Buying Guide: How to choose a projector

Project outstanding images that impress your audience, wherever you are. Read our definitive guide to choosing a new projector for any environment: classrooms, offices, boardrooms, halls, auditoriums, cinemas, retail outlets, visitor attractions – or your own front room.

Projectors for education

Projectors for large classrooms

Installation projectors are ideal for large classrooms. At over 4,000 lumens, they’re bright and powerful, allowing you to project without lowering the blinds. Interchangeable lenses give more flexibility in positioning the projector permanently anywhere in your classroom. Lens shift adjustment and keystone correction make it easy to achieve true, accurately proportioned images. For larger and more demanding venues requiring the brightest projections and highly sophisticated features, Sony installation projectors deliver powerful performance, long life and low maintenance.


Projectors for small classrooms

Portable projectors are ideal for smaller classrooms, where you don’t need the higher brightness of a more powerful installation projector. These projectors are both small and light – a weight of between 2.5kg and 4kg is typical – making them easy to transport between classrooms and quick to set up at the start of each lesson. You can expect a built-in zoom lens for fine-tuning images to fill a wall or whiteboard. Also look out for fast on/off to save time, and energy-conscious features like Auto Dimming and Picture Mute.

Short Throw (ST) and Ultra Short Throw (UST) projectors are perfectly suited to smaller classrooms with limited space. They can be positioned very close to a wall, screen or digital whiteboard, projecting clear images 2 metres across or even bigger.

Projectors for auditoriums and lecture theatres

Bright light levels and extra-large images are essential for large presentation spaces. Brightness with our F-Series installation projectors starts at just over 4,000 lumens, climbing to 7,000 lumens with models like the VPL-FHZ57. For large auditoriums where projectors are used heavily, models like the VPL-FHZ65 score strongly on reliability, energy efficiency and low running costs, running for an estimated 20,000 hours and without the need for replacement lamps. Learn more about the differences between laser and lamp projection.

Projectors for corporate environments

Projectors for large meeting rooms

Boardrooms and large meeting spaces demand a projector that’s bright enough to be seen clearly, even in daylight. A ceiling-mounted Installation projector is your prime choice, delivering a powerful 4,000 lumens or more. Our latest F Series models blend into smart corporate décors, with tidy cable management and a whisper-quiet fan that keeps noise to a minimum. A choice of optional interchangeable lenses makes it easy to achieve big, accurately-proportioned images in any size of room. Great for large boardrooms, Edge blending creates a super-sized image from two or more projectors. If the projector is being used heavily for long periods at a time, consider laser projection for reduced maintenance and lower ownership costs.


Projectors for small meeting rooms

Portable projectors are a versatile, cost-conscious choice for any office – they’re small and light enough to transport easily between different rooms as needed. Quick start-up saves time, while energy-saving features like Auto Dimming and Picture Mute keep running costs right down. A built-in zoom lens plus features like keystone correction make it easy to create crisp, clear images that fit neatly onto a whiteboard or wall. Wi-Fi enabled projectors allow cable-free presentations from a laptop or tablet.

Projectors for museums, large venues and exhibitions

Museums, art galleries and other public spaces require Simulation projectors. Interchangeable lenses plus lens shift adjustment simplify creation of large, accurately-proportioned images, wherever the projector’s positioned. Long operating hours make laser projectors the preferred choice. The long-lasting light source maintains even brightness over its working life, with low running costs and minimal maintenance. Edge blending creates super-sized high-resolution images by seamlessly joining pictures from multiple projectors. Image warping opens up exciting creative possibilities, allowing projection onto curved, irregular surfaces.

Projectors for flight and automotive simulation

Industrial applications like flight simulation and automotive CAD (Computer Aided Design) necessitate high-powered Simulation projectors. They’re robustly designed for gruelling use over long periods. Projectors using a laser light source deliver consistent images with up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, and without the need to exchange lamps. Edge blending seamlessly stitches together images from multiple projectors to create a super-sized picture. There’s plenty of control over colour reproduction and other picture settings to suit different environments. Auto calibration allows rapid set-up, while a robust chassis allows installation at any angle for maximum flexibility.

Home Cinema projectors

Projectors for living rooms and home theatres

Home Cinema projectors deliver the best possible picture quality in a darkened living room, basement or dedicated screening theatre. A zoom lens allows fine-tuning of image size to suit any interior space. All our Home Cinema projectors are Full HD resolution or better, while 4K quadruples this to the same resolution as our professional cinema projectors. ‘Upscaling’ boosts the pixel count of movies on Blu-ray™ or DVD to 4K levels, using our Reality Creation processing that also upscales 3D movies to 4K detail. Motionflow technology reduces blur for crisper on-screen action. Newer models can handle movies shot in HDR (High Dynamic Range), for extremely high contrast with an even wider range of brightness levels. For extra convenience, a memory function allows recall of picture settings to suit any movie. There’s also low fan noise to avoid disturbing quiet passages of dialogue.

Digital Cinema projectors

Projectors for movie theatres

The powerful light output of our Digital Cinema projectors ranges from 9,000 lumens – ideal for smaller screens – up to 30,000 lumens for large auditoriums. All Sony 4K Digital Cinema projectors offer four times the pixel count of older 2K models. That’s over four times the resolution of Full HD, so audiences can’t see any blocky pixels, even sitting close to the screen. The SXRD optical engine assures rich, lifelike on-screen colours plus an industry-leading contrast ratio of up to 8000:1 for bright highlights and rich, deep blacks. Every R500 series projector uses a reliable HPM (High Pressure Mercury) multi-lamp array, instead of the single Xenon light source found in most cinema projectors. Several lamps means there’s no risk of dark screens if one source fails without warning. As well as reducing maintenance needs it’s more energy-efficient than Xenon, driving down electricity costs. All our R500 series projectors can be easily adapted for 3D screenings, presenting smooth, easy-on-the eye images without ‘triple flash’ flicker that’s often a problem with other systems.

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