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Epson PowerLite® Home Cinema 5010

3-LCD 1080p 3D high-definition projector

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by Steve Kindig
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Epson Home Cinema 5010

A terrific projector that just happens to do 3D, too

Epson's Home Cinema 5010 is the perfect 3D projector for people who are serious about picture quality. It has all the resolution and brightness necessary for an exceptional picture, even on large screens 120" or bigger. Connect a 3D video source, slip on a pair of Epson's 3D glasses and watch as your screen becomes a picture window where scenes have almost limitless depth. And the 5010's 2D-to-3D conversion adds a nice depth effect to 2D video, too.

Enough light for bright rooms, enough control for dark rooms

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 5010 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 high brightness also comes in handy for 3D viewing since 3D glasses tend to dim the picture a bit. Two of the projector's picture settings are dedicated to 3D, so you can enjoy a gorgeous 3D picture without changing the settings for watching in 2D. If you are able to make your room really dark, you'll want to turn on the 5010's "auto iris" feature, which optimizes black level and contrast for each scene.

Flexible placement and hookup options

For spontaneous or "event" viewing, the 5010 sets up easily on a table. Or you can get a bracket and ceiling-mount it. Horizontal and vertical "lens shift" allow you to position the projector off-center and still get a perfectly true image. Two HDMI inputs and a component video input are available for your high-definition sources — if you don't already own a Blu-ray player, you'll want to get one right away. And imagine how cool it would be to have a super-sized image from your cable box or game console whenever you want. There's also a standard PC input.

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)
  • can display 3D images when you wear Epson's active 3D glasses (sold separately)
  • 2D-to-3D conversion adds 3D-like depth to non-3D video sources (HDMI inputs only)
  • Split Screen mode simultaneously projects two video sources side by side (not available when using two HDMI sources, or with 3D viewing)
  • 200,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • light output: 2400 lumens
  • dynamic iris for excellent contrast and black level
  • 1080Perfect™ video processing for more filmlike images
  • Super Resolution detail enhancement improves the look of standard-definition video
  • Frame Interpolation for reduced motion judder
  • optical grade Fujinon® lens with 2.1X zoom (manual zoom/focus)
  • lens shift image adjustment (manual, horizontal and vertical)
  • powered retractable lens cap protects lens when projector is not in use
  • 230-watt UHE lamp (lasts up to 5000 hours in Eco mode)
  • ultra-quiet cooling fan (22 dB in Eco mode)
  • 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
  • RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
  • detachable power cord
  • 18-1/4"W x 6-1/4"H x 16-7/8"D
  • weight: 18 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
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3-LCD
3D-Capable
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Yes
Aspect Ratio
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16:9, 4:3
Contrast Ratio
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200,000:1
Resolution (pixels)
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1920 x 1080
Approximate Lamp Life
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4000 hrs (5000 ECO)
Bulb Wattage
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230 Watts
Brightness (in ANSI Lumens)
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2400 lumens
General
Vertical Lens Shift
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Yes
Horizontal Lens Shift
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Yes
Vertical Keystone Correction
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Yes
Horizontal Keystone Correction
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No
Width (inches)
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18-1/4
Height (inches)
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6-1/4
Depth (inches)
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16-7/8
Weight
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18 lbs
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Type of Warranty Service
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In-home or Carry-in
Connections
Total Video Inputs
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4
HDMI Inputs
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2
Component Video Inputs
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1
S-Video Inputs
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None
Composite Video Inputs
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1
USB Media Port
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No
PC Input
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Yes
RS-232 Port
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1
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • White LCD video projector
  • 10' AC cord (IEC 3-prong type)
  • Wireless remote control (155818800)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Plastic cable clips
  • Projector Manual link on CD-ROM
  • Quick Setup sheet (English)
  • Quick Setup sheet (French)
  • PrivateLine card with attached information sheet
  • Extra Care Home Service sheet (English/French)
  • "Important--Please Stop and Read" sheet

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Features

Overview: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5010 is a Full HD 1080p LCD projector with 3D capability. With the Home Cinema 5010, you can project movies, videos, games, slideshows, and presentations up to 300" (diagonally).

