Such is the situation with the projector. Once ubiquitous in class rooms and board rooms, the projector has now become a family oriented electronic device.
Using both indoors and out, digital projectors are used now to watch movies and shows in large formats. With a screen or on a wall, digital projectors project a movie in the same high quality that is found on most modern televisions, thus they are used to entertain family and friends.
Understanding the Projector
While not quite the same as found previously in class rooms, modern digital projectors have modern features such as HDMI, USB connections, Blu-Ray compatibility and more, depending on the model. Still, it requires a little bit of understanding to get the right one for your individual needs and requirements. One important term, when it comes to digital projectors, is lumens.
In effect, what the amount of lumen tells the consumer is how bright the picture will be. This can be very important when using the projector outdoors, such as in the backyard. The more lumens, the brighter the picture. While it doesn’t really concern how crisp the picture looks, the more lumens allows for the picture to appear less washed out or faded.
Another important term, is the resolution. A 1080p resolution means that the projector will display 1080p onto a screen. This is the same resolution as most Smart televisions.
Some projectors offers less resolution and therefore can be used on a smaller screen size and still offer a good picture, but the better picture is had at the standard 1080p resolution.
There are other items to consider such as view distance but for the most part they are obvious in their meaning. Digital projectors are a great way to enjoy the company of friends and family while enjoying a movie, show or video game.
Five Great Digital Projectors To Use Outdoors
Best Home Cinema Pico Projector
This projector – 2015 Tronfy Entertainment Home Cinema Multimedia Portable Pico Projector produces 1,000 lumens, equivalent to a 65 Watt bulb.
It has a native resolution of 800X400 and has a 1,000 to 1 contrast ratio for rich colors. It has HDMI and USB inputs along with the standard AV suite. It can handle most of the common digital formats and reads directly from the USB.
It has a projection distance of 1.5 meters to 4 meters with the option for dual aspect ratios up to 16:9. This is a great inexpensive, portable projector for home use. Great for video games or movies and keeping the kids entertained.
Best Mini Portable Projector for Outside
Designed for home entertainment use only, this projector – ERISAN Multi-media Pro Mini Portable Video Projector has USB and HDMI inputs and will accept a MHL cable for mobile connections.
It is lightweight and very portable, can be used camping or for Halloween. It has 800 lumens, producing the brightness equivalent to a 60 watt light bulb.
It supports 1080p resolution and the native resolution is 800X400 with a 1000 to 1 contrast ratio for rich colors. It has multiple aspect ratios including 16:9. It features a standard sound output and can be connected to an external sound system. This is a great affordable unit for movies, shows and video games.
Top Home Video Movie Projector
This projector – Digital Galaxy Model #DG-737 Dream Land Projector, slightly larger than a normal portable, offers a good midrange alternative to the pico projectors and the larger models.
It has the standard AVI connection suite, along with HDMI. It has a native resolution of 800X400 but will support up to 1080i/p, giving it dual capability.
It has 1,500 Lumens, equivalent to a 80 watt light bulb and can support up to 2,000 Lumens. It has a 600 to 1 contrast ratio and projection distance from 5 meters to 14 meters. This is a great, all around projector for use in the home.
Best Outdoor Movie Projector for the Money
This projector – ViewSonic Model #PJD5134 Projector has 3,000 Lumens, equivalent to a 190 watt light bulb. It has an HDMI connection plus a full AVI connection suite to handle any demand.
It has a native resolution of 800X400 but will support up to 1080p. It has a 15,000 to 1 contrast ratio for superb colors.
What separates this projector from the model 155 above, is the full suite that can connect to Blu-ray players and video game systems plus older entertainment systems and PCs. This is a great all around projector for any home.
Best Movie Projector under $300
With an industry leading three year warranty, this projector – ViewSonic Model #PJD5155 Projector has 3300 lumens, equivalent to a 200 watt light bulb.
It has HDMI connections and is compatible with most Blu-ray players. It has five native settings and a 20,000 to 1 contrast ratio for super bright colors and rich deep blacks. It is also 3D ready.
It has a full sound suite and can easily be connected to external sound systems. It has a remote and the user components are all easy access. There is also a cable management system for less clutter. This is a top end, projector that would go great in any home and can turn your backyard into a theater.
Never leave any projector outside in wet weather and always protect connections including electrical connections from moisture to prevent accidental shock injuries.
Never look directly into the lens with the projector on and always use the correct screen type or material to facilitate viewing.