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Best Projectors for Camping and Outdoor Movies 2021

So, you love hiking and you are a movie lover, what’s more ideal than watching a movie with your family and friends by the campfire? The idea is brilliant yet you might be hesitant to host an outdoor movie night during your trip since the gears you need might add extra weight. The good news is that in 2021, we have seen new portable projectors which are lightweight enough for a fantastic movie night under the stars! Below are the 4 best portable projectors for outdoor movies that we like

  1. XGIMI Halo True 1080p Portable Projector ($799)
Halo

At 1080P Native Full HD Resolution and 800 ANSI Lumens brightness, the XGIMI Halo portable projector is perfect for streaming content and watching movies while camping. The XGIMI Halo Projector is also equipped with 10W Harman Kardon Speakers that would be decent for an indoor movie night. The battery of the XGIMI Halo Projector is advertised to last for 2 hours at maximum. Equipped with Android TV, the XGIMI is capable of providing various streaming apps to the viewers such as Hulu, YouTube, Disney +, HBO Max, and so on. However, this smart feature will not come in handy if you camping in a location where wifi is not available.

Cons: expensive ($799), bulky (4.47 x 5.71 x 6.75 inches), and heavy (3.53lbs)

AAXA Tech M77 Mini Projector Full HD 10180p 20" DIsplay

Like the XGIMI Halo Projector, the new movie projector by AAXA Technologies called M7 Mini Portable Projector is also equipped with Native 1080 Full HD Resolution and it is also 4K FPS Ready. The AAXA M7 also has a better battery life at 3-hour runtime in ECO Mode, and a better brightness at 1200 LED Lumen (650 LED Lumens on battery). At half the price of the XGIMI Halo Projector, the AAXA M7 Projector is smaller (7.3″ x 6.4″ x 1.85”) and lighter (2.99”). The price of the AAXA M7 Mini Projector is fantastic for what it offers. However, the AAXA M7 Projector has less competitive speakers (4 Watts) and no wireless mirroring technologies nor smart features. Hence, you might want to load your movie to a media player such as a flash drive, USB Stick, MicroSD/ TF Card and connect it to the M7 Mini Projector. The AAXA M7 Mini Projector is compatible with HDMI devices such as laptop or Nintendo Switch.

Cons: not “smart”, no horizontal keystone (it has 40-degree vertical keystone)

The AAXA P7 Mini Projector is probably one of the most popular projectors in its category. Measures just 4.7″ x 4.4″ x 2.7″ and 1.48 lbs – the P7 projector fits nicely in your laptop bag or briefcase for business travel and outdoor camping.  This is the most compact projector in our list that has native 1080P Full HD Resolution for an outdoor movie. The AAXA P7 Mini projector has multiple inputs: USB, USB, USB—C for Mirroring, HDMI, Composite AV, and TFCard/ MicroSD. The AAXA P7 projector is cheaper than the AAXA M7 Projector for a reason: its battery lasts only 90-minute and its brightness is also lower (600 LED Lumen).

Cons: not “smart”, no horizontal keystone (it has 40-degree vertical keystone)

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Weighing just 104lbs, the Anker Nebula Capsule is the smallest truly portable projector for an outdoor movie in our least. The Anker Nebula Capsule is also slightly more affordable than the other projectors as it costs only $299.99 on Amazon. Notice that its native resolution is quite humble at 480P and its image brightness is just 100 Lumen. Regardless, the Anker Nebula Capsule has various connections: HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

Cons: low brightness, low resolution

4 Reasons Why You Need a Mini Projector for Christmas 2021

Christmas is just around the corner, and it is the happiest time in the year with everything merry and bright. If you are shopping for Christmas sweater parties or family potlucks, check various mini projectors out there. A mini portable projector could add more than a little pinch of magic to your Christmas this year. Below are the top four applications of projectors for Christmas 2021.

