Input And Output Notes
Built-in Tuners: The TV has both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC)
tuners, as well as a QAM tuner for unencrypted cable signals. With these
built-in tuners, you don't have to purchase a
separate digital set-top box to receive and decode HDTV/SDTV signals.
Native Resolution: The TH-50PZ850U has a display resolution of 1920 x
1080. All incoming signals are converted to this native resolution. The HDMI digital and component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p,
and 480i, and will display them as 1920 x 1080. The HDMI inputs will
also accept a 1080p signal.
24p Playback: This TV is capable of displaying
film-based video at the frame rate of 24 fps via HDMI. Some Blu-ray and
high definition discs offer special 24p frame rate video for most
accurate display of film-based material.
Deep Color/x.v.Color Compatible: This unit is compatible with the Deep
Color and x.v.Color technology that corresponds with the HDMI Version 1.3
specification. This technology supports higher bit rates and more color
possibilities than previous HDTV signals.
Increased Contrast Ratio: The Panasonic TH-50PZ850U Widescreen VIERA plasma 1080p HDTV has an increased native contrast ratio of
30,000:1 and dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.
Anti-Reflective Filter: The TV's flat panel features a new AR
(anti-reflective) screen coating that acts as a filter to reduce annoying
reflections and improve picture quality.
68.7 Billion Colors: From deep blacks providing excellent
shadow detail to vibrant colors rendering brilliantly bright scenes, the
TH-50PZ850U displays an incredible 68.7 billion colors.
5,120 Shades of Gradation: Plasma displays can suffer from an
artifact called false contouring, where transitions between different
shades of the same color are too sharp. These transitions can appear as
distinct lines between the different shades of color. Having 5,120
shades of gradation helps minimize the false contouring artifact so
color transitions take on a smooth, natural appearance.
Aspect Modes: Depending on the input signal,
you can choose one of the following aspect modes:
displays a 4:3
picture at its standard size with
bars along the sides
picture uniformly (vertically and
horizontally) to fill the screen, so the top and bottom are cut off
(recommended for letter box sources)
picture horizontally to fill the screen
(recommended for anamorphic sources)
- Just: stretches a
4:3 picture to fill the screen but with aspect correction applied to
the sides of the screen so that elongation is only apparent at the
left and right edges of the screen
(recommended for normal TV broadcasts)
- H-Fill: enlarges
the 4:3 picture horizontally to fill the screen, the side edges are
Picture Menu: The Menu list allows you to make the following
adjustments in picture quality:
- Picture Modes: You can choose one of the following
- Vivid: provides enhanced contrast and sharpness
when viewing in a well lit room
- Standard: recommended for normal viewing
conditions with subdued room lighting
- Studio Reference: provides high-quality gradation and color
tone picture for a cinema-like feel
- Custom (Photo): adjust picture, brightness, color, tint,
- Game: for playing video games. The mode will be set
automatically if "GAME" is selected from the input label setting.
- Picture Adjustment: Several picture settings can be
individually adjusted, including Picture (white areas), Brightness (dark
areas), Color, Tint, and Sharpness.
- Color Temperature: This feature selects the
level of warm colors (red) and cool colors (blue). You can choose from a
Cool, Normal, or Warm setting.
- Color Management: When turned on, color management
enhances green and blue color reproduction. This is especially useful
for outdoor scenes.
- C.A.T.S. (Contrast Auto Tracking System):
adjusts the brightness and gradation accordingly to
- Zoom Adjust: adjusts the vertical alignment and size when aspect
setting "Zoom" is selected.
- PC Adjust: sets the PC display for sync, dot clock, H-position,
V-position, clock phase, input resolution, and Horizontal (15-110kHz) or
Vertical (48-120Hz) frequency.
- Advanced Picture: Some advanced picture settings include:
- Video NR: Video Noise Reduction removes snow from a
weaker analog TV signal.
- Digital Comb Filter:
adaptive 3D-YC comb filter minimizes noise and cross-color in the
picture when the composite video input is used.
- Color Matrix: When viewing a signal input through the
component video inputs, this TV will automatically optimize the color
parameters based on the color matrix setting:
- Block NR: Reduces the block noise specific to digital signals
from DVDs, STB's etc.
