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Sony VPL-VW285ES Video - True 4K HDR Home Theater Projector At A Glance

Posted on November 3, 2017 By Phil Jones

Sony has just come out with an affordable 4K projector – that’s $3,000 less than the previous “most affordable” true 4K projector on the market, the VPL-VW285ES clocks in at a sweet $5,000. Art says it’s worth every penny!

So what are you getting for that $5K? 1,500 lumens, which is pretty bright for a home theater projector. The Sony VPL-VW285ES is designed for the home theater, but that 1,500 lumens can be enough for other rooms where there is at least some lighting control. In his review, Art says he was expecting a slight improvement upon the VW285ES’s predecessor, that $7999 VPL-VW365ES, but what he got was a superior machine in a multitude of ways, all for $3,000 less than what came before.

Naturally, you’re intrigued. We’ve created a video of the Sony VPL-VW285ES to give you a quick taste of the projector, and to see it in action. If you like the video, hop on over to its review to see more images taken of the Sony’s projected image, from movies like The Great Wall, Passengers, and Ghostbusters. The review goes really deep into the performance and picture quality of the projector, as well as the Sony’s awesome specs – it’s worth the look.

The video features a video clip from “Ultimate Wave Tahiti” by Stephen Low Productions, projected by the Sony VPL-VW285ES. Though the video clip is only 1080p and not 4K, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference on video, and, it looks truly awesome despite the lower resolution. The VW285ES is indeed a force to be reckoned with. What the video clip does give you is this: a good look into the incredible color of Sony’s newest affordable true 4K projector.

You’re going to come across a lot of options when searching for your next home theater projector. How do you choose? We understand that the sheer amount of possibilities can be overwhelming, which is why we’re putting out these short videos. These “At A Glance” projector videos are here to serve as a brief overview of each projector, so that you can get an idea of the projectors’ specs, special features, hardware, etc., and decide quickly about whether it’s worth your time to read its review. If the projector doesn’t have what you’re looking for, why bother?

Sony VPL-VW285ES Highlights

  • True 4K resolution projector for $4999!
    • 4196×2160 – same resolution as Cinema projectors
  • 3 LCoS Panels – Sony calls their LCoS SXRD a familiar name
    • Panel Alignment controls
  • 1500 lumens – nicely bright
  • Supports HDR – High Dynamic Range
    • Both HDR10, and the HLG standard for streaming 4K
  • Supports BT.2020 expanded color space (DCI-P3) same as movie theaters
  • Eight preset color modes (plus one User mode)
  • Full calibration controls (calibrates beautifully)
  • Motorized lens features
    • No Lens memory but still works with standard or wide screens!
  • 6000 lamp life in Eco mode
  • 3D capable
  • 3 year parts and labor warranty
  • Large, backlit remote control


From the Editor: This video was created as a brief overview of the Sony VPL-VW285ES projector. It was edited and produced by Nikki Kahl and features Art Feierman, editor of

Videos that are part of the Projector Reviews TV channel are created by Projector Reviews Inc. If we review a projector and it wins one of our awards, it becomes eligible for a video summary. Of course, we can only do a limited number of these videos. In some cases, we will choose a projector review to do a video of. In other cases, a request may come from the manufacturer. As we do with the rest of the content on our website, we offer manufacturers Permissions.

With these paid Permissions, manufacturers can post these videos on their own websites, pass them out to their dealers, and use them for other promotional purposes including trade shows and point-of-sale displays in retail stores. These videos are very short versions of the full review. In just a few minutes worth of video we can’t begin to capture all the information in the review, so we call this a video summary.

If this video is positive and enthusiastic about the projector, is simply because the review itself was positive and enthusiastic. We try to make the videos more fun, a bit less dry, with far less technical detail. Enjoy, but also visit the full review for more depth, even the settings that work best. Thanks! -art

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