Epson Home Cinema 3010 Projector – Performance 3

Epson Home Cinema 3010 Sharpness

The Home Cinema 3010 performs very well for a lower cost home projector. Optics seem better than on many less expensive projectors, and convergence of the panels seems to be typical for an Epson 3LCD projector, regardless of the price. In addition to our playstation logo image below, I’ve left some menus on a number of images we took, and those menus also help get a close look at sharpness, when you click for the larger version.

I don’t believe anyone will have any issues regarding the sharpness. I also note, that I didn’t notice any defocusing as the projector warms up.

Epson Home Cinema 3010 Sharpness Comparison

Cinema 3010
Optoma HD33
Mitsubishi HC4000
Panasonic PT-AE4000
Viewsonic Pro8200
BenQ W1200

Epson Home Cinema 3010: Bottom Line Sharpness

The Home Cinema 3010 sure looks good to me. The new, less expensive lens, with less zoom range, seems every bit as sharp as the lens used on the more expensive Epsons. A good single chip DLP projector can do better, but down in these price ranges, you don’t always get the best from DLP projectors. Consider the Optoma HD33 – the most direct competition to date – whose optics seem to bloom a bit, compared to the Epson. The HD33 may be a single chip DLP projector, but the Epson overall appears to the the sharper, clearer picture, even with the usual minor misconvergence of pixels.

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