Originally Posted by JamesP1701
I really hope someoNe can offer some advice.
I have had the 46pz85B for some time now and generally very happy. However, i cannot shake the feeling that cinema mode is somewhat off. I have had the set calibrated and everything set so that in cinema mode the default settings are accurate. However, when using it, the picture lacks punch. It's almost as if it's a bit too airy/'washed out.' this goes away if I turn down the brightness but of course then I lose detail.
Swithing to normal mode makes th picture alot punchier, but loses detail. Is cinema meant to be like this, am I going mad etc? Should cinema only be used in low light conditions?
Apprecite your help.
The problem with Cinema mode on 2008 models is the gamma (midrange brightness) is set wrong. The picture probably looks as if someone has jacked the brightness up too high causing the image to look flat and 2 dimensional. This is essentially what you are correcting by lowing the brightness, but as you've said it's not a solution because doing so will crush blacks.
Some of the 2009 models can now achieve the correct gamma curve via an advanced picture menu and this makes all the difference in the world. I've just upgraded from a PX80 to an S10 with the gamma control unlocked and I can tell you the difference it makes is truly astounding. With the gamma corrected, images now look 3 dimensional and realistic. The picture now seems as though you are looking out a window.
I'm struggling to understand why Panasonic would not set their TV's to the correct 2.2 gamma setting by default from the factory. It clearly looks superior to any other gamma setting. Everyone I've shown the S10 to agrees at how nice 2.2 gamma looks.