Hello AVS, this is my first post to this wonderful site.
I have a 50 GT30 (TC-P50GT30) I got a couple months ago. I'm aware of the initial break-in period and have taken great care to age the panel with the sides. I have also keep station logos/banners, aspect ratio boxes, gaming, or any static content to a minimum since purchased. At any time there was static content I usually checked for IR by displaying a back image (in photo viewer). I have seen some slight IR here and there but it goes away after some time on the slides or general viewing.
Recently I discovered lighter/brighter areas on my panel when displaying a black image on the TV at night (room is dark). At first it didn't seem to be IR as it was a larger area of the screen and no content was visible (such as the faint outline of a station logo/banner). After additional aging or slide viewing the areas are still visible. I'm not sure if the issue has been there since the start as the slides don't have a black photo and I didn't notice it till a few weeks while ago.
I was able to capture what I am describing. I increased the camera shutter time to show how uneven my panel seems to be, though the area is still visible in a dark room with a black image.
As you can see the area did change color. Last two photos were taken while displaying slides, maybe I stopped after the red one and this showed up???
Lastly, as I have been paying more attention to the issue I have noticed that all or any temporary IR that I get always shows up in these lighter/brighter areas of my panel.
So what I'm basically asking is do other plasma owners have this issue? If so does this issue go away with time or get worse? Can this be fixed by warranty? Will Panasonic even consider fixing it? Am I being super picky? Should I be this picky about a $1200 Plasma set?
I have yet to call and get my FBr issue fixed via a-board or EEPROM update, I doubt it but could this possibly fix the issue?
Any feedback, help, or suggestions is greatly appreciated,