The Optoma UHL55 has respectable contrast for a home entertainment projector and provides very nice details in the dark scenes. There are few pieces of content that I like to view to see the level of detail the projector can show in the dark portions of a scene. As projectors can’t throw black light onto the screen, the brightness and greys they produce give our eyes the contrast and black level detail we are looking for.
When watching Netflix Earth 4k, there are lots of great scenes with bright colors and fantastic scenery. One part that I like to run a projector through is in the jungle about two-thirds of the way through, there is a portion about these birds that have a beautiful blue plumage on their chest and red on top of their heads.
Great detail in the neck feathers, Earth 4K on Netflix
Their face and neck are a deep black. If you view this on a display that has poor contrast. You can not even see their eyes. The Optoma UHL55 did a great job. Not only could I see their eyes, but you could see the feather details as they fluff themselves up and dance around the trees. Other comparable projectors that I have seen lately, didn’t have the contrast to show as much detail as the Optoma UHL 55. It looked fantastic. Not only with the details on the black portions of the birds but also in the landscapes and night scenes.
There are scenes in Jumanji as the picture above. Where they are racing in the jungle to get the jewel back to its resting place. The Optoma UHL55 did a great job of showing the night scenes in all their glory. You can see the details in the shadows and the beautiful orange and reds of the torches. It was very nice to watch these scenes on such a well-performing projector.
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You can also see in the images above that the UHL55 performs great in a lit room. I was able to use it with the curtains open. I have a window right by the screen. However, on this bright grey day. The UHL55 does just fine. Of course the dark scenes lose some of their black level as its washed out by the ambient light, however the image looked great.