Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi HC3800 Projector – Image Quality

These HC3800 image photos below are from either Blu-ray or HDTV, with the one exception being Lord of the Rings (on standard DVD). Consider that by the time these Mitsubishi HC3800 projector images get to your eyeball, via digital SLR, software, browsers, and even your monitor, there are definite color shifts, saturation differences, etc. The images are to support the commentary, but keep in mind these limitations when trying to compare images from the HC3800 projector with other home theater projectors. Take them all, “with a grain of salt”.

t’s safe to say that all home theater projectors, including the Mitsubishi HC3800 definitely look better live, than in even the best looking images would indicate.

Mitsubishi HC3800 Out of the Box Picture Quality

Very impressive color and overall picture right out of the box, and that’s twice as impressive because this is an early engineering sample. Not only are there good looking preset combinations, but the minor color inaccuracies are easily corrected with a calibration. Now, it’s possible that the final production HC3800 projectors will have different color tables. If that’s the case, we’ll update our recommended settings (on the calibration page) once we obtain a new HC3800 projector.

Mitsubishi HC3800 Projector - Flesh Tones

After Mike calibrated the HC3800 sample, skin tones proved to be excellent. While not the best we’ve seen, definitely better than most similarly priced 3LCD and DLP projectors. Skin tones are rich, accurate, and have that DLP “look and feel” which translates into intense without being oversaturated. Nice!

Below are our three James Bond images from Casino Royale. Each has a different lighting scenario, the first – full sunlight, the second image; indoor fluorescent, and finally, filtered sunlight in the third image. And as one would expect, that causes each image of James Bond – Daniel Patrick – to have different looking skin tones. All look pretty good!