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Panasonic PZ850 Series HDTV (46", 50", 58", 65")

Panasonic PZ850 Series HDTV (46", 50", 58", 65")
alaScore 87

142 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and sound. The design and value for money also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the remote control.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Panasonic PZ850 Series HDTV (46", 50", 58", 65") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ850U


The Panasonic TH-50PZ850U is a pretty good value, especially in view of its generous array of extra features. Not only can it display your pictures and run your videos off its SD card slot, but you can plug it into an ethernet connection and enjoy...

Internet and content via ethernet port ; Well-designed remote

Average picture quality

The Panasonic TH-50PZ850U has fantastic extras, but only average picture quality for a 50-inch plasma HDTV.

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Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ850U


Editors' note: The rating on this review has been lowered because of changes in the competitive marketplace.

Reproduces deep black levels; relatively accurate color temperature and color decoding; excellent uniformity with little false contouring; relatively effective antireflective screen; can access YouTube videos, Picasa online photo sharing and other...

Expensive; less accurate primary and secondary colors; blacks not quite as deep as some plasmas; optional 24p mode introduces flicker.

The Panasonic TH-50PZ850U's color accuracy issues prevent it from topping the high-end plasma TV heap, but excellent picture quality and unique interactive features maintain its appeal.

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Panasonic TH-50PZ850


If you want to build a top of the line home theater system, the 850U is a good starting place. If you can do without the VIERA Cast web feature, the 800U is essentially the same device without the web interface plus a little bit better picture...

50 inch Plasma Display16:9 aspect ratio, 1080p resolutionBuilt-in web service via VIERA CastBuilt-in surround sound systemHuge number of connectivity options

The Panasonic TH-50PZ850 is jam-packed with features including the...


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Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ850U Television


Panasonic released its flagship plasma television in the form of the Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ850U. The 50 inch Viera TH-50PZ850U is the manufacturer?s most expensive plasma in its lineup, but is it necessarily the best? Keep reading to find out.

Nonetheless, the Viera TH-50PZ850U is Panasonic's flagship, and that alone may snag customers who are not price sticklers that look for the top of the line product. The Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ850U can currently be purchased from anywhere between $2,345...

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Panasonic TH-50PZ850U Plasma HDTV Reviewed


This series includes Viera Cast Web technology which allows you to connect your TV to a modem or router and access Web video from You Tube, stock information from Bloomberg, weather forecasts and photos via Picasa Web Album. It offers a more extensive...

The TH-50PZ850U produces an attractive picture, with excellent blacklevel, black detail, color, and overall detail. The Digital CinemaColor feature produces a wider color palette that, while nottechnically accurate by most measurement standards, is...

The new 48Hz mode reduces judder, but it adds noticeable flicker that some people will find even more distracting ; This TV isn't as good at upconverting SD content as the best panels we've seen, although it is solid in this respect ; Viera Cast's...

The TH-50PZ850U is anexcellent HDTV. Its performance rivals that of the highest-end panelson the market, but it comes in at a slightly lower price point. TheViera Cast Web feature isn't terribly exciting right now but has greatpotential.

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Panasonic TH-58PZ850U Review – 58-inch Plasma HDTV


With a native contrast ratio as high as 30,000:1 and Deep Color Technology, you get to witness a rich spectrum of colors. The anti-reflective filter present in Panasonic TH-58PZ850U keeps unwanted reflections to a minimum. The result is high definition...

Thanks to the free GalleryPlayer software included with this HD plasma TV, now you can enjoy the world’s finest high definition art and photography right on your TV. In addition, a free collection of high definition images is also included which you...

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Panasonic TH-65PZ850U Review – 65-inch Plasma HDTV


With deep native contrast ratio of 30,000:1, superb motion-picture resolution and Digital Cinema Color Technology, Panasonic TH-65PZ850U offers everything for an incredible theater-like viewing experience. Its anti-reflective filter keeps redundant...

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Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ850U Review


Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ850U is the 50 inch model of Panasonic's high-end plasma TV line. As you would expect from a top-of-the-line Panasonic plasma TV, this model has 1080p resolution and offers very good picture quality. Though its black levels don't...

Superb overall picture quality ; Great black levels and superb detail in dark areas ; Very good contrast ; Good anti-glare screen ; VIERA Cast™ gives you access to Internet services like YouTube, Google Picasa, Weather, etc ; SD card reader ; If you...

Doesn’t outperform its predecessor (TH-50PZ800U) though it costs more ; Color reproduction doesn’t match the HDTV standard, being more vivid. If you are a purist you might not like this ; Its performances and features don’t really match the price. The...

It is one of the top-of-the-line Panasonic models so it offers very good picture quality. As with any plasma TV, a great deal of this quality comes from having deep black levels. Pioneer is still visibly above any Panasonic model in terms of black...

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Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ850U


I would Reccomend this TV to All. Blu-rays are breathtaken.I have it set In 24 P Mode and No Flicker at all. 6th ave even shipped mine Free! Great People to deal with . Besides this being a awesum Set. I did alot of Research before i Purchased this set...

Great Picture...Deepest Blacks By far the Best. No Flicker In 24 Mode .Downloading Software updates is a Snap Once your connected to the Web


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"Great TV espfor HD Movies"


Did a lot of research on this one. Already have 3 Samsung LCDs including very nice LN46A750. The LCDs have very bright sharp pictures whcih of course can be tweaked with black level and myriad other adjustments. I bought this Panasonic plasma...

Great overall picture esp for movies. Softer picture with great color rendition. Good value. Nice styling. Plenty of inputs. Great stand alone sound with decent bass if not using with home theater set up. The best TV on the market for movies!

None. Surprised at CNET's review. Most professional video sites with actual high tech testing parameters rated this as the best TV available in early 2009 in a toss up with Pioneer Kuro which costs thousands more.

Product Specifications

The Panasonic VIERA HDTV PZ850 Series introduces an exciting new feature called VIERA Cast. VIERA Cast is a web menu that's built into the television, letting you enjoy great online entertainment like YouTube videos and your digital photos on Picasa Web Albums, all with just a click of a button - - no PCs or external boxes are required. You can also get instant weather updates as well as the latest financial information from Bloomberg Television. Best of all, the VIERA Cast menu will self-update as soon as great new online content becomes available. Share the online entertainment fun with friends and family on a large screen HDTV!

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo


Product Line:Panasonic TH


Diagonal Size:46in
Diagonal Size (cm):117cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:1080p (FullHD)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:1000000:1
HDMI Ports Qty:4
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:30000:1
PC Interface:VGA (HD-15)
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Technology:Plasma (PDP)
Type:Plasma TV
Video Interface:HDMI

TV Tuner

HDTV Tuner: Yes
TV Tuner Presence: Yes