How to Calibrate a Panasonic Viera Plasma
By Nick Grimes
Updated September 15, 2017
The Panasonic Viera line of flat-screen plasma and LCD televisions is a popular family of HDTVs, blending subtle style with top-of-the-line performance. When you first get your Viera television home, it may not be optimally calibrated for best viewing. The factory settings are often not the best for home viewing, and shop-floor settings are designed to attract shoppers, not for in-home viewing. But in-home calibration for a Panasonic Viera television is an easy process.
Set your Panasonic Viera television where it is to be watched. The optimal placement is with dim backlighting and minimal light on the screen, similar to a theater auditorium. Set the lights in the room as they will be when your television is usually being viewed.
Turn off all picture enhancements and switch your Panasonic Viera to the "Warm" picture setting. If you don't know how to switch between picture settings, consult your Viera's user manual.
Set picture to +80 and color to +47. This will give the colors a warm tone without blowing out or becoming too hot. Turn brightness to +68, but tone the tint down to -4. Notice this brings out clear brights while pushing the blacks into a good defined darkness. Set Sharpness to +15. It's tempting to push this setting way up, but this does not yield the most realistic picture.
In a few months, tweak these settings again, to make sure you are still happy with your Panasonic Viera's performance.
If you want to pay a little more for expert calibration, a calibration disc is a good alternative.
Nick Grimes was first published in 1998. Since then his work has appeared in the New Zealand Listener, Evening Post, City Voice, Turbine, Flicks.co.nz, and Gamesradar. He has a master's degree in creative writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington, New Zealand.