InFocus IN3916Projector - Image Quality
November - Anthony Arrigo
InFocus IN3916 Color & Image Quality
The technology now used in InFocus DLP projectors has come a long way. It used to be common to switch on a DLP projector for the first time and immediately notice that certain colors just weren't right. The problem colors were yellow and red. Yellow would become a sort of a mustard color and red tended to shift towards orange. These issues were primarily only visible when presenting primary colors and when you were in certain color modes for PowerPoint presentation. Showing video from a DVD or VCR seemed to not cause these issues even if some of the scenes show strong primary colors. With the advancements, InFocus DLP projectors and a lot of other manufacturers of DLP projector have all but eliminated this problem.
The InFocus IN3916 uses BrilliantColor technology to produce a very nice image. Out of the box the projector starts you off in Presentation Mode. It is a brighter mode than other modes like Video Mode and Whiteboard Mode, but brings you the right blend of brightness and color accuracy. Yellows looked slightly off, but much improved compared to a few years back. The reds were much improved also. The picture below shows the IN3916 in Presentation Mode.
The next shot below is the projector in Video Mode. As you can see the image quality of the projector in terms of color becomes even more accurate. However as stated in our performance section, the brightness drops a bit to 1750. It does seem that as you lower brightness, the colors start to become even more accurate.
Beige and Blackboard Modes did not shift the colors all that much, but there are noticeable differences in whites to compensate for the non-white projection surface.
Beige Wall Mode
Image quality I have to say was excellent. Text was sharp and crisp, but I did notice that you do have to have the projector perfectly setup or blurring can occur. Basically everything needs to be perfectly perpendicular. The ultra short throw lens means slight tilts to the left or the right can cause very nicely focused areas of the screen and some softer areas. An easy thing to remedy when doing your setup. Standard text sizes looked great and were very readable. Having the projector accept higher resolution signals beyond the projectors 1280x800 resolution proved to be successful in that it still produced a very readable image assuming you were using a type either 12pt or larger.