- Black Level: You can adjust the TV's black level to
Dark or Light.
- HD Size: This mode selects between 95% or 100% for the
scanning area of the HDTV. This allows you to move any edge noise out of
the viewable area.
- 24p Direct In: Achieves more cinematic playback by
reproducing the movie contents at twice the speed of 24 frames per
second (60Hz or 48 Hz).
Anti-Image Retention Features: The TV's Pixel Orbiter
feature helps to prevent image retention (burn-in) by shifting the display
image. You can set the feature to automatic or force, and designate the time
interval for the "Force" setting as 1, 2, 3, or 4. You can also change the
brightness of the side bars that appear in 4:3 mode, or start a scrolling white
vertical bar across the screen to prevent burn-in.
VIERA Link: VIERA Link HDAVI Control lets you operate all of your Panasonic "HDAVI
Control" compatible home theater components connected by HDMI by
pressing a single button on your TV's remote control. Panasonic
equipment with the "HDAVI Control" function enables the following
operations: Automatic input switching, Power on link, Power off link,
Speaker control, and One-touch theater playback. Equipment with HDAVI
Control 2 (or more) function enables the following operations: Providing the
setting information, Automatic lip-sync function, and Direct TV recording.
Note: VIERA Link is the new name for "EZ Sync."
VIERA Cast: Using the television's rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet port you
can access select internet services (TV content) from the television via the
Internet. 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.
You can also get instant weather updates as well as the latest financial
information from Bloomberg Television. In addition, the VIERA Cast menu will
self-update as soon as new online content becomes available.
Note: VIERA Cast requires a Broadband
high-speed Internet service no less than 1.5 Mbps.
SD Card Slot: The SD card slot on the
front-panel of the TH-50PZ850U allows you to view JPEG photos from an SD, SDHC or miniSD card. An adapter is required to use a miniSD card.
The maximum capacity for each type of media are: SDHC (16GB), SD Card
(2GB), miniSD card (1GB). You can view images as thumbnails (up to 12 images), view
them individually allowing you to rotate the image 90-degrees clockwise
or counter-clockwise or view them as a slide show, with adjustable
picture duration. You can adjust the time duration for the slide show
between 1-10 seconds, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, or 120 seconds. You can also
adjust the TV's picture settings for your still photos.
Audio Menu: In addition to bass, treble, and balance, the
TV's audio menu includes the following advanced features:
- AI Sound: This audio feature equalizes the overall
volume levels across all the channels and external inputs.
- BBE: BBE High Definition Sound restores clarity and presence for
better speech reproduction and musical realism.
- BBE VIVA 3D: BBE ViVA HD3D (High-Definition 3D) Sound provides
musically accurate natural 3D image with Hi-Fi Sound. The clarity of the
sound is improved by BBE while the width, depth and height of sound image
are expanded by BBE's proprietary 3D sound process. BBE ViVA HD3D Sound is
compatible with all TV programs including news, music, dramas, movies,
sports and electronic games.
- Surround Function: The surround function enhances
audio response when listening to stereo programming. This function is
active only for the TV's built-in speakers.
- Audio Leveler: The Audio Leveler monitors the
difference in audio levels between inputs and minimizes the change in
volume when you change inputs. This function is active only for the TV's
- Bass And Treble: The television features independent bass and
treble settings to increase or decrease bass and treble response of the
unit's built-in speakers.
Closed Caption: The television includes a built-in decoder
that is capable of providing a text display of the audio. The program being
viewed must be transmitting Closed Caption (CC) information. The TV features
analog and digital close captions:
- CC 1-4: displays information related to pictures (appears at
bottom of screen)
- T 1-4: displays textual information (appears over entire
- Digital: The digital Closed Caption menu lets you configure the
way you choose to view the digital captions when viewing a digital station
with (CC). You can adjust size, font, style, foreground, opacity, background
and outline settings.
Input Labels: Each input can be labeled to reflect the
source connected. The label options are Skip, VCR, DVD, Cable, DBS, PVR,
Game, Aux, and (blank). If "Skip" is selected, the TV/Video button will
skip the input.
Station Caption: You change a channel's station
name to a custom seven character name.
