Samsung SP-H710AE Projector Review – Overview

Never previously having the opportunity to view the SP-H710AE in my own environment, I have been a bit skeptical, about the relatively high price of this Samsung projector, considering its online distribution, and the fact that it is typical of lower priced projectors, being 720p resolution, but “powered” by a standard Darkchip2 DLP chip. (Today, 720p projectors with Darkchip2 start at $999, and most (sold online) are under $2000.

Samsung SP-H710AE Image Quality: Handling Fleshtones, Color Accuracy, Shadow Detail...

So let’s look at some images of the Samsung, handling flesh tones. In all cases, they were excellent.

Please remember – the photos are hear to support the commentary, not the other way around. There are a number of limits to how much of the projector’s ultimate quality can be captured on my digital camera. For example to normally expose most frames, the camera loses most of the shadow detail. I suggest you use the images as helpful, but – take them with a “pound of salt”.

Click on either of these two images from Lord of the Rings (from DVD) , for larger versions.

Switching to HD-DVD, here are some images from Phantom of the Opera:

You may click on the image above for a larger version.

The images in this section were all taken of frames projected by the H710AE, in the projector’s Movie 1 mode with brightness set to Theater. An exception is the significantly brighter Standard mode of the same frame, shown immediately below. Though slightly different, you can see that the Standard mode shot still has pretty impressivel fleshtones, and still has very good shadow detail (left side), something that often diminishes significantly, or rather is sacrificed, in brighter modes (with most projectors), in exchange for the brightness.

My usual images from The 5th Element from DVD: Leeloo, and one of Bruce Willis.

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