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Panasonic TC-P60ZT60 picture settings

by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / May 20, 2013 12:11 AM PDT


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Calibration report using these settings:

TV software/firmware version tested: 2.832

Below you'll find the settings I found best for viewing the Panasonic TC-P60ZT60 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.

Calibration notes: Prior to calibration the ZT60's best picture mode was THX Cinema, which delivered an extremely accurate picture; very slightly plus-red and a maximum light output of about 33 fL, but otherwise basically superb.

I was able to improve upon that setting slightly while getting closer to my target 40fL; the ZT60 ended up just a bit short at 38fL, with slightly better color and grayscale overall compared to THX Cinema. That said, I doubt too many people would be able to tell the difference between the two; THX Cinema on this set is just that good, and markedly better than our measurements of that setting on the VT60.

Grayscale calibration on the ZT60 was a relatively difficult affair, mainly because the TV varied quite a bit from measurement to measurement. 30, 40, 90 and 100 IRE were all particularly volatile. I noted different measurements depending on whether I was measuring a single level or an entire run; 40 was the worst example of this, spiking in blue significantly during runs. The controls were also unpredictable at times, and unable to correct some of the largest issues, like gamma at 10 IRE.

I got the best results making minor tweaks to the multipoint grayscale and gamma controls. That said, I was once again unable to achieve a perfect grayscale/gamma calibration--although the error levels were still quite low overall.

The color management system worked well for the most part, particularly red and green. On the other hand I couldn't fix blue at all, and the secondaries were somewhat volatile from measurement to measurement, especially Cyan. The CMS wasn't quite as good as Samsung's overall, but still allowed significant improvements.

Our ZT60 review sample was aged to 150 hours before calibration and review, but but there's no reason you need to similarly break it in before you apply the settings below.

--Picture menu
Picture mode: Cinema
Contrast: 70
Brightness: 0
Color: 50
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 0
Color temp: Warm 2
Vivid Color: Off
Color remaster: Off
Photo enhancement: Off
C.A.T.S.: Off
Video NR: Off
MPEG remaster: Off
Resolution remaster: Off
Caption smoother: Off
Brilliance enhancer: Off
Motion Smoother: Weak

-- Pro settings submenu
Panel brightness: Mid
AGC: 0
Black extension: 0
Color Gamut: Rec. 709

W/B detail adjustment menu:
W/B high R: -4
W/B high G: 0
W/B high B: -2
W/B low R: 3
W/B low G: 0
W/B low B: 0

More detail adjustment menu:
[listed as Red, Green and Blue gain, respectively]
100 IRE: 0, 0, 0
90 IRE: -2, 0, 0
80 IRE: -2, 0, 0
70 IRE: -2, -1, 0
60 IRE: 0, 0, 0
50 IRE: 2, 0, 0
40 IRE: 0, 0, -2
30 IRE: 0, 0, -1
20 IRE: 0, 0, 0
10 IRE: 0, 0, 0

Color detail adjustment menu:
Red hue: 0
Red Saturation: -4
Red luminance: -5
Green hue: 14
Green Saturation: 10
Green luminance: 1
Blue hue: 0
Blue Saturation: 0
Blue luminance: -7
More detail adjustment menu:
Cyan hue: 5
Cyan Saturation: 0
Cyan luminance: 2
Magenta hue: 12
Magenta Saturation: 8
Magenta luminance: -10
Yellow hue: 5
Yellow saturation: 0
Yellow luminance: 3

Gamma detail adjustment menu:
Gamma: 2.2

More detail adjustment menu:
100 IRE: 0
90 IRE: -2
80 IRE: -2
70 IRE: 0
60 IRE: 0
50 IRE: 0
40 IRE: 0
30 IRE: -8
20 IRE: -8
10 IRE: 0

--Advanced picture submenu
Game mode: Off
24p Direct in: 96Hz [grayed out at 60Hz for non-1080p/24 sources]
3:2 pulldown: Auto [often grayed out depending on source]
1080p pure direct: Off [often grayed out depending on source]
HDMI content type: [all Off]
HDMI/DVI RGB range: [all Standard (16-235)]
Black level: Light

-- Screen settings menu
Screen format: Full
Overscan: Off
H Size: Size 1
[no other changes]

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Break in picture settings
by kpattah1 / January 25, 2014 1:57 PM PST

What configurations to the picture setting do you recommend to break in the Panasonic ZT60 with?

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ZT60 Sharpness settings
by bob strongstein / November 20, 2013 1:40 AM PST

Should the sharpness setting noted above be "0"?.

Purchased a 65ZT60 when I heard they were stopping production - awesome!!


Bob Brennan

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by Beaverfuzz1 / December 18, 2013 11:59 AM PST

Thanks for the settings, trying it out and will let you know how they work for us!

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Thank you,
by Gawaind / May 26, 2014 2:11 AM PDT

I applied these settings to my ZT65b UK version, although there are some differences in software versions between the ZT65b and the ZT60, I managed to find that most of the settings matched, however David states that these settings were applied to the cinema mode, but on my TV you can not access advanced picture settings in cinema mode you can only change picture settings in the custom mode . Or am I missing a way to access the settings in the preset cinema mode ????, anyway I was surprised at how dim the picture looked after applying these settings considering the contrast was set to 70, but I admit there is a quality to it that I can't put my finger in, it's dimmer but more natural and the blacks are jet black, the colours pop less but are more natural, maybe I need to get used to it a bit more, as I'm used to normal mode, . But thank you for these settings, they are slightly better than the THX Cinema.

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Much better than using THX mode!!!
by Rangelo10 / November 27, 2015 7:57 AM PST

HOLY SMOKES!!! I just changed my 65in to the settings above and the picture is 10x better than the THX mode I had it set to .

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