Optoma HD8300 3D DLP Projector


Introduction to the Optoma HD8300 3D DLP Projector

Now that 3D has become commonplace in HDTVs, projectors are following suit. Most of the new models introduced at CEDIA 2011 incorporate 3D into their feature set. While 3D has not lured me into upgrading my reference equipment just yet, I can't help but wonder when I might really want to watch Avatar in 3D; if Panasonic's exclusive would ever end so I can pick up a copy for under $100! Still, I am always interested in the latest display technologies. After reviewing two other 3D projectors, I've come to the conclusion that, for the time being, the best way to experience good 3D movies is at the Cineplex. The immersion that comes from having almost all your peripheral vision filled with an image is already familiar to any projector owner. Adding good 3D to that can enhance the experience, given the right content, and the right gear.

Optoma sent me their HD33 for review a few weeks ago, and I was blown away by the quality they offered for a paltry $1,499. As I was finishing that article, they offered me an HD8300 for evaluation. Of course, I agreed without hesitation. In fact I was about ready to drive to wherever I needed to and pick up the unit personally! I was quite happy with the HD8200 projector I checked out in 2010, so I had high expectations for its successor.


  • Design: Digital Projector
  • Panel Type: Single .65" DMD, DarkChip3
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Anamorphic Lens Support: Yes
  • Native Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Max Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • Throw Ratio: 1.5 – 2.25:1
  • Lens Shift: 105% - 130% Vertical, 15% Horizontal
  • Light Output: 1,500 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 2,000:1 Native, 30,000:1 Dynamic
  • Iris Control: 2 Auto Modes
  • Image Size: 29.8" – 297.3"
  • Inputs: HDMI 1.4a (2), Component (1), Composite (1), VGA (1),
  • Control: RS-232 (1), 12v Trigger Out (2)
  • Other: mini-USB (1), VESA 3D (1)
  • Lamp power: 280 Watts
  • Rated Lamp Life: 4000/3000 Hours (Standard/Bright)
  • Dimensions: 7.6" H x 14.6" W x 19.3" D
  • Weight: 18.5 Pounds
  • Warranty: 3 Years, 2 Years Lamp
  • MSRP: $3,999 with 3D Emitter
  • 3D glasses - $99/pair
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In addition to 3D, Optoma has also brought over a new color management system previously available only in the flagship HD8600. This is quite exciting since few projectors under $5000 have any kind of CMS. This feature is typically available in only the most expensive models in a manufacturer's line. Optoma threw down a new standard for value in the HD33. It looks like the HD8300 has the same intentions. Let's install it and see what we have!