finally I found some people who are interested in the input lag "performance" of recent projectors. Due to my "gaming history" I am pretty easily annoyed by lag and therefore input lag is a crucial criteria for any projector I consider buying.
Today I had the chance to participate in a nice projector shootout at my favorite HT-Dealer and would like to share these results with you guys:
Sadly I didn´t bring my camera and had to take pictures with my iphone which made the analysis be a guessing game.
I took about 10 pictures per projector and noticed that the results are pretty much the same each time. The following shots are in the middle of each projectors "lag-range" and pretty readable:
Epson TW3800: (~Pro Cinema 7100]
According to my calibration, which was done with a very fast TN-Panel (HP2207) via DVI the results are the following:
Sanyo Z3000 and Epson TW3800 ~ 100 ms
JVC HD350 around 150-200 ms
Any kind of picture improving technology was turned off if possible (HD350 doesn´t offer the option to turn of picture improvement)
Doesn´t look too good for us gamers, does it ? Next friday I will visit the same Dealer again and try to get a couple more tests going (and bring a better camera
In terms of Image Quality for HDTV, Blueray and DVD my clear winner would be the HD350. Comparing the two lower price models from Epson and Sanyo my Choice would probably be the Sanyo due to a darker Black and a generally stronger plasticity and sharpness. This is a very close call though. Both projectors are capable of generating a great picture but are not as brilliant as the HD 350. In terms of color quality and "feel" the Sanyo and the Epson are somewhat different while none is a clear winner. Some scenes look better on the one while other scenes look better on the other.