Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 3010 Projector – Image Quality-2

Epson Home Cinema 3010 Black Levels & Shadow Detail

Let’s start with the Home Cinema 3010’s black level performance. This Epson claims a “dynamic” contrast ratio of 40,000:1. A few years ago, that number would have promised dazzling black level performance, but the numbers keep getting larger, faster than black levels improve.

The Home Cinema 3010 has good black level performance, but it is not what we like to call around here, a “ultra-high-contrast projector”. It is typical for the price range, and probably not quite as good as the Home Cinema 8350, which remains in the lineup, as a less expensive, and not as bright, 2D only projector.

Epson Home Cinema Comparision

Epson Home Cinema 3010
Optoma HD33:
BenQ W1200
Viewsonic Pro8200
Mitsubishi HC4000
Vivitek H1080FD
BenQ W6000
Optoma HD20




All considered, the black levels are way better than some of the under $1000 home projectors, but not quite the best under $1500, although probably only the HC4000 from Mitsubishi and Epson’s own 8350 are only very slightly better. On very dark scenes, in fact, the Epson Home Cinema 3010 probably can slightly beat the HC4000 which has better native blacks but no iris.