Projector Reviews

Sony VPL-VW85 Projector – Image Quality 5

Sony VPL-VW85 images below are from either Blu-ray, or HDTV, with the exception of Lord of the Rings (standard DVD). These images are not overly accurate compared to the image the VPL-VW85 projector projects on the screen. There are color shifts (too much yellow, in this case), saturation differences, etc.

These images are provided to support the commentary. In reality, the projectors always look better than the images in our reviews. From a color standpoint, my dSLR camera still adds a very slight green shift to some photo shoots that I have not been able to completely remove. In other words, while we can demonstrate differences in black levels and shadow details of the VW85, the photos are only approximations of skin tone and color accuracy.

In the last two above, we have the same Earth and stars background, but when the shuttle enters, the dynamic iris has to open up more. You can see space get brighter, as blacks get less so, despite the same camera exposure. For that reason Earth also appears brighter. In the first image, the Sony (left) has a ery slight advantage, but in the second one, the difference is more evident, due to different iris action between the two. Keep in mind, that if one of those was the JVC RS25, it’s blacks would remain just as black, with the shuttle in the picture, as without. And therein lies the biggest black level advantage of the JVC over the Sony. Still, these images are intentionally a bit overexposed. The Sony’s blacks (even with the shuttle) looked stellar!

These next two all digital images images are good ones for considering black levels and dark shadow detail. Look for the richness in the black part of some of the buildings and also, the sky, in the second image. Both of these first two, are digital hi-def images from the DVE-HD calibration disc.

Of course nothing like a real image of the night sky to show off great black level performance. This one is from the Hubble telescope. This image is stunning filling about 110″ diagonal inches of my Firehawk G3, with the projector in best mode.