Originally Posted by Meteor|WAR
Took a quite snapshot of an all black screen on my G10 and Samsung 226BW TN LCD monitor with the lights out:http://img17.imageshack.us/i/img1472kr.jpg/
The G10 is still waaay darker. You can hardly even find it in this picture. I'll probably take another picture in a few months to determine if the black level has risen at all.
That's how G12 panasonic should look like in dark!
It definitely helps to see if blacks are going worst when comparing to another display. In my case this change in black level is so big it doesn't need a meter to prove it. Just comparing it to something... "not so good". And looking meteor's snapshot there's obviously nothing wrong with those blacks.
Originally Posted by jodiuh
Thanks guys. That definitely boosts my confidence up. But just in case, are there any resellers that offer the G10 w/ a 90 day return policy? Given the THX issue's a little bit of a lottery, I was thinking of ordering a 42S1 from WalMart because they would give me 90 days to ensure my black level's don't wig out.
Those who hesitate to buy G12 panasonics I want to say it is a great set if there isn't problems.
1. Great picture overall without major adjustments/calibration
2. Best blacks in current retailing TV's. Still nowhere near 9G Kuros.
3. Best shadow detail in current retailing tv's. Especially in EU models which have gamma control.
4. Satisfactory and surprisingly high brightness even when watching in daylight. Anti-reflective coating helps reflections but doesn't eliminate them completely.
5. Great for gaming because of no input lag and no image retention problems
6. No floating blacks
7. No floating white level in cinema-mode (custom-mode or THX in US I guess)? Even when watching white screen.
8. Viewing angle is suitable for wathing with friends or family. Maybe not good if all your friends have LCD's and you need privacy or don't like superbowl.
9. Gamma adjustment (only in EU model). 2.0, 2.2, 2,5 and S-curve
1. Minor "ghosting or banding or some kind of trailing" in moving objects. IFC (600hz) helps when switched on. I don't know right term for this "symptom". Good example when wathing tennis in 1080i or SD and player is zoomed close when moving. Player skin has some gradient errors like PC-monitor on 16-bit mode. I haven't seen this on blu-rays much.
2. Blacks can go gray if you get a lemon.
3. No gamma adjustment in US model.
4. If used to LCD/CRT picture can look little bit juddery especially in 24p but gets better after getting used to it.
5. Some buzzing can be heard especially on bright scenes.