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  • 1080p Full-HD Resolution
  • VIERA Image Viewer (Photo and Video)
  • Contrast Ratio-2,000,000:1
  • Fast Switching Phosphor
  • Easy IPTV with DLNA. Limited warranty in US and Puerto Rico.
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Subwoofer
  • 3D Compatiblity
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  • Product Dimensions: 47.4 x 12.8 x 30.7 inches ; 62.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 58 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004M8SCJM
  • Item model number: TC-P50S30
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,593 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at February 3, 2011
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Product Description

Internet-Ready Television (US Only)

Internet-Ready Television

Internet-ready TVs use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content, whether it's streaming video from Netflix, new music from Pandora, or a quick glance at today's weather forecast.

Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.

Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.

Learn more about Internet TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at our Internet TV 101 customer center.

Note: Panasonic's EASY IPTV™ television applications are embedded and no new apps can be added. Currently available services in Canada are CinemaNow, SHOUTcast Internet Radio, and Facebook.

Napster/Netflix/Pandora/Amazon Instant Video available in US only.

(March 2011)


Simply press the VIERA Tools button on the remote control to directly access a variety of Internet services. Enjoy online music and movies with ease.

Note: In Canada only Facebook™, CinemaNow™, and ShoutCast™ are available.

VIERA Image Viewer

Equipped with an SD card slot, VIERA makes it easy to view full-HD photos and motion images that you shot yourself. Simply insert the SD memory card into the slot, and you're ready to view your photos and full-HD videos on the big screen. You can make your slide shows even more impressive by adding background music and attractive frames. With VIERA's big screen and superb image quality, family and friends will love sharing your memories.


VIERA Link simplifies the operation of a variety of AV devices, so you can operate them all using only the VIERA remote control. Setup is easy--simply connect the devices to each other via HDMI cables.

600 Hz Sub-field Drive

Panasonic's 600Hz Sub-Field Drive technology optimizes the input signal at the sub-field level to achieve a remarkable increase in motion-image rendering performance. The addition of Panasonic's new phosphor and redesigned panel structure further improve clarity in moving images.

Deep Colour
Deep Colour

VIERA faithfully reproduces all the colours inherent in today's most advanced image sources, such as Blu-ray Discs and DVDs. Use an HDMI cable to connect VIERA to the playback device, and you'll enjoy the kind of rich, vibrant colours that make viewing such a pleasurable experience.

Years of Beautiful Images
Years of Beautiful Images—Long Panel Life (up to 100,000 Hours)

One important way consumers can protect the environment is by choosing high-quality products and taking care of them so they last for a long time. A high-quality VIERA HDTV can help. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor and panel, our 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.

Mercury and Lead Free Panel
Mercury and Lead Free Plasma Panel

Panasonic is committed to making our products friendlier to the environment. In line with this commitment, all VIERA plasma display panels are free of both lead and mercury. This reduces impact on the environment years down the road when the TV is recycled or retired from use.

x.v. Colour
x.v. Colour

VIERA models with x.v.Colour compatibility reproduce all of the vibrant colour in images recorded by wide x.v.Colour gamut compatible camcorders. These rich, vivid images are a feast for the eyes.

DLNA / Wi-Fi Ready

Connect a DLNA-compatible VIERA 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's Wi-Fi capability gives you even more layout flexibility.

Key Specifications

  • Series: S30
  • Screen type: Plasma
  • Screen size: 49.9 inches
  • Native resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
  • Shades of Gradation:6,144 equivalent (WSXGA)
  • Moving Picture Resolution: 900 lines
  • HDTV display capability: 1080p, 1080i, 720p
  • EDTV display capability: 480p
  • Speakers: 2 full range, 20W total power,Surround Sound
  • Image viewer:Yes (AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)
  • Aspect control: 4:3, Zoom, Full, Just, H-Fill
  • Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK4P1RW (US only)
  • Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French
  • Energy Star qualified: Yes


  • HDMI: 3 (1 side)
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): RCA x 1
  • Composite A/V: RCA x 1
  • USB: 2
  • LAN Port: 1


