Posted on January 2, 2020 By Phil Jones
JVC LX-NZ3 4K Laser DLP Projector Review – Picture Quality: Out-of-the-box Picture Quality, Skin Tones, Black Level and Shadow Detail.
I would rate the JVC LX-NZ3 picture quality out of the box as very good. No major issue with color accuracy leaped out at me. JVC LX-NZ3 has three preset picture modes along with two user configurable modes. Of the three different preset SDR picture modes available, the Natural mode was the most accurate.
In addition to the Natural picture mode, the JVC also includes a Dynamic and a Cinema mode. The Dynamic mode image was cooler and brighter, while the Cinema mode picture was warmer with boosted contrast.
There are also two User configurable modes which look identical to the Natural picture mode. These modes can be used to store picture settings after calibration such as SDR best mode or SDR bright mode.
To achieve the best out-of-the-box SDR picture choose Natural (any custom User mode) along with the Normal color temperature and 2.4 gamma preset options. The lamp power will default to Normal and selecting one of the Variable options in the Light Source Setting submenu will engage the projector’s Dynamic Laser Dimming feature.
The screen shots above give a rough idea of the color accuracy for each picture mode. I also include several shots of HDR and SDR content. When viewed in person, colors and skin tone will look better than shown in these photos.
The Natural mode produced the most accurate skin tones. Switching to the brighter Dynamic picture mode results in oversaturation, but in many situations, it is worth it to cut through a lot of ambient light.
Above are screenshots of a variety of videos in 4K and HD resolution showing skin tones under different scene lighting. All the HD and 4K images were taken with the LX-NZ3 set to Natural (the best preset mode for non-4K). Like all our photos, they remain unadjusted for color, so they do not look as good as what the projector produced. Images were shot at a very low camera shutter speed to reduce the amount of color shift (rainbow) caused by the DLP wheel.
JVC’s lineup of DILA projectors are renown for having great black level performance. Since the LX-NZ3 is a DLP projector it cannot match the native contrast of their DILA models. While the projector has a Dynamic Laser Dimming feature to increase the perceived contrast, but its operation can sometimes be noticeable as the projector adjusts from scene to scene.
Even with the Dynamic Laser Dimming engaged, the LX-NZ3’s blacks were closer to dark gray. This was obvious when watching darker scenes at night in my demo room. Many higher-end home theater projectors, like the JVC DLA-NX5, have much better black levels and higher contrast, but these are only beneficial in a darkened theater or room with lots of light control.
Most LX-NZ3 customers will likely utilize the projector in family rooms or spaces that have higher ambient light which would prevent you from fully appreciating ultra-deep black levels anyway. In those environments the longer life and low maintenance provided by a DLP based laser projector would be more beneficial.
The LX-NZ3s rated brightness of 3,000 lumens ensures that images pop even in rooms with limited light control.
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