Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLV-Z60: Shadow Detail Performance

Once again, the PLV-Z60 performs very well, but not quite best in class. The first image here is from Space Cowboys – a photo of a scene with Clint Eastwood in his home office, a room lit only by a small table lamp, makes this an especially dark scene. Because of that, all the images are multiple second exposures, and that tends to make the images less consistent from projector to projector, in terms of color. What are subtle differences (a slight shift to red, or blue, or green) when viewed live on the screen, tends to be drastically exaggerated when photographed. As a result, ignore the color shifts, and instead focus on the shadow details, in the blinds in the back, the beer bottle, the back of Clint’s head, etc.

First here’s the image from the Sanyo PLV-Z60. You can, I should note, also make out in the scene, the blue hotspot in the upper right side of the image. This ties to the background evenness issue previously mentioned Obviously we’d see a little more shadow detail in that area in a production unit that has a good background:

Comparing the image above to the Mitsubishi image below, note that the Z60 is a little brighter. The letterbox area is also a touch brighter than in the image below. Compensate for the slight difference in exposures, and these two projectors are doing a roughly comparable job on black levels, and the same is true of shadow detail. I might give the Z60 the slightest advantage, and that’s from studying the images, compensating for an exposure difference that’s slight, etc. Let me say, though in fairness, that any slight advantage in shadow details that the Z60 has over the Mitsubishi HC1600, is not going to be enough to help you choose one over the other. We are talking slight!

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