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Welcome to our big daylight projector test 2022. Here we present all the daylight projectors we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best daylight projector for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy a daylight projector.




Summary

  • Daylight projectors need a higher luminous intensity to compensate for daylight.
  • There are different techniques for daylight projectors, both of which have their advantages and disadvantages.
  • The contrast of daylight projectors is of secondary importance, as the daylight provides the necessary contrast.

The Best Daylight Projector: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a daylight projector

What does the term lumen mean for a daylight projector?

Lumens always describe the brightness of the projector. This is an important factor and it always depends on where you want to use your daylight projector later. If the brightness is too high, the projector could be blinding in a dark room. If it is too low, you will have problems in bright rooms.

A daylight projector can be used not only in darkened rooms but also in bright rooms. (Picture source: 123rf.com / stylephotographs)

Measurements are always made in ANSI lumens and these describe how much light the projector throws onto the screen. The ambient light and the size of the screen play a role. A higher number of lumens is important for daylight projectors because they are usually used outdoors and during the day. The size of the screen and the ambient light play an important role in the luminous intensity.

How many lumens do you need for a daylight projector?

Here you can use a very simple calculation. First of all, find the ideal lumen value in the table below:

Lumen/m² Description
up to 100 lumen/m² generally not recommended
100 to 250 lumen/m² only recommended in well-darkened rooms
250 to 500 lumen/m² good results even with low dimming
over 500 lumen/m² also a good picture in bright rooms and outdoors

Once you have found your ideal lumen value, multiply this value by the desired image area. For a daylight projector, a lumen value of 500 ANSI lumens or higher per square metre is recommended.

At what point is a projector suitable for daylight use?

If a conventional projector is to be used as a daylight projector, it must be able to compete with ambient light. It must therefore be a very bright device.

A daylight projector also works in a brightly lit computer workstation. (Image source: pixabay.com / stux)

The rule of thumb says that a beamer needs at least 2,000 ANSI lumens to be considered suitable for daylight. In direct sunlight or at large outdoor events, this value can increase to up to 7,000 ANSI lumens.

What do I need to consider when buying a daylight projector?

The most important things to consider when buying a daylight projector are the light intensity and resolution. As explained above, the light intensity has a strong effect on how well you can see the image in different ambient brightness.

When buying a daylight projector, you should pay particular attention to the quality of the lens. (Image source: 123rf.com / Alexander Walz)

The resolution depends on what you want to use the projector for and therefore there are different requirements.

How much does a daylight projector cost?

The price of a daylight projector can vary greatly depending on the quality and brand. You can divide the price ranges roughly as follows:

Price Class
up to 500€ entry-level class
500€ to 1.000€ Home Cinema Class
over 1.000€ professional, business and public viewing class

You can buy projectors up to 500€ that are a good start but not too expensive if you find you prefer TV or something else. In the €500 to €1,000 range we are in the home cinema class. These are good for watching TV at home on the terrace or in a bright sunlit room. All over 1,000€ are real professional projectors. These can also be used for larger outdoor events and large business meetings as soon as the light intensity is suitable.

What are the alternatives to daylight projectors?

The alternative to projectors is a normal television. These are more bulky than a projector, but they also have a nicer picture. For outdoor use, you can also use a TV, but it depends on the brightness and where the sun is coming from. You can also use outdoor beamers, which are even better in bright light than daylight beamers.

Decision: What types of daylight projectors are there and which is right for you?

If you want to get a daylight projector, there are three basic features:

  • LCD projector
  • DLP projector

What distinguishes an LCD projector and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The LCD projector uses LCD technology, which stands for Liquid Crystal Display. Light is split into its primary colours by a prism and then directed through small LCD screens. The light is transmitted at the required points and then bundled again into a beam of light. The LCD projector has a very good colour gradation and is much finer than a DLP projector. Furthermore, the LCD projector has no rainbow effect, which we will discuss in more detail later.

Advantages
  • Better colour gradation
  • Good readability
  • No rainbow effect
Disadvantages
  • Recognisable pixel structure

  • Paler contrast
  • Short life

The LCD projector also has very good readability, which is particularly advantageous when the projector is used for business matters or presentations. Its disadvantages, however, are that you can see the pixel structure at lower resolutions. Because the LCD technology does not work completely without light, it cannot project a rich black, which leads to a paler contrast of black and white. Also due to the lamps, the LCD projector loses its quality after approx. 2,000 operating hours.

What distinguishes a DLP beamer and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

In DLP technology, which stands for Digital Light Processing, the light is reflected by thousands of small mirrors in the projector, with each mirror projecting one point of the image. The light is also projected through a colour filter where the colours are divided into the three primary colours. The DLP projector has a sharper image and a higher speed due to its more sophisticated technology.

