Well, my thoughts on the 50" from a number of stores and conditions vs. Panny...... (I ordered the 58" Sammy - see below and PM me for deal if you want)
Panasonic vs. Samsung.
Wow this is really hard. I think, in the end, both will be great. Samsung wins in form factor by far - the WAF is 100% buy it NOW
When I saw the 3D under GOOD conditions SAME MOVIE both were amazing.....
But seeing the Samsung in 3D MODE in BAD conditions (50" BB, non magnolia) there was so much ghosting - painful.
Sounds like the Panasonic is more "out of the box" easy to get good 3D. The Samsung takes more work from teh official threads and seems like bright light will ruin the 3D effect.
Under low light I pulled the HDMI out of each of them. They were both nearly black. I could tell the Panny was better after staring at them. At the same time, I love my well tuned Mits DLP (TI ver 4) and the black and contrast are so much better that it is staggering. So in some ways we are all arguing over the "best" but this is so good..... kinda makes me care more about usability, HDMI-CEC, form factor than 1/2 as black as near black
Finally, the GLARE seemed so little on the Samsung I am confused what people are talking about. I saw it first in BB, middle of store, ENORMOUS lights. No problem.
Actually a major retail/online in Chicago with a great Rep has incredible pre-order prices (shipping in the next few weeks) on the PLASMA 54 and 58"+Blue-ray (high end one) + 2 glasses. THIS IS NOT for price discussion. If people want to PM me fine. I had to pay tax (no shipping of course from this place) since I live in Chicago.
Buying big items I WANT to get it from a good place.