Originally Posted by Vic12345
Enjoyed seeiing how the 4500 and 5300 stack up.A pain too try and compare the 2 when in a store.
Well then you might find these updated lag testing photos interesting. In general, the sets look and feel identical, but lag times seem to vary based on input resolutions. Below you will see the 4500, 5300, and a CRT all fed from the same analog source. The 4500 is up top, 5300 at bottom. The first few pics show a 240p feed, with lag times essentially identical for the plasmas, both lagging the CRT 3 to 5 hundredths of a second. There is one shot that shows the 4500 has 1/100th sec more lag than the 5300.
The last two shots are from a 480i feed with a timer that runs in the thousandths. Here the 5300 also shows a slight advantage over the 4500. Very interesting.
Also, just to update my thoughts on comparing the two sets, for any resolution below 720p I still think the 4500 wins handily, especially 480p and 480i ( the 5300 has especially weak 480i-- previously I thought 480i was a weak point for the 4500, but its much worse on the 5300).
For 720p and 1080i, it may be down to personal preference, but I will say the 4500 set still has more pop and depth to its picture at these resolutions than the 5300. The 5300 still looks very good, especially when not viewed side by side with the 4500, but theres something about the picture of the 4500 that just reaches out and slaps you in the face...its just that good.
I'm still waffling on bringing back the 5300 a bit for a 4500, and in any case, I almost feel like Im "settling" for the 5300 if I keep it (which I probably will). But let it be said that if the 5300 would be purely for gaming, I would be returning it for a 4500. The only advantage the 5300 has for games over the 4500 is for pure 1080p games.