One picture is worth a thousand words: Well, then this photo player is worth many thousands of words. Check out this assortment of skin tone images, and remember – this is with no adjustments at all (except possibly I was using a different EOTF on some of the 4K HDR images than the default, but that would have no effect on skin tones other than the overall image being slightly brighter or darker in the mid-tones.
Other than the sequence showing the same photo in different modes, all of the photos you are seeing of movies were taken using Cinema Film 1 (which has aa bit more dynamic look than Reference (which is usually the most perfectly tuned mode on most Sonys.)
In addition, to all the 4K content, you’ll find some of our regular James Bond in Casino Royale, photos under different lighting conditions, which demonstrate that it is the lighting, and the “director’s intent,” that determines what we perceive as good skin tones.
Bottom Line on the VW695ES’s Skin Tones: Ridiculously good considering no color adjustments made. There are projectors out there, that even after calibration won’t be as good as the better modes here. And, as an added bonus, unlike most other brands of home theater projectors,
Great news: Sony doesn’t create a “native lamp” type mode, to get the most lumens out for their claims. Every one of the Sony’s modes look pretty good, no heavy greens and yellows typical of the brightest modes of most home theater projectors (most are called Dynamic, or Bright mode, varying by brands, but other names are used as well, for “brightest” modes, that have poor color, but often 20% or more lumens than the first mode to have good color and skin tones.