Optoma HD20 DLP Projector Review
There's plenty to be excited about in the Optoma HD20. It's a 1080p projector for under a thousand dollars.
Retailing for nearly $3000 more than the Optoma HD20, you're definitely getting an upgrade. The Canon's native resolution of 1400 x 1050 is not native to HD video, but it gets the job done close enough. We loved the black & white and color performance, but the motion performance left something to be desired. If you plan on moving the projector around, one of the its best features was the auto-calibration that takes care of the color shifts and keystone, no matter what surface you point it at.
Blacks & Whites
The Canon SX7 Mark II can get a lot brighter than the Optoma HD20, but had a hard time maintaining a consistent black level.
The Canon SX7 Mark II was capable of producing very smooth color curves, on par with the better TVs we've reviewed.
For whatever reason, the Canon SX7 Mark II suffered from a lot of motion blur and artifacting. Fine detail was lost and we noticed some false coloration and haloing. The Optoma HD20 was better in this regard.
The 1.7x zoom lens on the Canon SX7 Mark II gives you a lot more flexibility than the 1.2x lens on the Optoma HD20.
The Canon SX7 Mark II does not have an HDMI port, which some people might take as a sign that it's not intended for home theater. Perhaps that's true, in a way, but we're totally fine with recommending this amazing "office" projector for home theater. Besides, you can easily use a cheap adapter to fit an HDMI signal into the DVI input.
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