Reviewed on Oct 27, 2013

Panasonic S60
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
7.3Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
This television has been discontinued.

The Panasonic S60 is a good basic plasma. Its blacks are really impressive for the price. However, it reflects a lot of light and it doesn’t get very bright, so it is definitely not suitable for a room with windows.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.4
Motion 6.0
Inputs 9.1
Pros
  • Very good contrast. The blacks are really good.
  • Very low input lag.
Cons
  • A lot of reflections. This TV isn't meant to be used in a rooms with windows.
  • Average motion handling for a plasma.

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42" P42S60
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50" P50S60
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55" P55S60
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60" P60S60
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65" P65S60
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Design

Borders
Panasonic S60 Borders

1.34" (3.4 cm)

Thickness
Panasonic S60 Thickness

2.44" (6.2 cm)

7.4

Picture Quality

4k : No
8.6 Dark scene
Panasonic S60 Dark scene
Black : 0.013 cd/m2
White : 56.22 cd/m2
Contrast : 4094 : 1

The S60 is really meant for a dark room. Its blacks are really deep and with great shadow details. It cannot get any better than this for its price.

10 Uniformity
Panasonic S60 Uniformity

The screen's uniformity is flawless.

7.0 Dark scene in a bright room
Panasonic S60 Dark scene in a bright room
Reflection : 3.8 %

You will notice a lot reflections as soon as you turn on the lights. Combine this with the fact that it can't get very bright and you will not see anything in a bright room. If you plan on watching it during the day, go for the ST60 instead (it has good anti-glare).

4.5 Bright scene in a bright room
Panasonic S60 Bright scene in a bright room
Max white : 56.22 cd/m2

It is a little bit less of an issue when watching bright content.

9.8 Viewing angle
Viewing angle : 72 °

The viewing angle of the S60 is very good. You will not have any issue watching it on the sides.

Pixels
6.0

Motion

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6.0 Motion blur

The S60 had some noticeable phosphor trails when watching 24p content. This was greatly reduced for other frame rates, though.

9.1

Inputs

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9.1 Input lag
Panasonic S60 Input lag
Input lag : 29.2 ms

The input lag is really low, which is great for gaming.

Side inputs
Panasonic S60 Side inputs

2 USB

Rear inputs
Panasonic S60 Rear inputs

2 HDMI
1 Ethernet
1 Digital Audio Out (Optical)
1 RF In
1 Composite In
1 Component In

Smart Features

Remote

Conclusion
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7.3Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
The Panasonic S60 Plasma TV is very similar to the pricier ST60, assuming you have a dark room. When you turn on the lights, though, the picture gets washed out a bit by the reflections. If you normally watch TV with the lights off, this is clearly one of the best bangs for your buck that you can buy.
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Questions & Answers

10 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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It says here that the s60 has an input lag of 29.2ms. Can you tell me exactly which settings you used on the TV to get that low of a number? I am a heavy gamer (mostly FPS games like COD) and bought this TV a couple days ago. REALLY love it so far, but would like to know how to get 29.2ms input lag while playing video games.
We did nothing special for this TV. We just disabled all processing settings as usual, put it in game mode, and we got that measurement on the first try. Just go through the menus and disable everything.
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I currently have a Panasonic 55ST50 in my living room. It has a couple of windows. I want to go bigger. I have found two Panasonic 65" S60's for around 1200 each. Should I get one of these or get a LED like the Samsung 7100 or Vizio M?
The S60 is a great TV, but contrary to your old ST50, it doesn't have an anti glare filter, so it reflects a lot of light. Therefore, it would depend on the amount of light that goes through your windows and whether you watch it during the day. If you do most of your viewing at night, go for it. If you never watch it at night, or rarely do, go for an LED instead. They have fewer reflections and can get four times brighter.
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I'm comparing different LED and plasma TVs with your rating number/system. It seems that you didn't test Panasonic 42S60. For 42S60, can you comment or give an approx. value rating for : Motion Blur, Contrast ratio, Uniformity and others. I suppose those are a little less than ST60. Does S60 have interpolation and 24p? Compared with Samsung plasma F5500, is it the same picture quality regarding motion and contrast?
We put the review of the S60 up today on the website, so no need to speculate. It doesn't have interpolation, but it does have 24p. Compared to the F5500 plasma, the blacks of the S60 are better, there is less reflection (slightly) and the input lag is lower. However, it can't get as bright, and there is more motion blur. So it depends on your preferences (also, the F5500 plasma comes with extra features like 3D and smart TV).
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What about the S64. Is it an upgrade from the S60, but lower than the ST60?
The Panasonic S64 is an S60, but with an anti-glare filter applied on top (the same as the ST60). Therefore, it has the same features and picture quality as the S60 and reflects the same amount as the ST60.
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Additional Details

As with all TVs, we measured the maximum brightness with 24p turned on (if available). On this TV, that setting dimmed the S60 a little bit (as well as produced more flickering). When turned off, the brightness is 74 cd/m2.

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Is it true that motion blur for the S60 is worse when viewing a 24p source, as compared to a 60p source?
Our motion blur video was taken with a 24p footage, and it does have some noticeable blur (more than the average plasma). We didn't use a video with 60p footage, unfortunately, so we cannot compare.
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Does the X60 have the same input lag as the S60?
We haven't tested the X60 yet, so we can't answer this.
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The 50-60" S60 has grabbed my attention and seems to get great reviews everywhere I look. The thing that worries me is the motion blur. Is it really noticeable? If it is very minor then I am sure it wouldn't bother me, but I do watch a lot of action movies, so if it is plenty visible would the 50-60" ST60 or f5300 be better?
For 24p footage (like the one in our video), it was noticeable. The ST60 and F5300 performed a lot better for this.
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I purchased a 65" Panasonic S60 last night. I am having buyer's remorse before even installing the TV. I purchased it for a basement that has one small window that is not close to the TV. I have a ton of high hat lighting which I can dim or shut off, but how bad is this TV when it comes to lighting? Am I going to have to shut the lights off all the time to enjoy the picture, or should I not worry too much about a few downward-facing lights?
For a basement with controlled lightning like yours, don't worry about it. Of course, it depends on how much light you are talking about. In our bright room pictures, there is one 100W bulb overhead and the lamp has one 100W and one 60W. Anyways, you have already bought it, so might as well wait and try it out. Worst case, you can always return it.
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My TV room is very bright, I am looking for a 46 or 47 inch TV. What would you recommend?
Check out our recommendations here for that size range.