|Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)|
|Zoom Lens Ratio|
The decision to share the Best In Class, Runner-Up Award, between these two projectors, was probably the toughest awards decision to make. Each projector, at its very best, is truly impressive. Each has some shortcomings, but different ones.
|Links to additional one-on-one comparisons|
|Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs. Sanyo PLV-Z2000|
|Mitsubishi HC4900 vs. Panasonic PT-AE2000U|
|Sanyo PLV-Z2000 vs. Mitsubishi HC4900|
|Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB vs. JVC DLA-RS1x|
|Sony VPL-VW40 vs. Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB|
|Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB vs. Panasonic PT-AE2000U|
|BenQ W5000 vs. Sony VPL-VW40|
|JVC DLA-RS2 vs. Sony VPL-VW60|
The first, obvious thing, is that both are rather large projectors. They both also have vertical lens shift, although the Sony has a little more vertical range than the BenQ. The Sony has only very slight horizontal lens shift, while the BenQ has none at all.
Both have very good remote controls, but not the best around. (I favor the BenQ remote).
BenQ does support an anamorphic lens add on, while the Sony does not. As noted with other projectors, you can add the necessary support with an outboard image processor, but they are expensive, and significantly alter the value proposition.
Dead tie, here. Both come with a very basic one year parts and labor!
Time to consider the differences: