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Optoma HD8200
1080p Home Theater Projector

Review Contents
Performance
4.5
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
Home Theater
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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

Shootout: Optoma HD8200 versus JVC DLA-RS10

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.

Conclusion

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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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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