Test Bench: Canon Realis SX60 LCoS Front Projector

Color temperature (Home Cinema mode before/ after calibration): 20 IRE: 6,076/7,319 K 30 IRE: 5,946/6,598 K 40 IRE: 6,116/6,520 K 50 IRE: 6,440/6,743 K 60 IRE: 6,005/6,467 K 70 IRE: 6,293/6,477 K 80 IRE: 6,325/6,570 K 90 IRE: 6,667/6,520 K 100 IRE: 6,624/6,855 K

Brightness (100-IRE window before/after calibration): 20.4/19.6 ftL

With the Canon Realis SX60's Home Cinema/Quiet lamp modes selected, measurements revealed a slightly warm and greenish bias to the picture. After I calibrated settings in the Color Adjustment submenu, grayscale tracking measured ±243 degrees kelvin from 30 to 90 IRE - very good performance. Brightness measured from a 100-IRE window pattern approached 20 foot-lamberts, which is also an impressive showing. Fan noise in Quiet mode was relatively low as compared to other projectors. (Calibration needs to be performed by a qualified technician, so discuss it with your dealer before purchase or go to www.imagingscience.com to check for a technician in your area.)

The Canon's six-axis color adjustment enabled me to compensate for any color-decoder error on its HDMI and component-video inputs. After adjustment, both connections measured 0% error for all channels. Red, green, and blue HDTV color points on the projector were also very accurate with Home Cinema mode selected.

High-definition test patterns revealed a softer than normal picture when the projector was set up for Wide display - not surprising given its native 4:3 display. Overscan - the amount of picture area cut off at the edges of the screen - measured 3.5% for both the DVI and component-video inputs with 1080i/p-format test signals, which is about average. Picture uniformity was excellent, with no tinting visible on gray full-field test patterns. The Canon passed tests for deinterlacing and 2:3 pulldown detection/compensation on the Silicon Optix HQV test DVD.

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