Originally Posted by geezuz747
I took some pics with my crappy phone camera to show off the performance of the F8500 in a very bright room.
This is what my TV has to contend with during daytime viewing. My TV sits right next to this wall, which has 2 large sliding glass doors, and directly underneath 2 skylights. There is a LOT of daylight in this viewing room:
The colors are slightly off in this photo because my camera sucks, but this picture shows that the F8500 keeps an amazingly punchy high-contrast image even in direct sunlight. You can only see one reflection here, a skylight in the upper right corner of this image. That is a 4-foot wide skylight on a sunny day blasting right onto the screen:
The F8500 has amazing detail. It's been one of the most impressive features of this TV. Not only that, but the color is just really vivid and amazing. Even in this very low quality picture, you can see this set has truly stunning color and detail, even in direct sunlight:
Even when the image is blurry from being paused, the detail on this television is hands-down superior to anything I've seen, including my Kuro and the ST60 and VT60 that I tried first:
When my girlfriend and I watched Avatar on the F8500, we were absolutely blown away by this scene in Avatar, where the aliens are all kneeling in front of the Tree of Souls. If there is any ABL on the F8500, it has no effect on the mind-blowing brightness and vivid color and detail shown on the F8500 - even in the afternoon in a very bright room. On the ST60, this entire scene was dimmed and the colors became less vivid and even inaccurate due to the ABL. For anyone who might be tempted to believe the naysayers who question the impact of ABL, I encourage you to get a Bluray copy of Avatar, and pause this screen on both the VT60 and F8500 and compare them side by side. The difference is very noticeable. ABL kills this scene (and hockey games) on the Panasonics:
This scene in the Blade Runner DVD also suffered from the ABL on the Panasonics (which seemed to kill the contrast and "punch" of the highlights). The F8500 manages to keep the blacks deep and inky while still showing great contrast with the street lights, bright whites and gorgeous neon street signs. It looks stunning in person, but this low-quality pic shows at least that the F8500 has great contrast and highlights, that is not lost in daylight as it was on the ST60:
Watching football during the afternoon, even dark images look sharp and are easily visible in a daylit room:
I'm sorry for the poor quality photos, but my phone camera is all I have. For those looking into the F8500, just know that these pictures are taken by probably the worst camera possible, and the color is still pretty stunning and vivid. I wish I could capture the detail of the F8500, as I think that is perhaps its most impressive feature.
I've been super-impressed with the F8500 and consider it easily the best-looking television I've seen. I'm LOVING this television!!