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ViewSonic Pro8100 Full HD LCD Projector - ViewSonic Pro8100

Yet more clever processing studies images right down to pixel level in a bid to spot and remove any blurring, while also adding contrast locally to make details stand out more clearly.

Then there's the projector's auto-detection system for adjusting its motion processing to the different demands of film, video and TV sources. And an auto-iris system which analyses the picture to figure out when it's worth dimming the backlight a bit in order to produce better black levels. Thanks to this auto-iris, the Pro8100 claims a very respectable maximum contrast ratio of 13,000:1 from the C2Fine 3-LCD panel at its heart.
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It should be pointed out, too, that this panel is a full HD affair, delivering a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel count perfectly suited to the majority of the UK's HD sources. What's more, the projector provides the option to deactivate all overscan processing, so that you can render 1,920 x 1,080 sources perfectly, pixel for pixel.

The Pro8100 also lets you tweak just about every single element of its pictures to within an inch of their lives. This is particularly true of colours, where options available to you include the facility to improve colour transients, adjust skin tones by selecting the ones you want to tweak from the picture, and mess with the overall colour saturations and tones to an almost infinite degree.

Very important too is the projector's Precision Colour System, a remarkably clever (from what we witnessed) device that ensures accurate colour reproduction by fine-tuning and correcting colour reproduction errors in the front-end scaler chip.
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As if all this wasn't enough, there are no less than 33 individual levels of gamma correction for studio-grade colour calibration and grey scale optimisation.

Regarding other facets of the picture, black levels can be adjusted to any of five presets, including our favourite ‘blacker than black' option, plus there's an Eco mode which boosts black level response at the same time as increasing the life of the projection lamp and making the projector run more quietly.

You can additionally adjust the picture's sharpness, brightness (up to 1,000 ANSI Lumens), contrast…really, there seems to be nothing that ViewSonic isn't happy to let you play with.

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