Originally Posted by bmacp
This grainy picture is driving me crazy on my TC-P50S2. I liked the picture on my TH50PX60U way better. I never had any of these issues. Too bad it died on me.
Lacy please post back as soon as you hear from them. I want to know if I should be taking this thing back.
The 60u was a much much more accurate tv. I have one. I also have an S1, which is much like the S2. Coming from a 60u, I wasnt satisfied with the S1 for a long time until I calibrated the grayscale. The colors of the s1/s2 just do not seem as accurate as Panasonic's of the past, like the 60u. It was one of the best sets IMO.
To reduce that grainly look, run a mode like cinema, which greatly reduces "dithering", and then use a pluge pattern, to reduce sharpness around the below black bar (it shows up there if its too high) and also make sure brightness is adjusted properly, as low as it can be without loss of detail. A pluge pattern is perfect for reducing grain, on the two above black bars, you should see lots of dithering in "standard" mode, with sharpness and brightness too high. Go ahead and test it yourself. Doing these three things should remove the "Grainy" look by a lot.
I took a look at the previously posted default cinema mode rgb tracking in this thread, and it looks a lot like the S1. Green is tracking too high, and to keep flesh looking "right" cinema mode says tint is at "0" but it is really at -8 towards red. If you play with the blue filter and a DVE disk, you will see this "trick" Cinema mode tint at "0" actually equals "-8" on any other mode. I would imagine this is panasonic's "trick" to get glowing bright greens, and maintain an OK looking skin tone.
I recommend a grayscale calibration, and the above picture adjustments to reduce dithering, and then you will be in heaven just like when you had your 60U.