SMART VIERA® 55" Class GT50 Series Full HD 3D Plasma HDTV (55.1" Diag.)

  • Progressive Full HD 3D
  • THX 3D Certified Display
  • 2500 FFD
  • Infinite Black Pro Panel
  • VIERA Connect Wi-Fi built-in with Web Browser
  • 3D Real Sound with 8 train Speakers
  • VIERA remote App Support
  • Glass and Metal Design

SpecificationsExpand All

    • Screen Size Diagonal (inches)
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Number of Pixels
    • Panel
    • HDTV Display Capability (1080p, 1080i, 720p)
    • Aspect Control
    • Shades of Gradation
    • Fast Swichig Phosphor
    • Filter
    • Panel Drive
    • 24p Playback (3:2)/24p Smooth Film
    • 24p Cinematic Playback
    • THX Mode
    • Pro Setting
    • Smart VIERA Engine Pro
    • Smart VIERA Engine Pro (Dual core processor)
    • Pure Image Creation
    • Vivid Color Creation
    • Facial Retouch
    • Web Smoother
    • 1080p Pure Direct
  • Full HD 3D
    • 3D Panel
    • 3D 24p Cinema Smoother
    • 2D-3D Conversion
    • 3D Real Sound
    • Number of Speakers
    • Audio Output
    • Surround Sound
    • Integrated ATSC Tuner
    • HDMI Input
    • Support Feature
    • SD Card
    • USB2.0
    • Analog Audio Input ( for HDMI/DVI)
    • Composite Video Input shared with Component
    • Audio Input (for Composite Video)
    • Bluetooth**
    • PC Input
    • Component Video Input (Y, PB, PR) shared with Composite
    • Audio Input (for Component Video)
    • Ethernet
    • Digital Audio Output (Optical)
    • VIERA Connect (IPTV)
    • Web Browser
    • Skype while watching TV
    • Multitasking
    • Social Networking TV (Faceboook/Twitter)
    • VIERA Remote App Support
    • Wireless LAN Adaptor
    • DLNA
    • Media Player
    • Support Format
    • VIERA Link
    • VIERA Tools
    • Eco Mode
    • Game Mode
    • Pixel Orbiter (Anti-Image Retention)
    • Trilingual Menu (English/Spanish/French)
    • Built-In Closed Caption Decoder
    • Off - Timers
    • E-Help
    • Power Supply
    • On Mode Average Power Consumption
    • Receiving System
    • Dimensions with stand
    • Height [inches (mm)]
    • Width [inches (mm)]
    • Depth [inches (mm)]
    • Dimensions W/O stand
    • Height [inches (mm)]
    • Width [inches (mm)]
    • Depth [inches (mm)]
    • Weight with stand [lbs (kg)]
    • Weight W/O stand [lbs (kg)]
    • Carton Dimensions
    • Height [inches (mm)]
    • Width [inches (mm)]
    • Depth [inches (mm)]
    • Gross Weight [lbs (kg)]
    • Operating Temperature
    • Safety Standard
    • Optional Wall-mounting Bracket Model Numbers
    • Glass & Metal Design
  • Further Specifications
    • NOTE
    • UPC


