Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi HC150 Home Theater Projector Review – Image Quality-5

In the images below, I cropped the images and seriously overexposed them. You are looking at the same two projectors side by side again (HD1000U on the left, as always). You are seeing the very top of a scene that had some very bright areas, so that the dynamic iris was barely able to stop down, thus the Panasonic’s black levels are far worse than the image above. As you can see if you look closely along the top, you will make out the letter boxing of both projectors.

In the image you can make out that the two are very similar, but the Mitsubishi HC1500’s blacks are just a little bit darker.

In the image below this is a closeup of a frame with some bright areas. What you see on the two projectors is different, since you are seeing the top right of the Mitsubishi HD1000U, and the top left of the image of the PT-AX100U.

Again, the black levels are virtually identical, with the Mitsubishi being just the tiniest bit darker. A truly, I repeat, truly, insignificant amount, that the eye would not normally be able to discriminate even side by side, because of the brightness below, on the actual image frame.

So the bottom line- on the darkest scenes, the more expensive Panasonic can deliver blacker blacks, but not on more typical frames where there are some bright to very bright areas.

Please note, that dynamic iris action can often be visible to the eye, in some scenes, such as a fairly dark one where a bright object enters the scene. As soon as it does, the iris has to open and all the objects get a little brighter. (It’s sort of like someone is playing with a dimmer on the lights in the room – when the white object enters the image the walls all get slightly lighter). Note: The PT-AX100U did a particularly good job of minimizing the visibility of the iris opening and stopping down, but if you are looking for it, you can spot it – on the right scenes, or on scene changes in some cases. Not a real issue in this case.