The VPL-FH30 is rated at 4300 lumens. While we could get pretty close to the output, it did require certain positioning of the projector, as well as using a different gamma setting than the default. By having no lens shift from the center lens position, zooming out to the widest image size and setting Gamma to Text in the menu, we were able to achieve 4030 lumens in Presentation mode. For the rest of our testing, the lens was at mid-zoom (which has the biggest effect on the output), where the output dropped to 3583 lumens. Shifting the lens upward to properly fit the screen dropped the output to 3509 lumens and putting gamma back on its default setting of “Graphics 1” further lowered to output to 3110. This is still very bright and provides a better balanced image for presentations that aren’t mostly text-based. In Dynamic mode (the second brightest), we measured 2771 lumens. Using Standard mode, the output dropped slightly to 2626 lumens. This is the mode that will most often be used for presentation that demand the best color balance, while still delivering good brightness.
Dropping the lamp into the Standard brightness mode resulted in a 23% drop in lumen output. With Presentation mode, this still gives you 2384 lumens which should be sufficient as long as there is some ambient light control.