Originally Posted by Purpose
There is a feature in the picture menu called "black level" that switches between light and dark. This feature is worthless, because when set to dark all detail is lost (it appears that crushed is the proper nomenclature - (see Walter from the Big Lebowski)).
I agree about the "black level" feature being worthless. Panasonic should have left it off the menu. Also, has anyone figured out what C.A.T.S. does except darken the picture and take away all of the "pop"? It also seems worthless.
More impressions: I have noticed a phosphor trail here and there, but nothing distracting. Also had some IR when I watched about 30 minutes of "King Kong" DVD where the top an bottom black bars were, but after about 1-2 minutes of full screen content, it washed away. I have about 48 hours on the set, fwiw.
On the black level: as mentioned before all I have is an old CRT to compare, but the black is not bezel black in a darkened room. However, dark scenes appear detailed from the material I've watched (480p). I have not noticed any "floating blacks." One thing I was worried about was dithering I saw on last year's Panny and Samsung sets I had looked at in the store. I have not noticed that on this set, and the picture appears very smooth. Of course, I've not watched a lot of material yet, so this could still pop up.
One thing I have been very impressed with is how good 480p material looks. I just have a Panasonic DVD Recorder that outputs in 480p progressive, and on newer DVD's, the picture is outstanding.
Lastly, no stuck pixels from what I can tell.