Originally Posted by Elemental1
Gee.....it couldn't be caused by the camera now, could it?
Posting pics still can still be helpful.
True, I remember when the 65-series TV's came out, folks were amazed how
black the TV appeared, myself included. One guy had a lot of pitch black
shots and you'd swear it had 'black-hole' like blacks. Suffice to say, I finally
got to see one in a very dark environment and the blacks weren't as good as
I'd thought they'd be (based on initial pictures) - and they were still crushed.
To be perfectly honest, I think plasmas are more dependent on black levels
for their reproduction of colour, hence why it seems to be stressed more. For
LCD's, it seems to make things appear brighter, more defined which isn't as
necessary, IMHO. This is outside the obvious advantage of black bars, space
scenes, and such.
Getting back on-topic, I'm going to reserve judgement on the 81-series until
I see it in person. I'm not entirely impressed with the PQ of those shots (blacks
are dark, but the shadow detail isn't great and the scenes with colours seemed
to glow in a peculiar way, especially that planet shot). I'm thinking it may be due
to the camera. For the Pioneer, the shots look great, but I still want to see this
60 inch 1080P monster in person. Damn though, that 60 inch Pioneer costs between
$4500-$5000 depending on where you look. I'm curious to know the (real) street
price of the 5281 as there's no way it'll stay near the MSRP.