Shadow Detail Performance
As is typical with home theater projectors lacking stellar black level performance, shadow detail is pretty good. The heavily overexposed image of the building's room and the trees and shrubs shows that the BenQ is doing a very nice job on shadow detail.
In our seriously overexposed scene of Clint Eastwood in Space Cowboys, you can make out plenty of detail in the dark shades.
Below is a heavily overexposed scene from Lord of the Rings. The overexposure lets you see all the details in the shed on the right, the structure on the left, and the plants and ground along the lower right. The W1200 offers a great amount of dark shadow detail.
1st Image: BenQ W1200, 2nd Image: Viewsonic Pro8200, 3rd Image: Mitsubishi HC4000 & 4th Image: Optoma HD20.
Our last comparison uses the night train scene from Casino Royale. Look to the trees and shrubs on the right, especially just above the tracks. The first image is the BenQ, followed by the Pro8200, the HC4000, the BenQ W6000, then Sony VPL-HW15, the Sharp XV-Z15000.
All considered, the W1200 shadow detail is good, but not exceptional. It's definitely losing a touch more in the dark shrubs by the track, than some of the competition. Overall, though, that's not significant.