As I said in the introduction, home entertainment projectors place a higher priority on brightness than black level, and the Home Cinema 3500 is no exception. The "dimmest" Natural and Cinema modes still cranked out about 38 to 41 foot-lamberts in the Eco lamp mode--that's with a full white pattern on a 100-inch, -gain screen. During calibration, I adjusted the contrast control to dial down the Natural mode's light output to 30 ft-L, which is the maximum ISF-recommended brightness for a projector in a dark room. Of course this projector can go even brighter for dim to moderately bright room: The Living Room picture mode measured 49 ft-L, and the Dynamic mode measured a whopping 91 ft-L. The latter mode sacrifices a great deal of accuracy to get to that number, though, producing an image that skews very green (although you can tame it a bit with the calibration controls, if you need that much light output in some situations). I generally stayed with the Natural and Living Room modes and found their brightness level to be ample to enjoy well-saturated HDTV shows and sporting events in a room with a fair amount of ambient light.
First off great chart.
Forgive me if I missed this in one of the already posted comments, there are a lot.
Does the chart take into consideration that the larger the print, typically the further an individual will typically view it from?
For example I saw a comment that stated (I took a picture with my Iphone for a billboard… I hope…”). Since a billboard is usually viewed from a very long distance away an 8mp camera with a cropped sensor and a less than quality lens, would typically produce an excellent billboard. Additionally someone would not view a 50×70 print at the same distance as an 8×12.