Viewsonic Pro8200 Projector - Flesh Tones
Once Mike calibrated the Pro8200 projector, the Standard mode looked a great deal better. The picture, overall, is a touch warm - as would be expected by the shift toward lower color temp in the brightest ranges.
Skin tones aren't quite ideal. On a lot of content, they look really good, but, the Pro8200 sometimes is a little over the top, a bit redish. Dropping the color saturation slightly really helps.
As noted earlier, this isn't really an enthusiast's projector, but for most of my family and friends, they just don't notice the difference. Overall, they like it, because it's brighter than most.
Above our usual suspects - Gandalf and Arwen, from Lord of the Rings, on Blu-ray.
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!
More images we like for considering skin tones:
From the DVE-HD calibration disc (digital source material, not film):
Viewsonic Pro8200 Black Levels & Shadow Detail
The only low cost projector we had in for comparison is the somewhat more expensiveMitsubishi HC4000. The Pro8200 projector is similar in a number of ways, including size, and placement flexibility, but the Mitsubishi HC4000, as you can see in the side by side images below, definitely has blacker blacks. Note that the HC4000 (on the right) is slightly brighter (more over-exposed) in these pictures, yet the letterbox is slightly darker than the Pro8200's: (click on images for larger versions)
Below, we have two versions of our satellite image from Space Cowboys. The first is normally exposed, the one below it, a good bit overexposed so you can see where the shadow detail is...
The overexposure lets you see some dark detail that is there, which otherwise would be hard or impossible to dis. At least as important is that it raises the black of the sky to grays you can compare. You just have to compensate for the differing exposures.
Next, is the starship image from The Fifth Element. Again, we start of with a close to normal exposure, and one overexposed. That's followed by the same frame on a number of additional projectors.