Got to spend some time with the 285/260 over weekend. Only got to test blurays and 3D. Was in complete light controlled room. No calibration but i did try multiple modes starting with Reference.
I have recently owned briefly a JVC 420 (x5500) and a Epson 5040 (9300). Here or my brief thoughts for what there worth. I must note i'm a casual user and i always get people to calibrate for me.
Motion: I experimented a lot with Motion flow: smooth low, true cinema and off etc. I found the Sony to feel more natural/ Filmic with motion compared to the JVC and Epson. That was with motion flow off and also with true cinema. With Smooth low i felt sometimes it helped the image other times not. Hard to describe but Felt inconsistent. Sometimes it seemed to do nothing then id see a hint of SOE or id notice maybe something off perhaps a artifact. Overall native motion with no motion flow i found to be above the JVC/Epson but not by a great deal. I found Smooth low much better than JVC and Epson Low equilavant. This is probably As expected. In terms of motion of last few projectors i have demo/ owned the Sony has been the best but not by much.
Sharpness/ Panel: Could hardly make out single pixels and could see no fringing at all. Using the Zoom and shift looked easy as expected. Focus though was bit more difficult. Seemed you had to hold the button to focus faster and slam on the breaks when you was close and try to then adjust. I prefer manual focus if i'm being honest just feels more accurate. Powered Zoom and shift is great though. I detected no issues such as uneven focus/ brightness etc but of course run no test patterns as such. As i didn't try true 4K content i cant say how truly sharp it was. Up close to the screen its not contest between the Sony and others i mentioned earlier in terms of Screen Door Effect. But at seating distance Screen Door effect has never bothered me on any projector.
The Sony Sharpness feels more natural. Experimented RC and sharpness etc. Feels you have to really pump them up to get a image that is too harsh. I found with the JVC and Epson they would give a too harsh digital image if you tried to improve sharpness with them. While the Sony with RC on Min and Sharpness set very low still gives a natural looking sharpness. RC @ 30 and sharpness around 10-15 seemed about right for Blu-rays.
My memory is saying when the image is static the JVC felt around the same at seating distance. Of course with true 4K content i imagine that would change a lot.
3D/ HDR : First time i have seen 3D with so little crosstalk. Sadly the brightness is not good enough, especially at 120" or above. The Epson 5040 i had was horrible with cross talk but was a lot brighter. Never got the chance to try the JVC which may have been the right mix of brightness and little to no cross talk. As it stands i just find a brighter crisper 2D image trumps a dim 3D image. I think i'm going to give up 3D. Never have i seen 3D in cinema blow me away and at home i've not had a good experience.
Didn't try any HDR content but if 3D is too dim for me then i doubt id find HDR to acceptable. Again on smaller screens maybe it would be fine but i like a slightly brighter image than normal.
PS4 Pro gaming. Switching the PS4 Pro to 4K 4:2:0 and first thing that hit me was the banding. This was on the main animated home page background of the PS4 Pro
Running at [email protected]
4:4:4 no banding
Tried Destiny 2. No issues with input lag, think i've read it can as low as 15ms. Appeared smooth and image looked good. So for 1080p @ 4:4:4 no issues but at [email protected]
4:2:0, prepare for some banding.
Brightness/Contrast/Black levels: I like a brighter image than most. I feel, especially after calibration this just doesnt have the lumens for bright 3D or good HDR on screens 120" and larger. Again that is just a personal preference.
In 2D though i found it fine in Low. Actually Noise levels in Low and high i found not a problem. The JVC had much more brightness to spare but high power was too loud.
In terms of Blacks levels i found the Sony to be acceptable. I think the word is convincing, at no stage did i feel that something looked grey or i even thought the black borders looked decent. I had to adjust few things to get shadow detail touch more visable though but after a full calibration with correct gamma etc i think it black level and shadow detail would be decent.
Contrast: I have to admit i thought i wouldn't notice much difference in contrast between the JVC 420 and the Sony but my memory is feeling like JVC was quite a step up. Running same demo blu-ray scenes i normally do and memory telling me the JVC was a good step better. Wish i could have run them side by side. Possible the extra brightness of the JVC is effecting my memory more.
So after all that rambling of thoughts the hunt continues for a new projector....
In a ideal world there would be a projector that had the 4K panel with natural sharpness and filmic motion of the Sonybut with the contrast and brightness of something like the JVC 520. It would have the low input lag and 18gbs HDMI for gaming at [email protected]
:4:4. At the cost of a 285