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Panasonic TC-P42S2 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV (2010 Model)

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  • 42-inch Plasma HDTV with full 1080p HD resolution; 1080 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: 3 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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model Number: TC-P42S2
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Product Description

For the love of the game. VIERA S2 Series Plasma HDTVs are great for sports and cinema-quality movies. Our Neo PDP technology delivers sharp, detailed image and remarkable brightness - all with lower power consumption.

1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution - Clear Images in Every Scene
VIERA® S2 Series Plasma HDTVs feature 1080 lines of moving picture resolution. You enjoy clear, detailed images even in fast-moving scenes, with no blurring or afterimages. The NeoPDP technology's high-speed drive performance instantly generates a large electrical discharge and shortens the display time for each image frame to minimize afterimages.

600Hz Sub-field Drive* - Crisp, clear moving pictures
600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images with 1,080 lines of resolution. 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.

*When using cinema mode.

VIERA Image Viewer - Easy viewing of full-HD photos
It's easy to view full-HD images with the SD card slot. Watch and show your photos right after you take them. Simply insert an SD Memory Card into your VIERA HDTV to display photos a on the large screen. It's much more fun when you can view them on a large screen HDTV with family and friends in 1920x1080-pixel high definition and a wide 16:9 aspect ratio.

    1. Shoot - Shoot photos.
    2. Insert - Insert the SD Memory Card.
    3. View - Enjoy seeing your full-HD photos on the big screen.

VIERA Link - Operation with a single remote
VIERA Link allows interconnected operation of various AV devices using only the VIERA remote control, by simply connecting compatible devices to each other by an HDMI cable.

*VIERA Link is a new name for EZ Sync. Not all VIERA Link features ar

Building on its award-winning 2009 Plasma line, Panasonic's 42-inch VIERA TC-P42S2 Plasma HDTV features a new panel with NeoPDP technologies that provide the best balance of black and white under brighter environments while also offering higher energy efficiency. The new NeoPDP Plasma panel also further reduces reflections and creates sharper pictures with higher contrast in brighter environments. This S2 series model provides 1080p resolution, full-time 1080 TV lines of moving picture resolution, and 600Hz Sub-field Drive for superb motion clarity.

This and other models in the S2 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. This model also includes Panasonic's Clean Touch Bezel, which resists fingerprints to help keep the surface clean.

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.

Panasonic's VIERA S2 series Plasma HDTV.

Key Features

NeoPDP: By redesigning the Plasma panel's cell structure and developing an innovative new filter, Panasonic has tripled the luminous efficiency (compared to 2007 models) of its VIERA Plasma HDTVS--resulting in stunningly beautiful images while also reducing power consumption.


1080 Moving Picture Resolution: With 1080 lines of moving picture resolution and integrated NeoPDP technology's high-speed drive performance, the display time for each image frame is shortened to minimize afterimages, making decisive calls in football matches and delicate motions in figure skating performances appear crystal clear.


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).


Game Mode: With Game Mode, quicker image response increases the enjoyment of video games when a game console is connected to the TV. What's more, VIERA produces the dark images in video games more clearly. This mode works with the anti-image retention (wobbling) function, too.

Key Specifications

  • Series: S2
  • Screen type: Plasma
  • Screen size: 42 inches
  • Native resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Contrast ratio: Native: 2,000,000:1
  • Shades of gradation: 6,144 equivalent
  • Receiving system: ATSC/QAM/NTSC
  • HDTV display capability: 1080p, 1080i, 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


  • HDMI: 3 (1 side)
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): 2; each with audio input
  • Composite A/V: 2 (1 side); each with audio input
  • Digital audio output: 1


  • TV with stand: 40.6 x 27.8 x 12.1 inches (WxHxD); 55.1 pounds
  • TV without stand: 40.6 x 26.1 x 3.7 inches (WxHxD); 50.7 pounds
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What's in the Box

Panasonic S2 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"

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

(AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)







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
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
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?

HDTV Size chart
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 Details

  • Product Dimensions: 40.6 x 12.1 x 27.8 inches ; 55.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 62.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0036VO70Y
  • Item model number: TC-P42S2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,653 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at February 2, 2010

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172 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Pearl on March 13, 2010
I've owned this for 3 days now, and wanted to wait until I fully tested it to write a review. After seeing how it performs with videogames, blu-ray movies and basic cable, I feel I know the television enough to offer my thoughts.

