I'm extremely frustrated with my Pansonic 60" 1080p S30 (2011) Plasma at the moment, to the point where i refuse
to watch movies on it until most of the problems listed below are fixed. XP Here are my Final thoughts on the S30 before i get a Pro calibration using Custom & Game mode. XP
Cinema mode STINKS, with it's Super dim picture(Bluray is more forgiving, unlike DVD), nasty milky grey haze, desaturated dull colors, lack of crispness, it lacks pop, sculpt, it's a little flat and overall produces one lousy unimpressive picture at least in comparison to what i'm used to. Now, custom(HDMI set to 'GRAPHICS') is essentially cinema mode BUT with a brighter picture and no wierd awful milky haze, but because it's STILL cinema mode(sure seems like it) the colors are still desaturated, and it still doesn't have that crisp, the pop and defined picture of your normal typical Custom mode on a good SDTV or HDTV. To make things worse the gamma is on the high-ish Vs cinema mode by itself as well. Either way both modes look dull, desaturated and flat. This is more evident when gaming, both modes don't look right period. Here are my current temporary settings until i get the calibration for custum/game.
Now, I can't deal with either, so I'm looking into getting CUSTOM & GAME mode Pro calibrated(I'd love to do this myself, if it's even possible...)which are the REAL deal, the reason why many people are turned off by them MAINLY(aside from a few color inaccuracies, like the red push which is more pronounced in custum because custom actually has 'saturated' color.lol) is because of the HIGH/dark gamma, piercing bright whites and white crush which make the picture appear harsh and unatural. It's like the equivelent of covering a yummy mouth watering lolipop with dog Sh**, ok maybe that's being a bit harsh haha. Here are the following problems with custom unless i've missed anything....
Piercing Bright WHITES - (Need to be toned down)
White detail crushing/clipping - (Needs to be corrected)
HIGH gamma/dark image/black detail crush....Or is this just a brightness problem all together? - (Needs to be set to 'medium')
RED Push...aka sun burnt skin! - (RED Needs to be reduced!)
desaturated Blues - (Needs more saturation)
Pink/magneta push - (reduced or tweaked)
If these things were fixed the S30's picture quality in either custom or game mode would be amazing. As is, it's got deep black levels, good motion handeling, and it's main appeal(otherwise certain gamers wouldn't even be bothering such as myself in the first place and wouldsimply rather opt for a S60) is the 1 frame of lag via component cables and 2 frames of lag via HDMI. The low lag is what has me clinging to this set and it's the only real reason why this set along with the ST30 are still somewhat popular...otherwise i'd look into getting a 55"- 60" S60! But for now I'm dieing to get those problems above fixed. I have no idea what i'm getting myself into, how complex it can be or if it's even possible. Any Tips? A couple of users gave me a few links for a couple of color metres but i'm assuming they can't tweak gamma & whites.