It’s a Sony! The lowest cost native 4K projector available today, is the $4999.99 VPL-VW295ES! And boy, what a great projector this one is. If you want more info than in these paragraphs, just posted the full review yesterday, thanks! -art (your friendly reviewer and editor).
The VW295ES is by far the least expensive projector using native 4K panels, and that means drastically smaller pixels (50% - 75% smaller) than any of those 4K “capable” projectors including those called 4K UHD projectors.
Translated: All else being equal, you get a sharper, more detailed image than anything you can buy for less. But that’s not the real reason to buy this Sony. Truth is, this Sony is only incrementally sharper than some of the better lower cost pixel shifters using lower resolution panels, to handle 4K.
The real difference is the picture itself, True a big plus is the sharpness, but even more so, it is the color - beautiful, the black levels are not as good as even more expensive Sonys but definitely respectable, which is perfect for putting your new Sony projector in your family room, living room, or whatever other less than perfect room you have. That makes this a family projector - one everyone can enjoy. Just pair with a good ALR type screen LINK and enjoy movies, sports and general HDTV.
This Sony does a great job of not just being sharp, but handling HDR - high dynamic range - and P3 color - same as the movie theaters and a real improvement. The VW295ES gets extremely close to P3, while I can only think of a couple of Epsons (both in these guides) that cost less and do every bit as well. Almost all of the 4K UHD DLP projectors work hard just to meet the much older REC 709 standard we’ve had for two decades.
With a great picture, comes one of the most capable, feature laden projectors around. The zoom lens has motorized zoom, focus, and lens shift (lots of lens shift), making for a projector that’s easy to place in almost any room. And for you movie fanatics it works well with wide “cinemascope” screens!
The Sony VPL-VW295ES is simply a great native 4K projector. You can spend more - thousands more - to get another such projector with better black levels. That’s a benefit in a dedicated fully darkenable home theater, true, but when you don’t want pitch black, its far less important. I thoroughly enjoyed over 75 hours of viewing this Sony in doing my review. I watched in my theater, fully darkened, and also pretty bright with most window shutters open. The moves were great, the football was great, and so were my fav 1080 and 4K shows off of Netflix and satellite.
Considering the amount of time you will spend enjoying your new Sony over the many years, count the VW295ES as a great quality of life investment.