Picture quality: Incredible. Blacks are as deep as the bezel surrounding the TV. Colors are bold - everything you'd expect from a top of the line plasma. I own a 62" DLP, a 26" LCD, a 50" panasonic 720p plasma and this plasma, and the plasmas are the only sets that really "pop." This model is head and shoulders above even the 50" 3-year-old model I own.

Video game play: There's a game mode, which bumps up the brightness and sharpness. It's great for PS3 games. I've played Demon's Souls and Wolfenstein on it so far, and both look amazing. The system touts "1080 lines of moving picture resolution" to help with motion blur. Honestly, I never felt plasmas had an issue with motion blur to begin with, so I'm not sure how much of a difference this feature is making, but from what I understand in doing research it helps to have it.

Cable: HD looks good - even the reds aren't blown out. Basic cable is standard definition - a thing on it's way out anyway, lol.

Aesthetics/connections: The TV is very sharp looking, and the anti-glare feature on the S model (as opposed to the U model) actually makes a difference. I rolled my eyes when I read the feature, but I'm watching it in the daytime in a well-lit room and the glare is really minimal. The only minor dissapointment is no VGA connection, but I'll figure out a way around that. Was going to use VGA to hook up my 360 (since I'm using computer speakers for audio at the moment), but will go the component route now.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Filmcaptain on April 27, 2010
This TV really is something else.

I did research for months before finally settling on this. I was strongly considering the Panasonic G20 and G25 TV's, the 2010 steps up from the S2 series (which is a 2010 model as well, to be clear), but ultimately picked the S2, here's why:

First, only the G25 and S2 series have a 42" model (rumors of a 42" of the G20, but as of this review they were not available). Anything larger than 42" wouldn't fit properly in my space, so that knocked out the otherwise attractive G20 for me.

Let's talk about what features it doesn't have compared to the bigger brothers: First, it lacks the Panasonic 'Looks superb. The G25 series has the Panasonic "Infinite Black Panel" - the S2 does not, but I swear after watching the G25 in store and then watching a properly calibrated S2 at home, the average consumer cannot tell a difference. The blacks on this TV are very black, and merge well. The contrast ration on this is 2mil:1 vs the G25 5mil:1 if you want to know the numbers.

The other major features that this doesn't have over the G25 are the Viera Cast (youtube, netflix, twitter, etc) online features (there is no internet connection of any sort on the S2), and it also lacks the THX mode that the G20 and G25 have. Let me tell you why I'm not missing these, even as a filmmaker who might otherwise seriously consider the THX mode.

First, while the Viera Cast features sound nice and are convenient, they're essentially negating what my PlayStation 3 can already do in terms of online access. All I mean to say here is, if you're willing to use an external device (console, computer) to access these features a different way, then you can pay less and get this model.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Carl M. Coleman Jr. on April 29, 2010
I got this TV because it looked like the perfect fit for a price / performance ratio. Overall I'm pleased with my purchase, although there are a few things that Panasonic can improve on. I have seen and had lots of experience with the 2009 S1 model, as well as the 2009 G10. The 2010 S2 is better than the S1 but doesn't quite have the picture quality to match the G10. Its close though. So if you can find a G10 at the same price you may want to go with the G10. The reason I didn't go with the G10 is because Panasonic has had problems with some of their TV's losing a significant amount of their black levels in previous year's models. They said that they have addressed these issues in the 2010 model lineup. So to get a few more years out of my plasma, and sacrifice a slight loss in picture quality I decided to go for the S2.

Picture Quality

As far as black levels go, I have no quarrels with this TV. It has excellent black levels, and honestly I think this feature is a little over hyped in the industry. I do appreciate black levels but when TV's are this black, I much prefer color accuracy, which is where this TV has a few problems. Most colors look great and the red's specifically pop very well. Skin tones are also very accurate for the most part. But the greens don't look as good as other high end models and you can tell in a side by side comparison. Some of the HD sources I used to distinguish the picture quality of the TV are: Planet Earth, The Dark Knight (which is the best HD source that I've ever seen).Food Network (to accurately judge color), about a dozen video games, and a few other Blu-Ray movies. The fluid motion of action scenes is very good, and I couldn't really see any flaws as far as motion quality goes.
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