Panasonic Viera VT20 - Burn-In is back!
In as little as 5 minutes of a menu item being left on screen, permanent old fashioned burn-in has just appeared on the TV20 Panasonic plasma TV screen; it is not even cleanable using the provided screen wipe software. This is complete shame on Panasonic!
Beware... Panasonic has managed to resurrect a problem we all thought was a thing of the past. It seems that the new brighter plasma TVs from the so called leader in the field of plasma TV technology are more prone to burn-in - to the point that a static image on the screen for just a few minutes is enough to leave a permanent burn-in mark. This is completely unacceptable.
It is worth taking note that the phosphors on new plasma display panels are more prone to image sticking issues and burn-in during the first 200 hrs of use. This is because new phosphors burn more intensely during initial use; the presence of a static bright image for more than 30 minutes may at times be enough to cause temporary burn-in.
Though with the latest plasma HDTVs, burn-in is more of an exaggerated issue due to anti-burn screen protection technologies such as the use of pixel shift, yet it is always best to know the facts and take your measures. In this respect, it should suffice to keep the brightness level slightly low during initial use; doing so will help you avoid some serious problems.
For tips on how to best protect your plasma TV display, please check our article: Protecting your Plasma TV Investment; this lists a few simple steps you can take to keep your plasma TV unit performing at its best.