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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing horizontal paning, May 30, 2011
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This review is from: ViewSonic PRO8200 1080p DLP Home Theater Projector, Black (Electronics)
After two months of use, I feel I did not make a good choice. Horizontal movements are not smooth at all. It hurts the eyes, especially when watching sports programs and action movies. After buying, I found that it is a 24 frames per second projector instead of a 60fps one. Eco mode must be set every time you turn the projector on. The good things of the Pro 8200 you read from the manufacturer are true and plenty to consider, but the extremely annoying horizontal juddering or shaking effect must also be considered.
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Initial post: Jul 31, 2011 9:39:28 AM PDT
Are you sure? Usually you get 24fps only from a Blu-ray disk. Sports and many cable channels broadcast in 720p at 60fps. 1080i (the other HDTV standard) is effectively 30fps. You seem to be saying that this projector converts every video source to 24fps and at that speed you see judder.

That seems odd.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2011 12:43:17 PM PDT
D. Borough says:
According to this site: http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/projectors/1281046/viewsonic-pro8200

"In fact, the only setting missing is motion smoothing. In general, movies look fine, but we did notice juddering which wasn't simply caused by their 24fps frame rate. Essentially, if you want to watch fast-moving sports, this isn't the ideal choice."

I've watched football and action movies -- I'm sure someone could complain about these issues not being perfect, but it hasn't bugged me. I'm not overly particular, and I know what I paid for, so I'm happy with the purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 7:51:24 AM PST
C. Heinonen says:
No DLP chips run at 24 Hz, they run at 60 Hz or higher. The judder you are seeing on a film pan is being caused by a 24 Hz source being converted to 60 Hz for display. One frame is displayed 3 times, then one 2 times, then 3 times again, which causes the hitching motion that you see. It's mentioning that the judder is being caused by the projector itself and a lack of any frame interpolation, not because the source was 24 Hz.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 9:00:23 AM PST
I can say that the Eco mode is persistent after shutdowns for my 8200 projector. Maybe it was a firmware setting changed recently.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 6:53:24 PM PDT
richman says:
I wonder if it was early firmware that the reviewer got. I have no problems watching sports or anything else on the viewsonic pro8200. My build date is nov 22,2011. It has been reported that much earlier firmwares had problems that have been fixed, I have followed the forums on this PJ, and many problems have been fixed via firmware.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 11:12:22 PM PDT
Kevin S says:
I have an earlier firmware (one of the earliest) and I also do not have the issue. For instance, my projector holds the ECO setting just fine as long as you do not go back into the menu and play around, then you just have to change it back. It does lose the RGB settings, but that was fixed in another firmware update.

I've seen and owned many projectors, this is a great deal for sure.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 7:43:26 PM PDT
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