Originally Posted by Eskimo1
screen shots? That only shows you that they've got a decent camera and can edit a picture. I've never understood people's fascination with something so incredibly variable. It's bad enough that 10 pj's will look slightly different, now you've got what screen, what camera, what exposure, and how much did the person edit the photo?
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I certainly don't mind pictures of the actual unit though.
Screen shots do need to be taken with a grain of salt, but they are fun to look at, and can give you an idea of how the image feels. Screen shots are what I used to sell the wife on a FP. "You mean they can look that good?" "Yeah." If you took a screen shot of a VHS movie on a 25" standard def Sony TV, it's gonna look like ass.
I used to make jokes like "You got ripped off. Your 720x1280 projector is only displaying 300x500," (or whatever the posted image resolution was). Another one from back when LCD's had like negative 10 billion to 1 contrast was "Are you sure that's DLP? It looks like an LCD." Of course, my laptop monitor was LCD. Turn your monitor tint all the way red and then critique their image.
I don't get editing, that should be blatantly wrong/cheating/ridiculous. As long as the projector is the limiting factor in the equation, you can get an idea of how they look. That said, I think it's got to be tough to get an accurate picture.