Portrait Displays has announced that it has introduced color calibration support for the 2020 Panasonic HZ2000 OLED TV. At CES in Vegas, Panasonic introduced the HZ2000, the successor to 2019’s GZ2000, Panasonic’s flagship OLED TV. The HZ2000 supports all formats of HDR, along with a new filmmaker mode, illustrating that Panasonic is still committed to bringing high-quality pictures to consumer living rooms.

With all CalMAN Ready displays, Portrait says that consumers are ensured a “seamless integration experience” with its software, combined with an ability to use AutoCal, the CalMAN automated calibration feature. The 2020 Panasonic HZ2000 also supports Dolby Vision color calibration with the software. This gives integrators or consumers the ability to adjust and characterize a TV for optimum Dolby Vision performance. Furthermore, CalMAN software can calibrate SDR, HDR10 and HLG. PD claims that AutoCal allows color calibration with more efficiency than a purely manual approach, as well as enabling a speeding up of the process, while delivering “more consistent and reliable” calibration results.

Introduced in 2019, Panasonic’s built-in video test pattern generator CalMAN PatternGen is also included in the new HZ2000. The pattern generator directly communicates with CalMAN software to provide on-screen patterns necessary for color calibration. The company says consumers no longer need to purchase an external pattern generator to calibrate a TV, but just the software and a colorimeter, such as the company’s own C6 HDR2000. CalMAN software will be updated to support the Panasonic HZ2000 when released later in 2020.

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Sounds like a great TV. I like the idea of a built-in test pattern generator and calibration system. Trouble is that not all Blu-ray and 4K discs maintain a common standard. My Panasonic 55FZ950U 4K OLED has one of its picture modes "tuned to Hollywood Standard characteristics" but because discs vary so much in various parameters I find that I am forever varying settings away from "standard". The most common variations between discs are Brightness (black level), contrast, color saturation, sharpness, and Gamma. Fortunately I am able to adjust these quickly in the menu.
I can understand the reason for a "standard" setting if one is producing video but I wonder how useful it is with the variables mentioned above. (Except perhaps to see just how far from "standard" a disc actually is.)
Nevertheless, I am happy to see that Panasonic are continuing with their improvements and additions.
 
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