Mitsubishi HC8000D Home Theater Projector Review
HC8000D Color and Overall Picture Quality
Skin tones are excellent. When I did do side by sides of best modes comparing to the Epson Home Cinema 5020UB (direct competitor), I have to say that as good as the Epson did, the HC8000D looked a touch better. Consider: Epson (calibrated) on the left, HC8000D calibrated on the right. (Click for a larger comparison image). (Despite the Epson running in eco mode it’s still a bit brighter than the HC8000D at full power. In fairness, the Epson was calibrated at full lamp, so there’s a slight color shift away from best image quality.)
Overall, once calibrated (try our settings if you aren’t going to spend to calibrate), this Mitsubishi projector produces some excellent skin tones. Perhaps not the very best (I’d have to pick the Sony HW50ES among projectors in the general price range,) but definitely right up there.
Shadow detail is also extremely good.
For a projector in the price range, black level performance is pretty good. It definitely cannot match the Epson 5020 or 6020, or the Sony HW50ES, but should beat the Panasonic PT-AE8000, BenQ W7000 and a few others, and possibly the JVC DLA-X35, which we haven’t yet reviewed. Bottom line on black level performance, pretty darn good. I can see some folks (where brightness isn’t an issue), preferring the HC8000 over the Epson HC5020UB, willingly giving up the modest black level advantage of the Epson, in exchange for the small improvement in skin tones.
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