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  • Full HD 3D
  • Infinite Black Pro Panel
  • VIERA Connect Wi-Fi Built-In (with Web Browser)
  • 3D Real Sound
  • TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 46.5-Inch x 28-Inch x 1.8-Inch, TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 46.5-Inch x 29.8-Inch x 13.2-Inch
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Subwoofer
  • Integrated Card Reader
  • 3D Compatiblity
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Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 46.5 x 1.8 x 28 inches ; 48.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 57 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00752VKW8
  • Item model number: TC-P50ST50
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,610 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at February 24, 2012
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Product Description

What the press is saying:


"The affordable Panasonic TC-PST50 series exhibited outstanding overall picture quality, characterized by exceedingly deep black levels with great shadow detail, accurate colors, and solid bright-room performance. Unlike LCDs, as a plasma it has superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics. The styling is attractive and the feature set well-chosen, including excellent onscreen help options"...."The bottom line: With flagship-level picture quality for a midlevel price, the Panasonic ST50 series sets the value standard among videophile-grade TVs.", (March 28, 2012)

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 IPTV - More Fun Comes Via a Cloud Service

VIERA Connect is a cloud service that provides access to apps in categories like video and music, social networking, games, news and lifestyle, sports, health and fitness. Learn more about the world of Smart VIERA and VIERA Connect here.

Enhance your TV Experience with Popular Apps
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. In the 2012 TVs, you can have an unlimited number of apps installed because those apps are stored in the cloud, rather than in the TV memory itself.

Learn more about "smart" TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at Amazon's Smart TV Center.

Clicker - Video on Demand Cross Searching
Find your favorite movies and video content easily with one-step searching, which allows you to cross search from multiple VOD services. For ease-of-use, use the quick keyword input on VIERA Connect to help retrieve your desired content faster and easier. Customize your screen by grouping commonly used apps and displaying them on the screen for easier use.

VIERA Remote App Support
The VIERA remote app lets you use a smartphone or tablet device as a remote control. Tap and flick-based commands are intuitive. Use your smartphone as a gamepad for VIERA Connect game applications or your tablet as a touch pad to control what you do on the TV screen. Display the same web pages on both your VIERA screen and your smartphone with a simple flick. Simply "swipe" and share your favorite photos, music, and movies from your smartphone to your VIERA TV anytime.
Communicate with Family and Friends
The social networking TV app allows you to access social network sites and communicate with your loved ones while simultaneously watching TV. Watch live sports games while upping the excitement by chatting with your friends as the game unfolds. You can also record an original message and set it as your answering voice message. Callers can record messages onto an SD Memory Card (min. 512MB required), while you are away. *Skype camera not included with TV purchase

Share Content on the Large Screen with 2D-3D Conversion

Unique Panasonic technology converts 2D images into high-quality 3D images. The technology generates a detailed depth effect for each type of image so the 3D effect is natural and realistic. Enjoy Blu-ray movies, DVDs and TV broadcasts in 3D. The Super Resolution function allows images that were converted to be displayed in sharp, clear 3D images. Learn more about Panasonic's true-to-life Full HD 3D technology here.

Learn more about 3D, how it works, and exactly what you'll need to enjoy 3D at home at our 3D Center.

The Perfect Smart TV Experience: A Suite of Technologies

Fast-Switching Phosphor
The 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 Smoother
VIERA gives you naturally flowing 24p images with the look and tonal characteristics of film, and familiar TV-like quality. Panasonic's advanced source analysis and frame generation deliver smooth, natural, and lifelike images.

DLNA/Built-in Wi-Fi

Connect 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 a wireless LAN adaptor is not required.

600 Hz Sub-field Drive and 2500 Focused Field Drive

The ST50 features 600Hz technology which allows for superb full-HD motion and still images. Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology which allows for greater clarity with motion images. Each frame is displayed for a shorter length of time 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.

