Sony has been pretty consistent the past few years, in that almost all of their many picture presets produce between very good and excellent color. Some of Sony’s best pre-set modes are more accurate “right out of the box” than some other projectors are after calibration. As you would expect, Sony’s new flagship fits that description.
Each of the presets varies with different settings for features like Color Temp, Gamma, (Or EOTF/Contrast for 4K with HDR), dynamic contrast, etc.
No matter, the point is this projector serves up some great picture quality without needing any adjustment, just pick one of the better modes. Reference on the Sony is great. Want punchier (a little) try Cinema Film 1. Cinema Film 2 (falls somewhere in between.
In the case of this VW995ES review, we did not calibrate the projector – let’s just say I gave Eric (our calibrator) the days off.
So, with the exception of adjusting the EOTF/Contrast (set to 70 or 75 depending), and playing a bit with a few controls (like the dynamic contrast), all my observations are basically based on “right out of the box viewing.” Sure, if this projector was fully and properly calibrated there would be some minor improvement, but, after well over 100 hours of viewing 4K with/without HDR, 1080p movies and HDTV, and a ton of 1080i sports, I never really missed having it calibrated. Compared to the Epson I have ceiling mounted (which was calibrated), the two pictures look near identical in terms of color (Sony Reference vs Epson Digital Cinema), in terms of color balance.
Oh, the Sony looks immediately, and noticeably better, but that’s not because the color is more or less accurate, but because the overall picture on the Sony, is, by comparison – “next level.”
It just looks clearer, richer, more dynamic, etc. but similar.
All the images therefore on these two pages (and the rest of the review are basically “right out of the box”. Any minor adjustments (none to color) that I made are more subtle than you could see in our photos, due to compression, etc. The exception is the 4K HDR EOTF/Contrast adjustments which are easily discernible, but have no effect on color they just lighten up the lower and mid ranges to prevent HDR dimness), when raising the setting. I recommend 70 or 75, but I have tried 80 at times.
Bottom line: This Sony puts a picture up on the screen, without any calibration, that should still wow even the most hard core enthusiast!