Essential features of a movie projector

by Stefan
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There is something about watching movies on the big screen. This explains why people pay money to watch movies in theaters while leaving their TVs at home.

Luckily, you can still enjoy the big screen at home. All you need is to get a movie projector and you are good to go.

To give you the best experience, there are features that a movie projector should have.  These include the correct brightness, resolution, clarity, and connectivity.

  1. Resolution

High resolution is important for any movie projector. You want to see the images clearly to enjoy the experience. Resolution means the number of pixels of the image that the screen displays. High resolution means many pixels and high-quality images.

Therefore, a projector with 1080p will have better images than a one with 720p.

Some of the resolutions that movie projectors have are (1024 x 768), (1280 x 800), and (1920 x 1080). These are XGA, WXGA, and HD respectively.

The most common is HD which gives great picture clarity. You will also find projectors with 4096 x 2160 or 4K.

Choose a projector that has a high resolution.

  1. Brightness

Projector brightness is important in determining the clarity of the image. It is shown in ANSI lumens or lumens. You should choose the brightness based on the lighting in the home. If there is a lot of light in the room, then you will need a projector with more brightness unlike if the room was dark.

For instance, if you are watching a movie on a 100-inch screen when there is no lighting then the brightness of 2000 is enough. If the room has lighting then you should opt for 3000 lumens.

  1. Contrast Ratio

Contrast ratio is important for image clarity. It is the ratio of black to white. A projector with a high contrast ratio means that you can clearly see the blacks and whites. For example, a contrast ratio of 2000:1 means that the whites are 2000 times whiter than black.

With such a large contrast, you can see the images and details clearly.

If you will use the projector in a dark room, then a contrast ratio of 1500: 1 is sufficient.

A low contrast ratio can make an image appear washed out even if the projector has a high lumens rating.

  1. Throw distance

Throw distance is how far the screen is from the projector’s lens. The longer the distance, the larger the image.

When you are setting up the projector, you will want to know the distance you need between the lens and the screen to get an image of a particular size.

Projectors have a throw ratio. This is calculated as the distance over width. For example, a throw ratio of 2 means that you will need to place the lens 2 feet from the screen so that you can get an image of one foot.  If you want an image of 5 feet, then you should place the lens at 10 feet.

Always check the throw ratio of the projector, to know how much distance you will need between the lens and the screen.

Always check the projection distance of the movie projector and the size of the images they produce.

  1. Connection

You will need to connect other devices to your movie projector. Check for connection ports such as HDMI, VGA, and USB. Some even have wireless connections. The more the connections ports, the more the devices you can connect.

With this, you can connect your laptop, video games consoles, smartphones, and external storage.


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