Optoma HD65 Home Theater Projector Review

The images, of this night scene in Gondor. Of particular note, you can see a dark mountain in the top right, you can also, depending on the projector (and the exposure) make out some or more other landscape below the mountain. Also look for slight colors in some of the buildings. The top left image is the HD65, the top right is the Panasonic PT-AX200U, and the lower left is the Epson Home Cinema 720, another formidable competitor.

The image is the HD65
The image is the Panasonic PT-AX200U
The image is the Epson Home Cinema 720
The image is the HD65
+The image is the Panasonic PT-AX200U

Next up, also from Lord of the Rings, is this overexposed image of mountains and a shed in the foreground. By overexposing, we overcome the camera’s limitations so that you can see the dark shadow details lost by the camera at normal exposure. Compare, looking at the shed on the right, the posts on the left, and along the ground!

In HD65
In PT-AX200U
In Home Cinema 720
less bright Optoma HD73 (which uses the Darkchip3)
In HD65
+In PT-AX200U

First, The image above is from the Optoma HD65. For comparison, the same, very dark scene, in the image below, is the Epson Home Cinema 720. You can pick up a bit more shadow detail in the dark blinds in the background, and the vertical bright lines, part of the blinds, do show up a touch better on the HD65. However, the HD65, is also a touch brighter when comparing these two images overall. Not a real significant difference between these two images.

Second, The next one is the Panasonic PT-AX200U. Using the same image, in this case, the Panasonic image is definitely brighter than the other two, but even more so, you can see more shadow detail on the Panasonic than the other two, and, for that matter, it is producing slightly blacker blacks. The white in the blinds is more visible, and you far more easily make out the reflection from the glass behind the shades, right above his hand and bottle!

Third, Here’s the re-entry image from Space Cowboys. Click on the thumbnail image for an overexposed version, and look for the details on the right side. This image is found on most recent reviews (left, HD65, right PT-AX200U)

The image above is from the Optoma HD65 from Space Cowboys, this image of Clint is in a very dark room only illuminated by a down facing table lamp.
the image is the Epson Home Cinema 720
The image is the Panasonic PT-AX200U
The image above is from the Optoma HD65 from Space Cowboys, this image of Clint is in a very dark room only illuminated by a down facing table lamp.
+the image is the Epson Home Cinema 720

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