Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi HC6800 Projector – Image Quality-5

Overall Color & Picture Quality

The HC6800 is solid, in all areas. Although it won’t appeal to a black level fanatic like myself, for most home theater people, and even some enthusiasts, the HC6800 provides an excellent blend of performance. Although it lacks the beefy bright feel, of the brighter LG LCoS projector it competes with, it looks good in its own right, and I’d have to consider it a touch more natural than the Epson competition, but not better than the Panasonic PT-AE4000, or th LG.

A reasonably good dynamic iris is less noticeable than many competitors, and therefore allows you to better enjoy the color and feel of the projected image.

A mix of additional images to show off the HC6800:

From the DVE-HD test disc:

Mitsubishi HC6800 Projector: Performance, HDTV and Sports

Our first image is small. It shows about a 94″ diagonal image projected, with the rooms two recessed ceiling lights on. The image is slightly underexposed, in terms of how the side wall on the left looke, in reality, but us obviously overexposed if trying to shoot the projected football game. In other words, on a smaller screen such as this size, the HC6800 has plenty of luens for handling moderate ambient light.

Below is the same image shot under the same lighting, same image size, but properly exposed (ok, sorry, it’s a touch overexposed) for the football game. Not bad considering there’s enough ambient light in the room to sit and read a magazine. (Do remember this was only about a 94″ diagonal image.)

The Mitsubishi HC6800 image is very sharp, which only adds to the overall picture quality. Consider this shot from The Fifth Element – you can appreciate the sharpness in observing all the fine detail in this “busy” image:

 

Bottom line on HDTV and Sports: The sharpness makes the HC6800 a bit special among the LCD and LCoS projectors and that’s a plus in terms of the overall picture quality, especially on HDTV sports and digital content. This may well be the right projector for those who have just found other LCD and LCoS projectors a bit too soft for their taste on digitial content. The rest of the picture quality is just fine, and balanced. Of course, for sports in particular, this projector could stand to have a few more lumens, but, then, what projector has everything, especially in the under $2500 price range?