Operate Multiple Systems with Just One Remote Control through VIERA Link VIERA Link

The 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. Just point the VIERA remote at your TV, and the signal will travel over the HDMI wires to the right piece of equipment, whether it be your Panasonic Blu-ray or DVD player or Panasonic Home Cinema Surround System.

Deep, Rich Blacks with the Infinite Black Pro Panel

The 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.

Environmentally Friendly

Panasonic’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.

2012 Panasonic VIERA Plasma HDTV Comparison Chart

Models: 50", 55", 60", 65"
High Definition Resolution
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
720p HD 3D
1080p Full HD
Mercury and Lead Free Panel
Long Panel Life
Game Mode
Media Player (SD, USB, DLAN via LAN)
SD Card Slot
2D-3D Conversion
w/Face Detection
w/ Face Detection
Wi-Fi Capability
Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Ready
Wi-Fi Ready
DLNA (via LAN)

Smartphone Remote Function*

Fast Switching Phosphors

VIERA Connect

2500 Focused Field Drive

Skype Communication

Social Networking TV


Infinite Black Panel w/ Louver Filter
Pro Settings

3D Real Sound
24, 576 Shades of Gradation

THX3D Certified

VIERA Touch Pad Controller

96Hz Playback of 24p


Online Movies

Input/Output connections:3 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Side,2 x (4 pin USB Type A),1 x Composite video / component video input (RCA phono x 3),1 x (RCA phono x 2),1 x Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm),1 x Network (RJ-45),1 x Digital audio output (optical)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

