When looking for a projector make sure you take into consideration the
requirements of your auditorium. The brightness of the projector (lumens) is
one of the most important factors when choosing a projector. If your auditorium
has a fair amount of natural light you will want a projector with a higher
We suggest getting the highest lumens you can
afford. The higher lumens provides a greater amount of contrast to the projected image. A range between
1700 to 2800 lumens is best. A projector
under 1500 lumens will not have a high enough contrast level in most auditoriums.
Another consideration is the resolution of the
projector. Most projectors these days are at a native resolution of 1024x768.
All the downloadable presentations on Using PowerPoint in Church have been designed
at this resolution. Some high-end projectors available today will run at a native resolution of 1280x1024. The difference
in an image at 1280x1024 and 1024x768 is minimal. Once you get above a certain
number of pixels the average person cannot tell the difference, when back a
short distance from
the screen. Avoid
purchasing projectors that are running at a native resolution of 800x600. At
800x600 the projector is receiving 480,000 pixels, a projector at 1024x768 is
receiving 786,432 pixels, almost double the number of pixels a 800x600 projector
receives. Make sure you are getting a native resolution of 1024x768. There are
some projectors that have a native resolution of 800x600 and scale the image
from a 1024x768 computer feed.
Below are links to some of the major projector manufactures: