008. In fact, CNET said it was the very best HDTV they had tested that year and awarded it Editors Choice

I see little difference between this low priced 42" Panasonic and my $3000.00 top of the line 58" 1080p Panasonic. Are there differences? Yes, but they are fairly subtle.

For a number of reasons I'd suggest you consider purchasing a plasma TV and if you can live without some bells and whistles, I'd recommend you purchase this exact model.

1.) 720p versus 1080p: While this is a 720P HDTV - I don't feel it makes much difference compared to a 1080 set. While the public has focused their attention on the obvious numeric difference between 720 and 1080 and assumed the larger number was always better --- that --- in a practical sense --- is not always the case. With smaller TVs, the difference between 720p and 1080 can not be easily detected unless you sit on top of the TV. Professional reviewers, time after time, have said the very same thing. Because of public perception - 720p TVs are becoming a dying bred and offer a unique buying opportunity. 720p displays process 1080 signals without any problem just as a 1080 display processes 720p signals without any effort. People forget that most Xbox and Playstation games as well as ALL of the content on ABC, FOX, and ESPN are sent in 720p.

2.) Viewing angle - EVERY LCD has a poorer picture when viewed off center. CNET, HD Guru, Displaymate, Consumer Reports, etc all note how picture quality deteriorates when an LCD is viewed from an angle.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Baird on June 8, 2010
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This is the 3rd 42" 720p panasonic TV I've owned. I bought this one to replace one that was fried in a freak electrical occurance at my house. The picture on these TVs is fantastic, and your really cannot beat the price to quality ratio anywhere. The only down side to this particular model is the lack of an anti-glare filter. This used to be STANDARD on even the lowest of models of these TVs. I didn't realize when buying it that it was gone, my fault. It really does make a difference. I'm really surprised that they took this "feature" away on this model. I still love the picture (when ambient light sources are off), but, if I now have to, I'll probably pay more to get one with an anti-reflective filter next time.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Strategos on October 8, 2010
I've wanted an HDTV for a long time. When Flat Screen HDTVs were just starting to become more mainstream, I was, unfortunately, a newly graduated IT Student...and dead broke. After moving to the East Coast and back again, and owning two beautiful JVC CRT sets (a 27 inch and a 32 inch), I finally, finally, FINALLY managed to amass the capital needed to go flat and hi-def for real (thanks in part to a decent paying job and putting off buying a car when mine died for an entire year). Was it worth the wait all these years? Oh yeah!

First of all, after a lot of thought and effort, I decided to go plasma instead of LCD for several reasons. First, you can buy a 42-inch plasma for about the price of a 32 inch LCD (give or take). Second, the stuttering of LCDs is noticeable and unpleasant to me, and plasmas handle motion with greater fluidity. Thirdly, the black levels of plasmas are better (though they do require lower light to look their best, which is no problem as I'm a low-light kind of guy who lives in the dark overcast Northern West Coast).

I had initially tried to buy a Samsung from Amazon using their slightly-used-like-new Amazon Warehouse, but after more than a week the TV was delivered shattered. I returned it, sending an email to Amazon requesting they simply replace it rather than give me a refund...and my email was ignored. I was given a refund instead of the TV I had ordered. Starting to lose my patience, a friend from work helped me get a great store deal for this beauty. $450.00 with no tax (no sales tax in my state). Nice.

When I took my TV home and unpacked it one of the first things I noticed is the fact that not only would it not fit in my parents' TV cabinet in the living room, but it wouldn't fit in my room either.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Igma on September 10, 2010
Let me start by saying that this is our first flat-screen/hdtv... We've had it for one week.
With that said, I am simply amazed at the picture quality of this tv. I've been researching /shopping for quite some time, including consumer reports mag., the internet and side-by-side comparisons.

Set up was pretty simple. Up and viewing in about 30 min. Walk-through set-up tutorial. Turned it on. Panicked for 30 seconds while it powered up for the first time. The picture was great!
Then I started fooling around with the MENU settings. I switched from Standard to Cinema in the Picture settings.... AMAZING! What a difference. This is a BEAUTIFUL, crisp, color-correct image that rivals any flat screen, 1080 0r 720, LCD or LED or plasma, that I've ever seen. The images, especially HD broadcasts, popped off the screen. Flesh tones on news talking-heads were perfect. Movies are like being at the theater. The blacks are BLACK. I don't see how it could be any better unless it was 3D. I tried a dvd... Put in Lawrence of Arabia-- Shock and Awe! I'm watching a college football game in HD right now. NO motion blur. NO streaks. The refresh rate is very fast. Rich colors. I am also very pleased with regular non-hd broadcast quality. Tons better than I anticipated. The remote is straight forward. Even the commercials look good.
We don't have any glare problems. It might be due to the fact that the tv is still sitting on the floor until a suitable stand can be located. I love the polished glass screen. The picture is superb at almost any angle.
The sound is great (after boosting bass and treble in the menu settings). Hooked up to our home theater system, surround sound shines. The levels change from station to station.
I plugged my hdmi equipped laptop into the tv.
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