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Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

Posted on December 7, 2008 by Art Feierman

Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Projector: Pros

  • Good color accuracy post calibration in best mode (minor yellow/green push)
  • Rich, dynamic image in brightest mode, with extremely good picture quality, for a brightest mode
  • Excellent shadow detail performance
  • Black level performance better than most projectors but not quite as good as the other ultra high contrast projectors
  • Images really pop on bright scenes, and mixed scenes with a good amount of bright areas
  • Two HDMI 1.3 inputs, full support for 24 fps, Deep Color, etc.
  • Creative frame interpolation for smooth fast motion, with 96/120fps frame rate
  • Support for an anamorphic lens
  • Very sharp image
  • Plenty of user savable settings
  • Excellent remote control
  • Excellent placement flexibility with 2:1 zoom and lens shift
  • Audible noise is extremely quiet in low power, and quieter than average in full power mode
  • Very good menus
  • Lowest cost, ultra high contrast 1080p projector
  • Excellent price/performance

Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Projector: Cons

  • More difficult to calibrate than most, and lacks separate color gain and offset for grayscale calibration
  • Slight yellow/green push, noticeable on skin tones, may be correctable with adjustments in the Color Management section
  • Black levels not as good as the competing ultra high contrast projectors from Panasonic, Epson, Mitsubishi, or the (even more expensive) LCoS projectors from JVC and Sony
  • Could be brighter in "best" modes (below average brightness) Pure and Creative Cinema. In most situations not bright enough for larger screens (over 110 inch diagonal).
  • Our review unit had more pixel mis-alignment than we find normal. However, this is not unusual when working with a pre-production sample
  • Image tends to look a bit flat on dark scenes in Pure Cinema modes
  • Documentation is very weak in terms of explaining the effects of the many dynamic features

Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Projector: Typical Capabilities

  • Selection of inputs
  • Documentation
  • Physical appearance - basically a box, but with nice edges, two toned, a clean look
  • Lamp life (unpublished)

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