Originally Posted by Rat22
+1 on daytime livingroom performance. Hemi/kirk, do you need to go to a custom mode or does THX get the job done? Can you bump up the contrast in THX mode?
I just came over a review that was saying that the G10 is good in daytime conditions. I just want to get some information on this from a owner also :
Using a 100 IRE window pattern, we verified Panasonic’s claim. In the THX mode with the user controls (including contrast) optimized, the TCP50G10 measured a very bright and comfortable 31 ft. lamberts. To achieve far higher brightness (needed for rooms with high ambient light levels) requires a simply change of the picture mode to Custom or Vivid mode and an increase of the contrast control.
With the contrast control set to 100% and the picture control set to Vivid, the G10 produced a retina searing maximum brightness of 92.2 ft lamberts (using the same window pattern). This is the highest level we’ve measured on any plasma and is comparable to many LCD models. Viewing HD content with the contrast control maxed out confirmed the G10 is capable of producing an image so intense, it’s uncomfortably bright.
In the past, LCDs were the only recommended flat panel technology for high ambient light environments, not any more. This display can provide high image brightness along superb motion resolution, wide viewing angles and excellent color.
Most LCDs panels use fluorescent lamps (called CCFLs) as the light source. To increase light output, the lamps output must be raised with the TVs backlight control, often resulting in muddy blacks and lower contrast ratios. Plasmas generates its own light (like a CRT), maintaining deep blacks while raising the light level. With arrival of the TCP50G10, you can use plasma in brightly lit rooms that previously required an LCD panel.
I need to know this before I make a purcase for the V10, so please help!!!