Epson Home Cinema 3020 Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 3020 Pre-Calibration Color temp

Color Temp over IRE Range (Pre calibration, best modes)
Cinema Cinema (Eco lamp) Natural
30 IRE 6194 6972 6279
50 IRE 6378 7112 6403
80 IRE 6632 7356 6654
100 IRE 6692 7353 6741

Note that Natural and Cinema are near identical, however dropping into Eco mode results in a very distinct cooling of the colors, raising color temp about 800K.  There is a Color Temp setting that can be adjusted downward to compensate in eco mode.  We did not remeasure, but a drop dropping of the color temp setting 500K or 1000K should do the trick.

Home Cinema 3020, Post Calibration, Best Mode

Color Temp over IRE Range (Post calibration)
User 1   (based on Cinema)
20 IRE 6767
30 IRE 6539
40 IRE 6410
50 IRE 6453
60 IRE 6467
70 IRE 6516
80 IRE 6576
90 IRE 6625
100 IRE 6772
Average gamma 2.17
Brightness 1362 lumens

Below, the same photo taken with the same exposure so you can get a handle on the relative brightness and color aspects of most of the major modes. Of course, since the exposures are the same, the brightest modes are a bit overexposed, especially Dynamic.

And as long as I’m mentioning Dynamic mode, although Mike did his usual “quick-cal” to improve the brightest mode, I must admit to not using it but for a few minutes.  In my room, I found Living Room to still look better, and to be more than bright enough for my purposes.  Mike’s settings though, should be very useful to folks working in media rooms, family rooms..

Epson Home Cinema 3020 Image Comparisons

Cinema
Natural
Living Room
Dynamic
Cinema Calibrated
Auto
Cinema CMS
Cinema
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