Projection-Mapping

source: https://www.videomappingsoftware.com/blog/christmas-projection-mapping/

Projection mapping has been there for years and it is only getting better every year. In every neighborhood, there is always one household with a dazzling light show for holidays. By using a projector, you can easily transform your house into a magical castle. And better yet, sometimes you do not need a big projector – a small projector with a battery like the AAXA M7 could do the job just fine. Check out this How-To: Projection Mapping 101 tutorial video by VanOaks Props

Digital Decorations

Digital Decorations have gained popularity over the last few years. Companies like AtmosFX or Spectral Illusions offer a wide variety of special effects for holiday decorations. If you have been putting holographic ghosts and wraiths on your window every Halloween, consider projecting a Christmas tree, Santa Clause, or Elves for Christmas decorations!

source: https://atmosfx.com/products/christmas-carolers

Or if “window projection” is too mainstream and you are looking for something new and unique, try the Fake Fireplace Projection or Magical Christmas Village – they are magical!

Home Movie Time

Christmas is the perfect time for family and friends to gather around, have delicious food, and watch movies together. Why not celebrate this special time of the year with a bigger screen? Most projectors could achieve a big 100” – 150” screen within a humble throw distance.

Native 4K Ultra HD Projectors for Home Movie:

AAXA 4K1 Mini Projector (Best Budget 4K Projector)

XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Projector

BenQ HT3550 4K Home Theater Projector

Streaming Content Anywhere, Anytime

Are you traveling this Christmas? The good news is that nowadays, battery-powered projectors do not require a power source to operate, meaning that you can bring your portable project anywhere and watch movies anytime you want. A mini projector like the AAXA P6X weighs about just 2lbs and it fits easily into your backpack, and its battery can last up to 4 hours, which is more than sufficient for any long movies you want to watch on your next vacation to Hawaii.  

4 Projectors To Look Out For This Black Friday!

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With Thanksgiving next week, this brings in some crazy deals for Black Friday! Here are 4 projectors with insane deals this Black Friday!

BenQ TK800M

$999.00 was $1,499.00

The BenQ TK800M is a fantastic projector that sports 4K PROJECTION TECHNOLOGY, DLP Technology, HIGH CONTRAST RATIO, Packed with 3000 Lumens of brightness, and an all-glass 4k-optimized lens Array. For $500 off, this is the perfect gift for someone looking for a high-end full-sized projector!

Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12

Front Zoom. Epson - EpiqVision™ Mini EF12 Smart Streaming Laser Projector with HDR and Android TV - Black and Copper.
$799.99 was $999.99

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12 is a smart projector with Stunning Picture Quality up to 150, Sound by Yamaha, Built-In Android TV, Elegant Compact Design, Epson MicroLaser™ Array Projection Technology, Advanced Scene Adaption Color Correction, 3-Chip Projector Design, Auto Picture Skew & Focus Correction, and Chromecast Built-In. This is easily one of the best smart projectors out on the market to this date! For $200 off, this is for sure a steal!

ONOAYO 5G WiFi Projector 9500L 

$254.98 was $559.99

The Onoayo 9500L is a well-known projector on amazon and it’s on sale for $254.98! This projector has 5.0 Bidirectional Bluetooth & 5G WiFi Projector, Native 1080P & 12000:1 Contrast Ratio, 4-Point Keystone Correction & ZOOM Function & Backpack Included. A great addition for an on-road projector for wireless usage!

LG PF50KA

Front Zoom. LG - PF50KA 1080p Wireless Smart DLP Portable Projector - White.
$529.99 was $649.99

The LG PF50KA is a classic take on standard projectors, but this time making them smart! Only weighing 2.2 lbs, Wireless capability, DLP image technology, 600 Lumens of brightness, 100,00:1 contrast ratio, 1080p native resolution, dual HDMI inputs, and 2.5 hours battery life. This is the perfect projector for outdoor home theaters when paired with a projector screen!

AAXA Technologies’ HP1 Halloween Projector!

