720p DLP Projector Review
Rainbows. The H5380BD has a 2x-speed color wheel, so folks who are sensitive to DLP color separation artifacts will see them in spades.
3D Brightness. When 3D on the H5380BD is turned on, several things happen. First, the projector switches to Standard mode and locks all image controls. Second, black level rises significantly, such that without glasses black can appear gray. Third, light output drops by up to 50%. This reduction in brightness occurs in the projector itself, and does not include the additional 50% loss (at minimum) due to active shutter glasses. In a best-case scenario, a 3D image from the H5380BD is starting at 25% of the projector's 2D brightness in Standard mode, or 350 lumens. Since image brightness is critical to comfortable 3D viewing, you should keep 3D viewing to images no larger than 100" diagonal, and then only if room lighting is well controlled.
3D On/Off. The H5380BD's 3D capabilities rely on a manual on/off switch accessed through the projector menu. Unfortunately, this means you'll need to remember to turn 3D on and off each time you want to use it. Leaving 3D turned on reduces both image brightness and black level, so it's a good idea to go in and turn it off unless you're actively using it.
Posterization. In images with subtle gradient effects, there was some posterization in the H5380BD's image. Posterization occurs when several shades of a color are combined into a single shade, resulting in abrupt transitions from one color to the next. This artifact is plainly visible on color gradient patterns, but can also show up in real-world situations, like a panoramic shot of the sky containing many subtle shades of blue.
Locked image modes. The H5380BD has a variety of pre-calibrated image modes, but they are locked -- you cannot change their default settings. Attempting to change a setting kicks the projector into User mode instead, and the projector has only one User mode. In other words, if you want to save more than one bank of adjustments, you'll have to write them down.
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