All short or long lens measurements, regardless of brand, are categorized by the range of projector in relation to the screen to create a 100″ image.
Long throw models can require six feet or more of available space between where your projector sits and where the screen is mounted in order to reach the 100″ screen sizes limit. The upside of long throw lenses (besides the price discount compared to short throws), is they’re perfect for large hall or exhibition space applications, like business presentations, houses of worship, an outdoor theater or concert visuals. Or if you have a large room, they serve as great home theater projectors. Move them closer however and you don’t get a larger image, the image shrinks, making it less useful in projector home theater setups in smaller rooms.
Short throw projectors on the other hand have lenses that can create a much larger picture from shorter distances, or 100″ from about four feet or less in certain models. They can be used on a wall or a projection screen. The first benefit of buying a short throw also happens to be one of the most obvious: less room between the projector and the screen means less room for people to get in the way of the projectors light.
Short throw projection is perfect for square footage-challenged homes, apartments, or viewing areas, but that convenience also comes at a higher cost. On average, you should expect to spend anywhere between $100 – $250 more on two comparable projectors, with the only difference being the throw capacity of their lenses. Many people use these projectors for video games since not much room is needed to get a stunning large image and create whole video walls. It’s the same reason
By Chris Stobing
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