AAXA Technologies just released their latest projector, and just in time for Halloween! Their new HP 1 Halloween Projector is a great addition for people who like to go all out on their Halloween decorations. This week we’re going to give you the insider scoop on the HP 1!

AAXA Technologies has teamed up with digital effects studio, Spectral Illusions, to create this terrifyingly cool projector. The HP 1 sports a sleek design, rechargeable 4-hour long battery, 100 LED Lumens, HDMI input Mirroring, USB-C Mirroring, and Bluetooth speaker functionality! Most projectors nowadays are equipped with standard 2W speakers that don’t do the job. The speaker on the HP 1 is a 10W speaker with Bluetooth 5.0 and 24-hour runtime fully charged!

This has to be one of the best projectors for Halloween because it comes preloaded with five of Spectral Illusions’ scary digital effects! Using the projector and their Semi-Transparent Mesh Screens, you can make your windows, hallways, and pathways spooky! What makes this even better is that you can also mirror your compatible devices and use your own designs/ effects as well.

Five (5) Preloaded Scary Videos - From Phantom Wraith, Blow the Man Down, Ghost of Prudence Primm, Electric Specters, and the Phantom of the Park

Here’s a link to Spectral Illusions’ where you can see some of their amazing work: https://www.spectralillusions.com/

Here are a couple of links to where you can get the HP1:
AAXA
Amazon

Interactive Projector: Amazon Glow

Amazon’s newest innovative tech is the Amazon Glow, an interactive video-conferencing device with a built-in tabletop projector. The main goal is to allow kids to be interactive while communicating with friends and family across different locations. The ability to project games, books, pictures, or puzzles, allows the kids and parents(also grandparents) to play and talk together at the same time

The Amazon Glow comes with new features such as a shared display, showing what the kid sees and mirroring it on a remote iPad. Books, games, and some basic learning apps are different activities that the Amazon Glow can display. This is all connected to Amazon’s Kids Plus ecosystem, a subscription-based to connect the whole family. Parents will need to learn how to set up the Glow and teach their children the basics. Amazon targeted children between the ages of three through nine, so setting up age restriction content might be important for many parents. The Amazon Glow projects an 8-inch screen for video chat and is able to project a 22 inches screen using the screen mat. At the moment, the Amazon Glow is not yet released, but has a retail price of $299.99 and is looking to release around mid-October 2021.

Why You Need to Buy a Projector This Back to School Season!

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With Summer finally ending, this September/October introduces the start of the Fall Semester for college students! Here’s why a projector will be great if you’re going to college!

School Work

Projectors for Classrooms, Auditoriums, and Collaborative Spaces |  ViewSonic India

College students are given a lot of different assignments, but the one assignment that students dread the most is presentations. Presenting in front of an entire class can definitely be nerve-racking. Practicing with friends with a projector can really help ready a person for the real deal! Sharing notes and cramming with friends can be enhanced with a projector! Simply connect a laptop to a projector and you will be able to share your notes with each other.

Decorations

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If your dorm room or bedroom is looking stale, then adding a projector will definitely spice things up! You can use your projector to project images or effects into your room to make it look unique when you have friends over. There are even projectors dedicated to making your room look cooler by projecting outer space or a sunset.

Entertainment

9 Best Home Projectors From $50 To Bring The Cinema To Your Bedroom

Having a TV is a common necessity when living in a dorm or living with roommates. TVs can definitely be pricey and a waste of money especially if you do not plan on keeping the same TV after college. A projector can be versatile with how you travel with it and it projects a bigger picture than any other TV!

