I noticed a lack of crispness and impact when the backlight setting was at zero on the EM60. After a few days of being unimpressed, here are the settings that finally gave me a wow effect that I was looking for:
Picture Mode: Custom
Color Temp: Warm
Black Level: Light
Everything Else: Off
A few hours later, I then discovered that the reset defaults for every mode is stupidly set at 95% overscan (HD Size 1), and only HD Size 2 is 1:1, but it didn't make a noticeable difference that I could tell.
Unfortunately, there's two main lingering issues with the EM60.
There appears to be some kind of laggy dynamic backlight going on which is really noticeable and annoying in switching from brighter to darker backgrounds, such as from the end of a movie back to the Roku main menu (brightening), and also among dark background closeup scenes with relatively brighter foreground objects to relativley darker foreground objects (dimming).
The other problem is the skin tones are off and with the crippled controls, there's just no way to correct that unless there is a service menu exposing what is needed. It seems inconsistent too, some skin tones are pale and white, some are white but overly reddish in several areas, some are overall reddish and some are outright orangish overall. I'm almost lost as to what normal skin tones are supposed to look like by now!
Other minor issues are the reflective semi-glossy screen, it doesn't upscale 720p or less OTA broadcasts very sharply, and the lag makes it unsuable for the PC. Also, I'm not 100% sure, but I would swear sometimes there's blurring. This is most noticeable with the static cover art in Netflix; the same cover is sharp one day, but blurry several hours later or the next day. However, moving it off the apparent region doesn't fix it, so I dunno.
Compared to the equivalent Samsung or other second tier panels, I do think the relative lack of edge-lit bleeding, clouding and flashlighting puts Panasonic in a league ahead for the price range (when appropriately discounted). It's really too bad the E60 doesn't come in a 39" or 40" size, as the premium for the 42" isn't cost-effective just to have access to color adjustments to (hopefully) fix the flesh tones.
Unless I can fix the dimming and flesh tones, it's going back. A pity.
Edited by EatStatic14 - 3/6/14 at 2:40am