Note: I have blackout curtains in my living room where I do the testing on projectors I’m reviewing. When viewing content, I never felt like I needed to shut those curtains in order to see anything (some projectors do rather poorly in this department). Now, if it were a home theater projector, that would be a different story – but for presentations and other business, education, scientific content that will likely be most used with this projector, all modes are plenty bright for the majority of situations. Of course for some, this projector might not be bright enough, which is why NEC also makes brighter versions – at higher price points.
The next brightest mode is sRGB at 4,946, closely followed by DIMCOM SIM. mode. That mode measured in at 4,776. sRGB will be another good mode for presentations. DICOM SIM. is typically used for viewing X-Ray films, and would be most used in a university classroom/lecture hall for medical students, or in hospitals for teaching purposes. I included the photos of X-Rays being projected in DICOM SIM. mode on the previous page, if you’d like to check those out.
The next two modes are Video and Movie, and were the closest in measurements. Video mode came in at 4,606 lumens, while Movie measured at 4,691 lumens. The lowest lumen count goes to Graphic mode, at 4,458 lumens. That’s still really bright. Overall, I was pleased with the brightness performance of the NEC NP-PA653UL commercial projector.