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June 30, 2009

Panasonic TH-50PZ850U 50-inch Plasma TV

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by Franz Bicar

Panasonic TH-50PZ850U Panasonic has been pretty quiet this past few months. With Vizio, LG and Sharp getting all the media attention, one might wonder what Panasonic has been doing in this tough HDTV market. Well, they obviously released the Panasonic TH-50PZ850U. The Panasonic TH-50PZ850U has numerous extra features but is only mediocre with the one that really counts.

As a 50-inch plasma set, the TH-50PZ850U is a pretty good deal when you think about the features your get in exchange for the price that you have pay. One amazing feature is its SD card slot that not only allows you to view digital pictures, but also play videos stored on the card. It can show you a slideshow of your JPEG photos, or play your videos if they’re in AVCHD or MPEG2 format. There’s also an ethernet port that lets users enjoy internet videos and online content.

As an ethernet-enabled TV, the TH-50PZ850U can access online content delivered via Panasonic’s Viera Cast service, including YouTube, weather reports, Picasa, and Bloomberg. YouTube videos display in a somewhat small window rather than at full screen.

The Panasonic TH-50PZ850U’s 480Hz Sub-Field Drive promises to improve fast-moving sequences by flashing the image eight times for every frame, or 480 times per second. However, image quality tests performed on the TH-50PZ850U proved disappointing. The set does handle fast motion pretty well, but there was no tangible improvement on this area when compared with similar priced plasmas. Another drawback for this set is its poor job in handling pixelation issues. Overall, the 50PZ850U’s video quality is okay. It’s not great, just average.

The sound quality for the TH-50PZ850U is acceptable, but no better than that. It emulates surround sound reasonably well and becomes only slightly strained when things get loud. But you won’t want to depend on your TV’s speakers if sound is important to you.


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  1. Please. “Panasonic has been pretty quiet this past few months” ??? TH-50PZ850U??? June 2009? In what planet are you living? LCD planet? Most probably. Sorry to be so hard on you. No offense. I just feel hard to understand how in the 29th June 2009, you review a 2007/2008 model, when there is almost 3 months that de new Pana G10 is on the market, and even the V10 series is already on sale! “one might wonder what Panasonic has been doing” ??? Are you ok?

    Comment by Ercílio — June 30, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

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