Note: The projector had over 76 Hours on the bulb before I calibrated it and took the light measurements. A brand-new bulb will most likely have slightly higher measured lumens.
The UHD51A has 8 picture modes: Bright, Game, Cinema, Reference, User, HDR, HDR Sim & 3D. I spent most of my time with Reference, User and HDR. For reasons I don’t understand Cinema, Game, Reference & HDR Sim all have their default picture settings at crazy levels. Contrast as high as 30 (50max), Brightness -15 Tint -16, color 25.
Brightness set to -15 effects peak whites, and it shouldn’t. At -15 not only are the blacks crushed, the peak lumens drop also. For example: Reference mode loses 110 lumens with Brightness at -15 vs 0. Contrast set to 30 does not increase peak whites at all, it just causes major clipping. If you’re not going to adjust any settings then at a bare minimum put the projector on User mode because it’s the only mode other than Bright mode that has the default picture setting at 0.
All modes default with Brilliant color set to 10 except for Reference mode which is set to 1. When settings setting the picture controls to the same values, Cinema, Reference and User modes all measure the same. During my calibration of UHD51A I experienced an issue with white level clipping. Basically, no matter what mode I was in the whites would clip at 232 no matter where or how low I set the contrast.
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