the picture is great -- clear crisp video ... the unit weighs something like 60lbs ... 70 with the included stand ... Read more ›
The picture is magnificent. The smart tv apps (Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, etc) are all very good. Read more ›
On this site, and many others, the television quality was noted as the best in the market for it's price and size. After 5 months I think the picture quality is solid. Read more ›
Quick delivery, easy set up. The picture is outstanding. Ran the audio through my Zvox sound bar. Read more ›
So, if you could end up spening less money…the picture quality is outstanding overall, very deep black levels (great shadow detail), and a sleek and modern-looking design. Read more ›
It's got fantastic picture quality and lots of options, and the…My only complaint is a soft buzz, and it's only audible when the picture is bright and the room is quiet. Read more ›
As for the TV itself, it started off pretty strong. The picture is clear, the colors are good (not great, but good). It's about what you'd expect for the price- it's a very… Read more ›
I purchased a lot of flat screen TVs for myself and others and for business. This TV has the most realist colors and black levels are great. Best Hands down. Read more ›
It's classy and the colors are so crisp! It's a fantastic TV for the price point. Read more ›
Pros: Color depth is amazing. HD picture quality is almost too good. Read more ›
PROS: Excellent blacks - unlike even the best LCD/LED sets, this Plasma TV has great details in blacks, with shading and lines all rendered very…Color balance is very good. Read more ›
The picture quality is amazing. The colors are great. I am very happy with the choice I made Read more ›
It's not too sharp and high contrasty, it's just more like real life. At the same time, fine details look perfect. We have been watching the Fringe blurays and you could… Read more ›
I love this TV, and find it to be brighter than my old Samsung LCD since I don't have to lower the brightness to get good black levels, even though LCD TVs are brighter… Read more ›
Just watched Batman Rises Blu-ray to test out the black…The screen is very bright too with the screen filter doing a very good job with ambient light and reflections. T… Read more ›
I've noticed these issues in the…I'm used to computer LCDs which are perfect, no matter how close you are to the screen, so I thought this is true for plasmas as well. A… Read more ›
Really enjoy its picture quality. The screen is bright w ambient light. Viera connect is instinct and not too slow. Read more ›
-- Buzzing: Yes, it buzzes when the screen is bright. But you can only hear it in silence. Read more ›
You wouldn't notice it when the volume is up and there is dialogue, music, etc., but when the volume is low, which is often how we set it, you may become aware of it, if… Read more ›
It does have good picture and some of the latest 3d…Last it's audio is pretty good, It doesn't beat mediocre headphone/sound system but for a T.V. it's pretty good. Read more ›
The resolution and image quality is espetacular. The out sound is also great. I really recommend it! Read more ›
The sound is good, this is another thing you're going to want to play with the settings on, however once you have, it's really good sound for a room the size that mine is… Read more ›
Love it! Color and sound are great without any changes in settings. Added a sound bar but only use it for movies. Read more ›
This TV surpassed…The picture is unbelievably clear and crisp, the color is so true to life, the sound is excellent and the price couldn't be beat (I checked everywhere). Read more ›
Connecting the TV through wifi was easy and I had no problems. I clicked around through the Netflix menu and noticed, as compared to my old roku 1 box, that everything… Read more ›
I really love this TV - Great Picture / Awesome Sound. WiFi is great with many available apps that you can add on for free. Read more ›
I like the Internet connection and have used the TV to screen online TV shows via the Serviio server on my Windows…The WiFi was easy to set up even with my WPA2 encryption. Read more ›
Speakers are good, but nothing to rave about. DLNA and wireless are awesome, I was able to stream movies without any hiccups from my PC. Biggest drawback is the set makes… Read more ›
For the the Money I feel this is great product. The picture seems to get better if thats possible and the features are great for me and need nothing else. I did some… Read more ›
Literally no color or excitement whatsoever. All the reviews said that the "out-of-the-box" settings of cinema mode were very good. They weren't. Read more ›
some of the best picture on a television i have ever seen around. and the price is just amazing. Read more ›
Audio could be better but considering I have three more HDTVs at home, this is a problem for all of them by being…Amazon price was the best I could find in the internet. Read more ›
Amazon also had no problem price matching the TV with my local store which made it way easier since there's no way I could fit this huge TV in my car and saved me a lot of… Read more ›
This TV has all the features I wanted for a great price. The picture is crystal clear; the colors are true to life; non-hd, HD, & 3D modes result in outstanding picture. Read more ›
Really fast refresh rate. I'm sure i haven't even scratched the surface of this tv's potential but its the best $$$$ for value i have ever spent on a TV. A+++++ Read more ›
Great picture, sleek design, good value. It has met all our expectations and then some. Read more ›
