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Epson PowerLite® Home Cinema 3010

3-LCD 1080p 3D high-definition projector

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Item #: 278HC3010
 

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by Steve Kindig
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Epson Home Cinema 3010

Big fun for your family room — in 2D or 3D!

Projectors generate more "wows" than just about any other audio/video component. Epson's Home Cinema 3010 can make movie lovers feel like they're sitting in a theater, and sports fans feel like they're on the field. Sure, the image size is impressive, but there's more to it. This is a 3-chip projector with separate red, green, and blue image chips to produce rich, realistic colors. Each chip has full 1080p resolution to reveal lifelike textures and details in every scene. Connect a 3D video source to the 3010 and watch the action spill off your wall and into your room.

Bright enough for any room

Many projectors are designed for use in darkened or dimly-lit rooms, which is fine if you have a dedicated room, but otherwise it can be a limitation. The 3010 has loads of light power, so it's ideal for real-world family rooms, home theaters with really big screens, and situations where others in the room need to keep some lights on. This projector's exceptional brightness also comes in handy for 3D viewing since 3D glasses tend to reduce brightness a bit.

Flexible placement and hookup options

For spontaneous or "event" viewing, the 3010 sets up easily on a table. Or you can get a bracket and ceiling-mount it. Two HDMI inputs and a component video input are available for your high-definition sources, and there's also a standard PC input. Think how cool it would be to have a super-sized image from your cable box or game console whenever you want. Use the USB input to connect your camera or a thumb drive — the projector's internal software lets you run slide shows without connecting a computer.

For optimum performance, a separate projection screen is recommended.

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Features:

  • high-definition projector (digital TV reception requires a separate HDTV tuner)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
  • 3LCD, 3-chip technology (1920 x 1080 pixels each)
  • displays 3D images when you wear Epson's active shutter glasses (2 pairs of glasses are included)
  • Split Screen mode simultaneously projects two video sources side by side (not available when using two HDMI sources, or with 3D viewing)
  • 40,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • light output: 2200 lumens
  • dynamic iris for excellent contrast and black level
  • 1080Perfect™ video processing for more filmlike images
  • 1.6X zoom lens (manual zoom/focus)
  • horizontal and vertical keystone correction
  • 230-watt UHE lamp (lasts up to 5000 hours in Eco mode)
  • quiet cooling fan (24 dB in Eco mode)
  • built-in stereo speakers
  • illuminated remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 4 video inputs, including:
    • 1 composite video
    • 1 component video
    • 2 HDMI v1.4
  • PC input
  • USB port for connecting a camera, thumb drive, or storage device
  • RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
  • detachable power cord
  • 16-1/2"W x 5-5/8"H x 15-7/8"D
  • weight: 13.2 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years parts & labor — in-home or carry-in service (90 days on lamp)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: front projectors don't include any type of built-in TV tuner, but they can display signals from an HDTV tuner, satellite receiver or cable box

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Features and Specs
Display
Type 3-LCD
3D-Capable Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Contrast Ratio 40,000:1
Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Approximate Lamp Life 4000 hrs (5000 ECO)
Bulb Wattage 230 Watts
Brightness (in ANSI Lumens) 2200 lm (1000 ECO)
General
Vertical Lens Shift No
Horizontal Lens Shift No
Vertical Keystone Correction Yes
Horizontal Keystone Correction Yes
Width (inches) 16-1/2
Height (inches) 5-5/8
Depth (inches) 15-7/8
Weight 13.2 lbs
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Type of Warranty Service In-home or Carry-in
Connections
Total Video Inputs 4
HDMI Inputs 2
Component Video Inputs 1
S-Video Inputs None
Composite Video Inputs 1
USB Media Port Yes
PC Input Yes
RS-232 Port 1
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • White LCD video projector
  • Lens cap (installed)
  • 10' AC cord (IEC 3-prong type)
  • Wireless remote control (155749200)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Plastic cable clips
  • Projector Manual link on CD-ROM
  • Quick Setup sheet (English)
  • Quick Setup sheet (Spanish)
  • Quick Setup sheet (French)
  • Quick Setup sheet (Portuguese)
  • PrivateLine card with attached information sheet
  • Extra Care Home Service sheet (English/French)
  • "Important--Please Stop and Read" sheet
  • 2 Individually boxed ELPGS01 3D glasses
  • Each pair of glasses includes:
  • CR2032 Lithium battery (installed)
  • Soft cloth storage case
  • Cleaning cloth
  • User's Guide
  • Battery disposal warning

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Features

Overview: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3010 is a Full HD 1080p LCD projector with 3D capability. With the Home Cinema 3010, you can project movies, videos, games, slideshows, and presentations up to 300" (diagonally). It includes two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses, and a wireless remote control. The Home Cinema 3010 also has built-in 10-watt stereo speakers.

