Projectors

Optoma HD8200 Single-chip 1080p DLP Projector

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Introduction

It seems every year projector prices fall a little more. The $4999 Optoma HD8200 single-chip DLP 1080p projector offers features and image quality that would have cost you over $10,000 just a few years ago. Though it has some stiff competition from JVC and Sony in this price category, Optoma has met this challenge with some unique motion processing and image enhancement features.

While great advances in contrast performance and color accuracy have been made with LCD and LCoS projectors, DLP has evolved a bit more slowly. It used to have the contrast advantage but recent models using the latest LCD or LCoS chips have surpassed in black level performance. The area where DLP is still king however is in screen uniformity. Due to its single-chip design, there is no possibility of convergence error. Color and brightness are more even across the screen surface. DLP also has inherently superior motion processing. There is no possibility of blur or refresh lag with its all-digital signal path. LCD and LCoS still depend on precise control of voltage to individual pixels to produce a picture. Lastly, DLP projectors usually offer greater light output capability. When you’re trying to fill a large screen or throw an image in a large room, you need all the lumens you can get!

Optoma has always been known for its affordable DLP projectors. Their latest budget model, the HD20, offers 1080p for only $999. The line is topped by the HD8600; a flagship model with a rich feature set and interchangeable lenses. The subject of this review, the HD8200 fits squarely into the mid-priced category with the Sony VPL-VW60 ($4999) and the JVC DLA-HD550 ($4999). How did it measure up? Let’s find out.

Specifications

  • Design: Single-chip 0.65" DLP Projector (Texas Instruments DarkChip 3)
  • Native Resolution: 1920x1080 at 48 Hz or 60 Hz
  • Throw ratio: 1.49-2.28
  • Lens Shift: Vertical 105%-130% Above Lens Axis, Horizontal ±15%
  • Light Output: 1,300 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 20,000:1 (Dynamic)
  • Automatic Iris Control
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI 1.3, 1 Component, 1 S-Video, 1 Composite, 1 PC
  • Fan Noise: 22 dB Standard, 26 dB Bright
  • Control: RS-232, 2-12v Trigger
  • Lamp power: 220 watts
  • Rated Lamp Life: 3,000 Hrs Standard, 2,000 Hrs Bright
  • Dimensions: 7.6" H x 14.6" W x 19.2" D
  • Weight: 18.5 Pounds
  • MSRP: $4,999 USA
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