Originally Posted by dpippel
Sure. The short answer is that I find the ST50 to be a big step up over the GT30 in almost every respect. Black levels are excellent, color accuracy is much improved, line bleed has been significantly reduced, gamma is excellent, and there are no uniformity issues that I can see. I'm very, very happy with the panel and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Thanks for the reply!
I've actually been quite happy with the black levels and color on the S (although I'm always down for a deeper black!
) The ONLY complaint I can seriously level against the S is it's incredibly eff'd up gamma in anything other than cinema (which is only suitable for dark room viewing IMO). This seems to affect the picture modes of the ST30 and GT30 as well but, unlike those models, my panel eschews the "pro" picture mode settings that allow you to better tune gamma.
The result of this poor gamma is uneven skin tones, poor shadow detail and severely crushed whites-- again, outside of cinema. It is ridiculous that Panasonic wouldn't include advanced picture controls on this set regardless of it's price or intended consumer. Yet another example where Panasonic has dropped the ball for no good reason. I hate to say it but the fluctuating brightness and green blobs have soured my opinion of a brand that was already fairly tarnished as a result of the black level rise on my 2008 panel.