  • TV with stand: 30.7" x 47.4" x 12.8" (H x W x D); 62.9 pounds (779 mm x 1,024 mm x 324 mm; 28.5 kg)
  • TV without stand: 29.3" x 47.4" x 2.8" (H x W x D); 54.0 pounds (744 mm x 1,024 mm x 54 mm; 24.5 kg)

Panasonic 2011 Plasma HDTV Comparison

Full HD 1080p
HD 720p
3D Ready
Motion Picture Resolution
1080 Lines
1080 Lines
900 Lines
720 Lines
THX Mode
VIERA Connect
Wireless LAN
Component (Y/Pb/Pr)
Composite A/V
Digital Audio Output
PC (DSub)
USB 2.0 Port
MP3 Playback
JPEG Playback
MPEG Video Playback

What's in the Box

Panasonic S30 series Plasma HDTV, removable stand, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions, quick start guide

Product Description

Panasonic Consumer Panasonic VIERA TC-P50S30 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTVPanasonic 50 " VIERA 1080P Plasma Flat Panel HDTV - TCP50S30/ Up To 100,000 Hours Panel Life/ VIERA Image Viewer/ Wi-Fi Ready/ 600 Hz Sub-field Drive/ Motion Pattern Noise Reduction/ Game Mode/ Deep Color/ x.v. Color/ Built-In ATSC/QAM/NTSC Tuners/ VIERA Link/ Easy IPTV/ Black FinishFeatures:* Fast Switching Phosphors* Easy IPTV* VIERA Image Viewer H.264 (Photo & Movie)* DLNA

