Panasonic ZT60: farewell to an iconic series plasma




Panasonic has announced to quit plasma TVs this year. Producing plasma panels is relatively expensive, while prices of LCD panels for years fall. The plasma technology is fairly mature, making it difficult to get down. Production further The result is that the profit margins on plasma televisions are getting smaller.

The plasma technique is difficult to commit to 4k screens, because the individual pixels to make difficult smaller. This is also the reason why not to get high-definition plasma televisions in small sizes. Since all manufacturers have been able to show that 4k 4k and in the future will show, the cheaper models, top models, the LCD plasma technology are perishable.

In this review we look at Panasonic’s flagship plasma TV: the ZT60. This TV is getting in the Netherlands only 60 “model and state at the time of writing for around 3800 euros in the Pricewatch. At ZT60, the front glass glued to the plasma panel, so there is no more air layer between. This reflects the lower screen, which leads to a higher contrast.

The panel has been given a new type of red phosphorus and now shows subfields at 3000Hz, which, according to Panasonic 30,720 color gradations possible, and movements are shown. Sharper The television is equipped with Smart TV and comes with two remote controls. The TV can also display 3D active glasses through which you get two in television.

Plasma TVs can display black better than LCD TVs and hence have a much better contrast. The ZT60 promises the best black levels of any plasma TVs ever. Only OLED televisions can display black a little better, but they are as yet very expensive. After the summer is not a Panasonic plasma models will be delivered more and so you can just use your holiday. We looked at whether it makes sense to make a quick purchase or you can by saving for an OLED. Still better Measurement and Calibration

Before we started, we have measured a number of things, such as brightness, contrast, color, and so set on the basis of test patterns. We managed initially not overscan completely off. For optimal clarity, it is necessary that the 1080p image we send to the TV, one on one is displayed. It turned out that this problem occurs only with HDMI input does two. We think this is a bug in the software, as it should be. Never needed for high-definition image overscan We worked with software version 3875, at the time of writing the latest. Too bad that there are only two inputs are suitable for proper display.

After we had chosen another HDMI input, we first measured the maximum brightness. With the panel brightness and high contrast at 100, we came to 143cd / m². This is considerably less than we are used to LCDTV with LED backlight, but a good value for a plasma TV. So it is important to look at. ZT60 in the not too brightly lit room The special filter for the screen reduces the light from above, although strong, but does reflect the original glass still.

A Panasonic ZT60 contrast of the main reasons for choosing the ZT60 is the high contrast of the panel. This we have measured first, according to the ANSI method.

The ZT60 here shows that we are dealing with a top model. An ANSI contrast ratio of more than 21.000:1 is particularly good. The TV shows impressive black levels, which are almost as good as that of an OLED. The difference in value with a black OLED is in any case can not be seen. With the naked eye Our feet just picked up some light, but was not strong enough to detect. Tiny little light

Plasmas have Auto Brightness Limiter, the brightness cutting back as much white can be seen in the picture. This is done to reduce the power consumption and thus protect. Actuating In normal operation of the television watching the brightness limiter hardly notice, but it affects the ANSI contrast measurement is. When we do an on-off measurement with a 10 percent white surface, is the contrast ratio up to 33000:1 above. The result of this great contrast is that movies in which dark scenes are reproduced beautifully.

We have all the presets measured quickly and decided to choose Custom, because it offers the best preset initial values ​​then. We chose 110cd / m² instead of the usual 120cd / m², so we could keep the panel brightness at the center position and the panel did not come close to control what the gamma curve benefits. Against the upper

Panasonic ZT60 measurements

After measuring the gray levels we saw a nice result. The color temperature seems all pretty, but their calculation is green not included and we have just a little effort to get the colors. Toe the line The range shows a dip at IRE90.

Panasonic ZT60 measurements

The primary colors are so out of the box very well and with an average delta E of 2.5 in 2000, we have nothing to complain about.

