While this won't work well for screening a movie on a large screen, it could be awesome for showing a movie on the inside wall of a tent on a camping trip. It's compact enough to fit in your pocket and runs on batteries. It is rather dim comparatively, only offering 15 lumens, so it might work best for small projections indoors. Full Specs from Brookstone.
The BenQ W1070 is the best projector you can get for under $1,000. Rated at 2,000 lumens, it is brighter than projectors that are triple the cost, and it has one of the best contrast ratios in its class. This one is definitely at the top of my wish list. Full specs from BenQ.
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Okay, so the ViewSonic Light Stream PJD5155 doesn’t project at 1080p (it projects at native SVGA 800 x 600), but it’s a great projector for the budget-conscious shopper who wants a big screen projection and superior color technology. The ViewSonic features 3300 lumens, great sound quality, and it’s super easy to use. Full specs from ViewSonic.
For a sharp, clear picture and 3200 lumens, the Optoma S316 is a great option for the price. It may not be 1080p, but it offers a 20,000:1 contrast ratio and rich, vibrant colors that will make any outdoor screening look great. Full specs at Optoma.
Price: starting at $350
This Optoma EH500 is a drool-worthy option at its price point. We’re talking 4700 lumens, a phenomenal 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and 1080p high def resolution, so you know the picture is going to be crystal clear and incredibly bright for screening day or night. Full specs at Optoma.
This stunning short-throw projector offers 3200 lumens, a 20,000:1 contrast ratio, and killer details, especially if you don’t have a large space to project. At under $500, it's a great choice for those on a budget, with a lamp life of 6500 hours in its eco-mode or 4500 hours in its full-bright mode. Full specs at Optoma.
This is a great little projector for the kids, or a family camping trip. The Led life is over 20 thousand hours and it can project an image size of 20” - 80” while offering 320x240 resolution with a contrast Ratio of 400:1. Granted, it is only 60 lumens, it is small and portable and a nifty little projector for family outings. Full specs from Aketek.
The Panasonic PTAE8000U comes with a hefty price tag, but it also boasts an extremely high contrast ratio of 500,000:1 for a stunning picture that will probably knock your socks off. Although it only offers 2400 lumens this projector has something called a "Red Rich Lamp” which produces brighter images and color reproduction, as well as deeper blacks to eliminate light leakage. Full specs at Panasonic.
This Epson is more than just a powerful projector, it is also a DVD and CD player combo and dual Dolby® 5.1 Digital DTS® 10 W stereo speakers which will allow you to just plug in, load and play. It offers 2500 lumens of white light output and 2500 lumens color output, and 720p widescreen resolution. Full specs at Epson.
With 2800 lumens and a 15000:1 contrast ratio at an XGA 1024x768 native resolution, this View Sonic offers multiple PC and video input options and is PC and Blu-ray 3D-ready. The color and brightness give this projector superior picture quality. Full specs at ViewSonic.
Here’s what makes this Epson unique: it has a built in doc for Apple devices—just “connect and project.” It delivers 2800 lumens of color brightness as well as 2800 lumens white brightness, and uses 3LCD, 3-chip technology to get you the bright visuals and fantastic color you want for outdoor projecting. Full specs from Epson.