How to Calibrate a Panasonic Viera Plasma
By Melissa King
Many of Panasonic's Viera plasma TVs offer dozens of useful features, including a 1080p high-definition picture, 3D capability and an app that lets you use your smartphone as a remote control. When you turn on your TV for the first time, you may notice that the picture quality isn't the same as it was in the store. Your Viera's display settings were set to their default levels at the factory, and therefore may not be ideal for home use. Calibrate your Viera to adjust the display settings for the best viewing experience.
Power on your Viera TV, and then press the "Menu" button on the remote control.
Select "Picture" and "Contrast." Change the contrast to 46.
Return to the previous menu and select "Sharpness." Adjust the sharpness from 50 to zero.
Go back to the Picture menu. Do not adjust the brightness, color or tint settings, as most Viera TVs have these settings calibrated properly by default. If you have previously adjusted these settings and want to change them back, set the brightness to 50 or 55, the color to 50 and the tint to zero.
Select "Color temp.," and then select "Warm2." This results in a picture with a more "reddish" tone. Your TV may have this setting selected by default.
Select "Color mgmt.," and then choose "Off." With this setting on, the TV enhances the intensity of blues and greens; when turned off, these colors display normally.
Select "C.A.T.S." if your TV has this feature available, and then select "Off." The Contrast Automatic Tracking System, if enabled, automatically adjusts the contrast and brightness of the picture depending on the lighting conditions of the room. This setting overrides your manual settings.
Select "Video NR," and then change it from "Weak" to "Off." This feature reduces display noise or snow. If you have a strong signal, you don't need to use it.
Select "Off" for both the Mosquito NR and the Motion Smoother settings. Adjust the Black Level setting to "Light."
- To reset all the settings to their factory defaults, select "Menu," "Picture," and then "Reset to defaults." If you haven't made any changes to the settings yet, this option is grayed out and inaccessible.
- Panasonic offers many Viera models, and not all of them will look the best with these settings. The settings given here are a guideline to help you achieve proper calibration. Additionally, your TV may or may not have all the features listed here. If these settings don't produce satisfactory results, adjust them to your liking.
Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.