The EF12 offers a couple of picture modes that have good picture quality. I primarily used “Cinema” and “Bright Cinema”, as they were most appropriate for my content and viewing space. The screenshots above were taken with the EF12 in “Dynamic” mode to achieve the highest brightness. Since the EF12 includes multiple user adjustments, I am sure it could be fine-tuned to produce a more accurate picture.
Above are screenshots of a variety of HD videos and photos. Like all our photos, they remain unadjusted for color, so they do not look quite as good as what the projector produced.
The native Full HD (1,920 x1,080) resolution of the Epson EF12 results in good text clarity. While gaming, I could easily read everything I needed/wanted to and had no issues reading small text while streaming to the projector from my phone or tablet.
While the EF12 is a Full HD unit, it can accept 4K content, and it also supports both HDR10 and HLG. Even though the EF12 can play HDR content, like most lower brightness home entertainment projectors, I prefer watching shows in SDR instead of HDR.
Overall, the video picture quality was good for a home media projector at this price point. While not perfect, the overall color accuracy was very good, with natural-looking skin tones and reasonable image contrast.