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  • 55-Inch Plasma display, 960 Hz Clear Motion Rate
  • Infinite Black Pro Panel
  • Vera CONNECT (Wi-Fi Built-In with Web Browser)
  • TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 51-Inch x 30.5-Inch x 1.8-Inch, TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 51-Inch x 32.5-Inch x 14.1-Inch
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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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: 59.5 x 11 x 34.4 inches ; 61.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 90.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00752VKSC
  • Item model number: TC-P55ST50
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,707 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

I purchased this television to replace my…Initially, I was excited and happy about this television (the picture is great); but it has mutated into the bane of my existence. Read more ›
I usually turn things off when I know a storm is coming but I wanted to…The picture is great, the sound is OK, the warranty was no hassle when I replaced the motherboard. Read more ›
Color levels, black levels, picture quality are outstanding. I bought a Sony KDL70R520A 70-Inch 18-months after buying the Panasonic. Read more ›
what else can I say. very good. The picture is clear, vivid, nice sound and i connected it to my bose wave sound. love it! Read more ›
Needless to say, I am absolutely irate about this, especially considering the price of…The image is clearly visible whenever there is a lighter background on the screen. Read more ›
Love it. Images look simply great. I love watching movies and use it to directly stream 1080P content from my PC. Read more ›
This Plasma blows the Samsung out of the water. Black levels are excellent, and even though they were both 1080p panels. Also, the Panasonic just seems sharper (Almost as… Read more ›
The infinite black pro panel feature produces some incredibly deep…Production of color is brilliant and punctuated flawlessly by a full gambit in shades of grey and black. Read more ›
This TV has beautiful picture, the blackest blacks, and is an excellent buy. We would highly recommend it to anyone. Read more ›
Compared to the Panasonic Plasma I purchased 7 years ago (which was rated #1…Colors are outstanding and my first experience with 3D on a television was beyond expectations. Read more ›
Color accuracy and black levels are great on this TV. It is honestly the best TV I have personally ever seen but I know there are better ones out there. Read more ›
It's a far cry from the 135lb 4.5-inch…Once calibrated, colors are crisp and vibrant, and the black levels are so dark it's hard to believe that your're looking at a TV. Read more ›
I'm quite satisfied with the picture quality, and the 3D is excellent. However the Smart TV functionality is lacking. Specifically, the Netflix application does not get… Read more ›
Bright, sharp picture with no noticeable movement blurring. Internet connectivity functionality is superb. It'd be nice to have a real keyboard for use on it though. Read more ›
This tv is great. All the extra options are cool you can hook extra accessories to it. We added a Camera, Keyboard and a sound bar. Read more ›
I will say that the default settings are terrible -- one of our only complaints. Why doesn't Panasonic set the defaults differently? Read more ›
Crisp picture in all modes, good sound, easy set up. The internet functions work perfectly fine, PS3 looks and sounds great, and I have experienced zero problems thus far. N… Read more ›
Otherwise picture and features are awesome. Love everything else about it including the wifi viera remote link to my Panasonic BD player. Read more ›
When you hook up your PC to this computer the screen is perfect. In my old LED TV the letter to words were always just a little fuzzy and I could never get them perfect. Read more ›
Just an overall super experience Vs. LED. Screen is awesome as it resists light reflection Connection to my wireless network was a breeze (ATT DSL works great, I was… Read more ›
He'll have you do 100 hours of slides (mostly grey with 3 colors) to bring the entire…4 days of waiting followed by 15 minutes of setup and now my screen looks amazing. Read more ›
After spending a lot of time researching all models of flat screen TV I found that Panasonic plasma display is the best option. Panasonic has been a leader in plasma… Read more ›
Delivered on time, two guys gently placed the undamaged box in my living room. Opened it up, virtually no assembly and the walk through set up screens were quick and easy. B… Read more ›
For anyone who has brightness/glare concerns, this screen is plenty bright and there is very little glare. I live in an east-facing top floor corner apt which has seven… Read more ›
Sound is somehow good for a TV but not enough for me and I have it on a home theater. Read more ›
The ST50 provides great off-angle viewing and good glare reduction as needed in our room. Sound is not excellent but good. No Image Retention issues with our mix of TV/movies. Read more ›
Many people have already written detailed reviews covering most of the technical aspects. It does have a decent picture, but the sound quality is terrible. That's not all… Read more ›
I didn't hear any hissing noise that others are complaining. Sound quality is good and I spent significant amount of time watch 3D blu rays. It worked well. Read more ›
Definetly need a wireless keyboard for…I will be getting a sound bar soon too...sound quality and volume is pretty poor, as it is with most all TV's this size/technology. Read more ›
I'm no expert on TV quality, but the picture and sound are excellent, in my opinion. Love everything about it except having to use two remotes - one for the tv and another… Read more ›
This tv has fantastic quality and the price was perfect! The company was great to work with and came and set up the tv in a matter of minutes. Read more ›
I think the ST50 is a superb value. Even at the retail price it is a good value and this will only keep improving as prices drop. I can't say how it compares to the GT50,… Read more ›
A step backwards. Should you be able to buy this at a reasonable price. BUY IT NOW! Read more ›
If you've got this hooked up to an AV system (receiver, 7.1) you won't be disappointed. Buying 'scratch and dent' was a great value as well. I haven't found a single… Read more ›
