We’re talking entry level projector, so black level performance expectations are very low. The good news is that this is a single chip DLP projector, and they have more native contrast than competing 3LCD projectors so, the Viewsonic, whose black level performance can only be described overall as entry level, still easily outperforms the 3LCD competition, and is in line with most other similarly or slightly more expensive priced DLPs.
In other words, the 3LCDs may have better overall color, but the Viewsonic will beat them out on handling very dark scenes because of the better contrast.
Above are our usual sequence of images showing the “Bond night train” scene converted to greyscale and intentionally overexposed for better comparison. I’ve included several major competitors as well as some more expensive models for your consideration.
From a business/education projector standpoint, the black level performance is rarely going to be a consideration. If it is a consideration in your shopping, you basically have two choices. If superior black levels are really important, for example if this projector will be used to show high quality photos, say, in a film class, or your black and white collection of photos from the last three decades, then your option is to stick with a projector like this Viewsonic, for ok performance, or spend at least twice as much for something noticeably better, or almost four times the price for something dramatically superior at handling dark images and scenes.
If you are showing casual photos, like family and friends, then, it's probably fine.
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