TC-P55GT50 is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice TV Wonderful picure. Screen puts off some heat, but if I wanted cool running I would have bought an LED TV with its lesser picture quality. My only regret is that the sound isn't a little better than only average.
Date published: 2013-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 55 in GT50 Plasma Have waited 6 months to review . Can't find any fault with this TV or it's performance . Yes it put out some heat but haven't found this to be a problem . Replaced a 2008 Panasonic Plasma that is still being used by a friend , just wanted bigger screen and Smart TV function . Haven't tried a 3D DVD because I don't have a player . Have tried the 2D to 3D function and don't like . It gives me a headache . Couldn't get functions I wanted without getting 3D . If you like the bright Neon colors on most LCD TV's don't buy a Plasma . But if you like realistic color , contrast , and sutle graduation of blacks in shadows this TV is for you . If your into movies you will like the THX Cinema setting . If you have a bright room the THX Brightroom setting works great with no reflection . For the brave at heart there are many advance settings you can use , but I think you should do a lot of research before using . There are a couple bad reviews here , but they must have to high of expectations . I would put this TV up against any out there . If you are looking for a new TV this 2012 would be a great choice and will be much cheaper than I paid in June of 2012 . If you Think this TV is too big for your room , I'm sitting 9 feet away and it's just fine . You could probably sit 2 feet closer before the picture gets grainey . Hope this has been helpful . Almost forgot but the Train Speaker System has very good quality sound . Not studio quality but will be very acceptable to most everyone but the audio snobs . I have my HT hooked up but very rarely use it . The HT is a Panasonic and the sound quality isn't that much better except for the Bass . Unless you want window rattling Bass the TV speakers are just fine .
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exceptional TV At A More Than Fair Price Being a former graphic artist and photographer, I have developed a very critical eye when it comes to imaging reproduction of any kind. I will have to agree with in that this model is "reference" in nearly all areas of imagery. When I do my comparisons, I view live sports, I find this to be the most neutral testing; with no televised nor recorded enhancing one can see if there is any fast-moving pixillation which this unit had none. The skin tones are the best of any television that I have compared it against; I find myself critiquing the tint with no noticeable green nor red undertones. The detail is so clear you can see the pores in skin as well as the characters' unkept teeth, in reality programming. Although the blacks are rich and have no glow in off seems, the shadow detail could be a little better. However, remember I am being critical. In a brightly lit room, the picture can be adjusted to carrying a bright contrast seen without looking washed out. I have watched several letter boxed movies without any image retention, which is a pleasant surprise. What was most impressive, all the above comments were based on the television being set in just the two factory THX modes, one can only wonder what it can accomplish when the pro settings are accurately adjusted? Additionally, I could not see any really noticeable difference between this model and the VT, (maybe a slight black level improvement on the VT but not enough for the extra money). Coupled with a good sound system, I do not think you can ask for a better value. If I was to have only one beef, I hate the advertising on the volume display.
Date published: 2012-12-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from High Expectations I purchased the GT50 with the expectation of this model being the second best TV available next to the VT50. Recommended by some serious Tech Guys. So when I received my GT50 I was to say the least amazed that this TV came so highly recommended. The Black levels were great but the picture quality was pethetic on HD channels, the Blue Ray was good not great, and the OTA was not very good as well. After having it professionaly calibrated the picture quality was still at an unaceptable level. PQ appeared grainy with some compression artifacts, and since most of my viewing on this TV is at night, any light near that area was reflected in the screen due to the layering and gaps in the screen itself. This is not a horrible TV, it offers great value for someone who has a less critical viewing pleasure, but as I have multiple TV's and projectors this is not a must have for me. I have many devices that I use for internet sources so that feature works, but not a concern for me as well. But as I said being this TV rated 1st for a 2012 model and the VT50 ranking #1 for 2013 I may take a look at it.
Date published: 2012-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Blu-Ray PQ It has been a week and so far I'm more than satisfied. I estimate I have 100+ hours on it including some overnight running of HBO movies to "age" it. No slides. I have not noticed any buzzing, maybe because I usually have the volume ON when I use the TV. It does get quite warm which should come in handy come winter :). I use the THX settings and the CNET ST recommended settings. The oil paint effect (faces look like they were painted in oil) is there on some 720p material but only noticeable by me from closer than 6 feet. Not a huge deal to me and I would hope that Panasonic does something in a future SW update to address it. Avatar and John Carter on Blu-Ray looks fantastic. HBO in HD looks outstanding as well. From a design stand point it definitely looks nicer than the ST50, more of a high end look to it. Not that the ST is ugly but the GT looks sharper. The sound is absolutely acceptable, no complaints at all. I have not even bothered to hook up my sound bar yet so I'm quite satisfied. Overall happy with purchase!
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Suitable For Most Use I scoured the web for information about the best HDTV options before I committed to buying a Panasonic TC-P55GT50 on June 28. I selected the Panasonic GT50 because it received high praise from a handful of professional tech review sites like CNET for its outstanding black levels and picture quality. In my research, I stumbled across online forum posts implying that some owners experienced stubborn image retention or burn in issues. But for every incidence of burn in reported on a forum, some professional reviewer would insist burn in on plasma panels was an artifact of history. Average users should not worry about it. I walked into a store and purchased the TV directly from a living, breathing, honest-to-goodness human being. Never did the salesperson warn me about static images being potentially hazardous to the television. Yet, after the first few hours of use, dark blemishes from a video game UI and a cable network logo appeared that have been stuck on the panel for over 200 hours. Once it was clear the dark spots were not going away, I returned to the store to complain about the problem. All four sales people said the issue of burn in was so rare they didn't even warn customers about the possibility anymore. They pointed out the dozens of big screens mounted on the walls around the sales floor --- the store specializes in televisions --- and none of them had any lasting image retention or burn in despite being on all day displaying content with static network logos! (Then, they did an about face and categorized the dark blemishes on my TV as abuse and refused to authorize a return or exchange.) The instruction manual supposedly says static images may cause permanent damage to the screen. A reasonable person would interpret that to mean a paused DVD menu or the arrivals listing at an airport --- the "oops-I-fell-asleep-with-the-TV-on" accident that some plasma owners wake up in cold sweats about. Permanent damage should not be possible with a few hours of normal usage. The dark spots appeared from watching cable TV at 50% brightness and contrast with the pixel orbiter enabled --- pesky network logos --- and from playing video games for just a few hours with UI that would appear and disappear every few minutes between levels. I am a big American football fan, as well. So, if I can cause lasting (more than a month to remedy) or permanent damage with a video game in a few hours, then what will the ESPN Bottom Line do after a weekend of college football games? It strikes me as Panasonic's responsibility to conspicuously notify its customers if there's a sizable risk of damage from what reasonable people would consider normal use or choose to build panels that are as resistant to severe image retention as advertised. Caveat emptor, shoppers! Unless you plan to only watch content that fills the screen and has no network identification, the Panasonic TC-P55GT50 is not practically suitable for any type of normal use.
Date published: 2012-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great tv with alot of heat I found this tv through the review at CNET. I think overall the video quality looks amazing. However the screen puts off so much heat that it heats my living room 3-4 degrees. The web browser works ok. It does not have adobe so you cant watch a lot of the videos that you normally could from your computer. I
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Deal Just installed my new 55 inch GT50. Free skype and glasses GREAT TV
Date published: 2012-04-28
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  • What should I do if my TV will not turn on and the power indicator LED is not flashing?
    Follow these troubleshooting steps:
    • Make sure your TV's power cord is plugged into an electrical outlet.
    • Make sure the electrical outlet the TV is plugged into has power by testing known working device in that outlet.
    • After verifying the TV is plugged into a working outlet, try pressing the [POWER] button on the TV instead of the TV remote.
    If the outlet is working and the TV will not turn on after pressing the [POWER] button on the TV, please consider having the unit serviced. Click here for Panasonic Service Locator.
  • What should I do if the front Power indicator LED light is blinking?
    1. Unplug the TV's power cord.
    2. Unplug all cables.
    3. Power the TV using a different power outlet (do not use a power strip or surge protector).