Note: The Home Cinema 5010 does not include 3D Active Shutter glasses, required for viewing 3D content.

C²Fine 3LCD, 3-chip Technology: The Home Cinema 5010 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. The projector's 1080Perfect video processing gives you more film-like images, free of noise or artifacts.

3D Mode: Epson's advanced Bright 3D Drive technology enhances the brightness give you theater-quality 3D images in your home. To view 3D content, you must first connect a 3D-compatible video device to one of the HDMI ports. You will also need Epson M-3Di Active Shutter 3D glasses (item # 278AS3DG) for each viewer. (No 3D glasses are included with the projector.) 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.

2D-to-3D Conversion: The projector's 2D-to-3D Conversion setting will transform 2D images to 3D content.

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 # V13H010L69) and air filter (Part # V13H134A39) are the only user-serviceable parts. When not in use, the lens is protected from dust and damage by an automatic powered retracting lens cap.

Fan Cooled: The projection lamp is kept cool by a fan. The fan noise level is 32dB in Normal mode and 22dB 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 5010 outputs 2400 lumens of white light and 2400 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. The projector is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 200,000:1.

Native Resolution: The PowerLite Home Cinema 5010 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 5010 features an F2.0-3.17 Fujinon lens with a focal length of 22.5mm to 42.7mm. It has a manual focus and a manual zoom ratio of 1.0 to 2.1. If the projected image is not centered in front of the screen, you can correct the position of the image using the vertical and horizontal lens shift dials on the top of the projector. The vertical position can be adjusted by up to 96% of the height of the screen, while the horizontal position can be adjusted by up to 47% of the width of the screen. The vertical keystone buttons, located on the side of the projector, can correct the shape of the image, if it is not rectangular. The unit does not have a horizontal keystone adjustment.

Multiple Sources: The PowerLite Home Cinema 5010 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 is compatible with both PCs and Macs.

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 DVD player, to the projector via HDMI, 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)

Color Modes: The PowerLite Home Cinema 5010 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:

  • Cinema: for viewing movies in a dimly lit room
  • Dynamic: for projecting the brightest picture available
  • Living Room: for watching television programs during the day
  • Natural: for projecting natural, accurate colors 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 5010 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 8.3 4.7 to 10.1
60" 5.8 to 12.5 7.1 to 15.3
80" 7.8 to 16.7 9.6 to 20.4
100" 9.8 to 20.9 12 to 25.5
120" 11.8 to 25.1 14.4 to 30.7
150" 14.7 to 31.4 18 to 38.4
180" 17.7 to 37.7 ---
200" --- 24.2 to 51.3

Split Screen Mode: The Home Cinema 5010'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.

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.

Trigger Output: The projector has a 3.5mm Trigger Output port which delivers a 12-volt signal (max 200 mA) to lower your motorized projector screen while the projector is powered on.

Mounting Options: The PowerLite Home Cinema 5010 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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Written By Joelachter, Mechanicsburg, PA on Monday, February 27, 2012
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The image displayed by this projector is just amazing, even during daylight. Combined with a Oppo BDP-95 it's even better.
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Poor quality control

Written By bri, wisconsin on Thursday, February 09, 2012
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Totally disappointed. After first purchasing the Epson 8350, I was blown away by the picture quality but disappointed with the black levels. So I stepped up to the 5010 to find much deeper black levels. However, the picture was fuzzy, no matter what I did. I contacted Epson, and they sent instructions on how to correctly do the pixel alignment available in the menu. After aligning the red pixels the picture improved a bit, but was still fuzzy, especially around white text. Not sure if it's the lens shift or the lens itself so I contacted Crutchfield and they were AWESOME. They sent a new projector without question. Problem is, I just hung the new projector and it is worse than the first. Terrible fuzziness around text, especially white. Not sure what's going on, but after some research on AVS forum, I found that I'm not alone. Looks like I have to go with a different brand. Wish Crutchfield carried the Sony projectors......
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Beautiful colors Very good black levels and shadow detail
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horrible sharpness issues, picture is almost fuzzy even after calibration.
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