C²Fine 3LCD, 3-chip Technology: The Home Cinema 3010 features C²Fine 3LCD, 3-chip technology to give you rich, vibrant images for enjoying spectacular movies, games, and sporting events in your home, or to deliver sizzling business presentations at the office. This technology requires 25% less electricity per lumen of brightness when compared to 1-chip DLP projectors.

3D Mode: To view 3D content, you must first connect a 3D-compatible video device to one of the HDMI ports. Two pairs of Epson M-3Di active shutter glasses (item # 278AS3DG) are included. An external 3D IR emitter (# V12H484001) is available from the manufacturer if you cannot view the 3D image normally, or if the projector is located more than 16-1/2 feet from the viewing area.

Projection Lamp: The projector uses an energy-efficient E-TORL 230-watt Ultra High Efficiency (UHE) lamp with a life span of approximately 4000 hours in the Normal Mode. In the ECO mode, the life span is increased to approximately 5000 hours. The lamp (Part # V12H010L68) and air filter (Part # V13H134A38) are the only user-serviceable parts.

Fan Cooled: The projection lamp is kept cool by a fan. The fan noise level is 32dB in Normal mode and 24dB in ECO mode. If the projector is to be used at an altitude above 4921 feet (1500 meters), the High Altitude Mode should be turned on so the fan can properly cool the projector at the high altitude air pressure.

Light Output: In the normal mode, the PowerLite Home Cinema 3010 outputs 2200 lumens of white light and 2200 lumens of color light for bright, balanced colorful images. The white light output is measured using ISO 21118, a more rigid standard than the ANSI lumens rating used by many competitors. Light output in the ECO mode is 1000 lumens. The projector is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 40,000:1 (auto iris on) in 2D mode, and up to 1600:1 in 3D.

Native Resolution: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3010 has a native resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080; 16:9 aspect ratio). The total number of pixels is 2,073,600 dots (1920 x 1080) x 3. You can resize the picture by changing the aspect ratio to 4:3 or 16:10.

Lens: The Home Cinema 3010 features a F1.51-1.99 lens with a focal length of 18.2mm to 29.2mm. It has a manual focus and a manual zoom ratio of 1.0 to 1.6. The projector automatically compensates for vertical keystone distortion (+/- 30°) when it is tilted upward or downward. Manual horizontal keystone adjustments (+/- 30°) can be made using the top-mounted slide control. The projector does not have a lens shift feature.

Multiple Sources: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3010 has inputs for multiple sources to give you lots of choices. For connecting to your video equipment, the unit features two HDMI (Ver.1.4) inputs, a component video input, and a composite video input. You can also connect your computer to the projector via the VGA input (D-Sub 15-pin). The unit also has a stereo RCA audio input.

Note: Two cable clips are included to help secure the HDMI cables to the projector.

HDMI Link: When you connect HDMI CEC-compatible devices, such as a receiver or DVD player, to the projector via HDMI cables, you can control them using the HDMI-Link control buttons on the projector's remote control. You can register the devices you want to operate in the HDMI Link section of the projector's menu.

Input Signals: The projector will accept the following input types:

  • Composite: NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, M-PAL, N-PAL, PAL60, SECAM
  • Component: 480i, 576i, 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • External Source: Blu-ray, HD-DVD, DVD (Region Code 1)

USB Storage Devices: Using the projector's Type A USB port on the rear panel, you can connect a USB storage device, such as a USB flash drive or digital camera and project still images (JPEG, BMP, GIF, and PNG). The device must be USB Mass Storage Class compatible, and the images formatted in FAT or FAT32. The images can be displayed in a "contact sheet" fashion to help you locate specific photos, in full-screen manually one at a time, or automatically in a slide show with custom settings.

Color Modes: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3010 offers six color modes to optimize viewing for different environments and image content. The Color Mode adjusts the brightness, contrast, and color for the best possible picture. A different color mode can be selected for each input source. You can select from the following choices:

  • Auto: automatically adjusts to the brightness of your surroundings
  • Dynamic: for projecting the brightest picture available
  • Living Room: for watching television programs during the day
  • Cinema: for viewing movies in a dimly lit room
  • 3D Dynamic: for projecting the brightest 3D picture available (3D mode only)
  • 3D Cinema: for viewing 3D movies in a dimly lit room (3D mode only)

Advanced Color Adjustments: You can adjust the gamma and individual RGBCMY color tones using the remote control. There are five gamma settings to choose from (2.0 to 2.4), or you can customize your own settings from your image or a displayed graph. You can also individually adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness for each of the red (R), green (G), blue (B), cyan (C), magenta (M), and yellow (Y) components.

