Projectors for the home – TVNZ Breakfast

21st January 2009:

Breakfast’s “Inspector Gadget” John Buckley reviewed a range of the latest video projectors for the home as well as a nifty new pocket projector. Click the image to see the interview.


The business projector that also does a great job at home: Canon SX7

A great projector which spans the gap between work and home. This portable machine contains the high optical quality you would expect from a maker like Canon and a bunch of automatic features.

Technical Specs:

LCOS technology with SXGA+ resolution

Ultra-bright 4000 lumens with AISYS optical system

1000:1 contrast ratio

Just 31dBA operation in Quiet Mode

1.7x powered zoom

Automatic set-up

HD Ready with HDCP-enabled DVI port

Adobe RGB and sRGB support

Compact, lightweight design

Recommended retail price: $9110 incl. GST

Available from: Direct from Canon (Phone: 0800 222 666) and select Audio Visual dealers.

Product Website

Rating 4 out of 5

A great entry level projector for the home: Panasonic PTAX200E

The powerful PT-AX200e with high 2000 Lumens brightness is great for sports and video games in daytime conditions, and ideal for watching movies in a dark room.

Technical Specs:

Brightness: 2000 ANSI Lumens

Contrast Ratio: 6000:1

Resolution: 1280 x 720

16:9 Aspect Ratio

Up to 1080p signal compatibility

Optical lens shift horizontal and vertical

+/- 30 degrees Vertical Keystone correct

2 x HDMI inputs

Recommended retail price: $2499.00

Available through local consumer electronic such as Harvey Norman, Dick Smith


Product website

Rating 4 out of 5

High Definition Heaven: The Panasonic PT-AE3000 Full HD home theatre projector.

The new Panasonic PT-AE3000e projector is a full-HD 1080p projector that is designed to maximize your Blu-ray Discs and HD. It also has an optical system that is specifically designed to maximize your home theatre viewing by achieving a 60,000:1 contrast ratio and 1,600 lumens of brightness.

Technical Specs:

Brightness: 1600 ANSI Lumens

Contrast Ratio: 60,000:1

Resolution: 1080p

16:9 HD Aspect Ratio

Optical lens shift horizontal and vertical

Digital Keystone: Vertical

2 x HDMI inputs

Image smoothing technology

Recommended retail price: $4999.00

Available through local consumer electronic such as Harvey Norman, Dick Smith


Product website

Rating 5 out of 5

3M MPro 110 MicroProjector.

This handheld micro-projector definitely has the “James Bond Gadget’ factor but it’s fair to say this technology is in the early development stages. Good for: projecting images from a video game console or video i-pod. Not good for: full business presentations.

Still, we eagerly await the introduction of this projection engine into laptops and other hand-held devices like PDA’s MP3 players in the coming months.

Technical Specs:

Technology LCOS

Image Resolution 640 x 480 Pixels

Image Aspect Ratio 4:3

Projection Distance 305–1800 mm (12″–70″)

Image Size 163–975 mm (6.4″–38.4″)

Weight 160 g (5.6 oz.)

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery

Recommended retail price: $899

Available from Norman Ross Stores

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Rating 2.5 out of 5

All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability