What is the Panasonic TC-P50S1?

Published: 29th May 2009
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Plasma televisions are known for having better images and colors than LCD televisions. Unfortunately, they are also known for consuming about twice the energy of LCD TVs and suffering from screen burn-in. This is not a problem, though, with the Panasonic TC-P50S1, which offers the pros of plasma technology with as little of its cons as possible.

Image Quality

Plasma TVs are especially known for their deep black levels, and this is something which the Panasonic TC-P50S1 definitely lives up to. In fact, the black levels displayed on the TC-P50S1 are the deepest produced by Panasonic so far. As for the other colors, they are saturated enough and appear vibrant on the screen, although they fall short in terms of accuracy - a problem common to Panasonic panels. If you look closely, you might notice a slight green tinge on light colors. Then again, this is easy to overlook compared to the excellent shadow detail.

Plasma TVs also produce crisp and clear images even during very fast-moving sequences, which is again something that the TC-P50S1 easily accomplishes. After all, it is equipped with a 600Hz sub-field drive and a patented Full-Time 1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution which prevents fast-moving images from becoming blurry.


Models of the same series usually sport a similar design and like the other S1 models, the TC-P50S1 comes with a sleek, glossy black frame - a frame accentuated by rounded edges and interrupted only by two logos, an indicator light and the power button, which actually blend in nicely. It also has a glossy black stand. It is set apart by one added feature, though - hidden speakers, which also result in a slightly better sound.

Remote Control

The remote control that comes with the TC-P50S1 is also similar to others, but not as good as most since it doesn't have a backlight. Buttons with different colors, shapes and sizes help make up for this, though, since they can be easily distinguished even in the dark.

Connectivity Options

The Panasonic TC-P50S1 has enough inputs and outputs, though not as much as high-end models. It has three HDMI inputs - two on the back and one on the side. It also has two AV inputs, two component-video inputs, an RF input for your cable or antenna, an SD card slot and a digital audio output, though not a standard analog one. Also, you will need to have an HDMI-capable computer if you want to use this as a monitor since it does not have a VGA input.

Power Consumption

As mentioned earlier, the Panasonic TC-P50S1 does not use up as much electricity as most Plasma TVs. In fact, it qualified for an Energy Star 3.0, which it owes to its new plasma display panel and the low light output of its default or standard picture setting. Naturally, this means lower electric bills and one more reason to love and buy this HDTV.

Other Features

The Panasonic TC-P50S1 also comes with the Viera Link, a feature which allows you to switch on all your HDMI-capable devices, such as your DVD player, Blu-Ray player and surround sound speakers with just the press of a button. It has features to prevent and treat screen burn-in, as well, so you can always have great images on your screen. All these make the Panasonic TC-P50S1 a good HDTV, and definitely one worth considering with its relatively low price.

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