Projector Reviews

Optoma HD803: 1080p Home Theater Projector Review – Image Quality – 5

Why can this vary from one scene to another? Primarily due to the use of the dynamic irises. Each projector will handle a scene differently, depending on how bright the brightest areas are, as they analyze the scene and apply their algorithms to improve black levels.

This image below is the table scene from Aeon Flux. The HD803 does well in revealing dark details. Look to the various shadows cast (on the table), as well as the table top itself. Again, the HD803 as set up, is performing very well indeed!

One of more practical and best images I have been using is from Space Cowboys. I’ve been working with this slightly cropped image of the white suited astronaut (Clint Eastwood) next to part of the satellite. With a normal exposure, you can’t see any details in the satellite on the left, but with the over exposed image, you can see what I see on the screen, when watching the Optoma HD803 home theater projector.

Satellite Comparison

Optoma HD803
InFocus IN82
JVC RS1
Epson Home Cinema 1080

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note, of the three other projectors, all but the Epson, sell for at least $2000 more.

As you compare these, you’ll be looking at all the details in the satellite. Note that the overall exposure varies a bit. For example, the HD803 doesn’t reveal data that the JVC RS1 does, despite the RS1 exposure, overall being less overexposed.

Click to enlarge. So close. Although the brightness of each image is a bit different (IN82, the most overexposed, then the HD803, the Epson, and finally the JVC), all reveal very good detail, with (relative to the exposures), the JVC considered slightly better than the other three.

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You have also almost certainly noticed the significant shifts in color between one projector’s image and another. Again, any subtle shift in color found normally tends to be drastically accentuated when intentionally overexposing images to reveal black levels or shadow detail. In this case, the overall scene has probably been overexposed by at least 2 full f-stops.

Another good image found in many recent reviews, this time a cropped image from Lord of the Rings, a Gondor night scene. Note the details in the upper and middle left – you can make out mountain tops, and a bit of detail below it. You also should spot some colors in the buildings, which is often lost (remember this is also a very overexposed image). Click on the (generic) thumbnail image for an enlarged closeup from the HD803 projector.