LCD vs DLP Projector

LCD vs DLP Projector. What's the difference? Which is better? This tutorial will explain the differences and similarities between these two types of projectors.

LCD Projectors (Liquid Crystal Display)

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ViewSonic PJ862 Hi-Brightness LCD Multimedia Projector

LCD Projectors operate by shining light through transparent LCD cells. Most LCD projectors us advanced polysillicon LCDs, which use three separate color panels (red, green, and blue) to produce the desired color.

Projected images are produced by the combination of light shinning through the LCD cells. LCDs have excellent color saturation, usually have adjustable brightness and contrast, are typically brighter than DLPs at the same lumen output, and have a broader range of connectivity.

DLP Projector (Digital Light Processing)

DLP projectors were developed by Texas Instruments and project images by reflecting lights against hundreds of tiny mirrors called digital micro devices (DMD). Each mirror represents one pixel, is powered by electronics that adjust the angle of the mirror according to the color begin displayed. DLP projectors are lighter in weight than their LCD counterparts.

They are all digital technology and typically have higher contrast ratios, meaning that they project video images better than LCDs. They are portable, tend to be smaller and lighter than LCDs and connect easily to other digital devices.

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Mitsubishi HD1000U 720p High Definition DLP Home Theater Projector

Comparing LCD vs DLP Projector

The best way to compare an LCD vs DLP projector is to set two with the same brightness and resolution side by side and see which one projects the best for the type of image you will be showing through the projector.

LCD Projectors DLP Projectors
  • Tend to produce more saturated colors and sharper images
  • Depending on the resolution and size , images may become pixilated
  • Little difference in price
  • Typically offer deeper blacks and higher contrast
  • May not project very detailed images well
  • Little difference in price

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