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

We bought this TV over two years ago. It is a nice TV with a good picture and works as well as you expect it to work. Read more ›
I've had my 60" for two years and it just went out. Picture was great and no burning. But, they apparently have a problem with their internal control boards on several models. Read more ›
The picture is stunning. Once tweaked using one of the many calibrated settings available online, it's by far the nicest picture I've ever had in my home. Read more ›
A wonderful product that I have had now just over a year and I still love it as the picture is wonderful Read more ›
If you are looking at this TV the picture quality is great make sure you get some kind of extended warranty because many of the people who had the same problem the issue… Read more ›
No fed ex UPS, delivery service showed up on schedule, unboxed it, and lugged it to my TV stand. Picture is great. I can't comment on the sound with a 7.1 configuration… Read more ›
You can't tell a difference in the picture quality. If they had any more, I would consider buying them also - the price was great! Read more ›
in the past months we have bought a samsung lcd and this panasonic…while its price was reasonable, and we like the picture, we both find the samsung a superior product. t… Read more ›
Of course, at night is when the deep, rich colors really come out, but the picture is great all the…The price was simply fantastic as I monitored it for a number of months. Read more ›
Great picture...good price...even received setup Read more ›
Viewing your camera photos on it is convenient. All in all a great value for the price. I have owned it for a little over a year. Read more ›
We recommend this TV. It is a great value. Read more ›
It has an awesome picture, probably one of the best I've seen. The sound is mediocre, but I knew that from reading reviews. I don't expect great sound to come out of a flat… Read more ›
Colors are vibrant and tv gives off very little heat. Speakers are exceptional. Packaging superior with shipping inside home. Read more ›
The speakers are really poor. Cheap and tinny. Read more ›
The delivery personnel were clean and very courteous and set it up in less then a half hour. The picture quality and sound is superb. No wonder Consumer Reports rates this… Read more ›
First we tried the Viera 50 inch plasma 1080p TV, but the audio was distorted badly, so we returned it as defective. (Note the buzz sound was less than from the 42 incher.) Read more ›
Color, Clarity and sound are excellent. No noticeable heat output. Read more ›
Colors are not very bright or vibrant in my opinion. Factory presets for color were not good and even when I custom adjusted the settings it still was somewhat disappointing. Read more ›
Needless to say, it's as broken in as it ever will be. Colors are great, thanks to a custom calibration from this site [...]. Blacks are BLACK! Read more ›
Anyone on the fence seriously consider this TV especially if you are replacing a older TV since the pictures is crisp and…The colors are bright and pictures tracks well. Read more ›
The tech told me that's Panasonic's approach to getting deep rich blacks. Yes, the blacks are awesome; but really, how black does black need to be? In my opinion, once you… Read more ›
Indeed, this one turned out to be excellent too. The picture is very sharp, the colors are flawless and the setup is easy for even a novice. Since we were using the new TV… Read more ›
- Very crisp picture - Viewing angle doesn't matter -- color is perfect from every angle - Energy efficient - according to the documentation, costs about $19 a year to use Read more ›
In fact, I am now the HD snob…The plasma screen was well worth the extra price, we can see it from all angles and the HD picture is so clear you feel like you can crawl in. Read more ›
3 HDMI + several other inputs The lack of screen glare is very good, especially for a plasma. I have a very bright room with picture windows on two walls and glare isn't a… Read more ›
I've got to say they were right. The picture on this screen is just fantastic. It is crisp, clear, with deep blacks and true colors. Read more ›
B…Until that time the tv had worked great, the screen is fantastic for action movies and I really had no complaints with the television up until the time it stopped working. Read more ›
This…I play alot of games and this tv was perfect for that the 600 refresh rate is the best out i think and looked awesome, just having a big screen to play on was great ha. Read more ›
The warmth and pop of…Shadow detail is good, blacks do not get crushed, and the matte finish on the screen resists glare which would otherwise disrupt those nice blacks. Read more ›
The picture is great. The settings are easy to change and it was easy to connect to Cheetah mount on the wall. Movies look great/no lag, my games play smooth/no lag. Read more ›
Panasonic makes the absolute best Plasma TVs, this is a proven fact, look it up if you have to. The preset settings available are pretty good. I use the 'Game' setting for… Read more ›
The sound is adequate. The smart TV feature is pretty cool. If there is a downsize it would be the number of connections available. Read more ›
There are some areas where improvements could be made, however. The Viera Cast features work well, but they are slow. If you are used to using your game system or a Roku… Read more ›
Other reviewers complain about the picture being too dark, but I am pleased with the appearance and have not needed the "Vivid" setting (it is too bright and results in… Read more ›
I played with the settings long enough and couldn't get anything but mud. Light setting works very well though. Sunday NFL football looks sweet. Read more ›
