Epson G5450WUNL Projector - Image Quality
8-24-2011 - Mike Rollet
Epson G5450WUNL Color & Picture Quality
As is typical for Epson projectors, the G5450WUNL displayed a sharp, clear image with rich, well-saturated colors. Reds were deep and greens, while slightly oversaturated, were very nice as well. Colors are very good with any video connection, but using a high definition source over HDMI really adds pop to the displayed image. Unlike many projectors, the G5450WUNL’s colors are quite good in Dynamic (the brightest) mode. This means you can make full use of the projector’s lumen output with many presentations that don’t require perfect color, without the result looking unnatural. However, if you don’t need the full lumen output, dropping down to Presentation mode will cover most presentation needs. If the best possible picture is the goal, Customized, Photo or Theatre mode will give you the most accurate colors, with better contrast contributing to greater image depth.
As a result of the very good color rendition, photographic images were crisp, with well-saturated colors. Due to the high resolution, small details were well defined as well. Various nature photos viewed looked quite natural, without any particular color oversaturation or deficiency.
Below, the Epson G5450WUNL projector in dynamic mode.
Below, the Epson G5450WUNL projector in photo mode.
Below, the Epson G5450WUNL in presentation mode.
Below, in theater mode.
Epson G5450WUNL Projector: Readability
Since the G5450WUNL is a high resolution (1920 x 1200) projector, small (8 pt.) text was sharp and easily readable even on a 112” diagonal projected image. This was true of white text-on-black and yellow text-on-dark blue backgrounds as well. Convergence was very good for a 3LCD projector, which can sometimes be subject to slight misalignment, resulting in an image that is more smooth than sharp. However, the G5450WUNL provided a nice, sharp image with all sorts of source material. Switching from HDMI to an analog input did not noticeably affect image sharpness. As it’s unlikely that a source component will be at a higher resolution than the G5450WUNL’s native resolution, there should be no problem with readability on any presentation.
Switching to WXGA (1280 x 800) and XGA (1024 x 768) resolutions to test the G5450’s video processing, there was no drop-off in image quality. Of course, most projectors don’t have a problem with resolutions that are lower than their native resolution, so this was hardly a surprise. There was no fringing of any sort on even the smallest text.
As is the case with other Epson business projectors, there is a movable electronic zoom that allows the user to zoom in on a particular section of the screen. This can be very handy for pointing out details in photos or charts. There is also an on-screen pointer that can be controlled by the multi-directional thumbpad on the remote. You can also freeze the displayed image via a button on the remote.
Below, the Epson G5450WUNL projector 1024x768 (XGA) resolution.
Below, the Epson G5450WUNL projector in 1280x800 resolution.
Epson G5450WUNL Projector: Video Quality
Due to the high resolution of the G5450WUNL, viewing video from a Blu-ray source was quite satisfying. As was the case when we reviewed the Epson G5350NL, Theater (or Customized) modes provided the best overall picture quality for video presentations. Unfortunately, the relatively low contrast ratio (1000:1) of the G5450WUNL was a detriment to any video with dark scenes, which inevitably ended up looking a bit washed out. On the plus side, it’s very good color depth and brightness made watching daytime viewing of sports a pleasure. In this regard, most home theater projectors would not be able to compete with the G5450WUNL. Its high brightness provides for a very enjoyable picture that is not washed out, as most home theater projectors would be.
Video presentations over an analog connection from a laptop were also quite good, as the G5450WUNL’s upscaling is equal or better than most.