Great TV at a great price. It has an excellent picture even in a bright room. Read more ›
This was a great value, and being that many of the parts used in this came out of my VT30, makes it even better. Read more ›
Excellent picture quality. The set up was easy also. I am playing the TV through my receiver so I can't speak about the TV speakers. Read more ›
The TV setup was easy and has a great picture. The sound quality is acceptable at best. Read more ›
The thin clear rim of the TV reads as aluminum in some light and…The base mount is stunning in a sleek aluminum look design unlike the black plastic box look of most sets. Read more ›
Set up was easy (replacing a 40" wall mount, so everything was in place to hang it right up), used the recommended picture settings on CNET, put my feet up and let myself… Read more ›
If you're looking for a first HDTV (as I was) or want to upgrade, this is a great value IMO - excellent color right out of the box, easy to assemble (especially with… Read more ›
We have used this TV daily for about three months now; it worked GREAT out of the box. Very configurable and easy to set up. With its wifi, it has tamed the cord jungle in… Read more ›
3D playback Netflix is great recemtly started to get the full 5.1 dolbly audio for home theater. Pandora great quality Read more ›
The picture is fantastic and the 3D is pretty cool too. The apps work well also. Shipping was flawless again. Read more ›
The picture quality is great, however I am a heavy Netflix streaming user. Therefore I expect the Netflix app to work well. The Netflix app "flickers" black for a split… Read more ›
TV color and performance is excellent. The Viera phone app is useful (could replace the remote), though not a reason to purchase this unit. Read more ›
The Viera baked in apps are very nice and intuitive. I opted to save ~$300 and go for the ST50 vs. the GT50, so the baked in browser does not support flash. Read more ›
Maybe for people with vision problem is perfect. The Viera apps work very well but a little slow. Read more ›
Colors are rich and everything is easily adjusted. Menus are good. Internet is pretty cool and Netflix is ok, although I've had to reset that a couple times. Read more ›
Color accuracy is excellent. Remote control is simple and wireless was simple to configure and works as advertised. Item arrived 6 days early which was great considering it… Read more ›
this is…Has lots of good features like skype, netflix and hulu plus etc. menu is easy to navigate and remote is easy to use; the boys assembled the TV without any problem. Read more ›
The Viera internet connected without problem. Surfing the web, however, with the TV remote is quite slow and cumbersome. I'm working on using an Ipad as the remote. Read more ›
Hopefully Panasonic comes up with updates to browser and phone application to…The android remote application is fully functional and very handy except the cursor control. Read more ›
The Viera turned out to be true to its sterling reviews. The picture is amazing and the controls and menus are clear and simple. No buzzing from my experience and the sound… Read more ›
Well, so far I've had the TV for a month and I can definitely say that the…The picture is crisp, the Smart Apps are great and easy to use, and the tv just looks beautiful. Read more ›
This TV is beautiful. The remote is incredibly intuitive and the menus are quite easy to navigate. This is the first plasma I've owned, I've always had LED LCD flat screens. Read more ›
The picture is excellent, the remote easy to use. Rated number 2, but number 1 is twice the cost & also by Panasonic. Read more ›
The reception is fantastic, and the sound is better than two stacks…Basketball looks great and there are multiple options for Movie, Game, etc. and the menu is easy to use. Read more ›
I returned it a few days later and bought this TV since the Samsung picture…This TV was slightly cheaper but the picture is far superior and the Internet was easier to use! Read more ›
There has been absolutely no image retention and I have my settings…The Wi-Fi features are easier to use than I had expected and use Net Flix and Amazon Prime all the time. Read more ›
But they showed up on time, replaced the "airboard" or vacuum part, called it…As long as it stays this way this television is amazing for watching shows/moves. T… Read more ›
There are few programs broadcast in 3D (ESPN is the only one) but quite a few new DVD are 3D and WOW…It is really incredible to watch football, basketball and boxing in 3D. Read more ›
Have had no problems. Great for watching sports and movies Read more ›
Was debating between LCD, LED and Plasma before buying this…Very good picture quality and nice look and great for watching HD movies and channels and playing games. Hav… Read more ›
Not good for a bright room with lots of windows without blinds. I bought the 55" and it is perfect for my viewing area, any bigger and chair placement can becomes an issue. Read more ›
One negative is that this TV only…While the 60Hz looks fine, the 48Hz mode would be ideal for movie viewing, as it disables the processing needed to turn 24fps into 30fps. Read more ›
This TV picture is wonderful. The blacks are deep and rich, and glare isn't a problem. the 55" size is perfect, and the smart features on the TV work reasonably well. Read more ›
We have three 55 inch Panasonic TVs for easy senior viewing and recommend this size…We believe that this size is the best deal, and Amazon usually has a competitive price. Read more ›
I did my homework prior to purchasing this make and model and am very…The quality is as good as advertized and the size is perfect for my viewing distance (about 15'). I… Read more ›
Excellent TV so far. I've had it for about a month and a half and it has a great picture and a perfect size at 55 inches. Read more ›
Then, over the Thanksgiving weekend (of all…Rather than spend $250 for a repairman to replace it, I decided to upgrade to more recent technology as well as the size. Be… Read more ›
I would say the 60 inch TV is much more efficient than the TH-42PX80U. The P60ST50 runs relativity cool considering its size. Read more ›

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390 of 393 people found the following review helpful By Gregorian on June 29, 2012
I don't want to rehash everything the other reviewers have noted, so I'll try to keep my points fresh and quick.


