I finally got my 60" Panasonic 'S30
' 2011 1080p Plasma 2 days ago! And guess what? the 1 frame/16ms IS
true when using component cables. It performs identicle
to my LG LD450/LK450 in terms of input lag performance. Using HDMI raises the lag a little bit but it still performs MUCH better than any of the 2012 Panasonic plasma's from this year
even when THOSE are using component. My 2012 X5 is such a dissapointment for gaming.... I'm so glad the S30 met my expectations. It also whipes the floor with the X5 when it comes to black levels(as expected since
it has a infinite neo panel) and the auto dimming is not as has harsh. The X5 had a ridiculous amount of nasty
noise going on when watching DVD's outside of cinema mode to the point where it looked
completely artifical at times....The S30 doesn't have this problem in standard mode once you fiddle
with the settings. B-)
If anything, the X5, U50 and UT50 from this year are a bit better in the brightness and the color department. The color gamet is a bit wider and more colorful and the brightness is also
a bit noticably different.
It's too bad this years U50/UT50 have poor 480p/720p scaling which results in a soft image and most importantly the lousy input lag. Looks like I'm stuck with the S30 unless
Panny's 2013 U70 or UT70 do 1 frame of lag....which i highly doubt is going to happen.
The 60 inches is also pretty amazing, especially for movies. BUT i think i would of been a smidge more satisfyed had i went with 50" that extra 10" makes certain games appear
not quite as crisp at least when it comes to 480p material. 720p looks great and 1080p
of course looks even better.
I've also been playing around with my friends Panny' G25 from 2010 and even IT with an anti glare filtre suprisingly has a bit of a wider color gamut than my S30. The Color on the S30 is great,
but it's not quite on par as the other models i mentioned if you want those Super colorful vibrant colors. I would of went with the 50" model, but only the 60" was available on craigs list, and i got it for $850 CAD and it's in fantastic
condition. So there weren't exactly a lot of options, and i just got my Wii U so i had to take the plunge!