Originally Posted by D-Nice
I don't know of anyone who can actually put a Kuro and a Panasonic side by side and say the motion on the Panasonic is visibly better.
But I had a Samsung D550 and a Panasonic G30 in my room for about a week when I suffered from the European Samsung software problems.
I ran them in clone mode while I had been waiting for a buyer for the Samsung to make sure I don't make a bad decision with this switch. (And I usually have some decent CE or pro LCD displays around, coming and going...)
And I dare to say that the Samasung handled the motion definitely better!
The Samsung was able to render relatively smooth gradients on static dark scenes and keep up this decent dithering illusion with some amount of motion. And even when the motion got too fast, the Samsung still showed something acceptable. There was some resolution loss but the moving image was still sharp enough and precise enough (the gradation also suffered for some extent but the artifacts were not too obvious).
This Panasonic shows obvious gradient banding on static dark images to start with and it's close to a disastrous result while in motion. And even brighter images can reveal some amount of disturbing "false contouring" with either 1080p24 or real 1080p60 (not deinterlaced but rendered as progressive, like video games). The Samsung wasn't flawless, but the Panasonic is much worse in this.
(I must add that the VT30E is much better in this. It's close or even slightly above the Samsung levels. But the "cheaper" [Hah! This G30 is actually more expensive on the absolute scale than the D550...] Panasonics are definitely worse.)
And there is something else about motion handling which I can not truly express in words. But for me, motion picture (either 1080p60 or 1080p24@96Hz) feels slightly better on the Samsung PDPs.
May be it's about the mild flickering of the Panasonics which I usually don't see but that does not mean my brain is not aware of it. (And I also see it consciously on random occasions.)
And also there is this strange thing... The 0% black backgrounds or very dark images often look like they are built up form interlace scanlines. I don't really know where to put that but I am sure it also effects how I feel the motion.
So the 1080i60 motion resolution test video may say it has more lines of motion resolution than how many lines it physically has for static images (1080+, LOL). But there is definitely some room for improvements around motion handling!
I still miss this since I sold the Samsung (but that one had to go for other reasons...).