The Best Projectors for Churches in 2019

Church buildings and places of religious worship come in all shapes and sizes. Many traditional Christian churches occupy older, listed buildings, while other more modern sanctuaries can be found in newly developed structures that are purpose-built.

This makes it hard to define what the best projector is for a church, church hall or any place of worship. However, as always, we’ll try to break things down for you as best we can. Let’s start with the important features you need to be aware of.

Important features for church projectors

Brightness

Churches can sometimes be dark, shaded buildings with tall ceilings and plenty of space. This can be great for image quality. Without the effects of ambient light disturbing the contrast of your images, you can forget about how excess light will cause your images to appear less saturated and dim.

Other churches and worship spaces will be less fortunate. If the location suffers from a large amount of ambient lighting, those all-important hymn lyrics or religious scriptures on your projector may be quite tricky to read for your audience. In these situations, you will need to make sure you have a projector with a high enough lumens output (brightness) that will lessen the effects of ambient lighting. You might also want to invest in blackout curtains too, and a good quality projector screen to ensure the quality of your displayed images.

 

Flexible installation

Church projector installation can sometimes be as simple as buying a decent projector and setting it up at the back of the room. Other situations will require a bit of magic. And by magic, we mean the wonders of technology that can help make our lives a little bit simpler when it comes to projector installation.

To start, a large capacity for both horizontal and vertical lens shift will give you more flexibility and make setting up much easier. Essentially, this means that the unit subtly repositions the lens within the projector housing without having to move the whole unit itself. Perfect for off-centre installs, or where the projector is significantly lower or higher than the projected image.

Throw distance is also an important factor. If you need to place your unit extremely close to the screen, then you’ll need a projector that can handle short throw requirements. Equally, if you are in a very large hall with the projector placed at the very back, you’ll need a long throw projector.

 

Connectivity

Are you planning on connecting a laptop or tablet to the projector? Or would you rather use a pre-loaded USB device to share your content? These are important questions when it comes to the logistics of setting up your church projector system.

Make sure you consider things like ports and cables as these will all have to fit in with your environment, where it can be assumed, many people will be passing through on a weekly, if not daily, basis. The last thing you want is to cause someone to trip due to tangled wires or have a large pause before your next hymn while someone fumbles around with the connections. Planning for these things early on will help you avoid such situations when you have installed the projector.

 

Laser

If you choose a laser projector, you’ll be getting greater reliability and lower maintenance requirements compared to if you go with a standard lamp projector. This is a massive bonus if the projector is hard to reach – which from experience is often the case in churches. Although these models usually come at a higher price, they are widely known to offer overall better performance compared to their lamp counterparts.

This isn’t to say you have to go with laser, but when it comes to churches or other religious halls of worship that often have projectors installed in hard to reach locations, such as, high up on the wall or ceiling, for example, you won’t want to be messing around with an awkward bulb replacement any time soon. Laser essentially gives you a longer life before you have to go in and perform any kind of maintenance or replacement work on your projector.

Finally, laser projectors typically offer better colour accuracy and sharper clarity of focus, even if they’re positioned a long way from the screen. This means that your projector should be better at delivering sharper images and better colours.

So on to the best projectors for churches on the market this year. We’ve broken things down into categories so you can choose from a selection of devices best suited to your building and space.

 

Category 1 – Large main screen projectors for church halls

Up first, here’s a list of projectors we believe are better suited to large churches or religious worship halls.

Best value projector for large church halls

Panasonic PT-VZ580EJ

Highlights:

  • 5,000 ANSI Lumens
  • 1,920×1,200 (WUXGA) Resolution
  • 5,000 Hours Lamp Life (Typical)
  • 3 Years Return To Base Warranty (Projector)
  • Laser Light Source / LCD Display Technology
  • £946,00.00 Ex VAT

 

Best performance projectors for large church halls

 Epson EB-L610U

Epson EB-L610U - 6000 Lumens 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) Resolution Epson Projector

Highlights:

  • 6,000 ANSI Lumens
  • 1,920×1,200 (WUXGA) Resolution
  • 20,000 Hours Lamp Life (Typical)
  • 5 Years Return To Base Warranty (Projector)
  • Laser Light Source / LCD Display Technology
  • £2,735.00 Ex VAT

 

Best church hall projectors for flexibility and features

Panasonic PT-MZ670EJ

Panasonic PT-MZ670EJ

Highlights:

  • 6,500 ANSI Lumens
  • 1,920×1,200 (WUXGA) Resolution
  • 20,000 Hours Lamp Life (Typical)
  • 3 Years Return To Base Warranty (Projector)
  • Laser Light Source / LCD Display Technology
  • £4,289.00 Ex VAT

 

Category 2 – Projectors for church aisles and smaller screens

If you’re in need of a projector for smaller screens or church aisles, here’s a list of our best projectors for small churches.

Best budget projector for church halls

BenQ MX611

BenQ MX611

Highlights:

  • 4,000 ANSI Lumens
  • 1,024×768 (XGA) Resolution
  • 4,000 Hours Lamp Life (Typical)
  • 3 Years Warranty (1st Year collect, repair and return, Year 2 and 3 return to base) (Projector)
  • Lamp Light Source / DLP Display Technology
  • £355.00 Ex VAT

 

Best value projector for church halls

BenQ MH733

BenQ MH741 - 4000 Lumens 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) Resolution BenQ Projector

Highlights:

  • 4,000 ANSI Lumens
  • 1,920×1,200 (Full HD 1080p) Resolution
  • 4,000 Hours Lamp Life (Typical)
  • 3 Years Warranty (1st year pick up, repair and return. Years 2 and 3 Return to base) (Projector)
  • Lamp Light Source / DLP Display Technology
  • £591.00 Ex VAT

Best performance projector for church halls

Optoma WU515

Optoma WU515 - 6000 Lumens 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) Resolution Optoma Projector

Highlights:

  • 6,000 ANSI Lumens
  • 1920×1200 (WUXGA) Resolution
  • 3,000 Hours Lamp Life (Typical)
  • 3 Years Return To Base Warranty (Projector)
  • Laser Light Source / LCD Display Technology
  • £1,855.00 Ex VAT

Do you need a personal recommendation?

Investing in a projector for your church or place of worship can be a huge decision. Especially if you are relying on donations or you are working with a modest budget and need your projector to run for several years without it needing to be replaced. So, if you need a personal recommendation or just some more advice to help you make the right decision, feel free to get in touch with Projectorpoint.

We also offer a huge range of church projector screens and additional components to complete your church projector system. You can give our friendly staff a call on 0800 073 0833, fill in our online contact form or drop by the offices and we’ll do our very best to help you out. There are many different requirements to consider depending on your church size, and we’ll be happy to help you choose the best one for your needs!

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