Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 3010 Projector – Performance

In this section, we consider the brightness (including full measurements), sharpness, and image noise of Epson’s new, and least expensive 3D capable projector, the Home Cinema 3010. Also covered on this page, are the physical attributes of light leakage and audible noise of the Home Cinema 3010.

Epson Home Cinema 3010 Brightness

Lumen Output and Color Temp at 100 IRE:

Dynamic 1925 @ 6852
Living Room 1602 @ 7633
Natural 1402 @ 6155, 923 @ 6912 in Eco lamp mode (default)
Cinema 1402 @ 6166, 923 @ 6849 in Eco lamp mode (default)
Auto 923 @ 6704

Post Calibration: User 1 "best" mode = 1424 lumens

A true light canon, this Epson gets started when other projectors are already out of lumens. This means you have enough power to maintain a respectable image even with modest ambient light when watching a movie. Oh a really dark scene will take a big hit, but most viewing will be just fine.

Post Calibration – User 2 set as “brightest” mode: 1758 lumens (about 10% below uncalibrated dynamic mode). Our “quick-cal” is nothing more than Mike adjusting the colors for improvement, without costing too much in brightness. That is, for example, can oversaturated greens being reduced, to improve the picture, without doing the type of full calibration that would essentially give the same results as our User 1 calibration.

Effect of zoom on lumen output (Dynamic mode)

The slight differences will be consistent

Zoom out 1972
Mid-zoom 1925
Zoom in 1864

Realizing that a 1.5:1 zoom lens should lose less lumens going from wide angle to telephoto, than the 2.1:1 lens on some other Epson projectors, I was still impressed by the minimal drop in brightness across its range. The Home Cinema 3010 measured only about 7% lower at maximum distance, compared to the closest placement.

Home Cinema 3010 Eco-Mode vs. Full Power

Measuring Dynamic mode (all modes will behave the same), brightness dropped 35% (a bit more than most), to 1235 lumens, from 1925 lumens.

Uncalibrated Cinema 1 mode (our basis for “best”) still manages 923 lumens (we didn’t calibrate Eco-mode, which we noted already looked very good)! There is still plenty of brightness for movie viewing on even extremely large screens (over 130″ diagonal) or significant ambient light on a smaller screen. This lower 923 lumen number may also make some folks happy who don’t like their movies too bright.

Note, you do get a claimed increase in lamp life, from 4000 hours, to 5000 hours, when using Eco-mode.

Epson Home Cinema 3010 Pre-Calibration Color temp, Cinema Mode

Cinema Cinema (in Eco lamp)
30 IRE 5873 6741
50 IRE 6036 6836
80 IRE 6128 6815
100 IRE 6166 6849

Overall, with lamp at full power, the Home Cinema 3010, in Cinema, is warm – too much red. This corrects very nicely with calibration. Note, however, if you lower the lamp to low power – ECO mode, The color temp jumps dramatically and produces better color to begin with

It’s unlikely you’ll need Cinema mode (or the calibrated version, dropped into User 1) on high lamp, in most cases, for movies. Eco-mode should be more than bright enough for movie viewing. Therefore, if you aren’t going to calibrate your projector we strongly recommend Eco-mode for your quality movie viewing, for the slightly better color, and still be extremely bright.