Don't agree with that. According to Vincent the HZ1000 and up have significantly improved the banding on highlights. The 980 "looks" to be using the same panel as the 950 whereas the other HZ's get a new one for 2020.The HZ980 is the 2020 model to get
There is also " Smooth Motion Drive Pro" vs " Smooth Motion Drive" according to Panasonic. Wonder if that's the 120hz BFI?
Oh and thank you for the excellent review Phil, really really helpful.