The ZT60 was easily calibrate thanks to the pleasant working, extended settings. To green in the highlights of what we have to raise the gain of red and blue reversed to -8 and -5. After this green in the shadows was a little over-represented and so we have the cut-off of green put on -5. Because the black appearance of the ZT60 is so good, we decided to go for it. Gamma of 2.4 This value is to look nice in a room with low light. The screen then shows beautiful shadows look without loss of detail. Oddly enough, the gamma setting of 2.0 an end in direction. The dip around IRE90 iron we simply smooth with the ten steps grayscale setting. The 60, 70, 80 and 90IRE setting we set to -3, -4, -4, and -5, respectively.

Panasonic ZT60 measurements

If after calibrating the grayscale another measure, we are on an average delta E of 0.9 and that is super good. The gamma curve runs beautifully and measure 2.38 average. A perfect result.

Panasonic ZT60 measurements

The primary and secondary colors after calibration are very close to the ideal values ​​and an average delta E of 0.8 in 2000, we are very satisfied. This television can perfectly calibrate thanks to the fine settings that Panasonic offers. Specifications and photo gallery
Brand and model
Category Televisions
Brand Panasonic
Execution Panasonic TX-P60ZT60 Black
Rate and Review
Lowest price € 3799, –
Number of providers 3 stores
First prize entry Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Image Properties
Diagonal 60 ”
HD specification Full HD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
3D support Yes
3D technology Active
2D conversion Yes
Included 3D glasses 2
Display Technology
Television Type Plasma
Resolution (TV) 1920×1080 (Full HD 1080p)
Online Features
Chat Capabilities Skype
Tuner Type DVB-C, DVB-S2, DVB-T, DVB-T2
Common Interface Common Interface
Video 3x HDMI, SCART, USB 3.0
Connection (Ethernet) Ethernet 100Mbit / s
Wi-Fi Yes
Connection (wlan) 802.11n
Speakers Internal Stereo
Speaker Power (RMS) 20W
Power Consumption 286W
Power Consumption (Standby) 0.3 W
Television properties 24p
Colour Television Black
Dimensions and weight
Height 921mm
Height (without stand) 828mm
Width 1,404 m
Depth 308mm
Depth (without stand) 47mm
Weight 44kg
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Specs by Manufacturer Product information from the manufacturer
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The Panasonic ZT60 is not a good choice for everyone. Because the flashing of the display is clearly visible, many will have to get used to the image. Also, some will experience the phosphor trails as disturbing. Not disturb these things then you let the ZT60 see a truly beautiful image with impressive contrast and gorgeous colors. The representation of movement is super sharp. The color is so out of the box fine, but a TV like this deserves to be calibrated. The sound is above average for a flat television, film and music lovers all will prefer to use an external audio system.

“If you want to buy one you’ve only got a short time to spare”

The design is very successful. Only the bezels around the screen are not as narrow as that of the more expensive LCD models, because the plasma technique simply does not allow this. Another consequence of this technique is the solid energy consumption. Moreover, the maximum brightness despite this strong use not high, which is important to look at. In a not too brightly lit room

Is the ZT60 its solid price of around four thousand euro worth? For the true fan who wants to see plasma, absolutely. Fantastic contrast with perfect colors and super-sharp display of movement In addition, the TV some nice features, including a dual tuner with double CI + slot, so you can record another channel or watch. Using the TV remote 2 app The ZT60 offers a hair’s the same as a high contrast OLED, but for half the money, which you can also get a larger screen.

Do we really believe that Panasonic will stop making plasma TVs and ZT60 in particular? For now though, because OLED TVs are currently still at least twice as expensive as this television. Moreover, some contrast and colors, the differences between OLED and this plasma TV is very small. If you want to buy one, you’ve only got a short time to spare, because after the summer ZT60 will no longer be available.


Good black levels
High contrast
Excellent color rendering


May be disturbing phosphor trails
Sometimes color banding visible

Tweakers says: above average

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