You may have been thinking that projectors are only useful in school for lectures and presentations; but on second thought, projectors have also actually been on the rise because of outdoor theater purposes.
A lot of families and homeowners have ventured into creating their own outdoor cinema at the back of their homes; many would throw a movie night or movie party with their relatives and friends as this is much easier than going to the cinema as a battalion.
Picking the right projector system to survive the backyard is tricky, we found this resource here to help you out.
Quick Outdoor Theater Guide
Basically, when starting your own outdoor theater, you will need the following things:
- Space for the outdoor theater
- Wide and tall wall or cloth to serve as a screen or an inflatable screen
- Laptop or DVD player
- Projector and speakers or sound system
- Chairs, blankets, pillows, etc.
- Movie snacks and drinks
Out of all the outdoor theater essentials listed above, perhaps the most controversial one is the projector. Aside from being probably the most expensive thing needed, it also determines the quality of what will be played on the screen.
With that said, this article will guide you in getting to know the projector that best suits your preference.
Types of Projector
LCD projectors are the most commonly used type. However, it is a bit more expensive than DLP ones. LCD projectors are very compact and has good saturation; it also has great brightness options. However, over time, LCD may lose image quality.
Using mirrors to reflect images, DLP projectors project smooth images. It is highly accurate without shadow problems and it may have high ratio of contrast. However, it has a limited number of pixels and is not as bright as LCD.
For projectors, brightness is measured in ANSI lumens. Choosing the best brightness option is quite tricky as it has to be able to relay a clear and sharp image without tiring the human eyes.
- Below 1,000 lumens
This is good for small-sized screens that are located in dark rooms. Although projectors with this brightness are the cheapest, it also may have the lowest quality.
- 1,000 to 2,000 lumens
Projectors with this feature are suitable for rooms that are dimly-lit. This also works well for small to average-sized screens. This brightness range is the most common one among projectors.
- 3,000 lumens
With this range, the projector will work well with small, average or large screens. In addition, this will also work well with ambient lighting as projectors with this range is flexible to lighting.
- Above 3,000 lumens
As the most expensive range, projectors possessing above 3,000 lumens are very bright. The screen might be too bright if this is placed in a room that is dark. This would be suitable in an area with some lighting.
The resolution depends on the number of pixels that can be projected. Understandably, the higher the clearer the images will be. For an affordable price, projectors with 1280 x 1720 resolution offers a good quality of Blu-ray and DVD videos. When projecting computer system to the screen, 1280 x 1768 may work well. As for the best and most expensive, but still affordable, resolution, 1920 x 1080 works best.
Projector Throw Ratio
This ratio refers to how far the projector needs to be from the screen in order to reflect good quality images. Try to check the specifications of the projector as this is listed in there. Take note of the size of your outdoor cinema screen in order to know what throw ratio is best.