Just when you think plasmas can't get any better, that they've hit the point of diminishing returns, they surprise us with better picture quality. The E6500's pictures are among the best of this or any other year's, and better than anything ever offered for the same amount of money previously.
Black levels are top-notch, with excellent shadow detail, and none of the dimming of the picture in dark scenes as you'll see with the Sony HX850. The one caveat to this is that the Samsung is limited by the amount of light it can put out in the only good picture mode, Movie, so contrast and pop aren't quite as good as on the Panasonic plasmas we've tested. Color fidelity and saturation are excellent, and from children's animation to nature documentaries, images are lively and -- in the right cases -- lifelike. Skin tones are natural, and there are none of the color-stepping gradients that plasma used to suffer from in years past.
June 11, 2012 8:08 AM PDT
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury
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