The Epson Home Cinema 4010 and Pro Cinema 4050 are typical Epson home theater projectors, and when I say that, I’m talking really good color, right out of the box. True, the brightest mode – Dynamic – is strong on greens, but not as bad as most.
More significantly several modes are fairly close to Dynamic, (i.e. Bright Cinema), aren’t that much less bright, but have really good color. This series, along with the slightly more expensive UB series, also have a cinema filter built in. That filter when engaged (Digital Cinema mode), further improves color, allowing these lamp based projectors to get very, very close to achieving P3 color – rivaling a quality movie theater. That does cost some brightness (almost half), but there’s plenty of good color to go around without using that filter.
This time around, we calibrated Digital Cinema with P3 for our “Best” 4K with HDR/P3 content handling. We also calibrated Natural mode – which is almost twice as bright, because of no cinema filter. That calibrated mode can do REC709, but not close to P3. So you get to choose, a mode that’s brighter – for HDR handling, or one not as bright, with the richer colors. Your choice!
The images in the player above demonstrate the “right out of the box” color capabilities of the projector, before any calibration. We only calibrated two modes, as noted: Natural for our non-4K including our Victoria Secret model image (labeled in the caption). All the others shown, except Digital Cinema (which we only use for 4K with HDR/P3), since that won’t work on 1080i/1080p satellite content.
In the player above, the first five images are from 1080i HDTV. (the two Vic Secret model images are respectively: Bright Cinema (2nd brightest mode - good color, and Dynamic (the worst color this Epson is capable of). Not bad! That's followed by one 4K (no HDR - Blacklist off of Netflix), and two 4K movies with HDR/P3.
Overall, no surprise, the HC4010 / PC4050, have many modes that look good. Some are cooler and might be preferred for sports etc, others are close to 6500K – the color temp standard and ideal for movies. (When viewing things like sports with ambient light, most folks I know favor the slightly cooler color range of 7000K to 7500K.
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