Mitsubishi HC3000: test and review

Mitsubishi continues his meteoric rise in the market for projectors. After an unconvincing HC2000 produced in reality by Optoma, engineers have worked on the most effective home models and better positioned in the market. The third wave arrives today with the HC3000, a much more mature projector and the technologically than many competitors page.

Texas Instruments, inventor of DLP technology, has indeed sold new and better matrices with a relatively compact (0.65-inch diagonal), high definition (1280×768 pixels) and high contrast with the treatment of DarkChip 3 chip. Mitsubishi has integrated its compact projector chip that learned both less expensive and more efficient than conventional HD2 + DarkChip 2.

Besides its advanced matrix, the HC3000 embeds a high-quality optical zoom for long enough zoom range, forcing him to place the projector at the back of the room to get a picture of good dimensions. However, one can expect a satisfactory dive coupled with a reduction of disturbances by reflected light incident on the side walls of the room. The iris (iris) which had made the success of previous models is still in the game to drive up the contrast in exchange for a substantial reduction in overall brightness. The lamp to high lifetime can be spent in economy mode at the cost of further reduction, lower this time.

The integrated lens is good, but its focal length requires a large room.

The compact chassis in metallic finish, so magnesium, used for some computer projectors and the predecessors of the HC3000 is the part without visible alterations. Control keys, simplified to the extreme, are embedded discreetly on the back of the projector, as opposed to the manual controls of the lens (zoom, focus) pleasant and accurate.

connectivity, it is understood that the projector’s outer shell has really not moved a millimeter: the handy digital HDMI video input is housed in a much larger cut, that of DVI that appeared on previous models ! Attention not really damaging, the other inputs (component, S-video, composite, VGA computer) is always at your service.

The supplied remote is tiny and indeed sufficient. Backlit, it has direct access to the sources, to the activation of the iris, rapid adjustments to sharpness, brightness and gamma, which will leave anyway in position “cinema” in any circumstance. The menus are also compact and expeditious, which is not displeasing to us. The picture settings are sufficient, activation and self extinguishing projector with source selection quite welcome. Components red, green and blue can be adjusted if sized.

In action, the HC3000 seduced by the homogeneity of its image, uniformly illuminated, devoid of pixels with the Dark Chip 3 which practically reduced to nothingness of space between them. The unusual resolution of the matrix, 1280×768 pixels, surprising on paper but is very significant in practice. Displayed in 16/9, 1280×720 pixels of the image can be shifted with an amplitude of 48 pixels, which compensates the absence of optical vertical parallax correction.

The HC3000 offers a small but full connectivity, including HDMI for high definition.

From the first images with the iris closed preferably one is seduced by the rendering of the projector. The contrast is truly excellent and enhanced by a stable side optical elements adjacent to the light very dark areas. The contours of the image seduces dive enthusiasts seem leaving the details, good fluidity with which images are linked leave the viewer into the film.

The method “Color Bright” from Texas Instruments is integrated for the first time to this projector. Thanks to a special code wheel equipped with additional segments (cyan, magenta and yellow), you can mitigate clearly in the rainbow effects inherent to DLP technology and achieve a net gain of brightness in the midtones without touching in contrast. This action does not prejudice the shadows, highlights or overall tonal balance which, it must be said, is excellent origin. a beautiful fluency is noted on earth tones, dark green shades, skin tones but not in excess, however, saturation of intense reds, deep blues.

With video circuits both stitched and low-noise, the image from hard sources is made, to the extent possible, with quality. No banding were reported on gradients, no tingling in either shadows. We only regret halos whitish with the sharpness level originally provided, a default minimization of this digital sharpening details can erase.