HDTV picture settings forum: Panasonic TC-P50U50 picture settings

by: katzmaier August 23, 2012 8:41 AM PDT

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Panasonic TC-P50U50 picture settings

by katzmaier CNET staff - 8/23/12 8:41 AM

Review:
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/panasonic-tc-p50u50/4505-6482_7-35149658.html

Calibration report using these settings:
http://scr.bi/Nj6LKj

TV software/firmware version tested: 1030-1030 (Status1: 01000-30008; Status2: 00000-00000)

Below you'll find the settings I found best for viewing the Panasonic TC-P50U50 in a dim room via the HDMI input. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9996461-1.html

Calibration notes: As usual with lower-end Panasonic sets, the Custom picture mode was much less accurate both before and after calibration. With program material Custom demonstrated significant red push and oversaturation, as well as too-light gamma. The one advantage of Custom over Cinema was superior light output; Cinema maxed out at 33 Fl (and clipped white a bit more), while Custom was able to hit my target of 40, if just barely.

Cinema was superior so I used it in my review and calibration. Its grayscale was relatively red, however, and gamma slightly too bright--both issues I couldn't address since the available controls were negligible. Due to my tweaking the color and brightness controls, the post-calibration grayscale actually measured slightly worse than the pre-calibration version, but the difference would be tough for the human eye to discern.

--Picture menu
Picture mode: Cinema
Contrast: +100
Brightness: +56
Color: +45
Tint: +1
Sharpness: 0
Color temp: Warm 2
Color mgmt: Off
C.A.T.S.: Off
Video NR: Off

-- Aspect adjustments submenu
Screen format: Full
HD size: Size 2
H size: [grayed out]
Zoom adjustments: [grayed out]

-- HDMI settings: [no change from default]

--Advanced picture submenu
3D Y/C filter: Off [grayed out]
Color matrix: HD [grayed out]
Block NR: Off [grayed out]
Mosquito NR: Off
Motion smoother: Off
Black level: Light
3:2 pulldown: On
24p Direct in: 60Hz

Since the controls were minimal and calibration was easy, I calibrated both Custom and Cinema so I could compare them directly. Cinema is the most accurate, but users may also want to see what the brighter Custom looks like. If nothing else, its interesting how different two sets of nearly identical numbers can look.

--Picture menu
Picture mode: Custom
Contrast: +96
Brightness: +59
Color: +45
Tint: +1
Sharpness: 0
Color temp: Warm 2
Color mgmt: Off
C.A.T.S.: Off
Video NR: Off

-- Aspect adjustments submenu
Screen format: Full
HD size: Size 2
H size: [grayed out]
Zoom adjustments: [grayed out]

-- HDMI settings: [no change from default]

--Advanced picture submenu
3D Y/C filter: Off [grayed out]
Color matrix: HD [grayed out]
Block NR: Off [grayed out]
Mosquito NR: Off
Motion smoother: Off
Black level: Light
3:2 pulldown: On
24p Direct in: 60Hz

Note: This post was edited by its original author added link to calibration report on 08/23/2012 at 8:47 AM PT

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