Originally Posted by WaveBoy
Are there any noticable phospher trails when gaming? And how's the brightness peak on this set?
I've heard it's terribly dim on cinema mode, but when switched to 'custom' it's much better.
I'm extremely sensitive to trails, and yes, on my set they are noticeable when gaming.
Maybe someone can chime in and tell me if it's normal. On games, when I turn quickly, it becomes a yellowish-brown blur. Not blatantly, but there is that subtle blur if I look for it. On movies, I am constantly seeing flashes of yellow in high contrast areas during movement.
I saw giant rainbows on DLP TVs, but never really noticed this with plasmas in stores or in bars. So maybe it gets better with the TV's age as some people claim. A lot of people also claim to get used to it over time.
To be honest, I'm considering returning the ST30 and getting an LCD purely because of my eyes' betrayal in the phosphor trail department. My advice for you, WaveBoy, would be to try a game (or Sin City) on a plasma in a store, on a bright setting. If you see any trails or yellowish flashes at all, and think it'll bug you, play it safe and save up for a comparable LCD.
As for brightness, I find that it's more than bright enough for most scenes. But for dark movies, especially if in crappy SD format, shadow detail gets lost a lot. Probably no more than most other TVs though. I'm using D-Nice's settings, so it could definitely get a bit brighter if I wanted it to.
Hope that helps.