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Contrast ratio of a projector is the difference between the deepest black and the purest white it can project and the larger and the higher this ratio is the more detailed the picture quality.

Today, most manufactures have two standard methods to calculate contrast ratios of projectors: ANSI and Full on/Full off. ANSI contrast ratio is obtained by using a checkerboard of 8 white and 8 black rectangles. The contrast is got by measuring the average light output of all the white checks against the average light output of all the black ones. The ANSI values take into account realistic settings of a room and allow for some ambient light in the readings. The Full on/ Full off method gives ratios much higher than ANSI for the same projector as it is measured in an idealistic setting. This can hardly be applicable to your room.

This is why you see highly varying values like 2500:1 and 2,000,000:1 these days. 2500:1 would be the ANSI value which is what we advise you to go by.

Furthermore the thing about contrast ratios is that even the difference between 1000:1 and 2500:1 will hardly be noticeable if the room has even dim lighting . Ambient light prevents the effect of contrast from being discernible, so 2500:1 is a great ratio to have even for home cinema and movie buffs where the projector is placed in a moderate to dark room.

This list of the best projectors is limited to the top rated projectors which have a contrast of 2500:1.

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Panasonic PT-DZ770
InFocus IN1124
InFocus IN1126
Epson PowerLite 1880
FAVI J5-PICO-HD Projector
Panasonic PT-DZ770UK Projector
InFocus IN1124 Projector
InFocus IN1126 Projector
Epson PowerLite 1880 Projector
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Release Date
Sep 2012
Jul 2012
Apr 2012
Mar 2012
Nov 2011
Contrast Ratio
2500:1
2500:1
2500:1
2500:1
2500:1
Display Technology
DLP
DLP
DLP
DLP
3LCD
Image Brightness
400.0 ANSI lumens
7000.0 ANSI lumens
3000.0 ANSI lumens
36.0 ANSI lumens
4000.0 ANSI lumens
Platform
PC
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
Type
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
LCD Projectors
Form Factor
Portable
Desktop
Portable
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    The Panasonic PT-DZ770UL is an excellent performer and a good bargain for someone looking for a large venue, commercial projector with 2K or WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution.. It offers a combination of high brightness, excellent sharpness, and good color balance and image depth, all at a street price that is among the lowest in its class. With easy setup via its power zoom, focus and lens shift, as well as its variety of available lenses, it is easily integrated into any installation.


  • The Panasonic DZ770UK is a powerful WUXGA projector that has a little bit of everything. Its real strength is in its Cinema mode, which offers the killer combination of high light output, strong color saturation, and good default color accuracy. The projector's small size, low audible noise, and low heat exhaust make it usable in smaller rooms where some of its competitors would overwhelm the space, but the projector has the lumen power to be used in a much larger room without issue.


  • The InFocus IN1124 is a small, lightweight, highly portable business projector geared to businesspeople that need to frequently present to small groups while on the road.

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    The InFocus IN1126 is a solid performer in the high-brightness portable projector category. Its data and video images are excellent, and it starts and stops in short order for those on the go. It is the lightest, smallest, and quietest projector in its class, and although its audio output is only one watt, it suffices for the small audiences a road warrior usually encounters. It is not the least expensive 3,000-lumen portable, but it is the lightest and smallest, and its overall value merits our 5-star rating.


  • The InFocus IN1126 is a small, very portable data projector geared to business people who need to present to small groups while on the road.


  • With its 4,000 lumen rating, the Epson PowerLite 1880 MultiMedia Projector can throw images big enough for a large conference room and bright enough to stand up to ambient light.