Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
Home Theater Projector Review
December 5, 2013
Brightness. Compared to the Epson 5030UB and 6030UB, the Pro Cinema 4030 is a little anemic when it comes to light output. With the lens at wide angle, the 4030 averages 23% less light than its siblings using equivalent settings. Interestingly enough, this difference disappears when using the telephoto end of the zoom lens.
Calibration required. The Pro Cinema 4030 lacks THX mode, and the factory settings for Cinema mode are not terribly accurate. As a result, the projector really does require calibration before it's ready for primetime. Luckily, since the projector is in restricted distribution, the person you're buying it from will very likely offer installation and calibration services for your projector.
No custom gamma. Whereas the 5030UB and 6030UB have fully customizable gamma curves, the 4030 has only a simple slider control that ranges between -2 and +2 with a default of 0. On our projector, the factory settings put average gamma around 1.7, and bumping the control to -2 only got us to 2.0 instead of the desired 2.2-2.4.
No Frame Interpolation. While not everyone likes frame interpolation, it is now a more or less standard feature of home theater projectors above $1500. Given that the Pro Cinema 4030 fits into this price category even if you discount the cost of the additional accessories, it is disappointing that the projector lacks any form of frame interpolation.