Originally Posted by keyser
Can't see a big difference between the Samsung and the Sony in that video. Have a D8000 here at home and it's MUCH better than the cheaper Samsung models.
You should see that there's a lot less flare coming from the lights hitting the Sony panel, and what is there, is a lot more subdued. You can also see detail in the bulb being reflected on the Sony panel, which illustrates how the panel is reducing the intensity of the reflections much more. I was actually playing around with a new flashlight recently, and I was very impressed at how good the ambient light rejection is on my HX900. Unless you were hitting the panel within about 10° or so on-axis, there was essentially no
reflection on the panel. It was especially strange to be at a distance where the flashlight was casting a large beam, half lighting up a spot on the wall, and yet the other half hitting the panel remained almost black.
Sony uses an optically bonded panel design (which only Panasonic are now introducing on their ZT60 range this year - everyone else has an air gap if they have a glass front) and use an anti-reflective coating on the glass, which most don't seem to bother with either. (or don't do a good job with) They also use Gorilla Glass in the HX920/950 which is a lot thinner than the glass other manufacturers have been using. (thinner is better, optically)
Originally Posted by rogo
So I don't think the Moth Eye is "matte" at all. It looks like regular glass that somehow stops reflections. Others may disagree with this assessment, but I found it very neutral.
I thought I had asked this, but looking back on my posts, it seems I did not; when you are talking about the Moth Eye coating you saw, was it the Philips or Sharp panel? (or both?)
Philips have been selling their moth-eye panel here for a while now, and it looks matte to me in person. I have not seen Sharp's panels.
Matte 9705 on the left, Moth-Eye 9706 on the right:
Just looks like a matte panel with a significantly improved contrast. The biggest drawback of a matte panel is that the contrast sucks with ambient light, and reflections are diffused across the surface of the panel, taking up a huge area. Reflections on the Philips 9706 are still diffused like a matte panel, but it avoids much of the contrast loss of a typical matte panel, and keeps reflection intensity very low.