The Sony delivered on its claim of 6000 lumens. A couple of things to note, regarding that. As per the table below, we measured a maximum of 5975 lumens, which, of course is 25 lumens short of claim. However, we tend to do things our own way around here, the result is our published measurements tend to be just slightly on the conservative side:
- These measurements were taken with the zoom lens at mid-point of its range. Being a 1.6:1 zoom that costs something typically between 6 and 10% of brightness compared to full wide angle.
- We do not measure ANSI, which produces a final number based on weighted average measuring at different points around the screen. ANSI therefore tends to take in factors suh as lower brightness in the corners. Instead, measurements are an average taken approximately 10% out from the dead center of the screen.
On excellent projectors this tends to leave us a good bit conservative, on those that roll off a good deal to the edges, we should produce similar results to using ANSI and measuring at full wide angle on the zoom lens.
The Sony has a host of controls, including main groups that include Dynamic, Standard, Brightness Prority And Multi-Projection But while those tend to bring about two different levels of brightness, other controls including color temp, and color space choices affect brightness as well.
Of course color reproduction is an important consideration. Even at the brightest measurement we came up with, 5975 lumens, color was very respectable, (some extra yellow green), but far better than most projectors running a "Dynamic" mode. Almost all other combinations were much better than that, with color – for an uncalibrated business projector being rather excellent, as many of the images in this review indicate. Very good color at almost 6000 lumens, great color at almost any other brightness - but there are some color space settings that are not "pretty." Fortunately, there are a huge number of options and almost all produce at least high quality color output.
Eco, officially on this projector is about options of handling the image, based on conditions, such as no source, or static source, whether to power down, or dim, etc., rather than being a traditional “low power mode.”
In reality, think of Dynamic as full power, and Standard as "Eco" as most projectors label things, since Dynamic does measure a good deal brighter.
That said, thanks to the laser light engine, you can control brightness in tiny increments – the slider offers 100 positions from full on, to almost black. With the minimum setting of 0, as you can see in the comparison images below), the projector is producing less than 1% of full brightness. There won't be too many applications where you ask a 6000 lumen projector to output only 500 lumens or even less, but it can be done if needed.
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