Vivitek H9080FD Projector – Image Quality-2

Again, from Space Cowboys, this is a cropped image. The right side is very bright (so dynamic irises will not be effective). The H9080FD (top left) shows very good shadow detail in the dark areas of the satellite. Next to it on the first row, is the JVC DLA-RS20, Those images are followed by the Optoma HD806 and the PT-AE3000 (second row). The third row is the Mitsubishi HC7000 (left), and the Sony VPL-HW10. Apologies, the JVC image is a little blurred, but you can still see the details.

H9080FD
JVC DLA-RS20
Optoma HD806
PT-AE3000
Mitsubishi HC7000
Sony VPL-HW10

The Space Cowboys re-entry scene is a tough shadow detail test. Projectors with weak black levels and average shadow detail ability tend to generate an image where much of the right side of earth looks to have that flat, lacking in detail look. All projectors pick up some of the brighter features on the right side, while better ones pick up a lot more and usually have richer blacks as well. The JVC does a great job, rich dark blacks, plus good shadow detail.

Next is a frame from the last Indiana Jones movie. You’ll this one in other recent reviews. The details still found as the walls and fixtures darken toward the top, are a good way to compare shadow detail.

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On the left, is the H9080FD, the middle, the Sanyo PLV-Z3000, and on the right, the JVC DLA-RS10. The exposures are all a little different, but you should be able to appreciate the combination of shadow detail and dark blacks

H9080FD
Sanyo PLV-Z3000
JVC DLA-RS10

When comparing, look at the detail in the roof (tiles), and also in the assorted trees and plants. The small images below (all from the same projector) show a slightly overexposed scene. Click on the images and you will find larger images, but of the different projectors. The large images are far more overexposed, to allow a closer inspection of shadow details.

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