Church Projectors Buyers Guide

Choosing the right projector for your business.

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What brightness level do I require?

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Brightness with digital projectors is universally measured in ANSI Lumens. Typically the brightness level for church projectors ranges from 4000-8000 lumens but as always your ambient lighting and image size will effect what brightness level you will require. For small house of worships with an image size around 100", and minimal natural light, a 4000 lumen model would easily do the job. If your room has lots of natural light we recommend going for a brighter unit to ensure the image remains vibrant enough for the congregation to view. The larger the screen, and the higher the ambient light is in the room, the more powerful the projector will need to be. If your church or house of worship is very large (ie groups of 100-200 people) we would recommend a projector with a minimum 6000 ANSI Lumen rating.

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What Resolution is right for me?

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A native resolution is essentially a measurement for the number of pixels being projected. Usually this is represented in a number of pixels width to height e.g. 1920 pixels width and 1080 pixels high. Projectors may accept signals higher and lower of the native resolution but will have to convert or compress the signal to display in the native resolution.

Resolution tends to take a back seat to brightness in Churches where there is a lot of light to contend with. Typically we would recommend to go with a Full HD or WXGA resolution. This gives plenty of detail for even smaller text but doesn’t push the budget too much while leaving room to get a powerful brightness.

The most common measurements for education projectors are

  • WXGA - 1280x800 (HD) - Enough detail to text or HD video e.g. Powerpoint or Keynote presentations
  • WUXGA - 1920 x 1080 or 1920 x 1200 (Full HD) - Great detail, perfect for all presentations and high quality video's
  • UHD - 3840 x 2160 (4K) - The newest and highest quality resolution. Great for very high quality projection fine detail and UHD video. Primarily this resolution is used for home theatre but there are some high-end business projectors starting to utilise this high resolution.
Powerful projectors with the WUXGA resolution are now available below $5000 so have been becoming increasingly popular for religious services. If you are on a tighter budget the WXGA resolution projectors tend to have some cheaper options offering great value.

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What do the PC Free and Wireless features mean?

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PC Free and Wireless functions are two relatively new technologies to be included in select presentation projectors. PC Free allows the unit to project a presentation, image or some video files without the need to connect a computer or any other AV device. The correctly formatted files can be loaded onto a USB flash drive or SD Card, which is then connected directly to the projector. The projector can only read certain file types, some projectors may only be able to display a picture file while others can display some Microsoft PowerPoint slides or PDF files. PC Free is a great option for teachers that have many sessions or presentations a day and do not wish to carry around both a projector and a computer.

Wireless connectivity allows the projector to connect to a computer without the need for cabling. Wireless typically transmits at a low frame rate so is only suitable for presentations and photo's, not for motion (video/movies). There are several types of wifi technologies in use with Miracast currently being one of the most commonly used. Wireless can be more difficult to set up and has more limitations than the usual cabled connection so we recommend not to rely 100% on it.

Is there anything else to look out for?

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If you plan on installing the projector on the church ceiling or high up on a beam then 'throw distance' will become a factor to be aware of. Many projectors will require around 3.2m distance for a 2 metre wide image, but this can vary so let us know if you need a specific distance for a current image size. Check out our Throw Distance Blog for some further information. Just Projectors usually includes a Throw Distance Chart on the Information pages for each projector to help compare the required distances of each model.

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What projectors do you recommend for church use?

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The team at Just Projectors are constantly testing new releases to determine the best projectors for Church and House of Worship use. Below we list a range of models we recommend you consider. As always if you have any queries feel free to get in contact with us.

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Church & House of Worship Recommendations

SMALL-MEDIUM ROOMS PROJECTOR RECOMMENDATIONS

Optoma W400LVe DLP HD Multipurpose Projector
optoma W400LVE
  • WXGA HD
  • 4000 ANSI Lumens
  • 25,000:1 Contrast
  • 10W Inbuilt Speaker
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Epson EB-W52 LCD Multimedia HD Projector
epson EB-W52
  • WXGA HD
  • 4000 ANSI Lumens
Epson EB-FH52 LCD Multimedia Full HD Projector
epson EB-fh52
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 4000 ANSI Lumens
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • Miracast Wireless
Optoma ZH350 DLP Full HD Laser Projector
optoma ZH350
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 3600 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • Dust Resistant
Optoma AZH430 DLP High Brightness Full HD Laser Projector
optoma AZH430
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 4500 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • Dust Resistant
Viewsonic LS740HD DLP High Brightness Full HD Laser Projector
Viewsonic LS740HD
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 5000 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • Dust Resistant

SHORT-THROW PROJECTOR RECOMMENDATIONS

Optoma GT1080HDR DLP Full HD Short Throw Home Theatre Projector
optoma gt1080hdr
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 3800 ANSI Lumens
  • REC709 Colour
  • Short Throw
Optoma W340UST DLP High Brightness HD Ultra Short Throw Projector
optoma w340ustsm
  • WXGA HD
  • 4000 ANSI Lumens
  • Ultra Short Throw
Optoma HD36UST DLP High Brightness Full HD Ultra Short Throw Projector
optoma hd36ust
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 4000 ANSI Lumens
  • Ultra Short Throw
Optoma GT2160HDR DLP 4K UHD Short Throw Home Theatre Projector
optoma GT2160HDR
  • UHD 4K
  • 4000 ANSI Lumens
  • REC709 Colour
  • Short Throw

LARGE CHURCH / HOUSE OF WORSHIP PROJECTOR RECOMMENDATIONS

Epson EB-2250U LCD High Brightness Full HD Multimedia Projector
epson EB-2250U
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 5000 ANSI Lumens
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
Epson EB-2265U LCD High Brightness Full HD Multimedia Projector
epson EB-2265U
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 5500 ANSI Lumens
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • Miracast Wireless
  • HDBaseT Connection
Optoma ZH507 DLP High Brightness Full HD Laser Projector
optoma zh507
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 5500 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
NEC PE506ULG High Brightness Full HD Laser Projector
NEC PE506ULG
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 5200 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • 360° Installation
  • Long 5yr Warranty
Sony VPLPHZ51 High Brightness Full HD Laser Projector
SONY vplphz51
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 5300 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • HDBaseT Connection
  • Long 5yr Warranty
Sony VPLPHZ61 High Brightness Full HD Laser Projector
SONY vplphz61
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 6400 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • HDBaseT Connection
  • Long 5yr Warranty
Epson EB-L630U High Brightness Large Venue Laser Projector
epson EB-l630u
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 6200 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • HDBaseT Connection
  • Long 5yr Warranty
  • Miracast Wireless
Epson EB-L730U High Brightness Large Venue Laser Projector
epson EB-l730u
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 7000 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • HDBaseT Connection
  • Long 5yr Warranty
  • Miracast Wireless
Epson EB-L770U High Brightness 4Ke Large Venue Laser Projector
epson EB-l770u
  • 4Ke UHD
  • 7000 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • HDBaseT Connection
  • Long 5yr Warranty
  • Miracast Wireless
Panasonic PT-FRQ50W 4K UHD Laser Large Venue Projector
panasonic ptfrq50w
  • UHD 4K
  • 5200 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • H&V Lens Shift
  • 2.0x Big Zoom
  • HDBaseT Connection
  • Long 5yr Warranty