Panasonic PT-AE2000U: 1080p Home Theater Projector Review - Image Quality-3

November 19, 2007

Panasonic PT-AE2000U Shadow Details

Considering shadow detail, off the top, the Panasonic, while very good, is at best, the equal to the Sanyo, which is not a bad place to be. Overall, be it due to gamma, or other issues, the Sanyo reveals more shadow detail in very dark areas. Of course, like most issues, this can be affected by user settings. Using Cinema 1 mode, I found that the darkest areas that should reveal detail, were just too dark. After raising the Panasonic's Low Gamma and Mid Gamma, each to +1, I found it helped. Still, as you will see in the satellite image below, the dark areas are still very dark

First up is this night building scene from Aeon Flux, on Blu-ray DVD. The first image is the Panasonic PT-AE2000U. The one below it, the Sanyo Z2000. Clicking on each brings up a closely cropped view of the upper left hand corner.









Below are side by side images shot last month of the Sanyo (right) and Optoma HD80 / HD8000 on the left. Both are somewhat over exposed so that you can compare shadow. While the sizes aren't the same, below that you can compare with the panasonic. Have fun!

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