Compare Projectors - Epson 5010 vs. Epson 3010
A comparison of the Epson 5010 and Epson 3010 projectors.
April 2012 - Art Feierman
Epson Home Cinema 5010 vs. 3010
What does the extra $1300 buy you (if both have 2 pair of glasses), when comparing the 5010 with the Home Cinema 3010?
First and foremost, you are getting a higher performance projector in terms of picture quality. The HC5010's black level performance is not only far superior, but it's also better than anything near its price above or below.
The HC5010 lacks the more "family room" friendly Home Cinema 3010 projector's pair of 10 watt speakers, but adds more placement flexibility with lens shift and a zoom lens with more range. Neither projector is particularly quiet in terms of audible noise. Both have the same excellent warranty. And same long lamp life.
The Home Cinema 5010 has dynamic features the HC3010 lacks. While the more expensive 5010 has full CFI for smooth motion, the Epson 3010 offers only the more basic FI - simple frame doubling. It also offers Super-Resolution a dynamic sharpening system the HC3010 lacks.
First, the 5010 and, second, the 3010:
If you aren't a home theater fanatic, don't demand those really dark blacks, and just want a great projector for the family, with good color and a good feature set, go with the Home Cinema 3010. I doubt that any of those others, buying a Home Cinema 5010, when looking back, will regret their choice.