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Yet more good news finds the HC6500 handling motion with everything from straight PAL through to 1080p/24 HD with equal clarity and less judder than we'd expect for its price point.
In some ways the HC6500's black levels are also very good by affordable LCD standards. But at the same time they're really the only part of the HC6500's picture makeup that I didn't feel 100 per cent happy with.
What's good about them is that they can definitely go a bit deeper than those of the HC5500, and suffer sufficiently little from the old LCD problem with grey mist, ensuring that dark scenes can be watched without you needing to worry about feeling that you're missing out on loads of background details and image depth.
However, I also found that in order to get the image looking at its most dynamic, I had to use the Auto iris preset. Yet using this resulted in the picture shifting in brightness quite distractingly during scenes that feature rapid light changes over a cut or during a tracking shot.
In fact, as a result of this I preferred to leave the auto iris deactivated for the vast majority of time. But this causes its own problem, for without the automatic system in place, the picture doesn't look quite as dynamic and balanced whenever a single shot contains a combination of bright and dark material. Finally, although the amount of greyness in dark areas is pretty insubstantial by LCD standards, there is still a trace of it.
I guess I should also say that just as it's possible to radically improve picture quality through the extensive adjustments the HC6500 offers, it's also possible to royally mess things up. But provided you try and only work with one part of the picture settings at a time, you should be OK.
When it's at its best, the HC6500 really is a tremendous effort, combining terrific brightness levels with extreme sharpness and, post calibration, some exceptionally credible colours.
The only problem with the HC6500 for me is that unless you just can't resist the HC6500's extraordinarily quiet running noise, its pictures don't quite provide enough of a leap forward from those of the HC5500 to justify its price hike. If Mitsubishi had given the HC6500 a price in the £1,500-£1,600 bracket, it would probably have bagged a Trusted Reviews recommendation.
Of course, this means that if you can find one being discounted to that sort of level at some point in the future, give it a go. You won't be disappointed.