    If the problem persists, please consider having the TV serviced. Click here for Panasonic Service Locator.

    Note: Count how many times the LED light blinks. This can help a technician troubleshoot the problem.
  • What should I do if I can access all of the TV apps except Netflix?
    1. Change the DNS setting of your TV to
    2. If you are able to access the Netflix splash screen, use the TV remote to deactivate your account by pressing Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up. After this process, try loggin back into the Netflix TV app.

    If the procedure is successful a screen will come up with the option to deactivate your device from your account. If not try the process again. Once you have successfully deactivated your device, you will need to activate it by opening Netflix and at the main screen selecting Member Sign In, then following the on screen prompts until activation is complete.

    If the Netflix app still fails to open, but all of the other TV apps work, visit for more support.

  • What should I do if I have bars displaying on the TV screen?
    Change the format (aspect ratio) of the picture by pressing the [FORMAT] or [ASPECT] button on the TV's remote control. If you still have bars, check the aspect settings on your external video source, such as Cable/Satellite box, DVD/Blu-ray Disc player, etc. Note: Some content, such as film-based movies, are available in extra-wide format. Top and bottom bars are unavoidable.
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  • ENERGY STAR Smart Too

    The Panasonic GT50 Series TV not only meets ENERGY STAR requirements, it exceeds them. For you, it means:

    • More energy savings
    • Lower utility bills
    • Leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the environment.
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