I just picked the 50inch s30 at Costco last weekend for $630 and am in love so far. Great price, great picture, and set up was easy. Add in a free 2 year Costco Warranty… Read more ›
(I'm done with Sony Baloney) Set up was easy and straightforward. The picture is just amazing. Read more ›
I have had the TV for a month and I am extremely happy. The set up was very easy and the connection to the cable and DVD was also instantaneous. Read more ›
3D movie appeared to be much better looking on a bigger screen. The setup was fast and straight forward. I also bought Panasonic DMP-BDT110 player. Read more ›
For now though, I'm…I'm a computer person so getting this setup was simple but I did have to manually configure the connection information (IP address, gateway, DNS, etc). Read more ›
Network setup was easy and went without a hitch. I have a wireless bridge which connects to the TV via ethernet cable so didn't need to deal with wireless set up but I… Read more ›
Set up was a breeze, the remote is well laid out, the TV's menu system is easily understandable, and the owner's manual is comprehensible. Read more ›
It has all kinds of features and I have not needed the manual to figure anything out. It's menus are very intuitive and the picture is unbelievable at this price point. Read more ›
I'm really surprised to hear of some of the Bad Reviews it Got. Also the remote is nice and clean. If you buy this Plasma, you should Enjoy it as I am. Read more ›
This product has an excellent picture, easy to set up, remote is easy to use. The picture is very sharp all viewing angles. Read more ›
Installed this in our family room. Easy to set up, the remote is simple to use and understand. I used the disney World of Wonder blu ray to calibrate the color. Read more ›
So vibrant that I had to turn it off the vivid…It should also be noted that you can adjust the picture settings to your liking and the user interface is real simple. Read more ›
It has a great picture and the built in apps--they call it "Viera Tools"--which allows you to watch Amazon instant streaming, Netflix, and YouTube are very easy to set up. T… Read more ›
Install went without a hitch and I plugged into my existing ethernet over powerline…All the apps work good and the DNLA works much better than on my LG blu-ray player. T… Read more ›
it does not have wireless internet capabilities, needs a hard line connection. the apps are great; netflix, cinemanow, pandora, facebook, etc... was told it had a web… Read more ›
Also, the built-in browser isn't as smooth or responsive as on my Samsung -- seems to lag because it tries to play a preview of the video files, which is a nice feature but… Read more ›
Great picture and great…Netflix works flawlessly, DLNA server accessibility works pretty well, although there are some MKV files it has problems with, mostly with audio. Read more ›
Blu-rays on this are beautiful, games run amazingly well (and I don't really use games that NEED the fast refresh rate on the screen), and streaming through the PS3 of… Read more ›
The setup is extremely easy because there are plenty of connection options. The controls and interface are extremely easy to use. The picture quality is great and has a… Read more ›
Great picture no blurring during motion vivid colors, very easy setup , easy to use remote ,fantastic price from Amazon Read more ›
Fast , careful shipping. Very easy to use. Fantastic picture. Read more ›
2. Big screen size for a small size 2. Easy to use Read more ›
The picture choices are excellent. The remote is very well laid out and easy to use. It's much, much better than my seven year old Toshiba rear projection TV that it replaced. Read more ›
The Samsung was easier to navigate and had more complete calibration controls, in my opinion, but the picture on the Panasonic Viera is noticeably better, with more vibrant… Read more ›
I bought the Techcraft Xii50W Flat Panel Stand, 50" Wide, Walnut Veneer for $149 after much research and the combination of the set and stand look nice… Read more ›
Make sure you have a proper TV stand that can handle its weight (I bought a new TV…It comes with a docking stand that is easy to assemble and keeps it secure and in place. Read more ›
LED sets aren't…It also has a really sturdy stand -- I read complaints all of the time about the flimsy stands that come with other sets, but you won't find that here. I… Read more ›
Great picture, great sound, great standard definition display, great high def display, sleek design, internet ready with radio access and facebook access, user friendly… Read more ›
2) Change the Picture Mode from Vivid to Standard or Cinema. Cinema would be best. Read more ›
Great picture, great blacks and clarity, smart tv feature is great. Great looking tv, like the rectangular stand, only has optical digital audio output which is limited. Read more ›
I purchased this TV for my son a few years ago when he moved into an apartment. He loves the TV for the quality of the picture and the size is perfect for his apartment. The… Read more ›
I bot the Panasonic Viera TC-P60S30 from Feb 2012. The TV got here the day they said it would in good shape. it was easy to set up. Had to adjust the colors, to… Read more ›
I purchased a 4 year warranty plan with hopes of never having to use it. The 42 inch size is wonderful as well. It gives one the feeling of bringing Television into a new… Read more ›
The picture is 10 times better. Brightness, clarity, and size are all improved. All in all, I was disappointed in the Panasonic. Read more ›
This Panasonic VIERA TC-P46S30 was chosen for many reasons. For what I needed, it is the perfect size. I measured my bookcase where the TV is now sitting for every product… Read more ›
Great picture and sound quality, no complaints. I had briefly considered buying a larger TV (46"), but this is a perfect size for my living room. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

