Viewsonic Pro9000 Shadow Detail Performance
Shadow detail on this pre-production projector - after applying Mike's recommendations for Brightness and Contrast, is about average.
I notice that the amount of dark shadow detail you will be able to make out will also depend a good deal on which of the many gamma settings you choose. With some, shadow detail isn't good at all, others are far better.
The standard "Bond" night train image does a great job for checking out shadow detail as well. This too is a very dark scene overall. Look to the shrubs on the right, especially behind the tracks, and also look for shadow detail in the wood behind them.
Viewsonic VPL-HW50ES: This projector below reveals more detail in the shrubs and the dark areas of woods on the right of the image. Note also, the much better black level performance of the Sony. The Sony is a more expensive projector - a significantly more expensive one, once you figure in the long term savings of a LED/laser light engine.
Optoma HD8300: A higher priced DLP projector- better blacks, but comparable shadow detail.
Optoma HD3: $1499 Similar dark shadow detail, plus the blacks are definitely better than the Pro 9000.
Epson Home Cinema 5010: Note the improved dark shadow detail in the shrubs on the right, and the trees on the right, that the Epson offers. We'll be reviewing this Epson's replacement, the Home Cinema 5020, within weeks of this review.
Mitsubishi HC4000: One of our favorite lower cost projectors (under $1500): This is probably the closest overall, in terms of the combination of shadow detail and blacks. This image below, though is not near as overexposed as the Viewsonic's.
Sharp XV-Z30000: A DLP projector with fairly similar street pricing, but 3D capable, similar shadow detail, but better blacks