The Bottom Line
- Excellent Detail and Color
- Power Zoom, Focus, and Lens Shift controls
- Extremely Quiet
- Easy to setup and use; Backlit remote control; One button turn-on/shut-off
- Excellent price point
- Needs more lumens for use in larger rooms
- No Keystone Correction
- Some judder on 1080p/24 input sources
- No carrying case included
- Only one HDMI input
- 3-Chip LCD Video Projector with 1,000 Lumens of light output and 1920x1080 (1080p) Native Pixel Resolution.
- Image size range: 70 to 300 inches.
- Native 16x9 Screen Aspect Ratio. The HC4900 can also accommodate standard 4x3 aspect ratio sources.
- 7,500:1 Contrast Ratio. 160 Watt Lamp and 2000 Hour Lamp Life.
- HDMI, DVI, VGA, HD-Component, S-Video, and Composite Video inputs.
- Power Zoom, Focus, and Lens Shift adjustments via remote or projector.
- Compatible with input resolutions up to 1080p, including 1080p/24.
- NTSC/PAL Compatible.
- Wireless Backlit Remote Control. Onscreen menu display system.
- Weight: 12.3 lbs - Size (inches) (HxWxD) 4.9 x 13.1 x 13.8.
Guide Review - Mitsubishi HC4900 3LCD Home Theater Projector - Product Review
The inclusion of these features in a projector priced less than $2,500 makes the HC4900 a very good value, not just because they are included, but that they actually work well.
Being able to focus, zoom, and position the image correctly on the screen via powered controls, which also be accessed via remote, is a real convenience.
In this review the projector was positioned about 18 feet from the screen and was able to project a 145-inch diagonal image from about 18 feet projector-screen distance.
With regards to actual video performance, the projected image was very impressive in terms of image detail, especially from a native 1080p source (in this case an LG BH100 Blu-ray/HD-DVD combo player. Color was also very good, with smooth gradation between color shades. However, the black levels were somewhat disappointing, considering the stated contrast ratio.
In addition, with modest lumens output, the image was not as bright as I would have preferred considering the image size and projector distance. If you need a projector to use for a longer than 15 foot screen distance, consider one with more light output.
Using the Silicon Optix HQV DVD Benchmark test disc, I found that the de-interlacing and scaling of the HC4900 was about average, with some artifacts present. The noise reduction performance was very good.
Despite some shortcomings, the HC4900 is an incredible deal for a 3LCD projector with its features and performance, and is definitely worth checking out.
For a closer look at the room, additional hardware and software used in this review, and further perspective on the HC4900, check out my Mitsubishi HC4900 Photo Gallery and Review..