The 850U series is at the highest end of Panasonic's consumer plasmas for 2008, which is their 11th generation of plasma offerings. The advanced feature set bridge the fine line between consumer and professional electronics. Positioned about the 800U series the 850s contain all the same fundamental technology and features adding on VIERA CAST IPTV functionality, a digital-cinema color remastering mode, and exposes more tweaking settings for customizing the picture. Carried over from the 800U line is the one-sheet glass design, the Plasma display panel, THX and display mode, 4 HDMI inputs, and the PC input. Unlike the 800 Series, the 850s are not THX Certified.
- 1080p native resolution
- 30,000:1 contrast ratio
- 24p film mode
- Game mode
- THX certified with a THX configuration built-in
- VIERA link and VIERA CAST technology
- Inputs: 4xHDMI 1.3, 1xVGA, Component, Composite, S-Video
VIERA CAST - multi-media decoding capabilities will be built into the television, including h264 support. Panasonic claims you'll be able to download and stream content from Internet providers such as YouTube, though details on how the service works is currently unknown.
One-sheet glass - The one-sheet glass design is similar to the Sony XBR4's, and Pioneer Elite and Kuro televisions where a single pane of glass covers the entire front of the television, including the bezel. This design reduces/eliminates the "halo" effect that can occur around lettering and logos with traditional 3-pane designs.PC-input - usually a staple among HDTVs, in Panasonic's 2008 offerings only the higher end televisions retain a dedicated input for computers.
24p support - This feature uses a native 72Hz refresh rate showing each frame 3 times like most modern film projectors rather than trying to make 24p content conform to a 60Hz display with varying display times for every other frame.
Anti-reflective screen - created by Fujitsu these screens reduce the amount of ambient reflection that can appear in a brightly lit room.
100,000 hour half life - Panasonic rates the panel to last 100,000 hours, which is about 30 years of regular usage, or 11 years of non-stop, before the brightness of the display is halved.