For a few dollars more you too can have a great TV experience. The setup was simple and picture is fantastic. No problem with viewing angle and it's interface with my older… Read more ›
Setup and installation is easy. Decided to hang it on the wall. Read more ›
The smartTV software is simple, but works more than fine. I mainly use Amazon Instant Video, and the setup was easy and intuitive. Slightly unrelated: the HD quality of the… Read more ›
So much better than our previous non HD one. Set up was easy even for a 60+ year old female. The default picture settings need to be tweaked to get the best picture, but it… Read more ›
It features 3 hdmi…The tv setup was easy and it was able to recognize my Samsung home theater and change the volume on it by itself which was a nice little touch. The… Read more ›
TV is excellent. The color that we got with the set up is really good. We are enjoying it tremendously. Read more ›
It is amazing color, brightness (for a plasma) and never has any motion blur (which is my favorite part since we watch a lot…Apps work well too in the smart tv part of it. Read more ›
I hesitated about all the SMART features thinking it might slow the TV down a little, but it doesn't. Accessing Netfix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and other apps is easy and fast. I… Read more ›
You can use your phones keyboard to enter in all you…(Netflixs pandora, amazon) When i first set it up the apps were very slow but i noticed the wifi had a weak signal. I… Read more ›
Also, I can't find an OFF control in the iPad app to turn…This app is a great SUPPLEMENT to the provided remote control, but it is no SUBSTITUTE, so don't lose the remote! Read more ›
SMART-TV: Built-in apps look cool, have not really used them much as I have a PS3, and that is Smart enough for me Read more ›
Other than that, the picture quality is superb with darker scenes. The built-in apps are convenient, but a little cumbersome and slow to navigate. I have this TV paired up… Read more ›
I'm going to use some electrical tape (or something similar) to prevent the adapter from dangling below the TV. -The remote is nice, as far as they go. However, the buttons… Read more ›
4. Very annoying 60/600HZ Buzz noise when bright pictures are shown. 5. Remote is mediocre with poor navigability for internet search / netflix/ amazon instant 6. Not worth… Read more ›
The 50" screen is not too big at all for me at about 90"inches away. The controls are easy and intuitive to use The basic set up is easy. The set has beautiful aesthetics… Read more ›
I am not very interested in 3d so I did not purchase the glasses, and…The Web interface is functional though a bit clunky -it is no computer after all- but it does the job. Read more ›
Its WIFI to which is cool. The interface is super simple which I like, my Dad who just learned how to use youtube can navigate through the apps with complete ease. Read more ›
- TV is thin and sleek - Controls are easy to navigate through - Very deep blacks Read more ›
If plasma TV's are a dying…I can only concur and join with the other enthusiastic reviews of the VIERA TV -- its stunning calibrated picture quality and easy to use remote. Read more ›
I'm not the biggest videophile, but the picture has been great and the internet/smart function is fairly easy to navigate. For the price, this was a great buy Read more ›
This display is beautiful, I haven't even balanced the colors and such and it…This model shows good contrast even good enough to use in a room moderately lit with sunlight. Read more ›
Prompt delivery and set up. Easy to use and understand with moderate technical skills. Expect to upgrade external sound system to take full advantage of features Read more ›
beautiful picture easy to use. not a single problem. Read more ›
However, regarding the internet options I have the following comments. Netflix: nowhere near as easy to use as on a computer or on my Roku (which is plugged into HDMI-3). Al… Read more ›
With a little tweaking of the picture setting, the quality of the display is outstanding. At 50 inches, the size is perfect for my home. Read more ›
Love It! The 50 inch is a good size and the 3D movies I've seen on it, are amazing! I'm very pleased with it! Read more ›
The picture quality is great. Tv is the perfect size for our great room. Delivery and setup were handled very well. Read more ›
Make sure you really inspect your screen to make sure you don't have the same issue. The box was in perfect shape when it arrived so it had to have happened at the factory. I… Read more ›
I ordered the Panny 50" arrived in a couple of days via truck. Everything arrived on time and in great shape. While waiting for the new TV to arrive I was able to fix the… Read more ›
Every time I watch it I feel like I have just gotten a new…Waiting for 100 hours to do recommended setting but I think my previous Samsung LCD was easier to watch. Read more ›
My fiance and I absolutely love the TV and would definitely recommend it to anyone! It is particularly wonderful for watching movies! People visiting us have commented on… Read more ›
There's still not a TV out there that can give…It is excellent for watching high-def film content, though, once you've taken the time to break it in and set it up right. Read more ›
There's also a timer you can set, to turn the TV off after a set length of time without interaction. Great for watching a movie that you might fall asleep to. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 83 people found the following review helpful By shopperX on October 22, 2012
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If you are like me and are undecided on which series of Panasonic to get here is the skinny.

