Originally Posted by Troy LaMont
You briefly mentioned the DCI-P3/REC2020 coverage "The 295ES only gets part way there, but is better at reproducing some colors than others...", did you actually measure it and if so what percentage of those color gamuts did the Sony reach?
Also what is the lumens output after calibration? Black level measurement? Lots of details that seem to be missing from the usually thorough review.
Yes, I measured. It's basically identical to other Sony projectors. It can cover rec.709 fully and about 90% DCI/P3 although the exact number is hard to peg since CMS tweaks make it fluctuate a bit. Let's just call it 90%.
You are correct, I did not have time to drill down in a dark room and explore technical performance. I noted early in the review that I had not had much time with it. And now, I am going away for a week... so no time to do any more tinkering (for now anyhow).
I did not want to wait to post this, sometimes reviews "die on the vine" waiting to publish. Busy season is here. So, I somehow doubt I'll get to do more calibration or measurement before (at least ) Black Friday has passed.
I have my CalMan charts from the one calibration (on the StudioTek 130) but I'm not interested in sharing those. Post-calibration I got a deltaE of 0.9 on StudioTek 130 for grayscale with decent brightness. I can't say I've had the time to explore every mode and every feature and how it impacts measured performance. I'll likely never have the luxury to delve that deep.
What I will say is the brighter you try and get, the more it has to deviate from "proper" gamma but it's not like an Epson where if you calibrate it it gets way dimmer.
The 885ES I reviewed last year achieves a "tighter" calibration that stays accurate even at max brightness, but the 295ES calibration is nothing to scoff at.
There's no new ground as to how the SXRD panels perform, that I can tell you. Color gamut is the same as other Sony PJs I have reviewed. Differences between the models have to do with iris/no iris, lens quality, light source... but not 4K SXRD panel color gamut or native contrast.