The LWU530 offers 6 preset picture modes along with three additional customizable user presets. The presets include DYNAMIC, NATURAL, STANDARD, CINEMA, WHITEBOARD, DICOM. Each factory preset has a predetermined gamma and color temperature setting.
While I am including sample photos, please be advised that it is difficult to truly evaluate color accuracy because some color information and details are always lost when photographing content that has been projected onto a screen. This is further complicated by massive photo file compression, and the ability of your display (computer or mobile device) to accurately reproduce color and contrast.
The images in the player above are our test images of skin tones for the different Preset modes.
The most accurate picture modes out of the box were delivered by the STANDARD, CINEMA and the three USER preset modes. The NATURAL mode which is normally one of the most accurate picture modes on a projector was overly warm delivering skin tones that were greenish.
The CINEMA mode was the best picture mode when viewing content in a darker environment while STANDARD worked well in room with higher ambient light.
The DYNAMIC mode is the brightest but also the least accurate. Even in bright situations I would sacrifice the few hundred additional lumens of brightness provided in the DYNAMIC for the more accurate color produced in STANDARD mode.
Being that this is a commercial business class projector I didn’t expect it to provide the color reproduction and deep black levels found on a high-end home theater projector.
Above are images of a variety of content including 4K, and HD. As mentioned previously all our photos remain unadjusted for color, so they do not look as good as what the projector produced.
For applications where color accuracy is critical, the LH878 has a full suite of calibration adjustments including 2-Point White Balance, Grayscale, and CMS which would allow a calibrator to further dial in the picture quality. After calibration, you can store all adjustments made in the Image Setting menu under one of the LWU530’s four setting memories.