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Home Theater
Optoma HD8200 Projector Optoma HD8200
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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:20,000:1
Lumens:1300
Weight: 18.5 lbs
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:DLP
Lens:1.5x manual
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:2,000 Hrs
3,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, VGA In, DVI, HDMI 1.3 (x2), RS232, 12-Volt Trigger
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60

Optoma HD8200
1080p Home Theater Projector

Evan Powell, June 24, 2009

Anamorphic options. The HD8200 has an anamorphic vertical stretch mode on board, so it is ready to accommodate an external anamorphic lens. The 1.5x zoom lens has enough range to move back and forth from 2.35 to 16:9 if the user wishes to set up a 2.35 CIH system with zoom changes rather than the anamorphic lens. However, for the large majority of users who are expected to ceiling mount this projector, that option is impractical since the zoom lens adjustments are manual. For the price, we would like to have seen powered zoom/focus.

Warranty. The HD8200's warranty lasts for three years, which is as good as it gets in the projector business these days. This means you can rest easy, knowing your considerable investment is protected should anything go wrong.

Good placement flexibility. The HD8200 has a 1.5:1 manual zoom, allowing it to throw a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 10' 10" to 16' 7". It also has some modest lens shift capability, which is somewhat of a rarity on DLP projectors. Lens shift allows you to move the image up to 1/3 of the image's height or width, or about 17% in any one direction from center. This is especially handy if you're planning to ceiling mount, which the HD8200 is ideally suited for. If you get the projector settled into a ceiling mount only to find that it's not hitting the screen quite right, you can fix it without relocating the mount itself.

Color wheel configuration. The HD8200 has a six-segment (RGBRGB) color wheel with a 6x rotation speed, which is excellent for home theater. A 6x-speed wheel virtually eliminates any concern about color separation artifacts.

Frame interpolation. The HD8200 has a frame interpolation system, which Optoma calls PureMotion. It is hard to find at first, as it is buried in Image > Advanced > PureEngine, along with the settings for the auto iris and some detail and color enhancements. When using 24p content, the HD8200 creates one interim frame for every real frame, displaying them at 48 Hz. This greatly reduces judder.

Our impression of FI on this unit is mixed. There are three settings, Low, Medium, and High. In the Medium and High settings, we found too many distracting artifacts. But when the system is set to Low, the results were quite satisfying. Motion judder was significantly reduced, while just a minimal level of undesirable artifacting was introduced. We found this to be the smoothest and most attractive option for a number of films being viewed in 24p transmission.

Limitations

Rear shelf mounting is difficult. The HD8200 has a built-in offset throw angle that makes it good for ceiling mounting, and good for placement on or under a coffee table, or a table between the seats. When ceiling mounted (or table mounted), the lens shift can place the top (bottom) of the projected image at the same height as the lens centerline, or drop (raise) it up to 33% of the image height. However, if you wanted to install the HD8200 on a rear shelf above and behind the seats, you're out of luck. When turned upright, the bottom edge of the projected image cannot be dropped below the centerline of the lens, which means you'd need to tilt the projector and compensate with a lot of keystone correction. Not recommended.

Strange auto iris behavior. There seemed to be some peculiar behavior in the auto iris, in that when turned off, it would default to a position that was not wide open. This substantially reduced lumen output from what the projector would otherwise be capable of. Having manual control of the iris position would be a desirable feature on this model.

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Comments (15) Post a Comment
Domonic Webb Posted Mar 26, 2009 11:20 AM PST
Thanks and about time ive been waiting for this for the longest anyway do you think that we will be seeing 100hz ( or 120hz) on dlp's for the near future??

cant wait to see one of these on display
Petrolhead Posted Mar 31, 2009 1:22 PM PST
Is FI only designed to be used when fed a 24p image?
Open Golf Posted Jun 2, 2009 10:04 PM PST
hey thanks for good information about the Projector.i have also purches it.
Aleexey Posted Jun 24, 2009 7:56 PM PST
In Russia because of the prices the choice is more obvious in advantage Optoma (JVC DLA-RS10 $10000 and Optoma HD8200 $3000)
Yogesh kumar Posted Jul 11, 2009 4:35 AM PST
can anyone tell me the price of Optoma HD8200 i am planning to buy it and also tell that is it better choice for viewing movie on it as a home theater, and is it available in INDIA

Yogesh INDIA
John Dawson Posted Jul 28, 2009 1:56 AM PST
Hi

Domonic thank you for your question. I would like to start by saying that Arcam Ltd and Optoma have reached an agreement in which we will release the new Optoma 8300 model in September 2009 which we have been working on together for over a year now. We will bring our extensive interpolation knowledge to the table to help Optoma with the 8300.

It will include a 100Hz and 120Hz mode amongst many other new features. All this and we intent to find new Korean manufaturers to reduce the rrp to beat our strong compition.

I hope this helps in some way

Yours

John Dawson

Arcam UK CEO
Rajesh Posted Sep 1, 2009 2:12 PM PST
Hi MR.Yogesh,

It is sold as HD-82(Asia model) in India . This is a very good Home theatre projector and value for money. Good luck to you.

Regards Rajesh rajesh122@gmail.com
enrique pirard Posted Oct 22, 2009 6:01 AM PST
I have the optoma 8200 for 3 months and bot it based in yours test. Your recomendation was very useful and real . 10/10. thanks ,is a great projector.

epirard chile
Dheeraj Posted Nov 17, 2009 6:08 AM PST
Hey can anyone tell me what would be the ideal projector distance for HD 82. Home theatre room dimension is 32 X 16. L W
ddmorales Posted Nov 17, 2009 6:38 AM PST
Good review of a great projector.

Some time ago users discovered a flaw in the projector where red and blue colors are blurred. When watching movies it's very hard to see this, but when the projector is used with a HTPC it can be clearly seen as red and blue fonts/text are blurred, sometimes almost unreadable.

I have not seen any response from Optoma even when this problem has been confirmed with several different euro-units and all the firmware versions. It's a shame that such a great projector has such a big problem. I just hope it will be sorted out with a firmwire update, until that happens I do not recommend HD82 if you plan to use it with a computer.
kevin Posted May 16, 2010 3:03 PM PST
Hey can anyone tell me what would be the ideal projector distance for HD 82. Home theatre room dimension is 20 X 18. L W
Rajesh Posted Jul 7, 2010 7:47 AM PST
Pls let me know the ceiling height . Since you have a 18 foot width , you can easily accomidate a 135" diagonal screen native 16:9

The projector distance would be 17 feet from the screen
Rajesh Posted Jul 7, 2010 8:18 AM PST
Pls let me know the ceiling height . Since you have a 18 foot width , you can easily accomidate a 135" diagonal screen native 16:9

The projector distance would be 17 feet from the screen
elspeth jill Posted Oct 3, 2010 1:08 AM PST
Hi. It seems that when I'm using the optoma HD82 on a dvd movie, it's quite clear, but when using the xbox360, it seems that the quality of the picture changes to a "low quality". what will i do? thanks!!!

elspeth
vimal Posted Mar 19, 2012 1:39 AM PST
so nice

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