Just want to jump in here and annoy some people by pointing out how happy I am to see 40ms in Game Mode. It's a very decent number and the fact that you can toggle it on in your calibrated display mode instead of it forcing you into overblown dynamic contrast mode like the XX50's is amazing
news. A professionally calibrated plasma display running at < 50ms is my TV dream come true. Also really glad to hear that the overall uniformity continues to be solid in the 2013's. I'll take any input lag discussions after this post to the dedicated threads, I promise.
I'm not surprised about the similar black levels. I was personally expecting to see more or less identical blacks from the ST, GT, and VT this year. I think if there's any additional black to be squeezed out it'll clearly be in the ZT60.
I was a bit surprised about the significant differences in ANSI light output. Dropping from an average of 90 to 72 seemed like a lot for 5" (their GT60 was 50", VT60 was 55"), especially when they have a review of an even larger 65" VT50 putting out over 85 on the ANSI checkerboard. It occurred to me that a 50" TV is technically about 82% of a 55" TV. If you plug that in, 82% of 90 is 73.8, meaning it actually comes out to a relatively linear scale of size to ANSI brightness. I just found this interesting because their reviews of the 2012 series don't suggest such severe losses of brightness on the ANSI checkerboard based on size increases. 65" VT50 gets 85, 50" GT60 gets 90, 55" VT60 gets 72? Maybe someone who knows more than me about plasma technology in general can shed some light on what might be happening here. And more importantly we need to get some measurements on a NA model.
Originally Posted by DavidHir
I don't like this.
From the review:
"OK, there are a couple of things that could be improved but they’re fairly minor. Despite the fact that Panasonic has seemingly managed to finally nail motion at 50Hz, we could – just ever so often – see instances of false contouring manifesting as magenta and green fringing to edges such as peoples’ cheekbones or on objects of solid white
. We’d put good money on the fact that most will never see it and instances are uncommon and usually very fleeting but it is there and at least it gives Panasonic something to work on for in 2014. The only other quibble some might have, is with detecting flicker in brighter scenes. We could see none at ‘Low’ Panel Luminance, a little with ‘Mid’ and lots with ‘High’ but there’s a huge element of personal tolerance at play here so, as ever, we’d advise a demo to make sure you’re not one of the unlucky few that does see it with Panasonic Plasma TVs."
From the way it's written it seems like it's an issue specific to 50hz feeds. Not surprising they still can't sort that out since the panels were all designed around the more common 60hz standard. I can't imagine why their TV broadcasts went with 50hz when literally everything else was using 60. It does sound like the overall statement is that 50hz is handled better than it was in the 2012 models.