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Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K Home Theater Projector – Calibration Settings

Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review – Calibration Settings: Calibration Settings and Post Calibration Measurements for 1080p and 4K Content

Sony VPL-VW285ES Calibration Presets Notes

Sony has included 9 calibration presets (Cinema Film 1, Cinema Film 2, Reference, TV, Photo, Game, Bright Cinema, Bright TV & User) on the VPL-VW285ES. By default, all of them have the lamp set to high. Thing is, they are all basically the same when you adjust their settings to the same values, except for a few subtle differences. Lumen output was also very similar with Reference actually measuring the highest, not Bright Cinema or Bright TV – go figure.

Eric provides a lot more information on the Advanced Calibration page along with all the color management system (CMS) calibration settings for our subscribers.

Note: The projector had over 103 Hours on the bulb before calibrated and measured.

Best Mode Calibration for 1080p and REC709 - Reference

I performed my dark room calibration, “Best Mode” (for non-HDR, non-BT.2020), using Reference mode with low lamp. Without calibration and all the adjustments set to their default settings, Reference looked and measured quite well with DeltaE measuring 1 to just over 3 in the mid/lower IRE range. White balance was close to D65 and with the gamma setting set to off, it tracked a decent 2.2 curve. The BT.709 color gamut was also tracking quite good with some of the colors oversaturated just a little.

Sony VPL-VW285ES Reference Mode CIE Chart Pre-Calibration
Sony VPL-VW285ES Reference Mode CIE Chart Pre-Calibration

IRE Pre-Calibration Post-Calibration
10 IRE 6565K 6565K
20 IRE 6541K 6408K
30 IRE 6623K 6438K
40 IRE 6694K 6671K
50 IRE 6582K 6606K
60 IRE 6536K 6534K
70 IRE 6459K 6483K
80 IRE 6490K 6564K
90 IRE 6475K 6454K
100 IRE 6579K 6540K & 1024 Lumens

Measured at low lamp, mid-zoom.

Average Gamma Pre-Calibration: 2.30

Average Gamma Post-Calibration: 2.43 (target 2.40)

Type Pre-Calibration Post-Calibration
Color Temp D65 D65
Gamma Off 2.4
Contrast Max 95
Brightness 50 52
Color 50 50
Hue 50 50
Sharpness 10 15
Contrast Enhancer Off Off
Motionflow True Cinema True Cinema
Type Pre-Calibration Post-Calibration
Reality Creation On On
Database Normal Normal
Resolution 20 20
Noise Filtering 30 0
Smooth Gradation Off Off
Clear White Off Off
x.v. Color Off Off
Color Space BT.709 BT.709
Input Lag Reduction Off Off
RGB Gain Bias
Red - 23 - 4
Green 0 - 5
Blue 0 - 5

Greyscale calibration settings for Reference Mode.

Sony VPL-VW285ES Reference Mode CIE Chart Post-Calibration
Sony VPL-VW285ES Reference Mode CIE Chart Post-Calibration

Brightest mode calibration for 1080p and REC709 – Cinema Film 1

Next up I did my bright room calibration using the Cinema Film 1 preset with the lamp set to bright. This combination did not yield quite as good as Reference mode did on low lamp. I had the biggest issue with my target gamma of 2.10 and after trying different setting combinations I ended up using Color Temp: custom color 3 & gamma 7. White balance was pretty good pre-calibration as well as BT.709 color gamut. Pre-calibration, DeltaE hovered in the 2-4 range.

Sony VPL-VW285ES Cinema Film 1 Mode CIE Chart Pre-Calibration
Sony VPL-VW285ES Cinema Film 1 Mode CIE Chart Pre-Calibration

IRE Pre-Calibration Post-Calibration
10 IRE 6611K 6531K
20 IRE 6704K 6531K
30 IRE 6741K 6600K
40 IRE 6658K 6550K
50 IRE 6443K 6586K
60 IRE 6584K 6550K
70 IRE 6608K 6512K
80 IRE 6509K 6489K
90 IRE 6777K 6494K
100 IRE 6859K 6686K & 1557 Lumens

Mode measured at full brightness with the lens at mid-zoom.

Average Gamma Pre-Calibration: 2.02

Average Gamma Post-Calibration: 2.16 (target 2.20)

Type Pre-Calibration Post-Calibration
Color Temp Custom 3 Custom 3
Gamma Gamma 7 Gamma 7
Contrast Max 98
Brightness 50 50
Color 50 50
Hue 50 50
Sharpness 30 15
Contrast Enhancer Low Off
Motionflow True Cinema True Cinema
Type Pre-Calibration Post-Calibration
Reality Creation On On
Database Normal Normal
Resolution 50 20
Noise Filtering 40 0
Smooth Gradation Low Off
Clear White Off Off
x.v. Color Off Off
Color Space Color Space 3 BT.709
Input Lag Reduction Off Off
RGB Gain Bias
Red - 2 0
Green - 2 0
Blue - 4 0

Greyscale calibration settings for Cinema Film 1 Mode.

Sony VPL-VW285ES Cinema Film 1 Mode CIE Chart Post-Calibration
Sony VPL-VW285ES Cinema Film 1 Mode CIE Chart Post-Calibration

4K with HDR, BT.2020 “Best Mode” – Cinema Film 2

My last calibration was for 4K/HDR. For this mode, I used Cinema Film 2 with lamp on high. While in any mode the projector will detect a 4K signal and set the contrast to 60, separate from wherever you had it set for HD/1080p. It also removes many of the adjustment settings you have with HD/1080p such as gamma. This allows you to use the same picture mode you used for 1080p content. I, however, chose to use a different mode (Cinema Film 2).

Sony VPL-VW285ES Cinema Film 2 Mode CIE Chart Pre-Calibration
Sony VPL-VW285ES Cinema Film 2 Mode CIE Chart Pre-Calibration

IRE Pre-Calibration Post-Calibration
10 IRE 6332K 6378K
20 IRE 6978K 6734K
30 IRE 6695K 6578K
40 IRE 6729K 6650K
50 IRE 6690K 6442K
60 IRE 6585K 6546K
70 IRE 6614K 6900K
80 IRE 6690K 6689K
90 IRE 6681K 6678K
100 IRE 6689K 6675K & 1608 Lumens

Mode measured at full brightness with the lens at mid-zoom, Custom 3 preset.

Type Pre-Calibration Post-Calibration
Color Temp Custom 3 Custom 3
Gamma N/A N/A
Contrast 60 80
Brightness 50 50
Color 50 50
Tint 50 50
Sharpness 30 10
Contrast Enhancer Low Off or Low
Reality Creation On On
Type Pre-Calibration Post-Calibration
Database Normal Normal
Resolution 50 20
Noise Filtering 40 30
Smooth Gradation Low Off
Clear White Off Off
x.v. Color Off Off
HDR Auto Auto
Color Space BT.2020 BT.2020
Input Lag Reduction Off Off
RGB Gain Bias
Red - 2 0
Green - 2 0
Blue - 4 0

Greyscale calibration settings for Cinema Film 2 Mode

After trying to improve the 4K / HDR color I decided it was best to leave color correction off.

Sony VPL-VW285ES Cinema Film 2 Mode CIE Chart Post-Calibration
Sony VPL-VW285ES Cinema Film 2 Mode CIE Chart Post-Calibration

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