Summary: Image retention is still an issue with plasma TVs, and this TV suffers significantly from it. Even with low contrast, I had issues with image retention, which now makes it difficult to fully enjoy the product. The picture quality is great for movies, but I am nervous about watching sport or news channels now as they frequently have static images such as scoreboards or scrolling tickers which I know will burn in to the screen
Excellent picture, dreaded black bar after 14 months
Joel Goodson "joelgoodsn", Amazon
11 October 2013
Summary: Loved the tv, unfortunately reliability seems to be a big issue with these. After 14 months of light use, I have the 3" black bar down the right side. Bummer. This is the first flat screen I've ever had a problem with. I have an 8 year old Panasonic that is still doing fine. Another comment, not a big fan of the prominent red light that is always on while viewing.
Summary: Like many others, I purchased this TV after weeks of going back and forth between "Should I buy LED or Plasma?". I went to the big box stores to compare, read professional reviews, and customer reviews. My biggest concern was lighting. My living room has a lot of windows and my old DLP TV was so hard to see during the day. I wanted something bright enough to compensate for this.
Summary: It got one star because of the inital malfunction..., please read on. We were so excited to get this highly-rated Plasma TV. Our old Mitsibushi had gone sour w/vertical lines (after only 4 years!), so we did our due diligence and scoured the web reading everything we could on which TV offers the best HD picture overall. After reading 20+ reviews.., (WHEW!) we decided on Plasma. We wanted the best nighttime TV viewing.
Excellent picture, but good luck finding 3D glasses...
David Corvette, Amazon
14 June 2013
Summary: I bought this 60-inch Panasonic plasma TV to replace my 52-inch Samsung LCD, and the difference in picture quality is startling! The user reviews on Amazon and expert reviews on CNet were spot-on: this is the best TV picture for the money in its class. I hesitated to go with a plasma initially because of burn-in fears, but technology has progressed to the point that really is no longer a concern.
Summary: I can honestly say this TV is fantastic.....and I have very high standards when it comes to electronics. I spent hours researching TVs and was about to spend $2000 on an LED LCD, but then I learned that plasmas have a better picture quality and a cheaper price. Additionally the TVs are just as slim as the LEDs, and consume only slightly more power, ~$29 vs. $21 per year. You will absolutely not regret buying this particular TV.
Summary: OK admittedly I going from a 50" 720p to this bad boy, but wow. What a difference. The picture quality is fantastic. It has the blackest blacks I've seen and for watching a movie or sports its just brilliant. I did need to bump up the contrast and the brightness as my room can be very bright in the day time. I also have not yet used the 3D capability, I honestly did not even want that but it seems to be a feature that comes with all high end systems these days.
Only for those who appreciate quality. Helps to calibrate.
BJP in SC, Amazon
6 June 2013
Summary: I bought this to upgrade my living room TC-P50ST30 (older model line), which moved into the bedroom. Having been so pleased with the performance of that Panasonic plasma it was a no-brainer to revisit the line when it was time to go bigger. I'm happy to report this one is even better. While I have not performed any strict, same-source comparisons between the two, the ST50 seems to have an even livelier, crisper picture than the already-fine ST30.
Summary: Quick Summary: Excellent TV at a great price. I've had this TV in my finished basement for a couple of months now and primarily use it with my Playstation (games, Amazon instant video, Netflix, etc.) Awesome size. Beautiful color. Easy to use menus and remote. I couldn't be happier with it. Great overall TV. The only con: Wish it had another HDMI output.