Optoma HD20 Projector – Image Quality3

Again, from Space Cowboys, this is a cropped image. The right side is very bright (so dynamic irises will not be effective). The HD20 (top left) has good shadow detail in the dark areas of the satellite, note though, that those areas look darker than on some others. Next to it on the first row, is the Epson Home Cinema 6500UB, Those images are followed by the Sharp XV-Z15000 and the PT-AE3000U (second row). The third row is the Mitsubishi HC6500 (left), and the Sanyo PLV-Z700 on the right.

HD20
Epson Home Cinema 6500UB
Sharp XV-Z15000
PT-AE3000U
Mitsubishi HC6500
Sanyo PLV-Z700

The following images are both the same frame, from Space Cowboys. The first one is slightly overexposed, and the second one, dramatically so. Look in the brown area of the satellite on the left (and elsewhere). The HD20 does a very good job. The HD20 definitely does a solid job when it comes to shadow detail

HD20

Below is a heavily overexposed scene from Lord of the Rings. The overexposure lets you see all the details in the shed on the right, the structure on the left, and the plants and ground along the lower right. The HD20 performs extremely well!

Click on left thumbnail image for the Optoma HD20, Sanyo PLV-Z700 in the center, and the right for the PT-AE3000U.

Our last comparison uses the night train scene (again) from Casino Royale. Look to the trees and shrubs on the right, especially just above the tracks. The first image is the Optoma HD20, the second is the Sanyo PLV-Z700, the third is the Optoma HD8200, the fourth one is from the Epson Home Cinema 6100, and finally, to represent a great ultra-high contrast projector, the Epson Home Cinema 6500UB. You might want to check out the $999 HD20 against the $2500 Epson 6500UB to get a good idea of what a huge difference there is on a dark scene like this, between the two projectors!

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