1. You really need to adjust the picture settings on this TV (duh). Doing so will result in exquisite picture quality. I had heard that this TV gives "flagship quality at a mid-range price" and I am here to confirm that; Game of Thrones on Blu-Ray looks absolutely incredible. (Skip to the end of this review for my picture settings)

2. Virtually no input lag for Xbox games (crucial for FPS).

3. IR (image retention) has not been an issue whatsoever, even after playing Xbox games with a static HUD for a few hours at a time.

4. I am disappointed with the sound quality, mainly because other reviewers said it was better than most other TV's in this price range. While this may be true, in the end I consider it to be barely useable. However, when spending well over 1K on a TV you should probably invest in some sort of sound system also.

5. Buzzing has been nonexistent thus far, will update if I notice it.


1. Stand does not swivel.

2. Very slick styling; looks great in person.

3. Remote looks like it was made for a 1998 geriatric technology convention. (who cares about the remote, dude?)

4. There is no questioning the excellence of Amazon's customer service, but the "scheduled delivery" is worthless. Mine was scheduled from 9am-12pm. When it finally arrived at 5pm (lol) the driver said, "Nothing runs on time with freight." So be prepared to block out a whole day to receive this item (keep in mind this was my experience, not sure how common this is?). Amazon did give me $60 store credit for my troubles.

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206 of 222 people found the following review helpful By TechGuru on March 9, 2012
Received this p55st50 tv on 3/6 from Amazon. Must be amongst the first few owners, ordered without looking at one in store as not available to date. Amazed by the picture quality, black levels and popped up colors.
I have owned a 42" panasonic plasma for last 7 years and has always found it superior in natural color reproduction and movie picture quality when compared to LCDs.
It was a time to upgrade. I did look at some LCDs but never found them any close to plasma in natural color tones and movie picture quality. I think Panasonic offers the best quality plasma amongst very few plasma manufacturers left in market. So picked p55st50 which is at competitive price, superior than last years best rated vt30 and offers most features from higher line ups for 2012.
Here are few major features stood out to me. Will add/edit later..
- Amazing picture and color quality. Noticeable improved motion smoothness, vibrant colors
- profile is prettey slim. Around 1.5" thik. Thickness is uniform from top to bottom exept the edges on all four sides are thinner. The bezel is better(thinner) than last years st30 model. There is a clear plastic extention around the bezel which is not enhancing the the look and I guess is added to provide protection against any damage to the edges. There are no buttons on front of the pannel only the remote sensor the power light and I guess a ambient light sensor. The power, volume, channel and menu buttons are on the right side back of the pannel which easy to access when needed. The black bezel is almost non-reflective and offers no viewing distraction as I have noticed in some other brands. The new antireflective screen appers to be working well.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jason T. on April 11, 2012
Here is what will happen:
You will receive your TV, open it immediately--admire its beauty momentarily, inspect it for physical defects, realize that it is indeed factory mint, plug it in, turn it on, mind blown. Well something like that. I have heard professional reviewers say there is no such thing as a perfect TV. But, this has to be the closest thing.

The Design:
I spent 30-45 days doing research on what TV to buy for the basement of my new home--I went from looking at only LCDs (a mentality that is really 3-years old now), to debating between Samsung and Panasonic Plasmas. The research on reviews/pricing was clear--Panasonic's mid-range model edged Samsung's in terms of Quality/Capabilities. Still--this TV sits in the primary entertaining room in my new home, and the 2011 Panasonics just looked dated. Even though I could have save $200-300 by going with last years model, the glass trim and slim profile are just sooo Hot, particularly on a wall mount. Not too mention--the TV shed 24 pounds (or 28%) from last year's model. It differs slightly from the comparable Samsung's as the bottom two corners of the glass trim are cut at a 45 degree angle rather than rounded like Samsung.

The Picture:
I have had this TV for a little over 2 weeks now. I use my TV for PS3, TV (Dish), Bluerays (some 3D).

For Video Games: Truly stunning--I play a lot of FIFA 12 (soccer video game), it is fascinating to watch an airborne soccer-ball spin with complete lifelike detail. Zero Blur. Zero Ghosting. I use either the 'Vivid' or 'Game' picture presets for videogames. Colors are more rich, and the screen is a little brighter--good for Cartoons and Video games-- but a little to blue and bright for lifelike pictures.
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