On Screen Display
Big and bold, the G10’s OSD is easy to navigate, and the Viera Cast button (which calls up the internet widgets and the like) is top dead center above the cursor keypad. Calling up the Viera Cast function presents a number of windows from which to choose, and getting around is fairly straightforward. As with other internet-enabled sets, the Viera Cast function takes a few seconds to load.
To set the weather widget to your local zip code requires entering the numbers via the on-screen virtual keypad, rather than just punching the numbers in using the remote’s number keypad – a bit of an oddity perhaps, but since it’s a one-time thing, it shouldn’t be too bothersome.
While the remote features backlighting, it is virtually useless, since the only buttons that are backlit are the two large and easily accessible volume and channel up/down rocker buttons. However, the number keypad is larger than most and features quite legible markings. Likewise, the transport command buttons at the bottom of the remote are larger than most, and the four colored Blu-ray special function buttons are also larger than most and are easier to find, being nearby the cursor keypad rather than at the far bottom of the remote, which is often the case.
Choosing the THX setting yields by far the best overall picture quality, as you would expect. However, the overall brightness is somewhat dim compared to other modes, and can’t be increased. The default color saturation setting provides a rather rich and perhaps over-saturated color tone – dialing the color control down a few notches yields more natural-looking flesh tones. The THX mode’s colorimetry (color gamut) is very, very good, as is the gamma curve, which yields a virtually perfect 2.18 result, which helps render deep blacks and dark grays without the usual black crush.
Blu-ray Evaluation: Duplicity
Scrolling text on a computer screen is clearly legible (although such scrolling text went out around the time that CompuServe did).
At the THX default, the various actors’ skin tones are somewhat on the rich side. Some viewers like this, but I don’t, and turning down the color control a bit yielded more believable flesh tones (with this movie, as well as numerous other reference clips from various Blu-ray test discs).