1st. If you are swayed by THX certification don't be, THX certification costs money for Panasonic so they only got it for their top two series televisions, the VT and GT. The certification doesn't mean much anyways, only that THX took that specific preset and set the levels to their own specifications. You can do the exact same with custom. The ST has the exact same picture panel as the GT and using custom settings you can achieve 99% of the picture quality as the GT, the only difference is the gray scale level settings in the pro menu, 2 point vs 10 point I believe, which to the naked eye will be negligible to most viewers anyways, even to most videophile snobs despite what they say. I personally never used the THX settings anyways on my past Panasonics preferring to use my own settings with custom.

2nd. Truly, the only real difference between GT and ST is the design of the TV and the dual core processor for graphic speeds while using the browser on the GT, which I use a laptop for anyways but if you want to use this as your monitor, which I don't recommend using plasma screens for monitors, then perhaps the processor speed is better for you. For aesthetics, it's clearly a personal preference but if you like the look of the GT over the ST and it's worth the money to you go for it but don't spend the extra cash thinking it's going towards better picture quality.

3rd. Buzzing. Don't let another person's over sensitive ear turn you away from these sets. This also depends on the individual though so go to a store and turn the sound off a set and listen up close.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Phillip on March 6, 2012
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I have owned Panasonic Plasmas in the past and I have to say I have always loved them, but hands down this TV is in a whole new ball park. The picture is absolutely astounding. It simply blows any other TV I have ever seen away. I cant recommend this one enough. I have told everyone I know how good this thing is and the friends who have seen it in person are saying the same. I actually converted a few of my friends and convinced them not to buy one of the new LED TVs after seeing it.

I do want to give a plug here to the AVSFORUM guys. I really appreciate the recommendation on this one and am glad I bought this one rather than last years model.

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86 of 100 people found the following review helpful By A. Person on March 11, 2012
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Well, I use the term 'perfect' by most people's standards. I'm sure professioanl calibrators and very picky videophiles can find numbers to show where there can be a lot of improvement, just as with all tvs, However, I likely represent the majority in what constitutes being considered almost perfect for a tv.

I certainly have not had the tv calibrated or even changed the settings much. However, the picture is stunning as it is and calibration would only make it that much better, although possibly less stunning for those who want that more than realism. :) I would say the contrast is too high and for me personally there seems to be too much of a reddish skin tone, but all of that can be dealt with when I feel like changing settings.

The bottom line is that the picture is great, to my eye the blacks seem very good, audio is the best of any tv I have tried, the price is amazing, the awesome uniformity and viewing angles of plasma, improved motion compared with last year (apparently), etc...

I say the audio is awesome, but keep in mind I have only been using tv speakers for years and years, so I am not comparing with surround systems. As horrible as most tv speakers sound, though, these sound better to me. During normal tv shows, the news, etc... I was thinking it sounds too "off in the distance". But when I watched Sucker Punch and had the volume a bit louder, I was amazed at the bass and just overall substance of audio. Maybe I am mistaking bad audio for good audio just because it's different, but it sounds good to me personally and someone online ahd said Panasonic apparently did some change in speakers, which would explain the differences.

The only negatives I can come up with, which are quite minor, are:
1. Puts out a TON of heat.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By The Lost Sailor on August 24, 2012
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I am not a diehard videophile. But I'm also not completely indifferent to how my television looks and performs. I wanted a TV that looked sharp, performed well, and had a bright and smooth picture. With the ST50, I found it.

First, let me say this: I read quite a few reviews discussing "buzzing" sounds emitted by the ST50. Quite honestly, it nearly kept me from buying this TV. Truth is, it's simply not a problem. I've come to the conclusion that the folks who wrote those reviews either have a defective unit or are unfamiliar with plasma televisions generally. Based on how they work, it's entirely normal for plasmas to make a usually inaudible buzz. On this television, I sit anywhere from 3 feet (when playing FIFA on the Xbox) to 12 feet (when watching movies) away. Under any normal circumstances, I hear no buzz at all. In order to pick up any hint of a buzz, I have to mute the television and either (1) place my head within one foot of the screen, or (2) stand behind the set. Just about every plasma in the universe will do the same. I've not had to "tune anything out" or "learn to ignore" any noise. I just don't hear it (and my hearing is fine).

Before buying the ST50, I decided to switch from my old plasma to a current LED-LCD set. So I bought a Samsung ES6500. At first, I appreciated how much brighter it was than my old TV, and it seemed to be very sleek and fit in well with my living room. But when I actually started to watch TV, I was disappointed. Fast motion (even with the image-enhancement software on) caused images to blur and become somewhat jaggy. Football and soccer were tough to watch, and that's putting it generously.
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