XJ-V110W Picture Quality
The XJ-V110W has five image modes: Standard, Graphics, Theater, Blackboard, and Natural.
Standard lives up to its name. A presentation-type mode, Standard emphasizes light output and crisp detail, making it a good choice for PowerPoint presentations and other data content. Color balance is shifted towards blue. At factory settings, Standard mode produced 2773 lumens on our projector.
Graphics mode has more open mid-tones than Standard and less of a blue tint, so it’s good for images and photography when clarity and gamma accuracy is key. Graphics mode produced 1900 lumens out of the box.
Theater mode is optimized for video. Color is warmer than either Standard or Graphics. Detail is clear without being overemphasized. Theater mode, at 1827 lumens, is still quite bright, but only about half of the projector’s maximum output.
Blackboard mode is for those times when a screen is not available. Using Blackboard mode, the projector measured 1585 lumens.
Natural mode is the final preset and also one of the most versatile. With Natural mode, you get a bright image with better color balance than Standard mode but more lumens than any other mode except Standard at 2477. Natural mode is a great all-around mode when ambient light is present but clarity is still important.
Overall picture in most modes is sufficiently well balanced (as described above) to serve well. In the batch of photos immediately above, you can see how the projector performed on web based content such as news, as well as a "white paper" in pdf format from my computer.
Skin tones can look extremely good, especially in Theater mode, if they are fully saturated.
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I would say that picture quality was very satisfactory, with the tendency to produce slightly undersaturated images my primary complaint. As mentioned elsewhere, a color saturation control would have been a plus. The amount of undersaturation was not severe, but enough to dampen my enthusiasm a bit.
When handling dark areas - black levels, the Casio performed about as one would expect from a typical low cost DLP projector, which might be described as Reasonably good - typical of DLP models, and with deeper blacks than competing 3LCD projectors. (Not that there are any laser projectors (or LED/laser hybrids) using 3LCD within thousands of dollars of this Casio as of the time of this review's publication.