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Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Projector - Shadow Detail Performance - 2

Posted on December 7, 2008 by Art Feierman

The re-entry image below, is a tough shadow detail test. Projectors with weak black levels and average shadow detail ability tend to generate an image where much of the right side of earth, looks to have that flat, lacking in detail look. All projectors pick up some of the brighter features on the right side, while better ones, pick up a lot more and usually have richer blacks as well. The Sanyo does the best job on shadow detail, followed by the Panasonic, and then the Epson, which has always been just a little weak on shadow details.

The PLV-Z3000
The Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB
The Panasonic PT-AE3000

Next is the casino image at night from Bond's Casino Royale.

When comparing, look at the detail in the roof (tiles), and also in the assorted trees and plants. The small images below (all from the same projector) show a slightly overexposed scene. Click on the images and the larger versions of the different projectors, are far more overexposed, to allow a closer inspection of shadow details.

Sanyo PLV-Z3000 projector
Panasonic PT-AE3000U projector
Sony VPL-VW40 projector
Epson Home Cinema 1080UB projector
InFocus IN83 projector: (a more expensive projector that I've been raving about)
Mitsubishi HC6500 projector

Below is a heavily overexposed scene from Lord of the Rings. The overexposure lets you see all the details in the shed on the right, the structure on the left, and the plants and ground along the lower right. The PLV-Z3000 performs very nicely.

The Sanyo PLV-Z3000
The Sanyo PLV-Z700
The PT-AE3000U

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