JVC DLA-RS20 Projector – Image Quality5

Click to enlarge. so close. The Space Cowboys re-entry scene is a tough shadow detail test. Projectors with weak black levels and average shadow detail ability tend to generate an image where much of the right side of earth looks to have that flat, lacking in detail look. All projectors pick up some of the brighter features on the right side, while better ones pick up a lot more and usually have richer blacks as well. The JVC does a great job, rich dark blacks, plus good shadow detail.

Next is a frame from the last Indiana Jones movie. You’ll this one in other recent reviews. The details still found as the walls and fixtures darken toward the top, are a good way to compare shadow detail.

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Shadow Detail and Dark Blacks Comparison

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Below is the night shot of the casino, in Casino Royale.

When comparing, look at the detail in the roof (tiles), and also in the assorted trees and plants. The small images below (all from the same projector) show a slightly overexposed scene. Click on the images and you will find larger images, but of the different projectors. The large images are far more overexposed, to allow a closer inspection of shadow details.


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