Advantages
  • Sharper image
  • High speed
  • Better contrast
  • Longer life
Disadvantages
  • Rainbow effect
  • Somewhat more expensive
  • Higher volume

Due to the fact that no lamps are needed, DLP technology has a better contrast and can show black and white more saturated. Furthermore, the lifespan is longer than that of LCD technology and is estimated at approx. 4,000 to 5,000 operating hours. However, DLP technology has the rainbow effect, which may or may not be disturbing depending on your own perception. The colour wheel of the projector throws the individual colours alternately onto the screen at lightning speed, but due to the inertia of our eyes, most people cannot recognise this. However, some people can recognise the individual primary colours on the screen, especially with fast image sequences, and this is the so-called rainbow effect. Because the DLP projector is the more modern variant, it is also somewhat more expensive than the LCD variant and due to its construction with the mirrors and colour wheel, it also has a higher volume.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate daylight projectors

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate daylight projectors. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular daylight projector is suitable for you or not. In summary, these are:

  • Light intensity
  • Resolution
  • Contrast
  • Connections
  • Weight
  • Installation
  • Ease of use
  • Lens shift vs. keystone correction

In the following paragraphs, the various criteria will be explained in more detail.

Light intensity

The light intensity of the projector plays a decisive role in the purchase of a device. As already described in the guide, it depends above all on the place of use and the associated ambient brightness. For daylight projectors, the light intensity should be higher, but again, this depends on how strong the sunlight is and how large the screen is.

Resolution

The resolution divides the entire image into a grid. It is then a question of how many points, so-called pixels, have space in a row or column. The more pixels there are, the better the picture. This is then indicated as follows: 1920x1080 pixels. This means 1920 pixels per column and 1080 per row, usually only the pixels per row are given. The most important terms here are HD-Ready, Full HD and UHD. HD-Ready and Full HD are currently still the most common resolutions with either 1280x720p (HD-Ready) or 1920x1080p (Full-HD). An already newer technology is UHD or also called 4K. This has an even higher pixel resolution.

Name pixels per column pixels per line
HD-Ready 1280 720
Full-HD 1920 1080
UHD / 4K 3840 2160

Contrast

Contrast describes the maximum difference in brightness between black and white. The higher the contrast, the sharper the image of the projector. If the projector is used primarily in dark rooms, a high contrast value is important so that the black is also deep black and the white is also white. For daylight projectors used outdoors, the contrast value is no longer so important, as the daylight ensures that the colours are saturated.

Connections

The connections are also an important factor when buying a projector. The image quality of the projector can also be impaired by an incorrect connection. Basically, a distinction is made between analogue and digital interfaces.

Interface Connection
analogue VGA, S-Video, Composite Video, Component Video
digital HDMI, DVI

The two digital interfaces provide a high-quality picture and can also transmit HD. The difference between the two is that HDMI can transmit picture and sound while DVI can only transmit picture. It can happen that beamers are still equipped with a VGA connection. For a high quality picture, however, an HDMI connection is definitely recommended.

Weight

If the daylight projector is often transported from place to place, it is better if the projector has a lighter weight. Depending on the technology, daylight projectors are very stable and well suited for transport, however, it should be noted that the lighter the device should be, the more expensive the price can be.

Installation

Daylight projectors can either be mounted on the ceiling or placed on a table. This depends on the area of use of the projector. If it is used outdoors, hanging it will hardly be possible and it will therefore have to be set up. In bright rooms, however, both types of installation are possible. After setting up the projector, you can always make corrections through the projector settings to adjust the image perfectly to the screen.

User-friendliness

Your projector should always have a user-friendly interface. After all, it's no fun if you have to struggle for hours with the same problem. They should always be easy to use and a simple glance at the user manual should suffice if necessary.

Lens Shift vs. Keystone Correction

Lens shift allows you to move the image of the projector without changing the position of the projector. Depending on the model, this can be adjusted horizontally and vertically. However, it depends on the technology of the projector whether it has this function or not. This function makes the adjustment of the projector much easier because the resolution is maintained, which is not the case with the keystone correction. This only changes the position within the light cone but not the light cone itself, which can lead to a strong impairment of the image quality.

Facts worth knowing about daylight projectors

How do I set up my daylight projector correctly?

Again, it depends on the technology, but you should also take into account the amount of sunlight.

How can I clean the lens of my daylight projector?

When it comes to cleaning, it depends on which technology your daylight projector uses. LCD projectors are easy to clean, but the lamp must be replaced in between. DLP projectors are more difficult to clean because of their very sensitive technology. You can therefore have the cleaning done by professionals or clean it yourself with compressed air

How do I hang my daylight projector?

You can always mount a daylight projector on the ceiling with an appropriate ceiling mount. There is a rigid ceiling mount as well as an adjustable ceiling mount. Depending on the use, both have different advantages. However, it is important that the bracket also provides the load-bearing capacity for the projector. With some mounts, the projector may be turned upside down. However, this does not matter as you can also turn the image upside down.

Image source: 123rf.com / Rudmer Zwerver

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