1080p Home Theater Projector
The most obvious direct competition for the HD8200 is the JVC RS10. They are both 1080p models priced at $4,995, and both are being sold through CEDIA dealers and specialty retailers.
The big issue that most readers will wonder about is contrast. The HD8200 has just about double the ANSI contrast as the RS10 (582:1 vs. 299:1). Meanwhile, the RS10 has almost triple the native contrast (23,300:1 vs. 8,700:1). How do these numbers translate to actual perceived contrast on screen? Basically, if you forget about the contrast data and set them up side by side such that they are outputting similar lumen level, the RS10 shows more dynamic range, which means that the RS10 will have a somewhat blacker black and brighter highlights in any given scene. Overall, the JVC looks to be the higher contrast of the two pictures.
Due in part to the lumen-curtailing action of the iris on the HD8200, the RS10 is also capable of producing a brighter video image. This is not the conclusion you'd come to if you relied upon the specs, as the HD8200 is rated at 1300 ANSI lumens, to the RS10's 1000. Here's one more example of why it is not smart to shop by comparing specs.
However, the HD8200 has one key advantage over the RS10, which is frame interpolation. It is interesting to watch these two units side by side with the HD8200's frame interpolation on Low. On many films, the HD8200's picture is smoother and more stable, whereas the inherent motion judder in 24p transmission is obvious on the RS10. Though the RS10 has better brightness and dynamic range, it is easy to imagine many users would opt for the HD8200 for its superior smoothness of motion.
The Optoma HD8200 is a solid and impressive performer. Users will love the picture it delivers. At a price of $4,999, it is not setting any new benchmark standards in price/performance, but it is the only DLP 1080p projector on the market today with frame interpolation on board. The inclusion of a 1.5:1 zoom lens and some lens shift capability are also stand-out features for a DLP projector in this price range. For those looking for this particular combination of features, the HD8200 is a great choice.
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