Video projectors can be used at home and at work. They come in quite handy when you have a family get together, seminar, business meeting etc. For people who have frequent use of video projectors, buying one would be the best option. But if your use is limited, it is always advisable to go for video equipment rentals. Here are a few points to take into consideration, when you buy a projector.
Different types of technology
When it comes to video projectors, the most popular ones are those based on LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology. Projectors that use DLP technology makes use of tiny mirrors to reflect light on to the desired screen. This type of projector is expensive and is used mainly in corporate establishments. If you need the projector for any kind of home use, it is best to use one based on LCD technology. It is less expensive too.
Choosing a projector with the right resolution
Video projectors that have a resolution of 640 x 480 and 800 x 600 are the VGA and SVGA models, which are comparatively older. They function well if the need is to use them for viewing movies and images of lower resolution.
Incase you need a projector for games, 3 DS modeling, CAD, simulation etc, the more recent models like XGA and SXGA that have a resolution of 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024 are definitely preferred. Projectors of this type are definitely priced high. If you will be using this projector intermittently, you are better off opting for video equipment rentals instead of buying it.
Brightness, color and life expectancy of the lamp
Make sure you select a video projector that has a high lumens rating. This will ensure greater picture clarity, under the right type of lighting condition. If you need the projector for home use, you can use a projector of 2000 lumens. Projectors that have to be used in offices, business presentations etc must have at least 4000 lumens.
The standard color depth of a projector on a screen is 16 bit. Depending on your requirements, you can go for a standard or a better 24 bit color depth. Projector lamps have a lifespan of 10,000 hours. It is important to check the life span and the type of lamp used in the video projector before you buy it.
The type of connection your projector will require
The comparatively older projector models require the S Video, RGB and composite connections. The newer models require DVI inputs for connecting digital video cameras.
Choosing the right video projector is not a herculean task, with several brands to choose from. In case you are confused when it comes to making a choice, you can do a little research online, read magazines or talk to acquaintances who are knowledgeable on projectors.
You can also read user reviews of different projectors to make a judicious decision. Another great way to identify the right projector for your needs is to go for video equipment rentals and try out a few models.