Viewsonic Pro8200 Projector Review

We calibrate every home theater that we review. The Viewsonic Pro8200 received the usual treatment. I “played” with the Pro8200 for a couple of days, passed it off to Mike for calibration and measurements. 24 hours later, I’m back to watching it.

Ours is a pretty standard calibration, there’s always more done by some of the “hi-end” calibrators. Our calibrations, including the Viewsonic Pro8200, are normally limited to a grayscale calibration, along with brightness, contrast, color saturation, etc. Only in very special circumstances will we calibrate the individual colors, in which case we discuss why.

Let’s take a look at the numbers:

Viewsonic Pro8200 Color Temperature

Color Temp over IRE Range (Best Mode, Pre calibration)
30 IRE 8172
50 IRE 7685
80 IRE 8142
100 IRE 7718

Before we provide our settings, let’s see what we started out with: Pre calibration, these are the color temperatures over the grayscale range:

Header Content
Brightest 1653 @ 7232
Standard 1529 @ 7718
Theater 1296 @ 7891
Dark Room 839 @ 7993
User 1 1108 @ 10280
User 2 1108 @ 10277

NOTE: There are three other color temps in addition to Mid, but Mid gives the highest lumen output.

(By default, Dark Room is on Eco lamp.  With Eco off, Dark Room has same lumens as Standard)

Lumen Output (Eco Lamp On, Brightest): 1306

That represents a drop from 1653 lumens at full lamp power. The math says that’s a drop of an almost perfect 21%. Most projectors drop 20 to 25% when going to their eco – low lamp, power mode.

Viewsonic Pro8200 Basic Settings

In addition to calibrating Red Green and Blue for a correct grayscale balance (6500K), there are a number of other settings that come into play. Typically Contrast and Brightness (white balance and black balance), need to be done first. Color saturation and gamma also need adjustment.

 

Settings for measurements (default values are in parenthesis)
Brightest Standard Theater Dark Room User 1 User 2
Contrast (52) 50 (48) 50 (48) 50 (48) 50 (48) 50 (48) 50
Brightness (45) 52 (49) 53 (49) 53 (49) 55 (49) 55 (49) 54
Color 50 50 50 50 50 50
Tint 50 50 50 50 50 50
Color Temp (Mid) (Mid) (Mid) (Mid) (Mid) (Mid)
Gamma (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0)
Color Temp over IRE Range (Post calibration)
20 IRE 6667
30 IRE 6607
40 IRE 6551
50 IRE 6553
60 IRE 6557
70 IRE 6509
80 IRE 6421
90 IRE 6401
100 IRE 6198

Average gamma= 2.18

Viewsonic Pro8200 Post Calibration Grayscale: Standard Mode

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