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Panasonic TC-P50ST30 picture settings

by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / May 4, 2011 3:38 AM PDT


Related products:
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Calibration report using these settings:

Below you'll find the settings we found best for viewing the Panasonic TC-P50ST30 in a dim room via the HDMI input at 1080p/24 resolution. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.

--Picture menu
Picture mode: Cinema
[All settings at default; click "reset to default" to gray it out to be sure. See the review for details on why we didn't adjust any settings in this mode. Note that even Video NR should be left at Weak since changing it to Off adversely affects color temperature.]

As noted in the review, we also tried calibrating the Custom settings but experienced worse results than with the above. We're including those settings here, however, in case you want to experiment. They might also produce a better image in bright rooms than Cinema.

--Picture menu
Picture mode: Custom
Contrast: +80
Brightness: +59
Color: +32
Tint: -1
Sharpness: +20
Color temp: Warm 2
Color mgmt: Off [grayed out]
Photo enhancement: [grayed out]
C.A.T.S.: Off
Video NR: Off

-- Pro settings submenu
Color space: Normal
W/B high R: -50
W/B high G: -49
W/B high B: -26
W/B low R: +6
W/B low G: +1
W/B low B: -6
Black extension: 0
Gamma adjustment: 2.4
Panel brightness: High
Contour emphasis: Off
AGC: 0

-- 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
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 05/04/2011 on 10:45 AM PT

Note: This post was edited by its original author. removed repeated text, fixed link on 05/04/2011 on 12:59 PM PT

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Broke Link
by Didoff / May 4, 2011 4:21 AM PDT

FYI --
forgot the "h" in the http for the Review link:


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Repeated Text
by Didoff / May 4, 2011 4:25 AM PDT

Dont know if it matters... just pointing it out.

The below repeated twice in the post of 05/04/2011 (or my system is broke lol) :

<i>Below you'll find the settings we found best for viewing the Panasonic
TC-P50ST30 in a dim room via the HDMI input at 1080p/24 resolution. Your
settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal
preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more

Thank you for all of the invaluable information

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Fixed both, thx!
by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / May 4, 2011 5:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Repeated Text


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Standard Def
by mswizz / May 6, 2011 1:28 AM PDT

Hi David, great review as per usual. Just curious, have you stopped looking at standard definition performance in reviews? Didn't notice any mention here or in your last couple.

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ST30 or GT30
by Didoff / May 6, 2011 6:35 AM PDT

Hello David, All...

After reading both reviews, it seems to me, I might be ok with the ST30. There were a number of items mentioned in the review where the ST30 matched, and in a couple of area, performed better than the GT30.

My media room has been re-done in all black with black-out window treatments (curtains, etc). Because of this, I dont have to worry about the ST30 needing to be more bright in medium to well-lit rooms. But, how will my color look?

I'm only interested in the 65" version of the ST/GT30. As best I can tell, the price difference will be about $500 to $700 at the most.

Is the GT30 worth the extra money?
If price isn't a factor, which is the best TV overall?
- ST30 - very good rating
- GT30 - excellent rating

Thanks for any additional insight.

(BTW, I'm going to use Best Buy 24month no interest; they dont have a SKU for the ST30 in 65" yet. If someone knows what it will be please post it)

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Input lag?
by rovipel / May 7, 2011 9:11 PM PDT
In reply to: ST30 or GT30

Could you please ad a little reference to input lag and gaming
performance of the TVs you reviews?, this kind of use is growing and it
lead some of use to chose one TV over another of similar
characteristics, thank you.

How well does the ST30 perform in that regard?

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ST30 it is
by Didoff / May 13, 2011 7:04 AM PDT
In reply to: ST30 or GT30

Hello All,

quick update. I just ordered the Panasonic 65" ST30 model. Did a bit more comparison and decided to go the ST30 route.

CNETs "Best 5 HDTVs: Picture Qualtiy" helpled with the overall decision.

I finally understood it was the Picture Quality ranking which excluded styling etc

The TV will be mounted and ready to go on 5/23... I'll let you guys know what I think (from a novice perspective) soon after.

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Just got 42" ST30
by keithwhopkins / May 20, 2011 4:27 AM PDT
In reply to: ST30 it is

David -- Thanks for the buying & settings advice.
Really easy setup, including mounting on the stand
(needed only #2 Phillips screwdriver), software
update, and Netflix & Amazon registrations.

I like your Custom settings better in a brighter room.
I'll try the default Cinema settings in a darker room tonight.

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dark room
by Didoff / May 20, 2011 8:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Just got 42" ST30

Thanks for the update keith.

My media room is painted black on all four walls and gray on the ceiling. My wife bought blick out curtains for the windows, so I'm very interested what you find out tonight. Thanks.

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I'm confused
by cosmokenney / November 28, 2011 4:09 AM PST

So what is the recommended setting? Cinema or that Custom list?

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Thanks for the Settings!
by mikkyknox / February 19, 2012 8:28 AM PST

Great help with the settings! Thanks for posting. I liked the brightness up a little more than specified but otherwise it was on point for me. This is a great TV if you just take a few minutes to tweak it! I got mine for $1099 brand new - a steal!

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TC-P65ST30 3:2 pulldown
by rawhite75 / March 18, 2012 10:23 PM PDT

How do I enable the 3:2 pulldown? I am using the Custom mode and 3:2 pulldown is grayed out. My Blu-Ray player and satellite box go through a Denon AVR-2310CI, with the signal being upconverted to 1080P/24.

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