Gamma is extremely good out of the box, so, combined with superior brightness, you end up with an image that in some ways looks more like a Plasma than most projectors. To clarify that, projectors, being less than bright devices, tend to make mid-range and darker scenes (and areas in scenes) rather dark, without the brightness one would expect. With the IN83, though, everything seems naturally lit, and not darker than real life.
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InFocus IN83 Projector: Skin Tone Handling
I just spoke about skin tones (before calibration) in the paragraphs above. Not bad, but not exceptional either. After calibration however, is a different story.
I'll keep this simple. Skin tones on the IN83 (which I'm watching right now - National Treasure (the first one), are superb. I haven't seen better to date. Even my adjusted JVC DLA-RS1 can't match them. I imagine a first class calibrator can get the newer JVC RS2, with its extra color management controls, to rival the InFocus, but I would find it hard to believe that anything under $10,000 (US) can do better, and it may be that even far more expensive projectors will come up short.
The first images are from standard DVD - Lord of the Rings, shots of Arwen and Gandalf.
Moving to Blu-ray HD, here are images of Leeloo, and Bruce Willis:
Skin tones found in Aeon Flux, are very typical, and very good:
The movie House of the Flying Daggers, is known for spectacular colors, and the IN83 handles the challenge without effort:
When considering skin tones, remember that in addition to a projector's ability to present the data accurately, there are other aspects that need to be considered, including the type of lighting. An image of a person standing outside in bright sunlight is going to have different skin tones than one in filtered light, incandescent light or fluorescent light (and so on). Further, some directors apply a caste to an entire movie, or just certain scenes. We all remember the green caste throughout the Matrix movies, and most may have noticed, that in Lord of the Rings, each part of Middle Earth, seems to have a different caste, with The Shire being overly green, Gondor being fairly neutral, the lands of the elves, with still other castes.
Here are several images of James Bond, in Casino Royale - Blu-ray disc, of course. Each represents different lighting.
Above - direct sunlight
Above - fluorescents (airport)
Above - Bond outdoors, but shaded (filtered sunlight)
Above - Bond, in an extremely dark room
As you can see, each of the Bond images produce skin tones that reflect the lighting intended, and each is significantly different. All looked extremely good, and faithful.