Updated on 2 August 2013 by

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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FAVI J5-PICO-HD
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
Average Rating
 4.2 stars
 4.0 stars
 3.5 stars
 3.5 stars
 4.0 stars

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