Favorite Channels: Channel numbers can be registered as
Favorites and displayed in the TV's Favorite Tune menu for easier access.
Sleep Timer: This television features a built-in sleep
timer, set by remote control, that turns the TV off automatically after
30, 60, or 90 minutes.
Programmable On/Off Timers: The programmable timers
allow you to program the TV set to turn itself on and off at designated
times, on designated days, tuned to designated channels. Up to 5 events
can be programmed using the timers. An event can have multiple episodes
(Daily, Mon-Fri, Every Wed, etc).
Lock: The Lock function has four settings to block
viewing of particular channels or inputs. You create a 4-digit password
that's required to bypass the lock. The available settings are:
- Off: nothing is locked
- All: all channels and external inputs are locked
- Game: channels 3 and 4 and the video inputs are
- Channel: locks up to seven specific channels
- Program: block programs based on their TV or
Automatic Shut-Off Function: The television is equipped with the
following automatic shut-off functions to conserve energy.
- No Signal Shut-Off: To conserve energy, the TV automatically
turns off when no signal and no operation is performed for more than 10
- No Action Shut-Off: To conserve energy, the TV automatically
turns off when no operation of remote or front panel buttons continue for
more than 3 hours.
Remote: The supplied remote is
pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other
brands of components; including VCRs, DVD players, DVD recorders,
personal video recorders (PVR), cable boxes, combination cable box/PVRs,
DBS receivers, and combination DBS receiver/PVRs. The OK button and
directional keys allow you to move the on-screen selector, making menu
navigation simple and efficient. The remote
control will also operate certain functions of Panasonic equipment with
"HDAVI Control" connected by HDMI automatically through the TV's
VIERA Link feature.
Input And Output Notes
HDMI Inputs: The TH-50PZ850U has 3 rear-panel HDMI inputs
and 1 front-panel HDMI input. All of the HDMI terminals can accommodate copy-protected digital
signals (HDCP) from other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that
have compatible interfaces. All of the HDMI inputs can be used with an HDMI-to-DVI
adapter and the left and right RCA audio jacks or 3.5mm stereo jack (for the
audio portion of the signal) from the Component 1, Component 2, Video 1, Video 2
or PC input of the TV if necessary. The front-panel HDMI input does not support
HDMI-to-DVI conversion. The
HDMI inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i inputs.
Component Video Inputs: The two component video
inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i inputs.
Digital Audio Out: The rear-panel optical digital
output allows you to send a Dolby Digital bit stream to a Dolby Digital
receiver or decoder. If the program doesn't include a Dolby Digital
soundtrack, a 2-channel PCM bit stream is output.
PC Input: The TV is equipped with an RGB (15-pin D-Sub) input for
connecting your PC. A 3.5mm mini-jack is provided for PC audio.
LAN Port: RJ-45 (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) Ethernet port for connecting
your home network to the television.
RS232C Port: D-sub 9-pin
port for external control of the television by a PC. Your connected computer
will require software which allows ending and receiving of control data through
its Serial port. You computer will need to meet the following parameters.
- Signal Level: RS-232C
- Synchronization Method:
- Baud Rate: 960 bps
- Parity: None
- Character Length: 8
- Stop Bit: 1 bit
Front Panel Input: The TV's front-panel input includes
an HDMI input, left and right RCA audio connections, RCA composite video,
and S-video connections.
SD Card Slot: The television features a front panel SD-card slot for viewing JPEG images
stored on an optional SD-card (sold separately). The SD-card slot is
compatible with SDHC cards up to 16GB, SD cards up to 2GB, and miniSD
cards up to 1GB (miniSD cards require a miniSD card adapter).
Pedestal Base: The TH-50PZ850U includes a pedestal
base for cabinet-top mounting. The base comes unassembled, and unattached to the
TV, so assembly is required. With the pedestal base the TV weighs 99.3 pounds.
Wall Mounting: On the back of the TV are four
threaded inserts to attach an optional wall mount bracket. The inserts require
M8 (8mm) machine screws, the horizontal hole spacing is 26" and a vertical hole
spacing of 12-5/8". Without the pedestal base attached, the TV weighs 88.2 pounds.