Auto Iris: The Auto Iris system constantly controls the light output based on the gamma and black/white levels of the projected content to give you perfectly adjusted images and deepest blacks. Using the remote, you can select either Normal or High Speed to indicate how quickly you would like the projector to respond to changes in the brightness of the image.

Adjustable Image Size: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3010 projector can produce an image that is adjustable between 30" and 300" (measured diagonally).

Lens Projection Distance: The projector's adjustable lens provides a wide range of placement possibilities for a given screen size. The projection distance (distance from lens to screen) range is 2.85' to 47.57'. The distance for several screen sizes at 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios are given below:

Screen Size
(diagonal)
Projection Distance (in feet)
16:9 4:3
40" 3.8 to 6.2 4.7 to 7.6
60" 5.8 to 9.4 7.1 to 11.5
80" 7.7 to 12.6 9.5 to 15.4
100" 9.7 to 15.7 11.8 to 19.3
120" 11.6 to 18.9 14.2 to 23.2
150" 14.6 to 23.7 17.8 to 29
180" 17.5 to 28.4 ---
200" --- 23.8 to 38.7

Split Screen Mode: The Home Cinema 3010's Split Screen mode allows you to simultaneously project two images from different image sources next to each other. The side-by-side images can be equal size or one larger than the other. You can also choose which audio source you want to hear between the displayed images. The Split Screen mode is not available in 3D mode, or when USB is the active display source.

Sleep Mode: The projector turns off automatically when no video signal is received for a preset amount of time. You can set the sleep mode to 5, 10, or 30 minutes.

Remote Control: In addition to the control panel, the projector can be controlled by the supplied wireless remote control, which has a range of approximately 32 feet. The projector has infrared receivers on the front and rear to give you control from most anywhere in the room. An RS-232C port is included for connecting the projector to a 3rd party A/V controller or automation system.

Mounting Options: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3010 can be placed on a tabletop or inverted and mounted on the ceiling. It can be used for front or rear projection. For tabletop use, you can adjust the image position by raising or lowering the front feet. For ceiling mounting, you will need an optional projector ceiling mount. Four 4mm threaded screw holes are provided on the bottom for a ceiling mount. A commercially-available Kensington security lock can be attached to the unit to prevent theft when installed in a public location.

Warranty and Extra Care Home Service: The projector is covered by a 2-year parts and labor warranty, while the lamp is covered for 90 days. Included with the warranty, Epson offers Extra Care Home Service. A replacement unit (in most cases, a refurbished unit) will be shipped to you immediately. (A credit card is required for security deposit.) If it's important that you receive your original projector back, you should use the basic carry-in service instead of Home Service.

 
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Epson Powerlite Project

Written By DickM130, Spring, TX on Wednesday, October 03, 2012
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Good product thus far. Easy to install and to operate. Owner's manual could be a little more detailed as we have a large screen (110") and we need to fill the area. Instructions are not good in trying to adjust the picture format to fill the area.
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Epson PowerLite® Home Cinema 3010

Written By blyent, Keller, TX on Sunday, May 06, 2012
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This projector is outstanding. I was a little apprehensive about spending this much on a projector since the one I have still works (only 480p). However, when I watched my first movie it put any doubts that I had in my head away. The picture is fantastic. 3D movies are amazing. You will not be disappointed.
Pros:
Picture quality, ease of use, 3D.
Cons:
It only comes with 2 pairs of glasses.
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Epson Cinema PowerLite 3010

Written By NC, Columbus,OH on Monday, March 26, 2012
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Projector was very easy to setup and figure out, menus are good and easy to follow. Picture looks great! Adjustments are quick and easy with the focus ring, adjustment ring and the Horizontal keystone slider on the front of the unit. I have the projector mounted right above my sitting position and i cannot belive how quiet the unit is! I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend this projector. I haven't tried the 3D glasses yet but i am sure the picuture will look great.
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Great picture and easy to set up. Great value for the money.
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Epsom PowerLite 3010

Written By BrianL, Bloomington IN on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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Great unit, amazing 3D picture easy set up
Pros:
Great HD and 3D picture good focus controls, easy menu to follow
Cons:
Extra glasses $99 each, patience is needed for HDMI handshake
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Epson PowerLite® Home Cinema 3010

Written By Dalton, Cumberland, VA on Friday, January 20, 2012
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Awesome unit, clear picture & 3D is great.
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3D projector
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3D glasses are 100.00 each
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