392 of 404 people found the following review helpful By Know your stuff before posting on March 29, 2011
Size Name: 46-Inch Verified Purchase
If you read the 3 star product review, you might think twice. This individual actually sounds convincing. That is unless you've done your homework. I'd like to clarify a few incorrect points that have been made.
- Fast switching phosphors are used in all Full-HD VIERA models for 2011. By reformulating the phosphor materials, afterglow has been minimized and luminous efficiency has been increased. This enables crisp, clear rendering of motion images. A level of efficiency that exceeds our 2010 panels also increases picture quality while lowering power consumption.

Only the top of the line 2010 3D models ($2K) had the fast switching phospors. The neoplasma is literally a promotional "tag". The 2011 3D TV's have a different rib structure in the panel as needed for the seperation of 3D images, specific cross talk cancellation processors to minimize 3D double images, and a specific louvered filter (infinite black) to help keep glare down while keeping the two 3d images clear.

Panasonic streamline the production lines by sharing internal components for 2011.
Cost leader is the 2D 720 "X" model. High end 1080 2D is the 2D "S" model. The only 1080 3D line is the "ST" model. That's it. It's cost effective.
Note that "X" and "S" do not have the pro mode picture setup like the 3D models but don't let that scare you. The 3D models need it to fine tune double imaging.

The 720 "x" model is a fine choice however you will notice a difference in edge glow with blueray IF you know what your looking for. Since most HD TV channels are 720, you'll never know the difference. A lot of people read the old CNET report and live by it and a lot of it is valid. But a one size fits all review between 720 and 1080 is flawed.
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121 of 125 people found the following review helpful By G Smart on March 30, 2011
Size Name: 50-Inch Verified Purchase
The picture quality of this TV is simply excellent. Compared it with more expensive Panasonic "Infinite Black" G model and it's impossible to see the difference in real video content. You need to be in total darkness and have very high quality, low noise signal with large swatches of black and put them side to side to notice a slightly darker black in G models. Of course, just watching TV you will never think I wish blacks were deeper.
I've watched HD programs over the air, from blu-ray, Netflix from Roku, and from PC over HDMI. All modes 480/720/1080 progressive and interlaced displayed perfectly, and TV did a good job upscaling lower resolution to native 1080. No problems with motion, no blurring, no color fading or runoffs. TV does have a slightly lower moving picture resolution 900 lines (vs 1080 lines in top models), but it's quite impossible to notice that without measurements. So sports viewers will be satisfied. Also, on a positive side, the screen is not as glossy as the majority of other plasmas, so reflections are subdued.

I've been using this set for a few days now, so I can't comment on "image retention" problems that previous generations had. Supposedly the phosphors used in this set are improved from previous year, and reportedly they last longer. Just be sure you turn on the "pixel orbiter" to avoid burning in the logos and avoid prolonged display of static images. You can also run "scrolling bar" once a day for 15 minutes for the first week to age the phosphors evenly. Not all plasma owners believe a break-in period is necessary for the later generations of plasma TVs, and no plasma manufacturers now suggest their sets require break-in.

The description Amazon (and it looks now they removed it) seemed to suggest that TV had a built-in Wi-Fi.
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178 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Curtis G VINE VOICE on March 12, 2011
Size Name: 42-Inch Verified Purchase
**Please note that I am reviewing the TC-P42S30. I feel obliged to mention this because in some cases, Amazon has migrated the reviews of a particular product to the newer version's page. I just want to avoid confusion--and snippy comments.**

I am the ecstatic owner of a Panasonic TC-L32X2 32-Inch 720p LCD HDTV with iPod Dock, so when it came time to move up to a 42" set for the living room (and move the 32" to the bedroom to replace the 27" tube TV), I mostly confined my search to Panasonic. I had considered the previous version of this unit because it was highly rated on Amazon, as well as slightly less expensive, but I decided to take a chance on the newer model--even though it's so new that it has no ratings or reviews. (As of 3/27/11, however, this unit is less expensive.)

I ordered this TV on a Saturday and received it via delivery truck on Wednesday. Setup was painless (it is pretty heavy, though). I was pleasantly surprised to see that it supports Internet connectivity (although it wasn't something I was looking for, the concept has really grown on me), but less pleasantly surprised to learn that the wireless dongle (Panasonic DY-WL10 Wireless LAN Adapter for select Panasonic Viera HDTVs and Blu-Ray Disc Players) is another $99. For that much, I think I'll run a LAN cable. [I did; see below. Also see the comments for another wireless alternative.] I'm using the three HDMI ports for my Verizon FIOS set top box,
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