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Video Review: Mitsubishi FL7000U

Oct 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Jeff Sauer

A projector that balances high brightness with 1080p video quality.

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Not surprising to anyone who reads between the lines and matches features with specifications, Mitsubishi's 5000-lumen reading is based on the Dynamic Gamma setting and peak brightness. That's not at all likely to be how the projector will be set up, at least not by a knowledgeable professional. Based on a more reasonable configuration, I measured just less than 4000 lumens in Dynamic Gamma mode; the brightness dropped off considerably, down below 1000 lumens, as I worked through the various image mode presets such as sRGB and Theater. However, brightness uniformity was rock-solid at better than 90 percent in all of the various configurations. That is very good under any circumstances, but it's particularly good for a native 16:9 projector with a wider area of screen real estate to cover.

I was able to measure a full on/off contrast ratio of 1276:1, and that's actually better than Mitsubishi's 1000:1 claim. That also varied greatly depending the image preset, and switching from the business-oriented modes to the video-oriented modes lowered contrast significantly. My ANSI checkerboard contrast measurements ranged from 200:1 to 350:1, depending on setup.

The FL7000U did an excellent job in my tests reproducing solid red, green, and blue primaries, but again, depending on configuration, it moved the secondary colors by surprisingly amounts. Cyan was rather green and magenta closer to blue than it should be in presentation modes. However, the Theater or sRGB mode presets improved color accuracy, and I was able to do even better by spending some time working with the rich-color setup options. Ultimately, it's all about finding the right balance between color, brightness, and contrast for the space that you're working with. The good news is that the FL7000U has the flexibility to create good images and color in a variety of potentially unforgiving spaces.

Naturally, with a native resolution of 1920x1080, the FL7000U does a wonderful job producing sharp images — particularly with good-quality source material and high-resolution data inputs. Just as importantly, it does a very good job scaling images up, whether those are standard-definition video or lower-resolution computer text. In my video test, the FL7000U was able to handle a number of different video resolutions without breaking down into moiré patterns. Computer text and graphics retained shape despite input resolution.

With the FL7000U, Mitsubishi is taking a bit of a gamble that the corporate world is ready for something more than 4×3 presentation slides. Certainly houses of worship have a use for a bright video-oriented projector, as do smaller conference centers and educational campuses. However, the corporate use may be more of a balance between traditional data content and video. But that's just where the FL7000U is strongest: matching the brightness of the typical business projector with the added color accuracy and native wide resolution of a video projector.


  • Company: Mitsubishi

  • Product: FL7000U

  • Pros: Native 1080p resolution; excellent image sharpness, brightness uniformity, and color; control via Ethernet-based Projector View software.

  • Cons: Still must balance between highest brightness and best color.

  • Applications: Corporate presentations.

  • Price: $14,995


  • Brightness: 5000 ANSI lumens

  • Contrast: 1000:1 full on/off

  • Native resolution: 1920×1080

  • Configuration: Three 1.1in LCDs with microlens array

  • Light source: 220W lamp (2,000 hours; 4,000 hours in low mode)

  • Lens ratio: Powered focus, 2.1-2.75

  • Zoom: Powered optical zoom, F=1.8-2.1, f=51mm-64mm

  • Projection distance: 8.6ft.-37.3ft.

  • Screen size: 60in.-250in. diagonally

  • Loudspeakers: 10W monoaural

  • Dimensions (W×H×D): 17.4"×8.1"×17.1"

  • Weight: 21.6lbs.

  • Warranty: Three years parts and labor

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