Here’s a list of projectors that we recommend:

BlissLights Sky Lite – LED Laser Star Projector
AAXA P6X 1000 Lumen Battery Projector

Top 5 Essential Accessories For Your Home Projection Experience

Top 5 Essential Accessories For Your Home Projection Experience

Projectors have become an important part of modern homes and offices. Newer models of projectors have extensive range, with more connection settings and ports that enhance the user experience with different options to play and connect your devices. With the increase in projector’s capability, there is also an increase in accessories available for different projectors. There are a few essential accessories that help to improve the image quality while others enhance the viewers’ experience. Some projector accessories include tripods, carrying case, adapters, HDMI cables, etc…

  • Projector Screen: The most important accessory to have with your projector is a good projector screen since it allows for a steady, clear image. The size and quality of the screen depends on the type of projector that you have. Most modern projectors can handle projection up to about 200 inches. It is also important to know how far to position your projector screen based on the projector’s throw ratio.  For rooms that have high ambient light, a light-rejecting projector screen is a must unless you can shut out the light completely.
  • External Speakers: Even though projectors have improved over the years, some still don’t come with built in speakers or come with very low quality speakers. Having one speaker will be enough to improve the sound quality, enough to enhance the quality of your viewing experience. 
  • Streaming Devices: Many projectors have video input through HDMI, which allows for the use of streaming devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, and Chromecast. These devices provide more options to watch your favorite shows and movies without the need to stream videos from your laptop or phone directly to the projector. 
  • Display Adapters: If the connector on your computer or smartphone is different from those on the projector, then you will need to include an adapter in your projector accessories list. The most popular display connectors are Apple Lightning to Digital AV Adapter, USB-C to HDMI adapter, and Mini HDMI to HDMI. It is important to get the right adapter accessories as you will encounter display errors when using incorrect adapters for iPhone or Samsung smartphones.
  • Carrying case or mounting brackets: The last accessories you should have with your projectors are the mounting brackets and carrying case. If you have a portable pico projector, you can get a carrying case that allows you to carry the projector wherever you go. A mounting bracket is nice to mount the projector into a fixed position.

Connect Amazon Fire Stick to Your Projectors

There are many ways to stream movies and shows through a projector. From your phone to an Amazon Fire TV Stick, watching your favorite shows and movies has gotten easier and better over the years. Amazon Fire TV Stick is simple and straightforward to set up and use. The vast majority of the Fire Stick models are compatible with projector use via HDMI port. Projectors without an HDMI port will require a converter, such as an A/V or VGA to HDMI converter. Adapters aren’t as good as converters in making sure that your Fire TV Stick can be recognized and read by vintage projectors.

To connect an Amazon Fire TV Stick to a projector:

1- Plug the Fire TV Stick into the projector’s HDMI port, and connect the USB cable to an USB power source.

2- Turn the system on and select the HDMI/Digital Input option.

3- Connect to Wifi and set up your Amazon account for Home Customization.

4- Connect the  projector to an external speaker source like Bluetooth Speakers (if the projector supports Bluetooth), a Receiver, or another audio solution (an HDMI Audio extractor or wireless HDMI Kit).

Video Instructions on setting up Fire TV Stick with AAXA P6X Pico Projector: 4K – I Made My Projector “Smart” With Amazon Fire Stick

Some Issues to keep note of when setting up your Fire TV Stick

1-Audio issues connecting with multiple speakers or wireless speakers. Using HDMI Audio Extractor will help with audio sync. 

2-Projectors without HDMI ports should be wary of third party accessories that are incompatible when trying to go from VGA->HDMI or USB-C to HDMI. 

Creative Photography using Projectors

There are many different ways to express creativity when dealing with photography. One popular style of photography is Projector Photograph. With the right equipment and setup, you can turn your normal photoshoot into an “Art of Projection”. The main thing to focus on for projector photography is your shooting environment, your camera, and the projector that you will use. 

It is important to find the right projector for you. For projector photography, you will need at least 1080p resolution with at least 1200 lumen brightness. It is also important to know your filming location since a more portable projector might be advantageous. One recommended projector would be the AAXA 4K1 Projector with 4K native support. Modern projectors are nice with different ways to connect and mirror directly from your phone, giving you the option to create unique backdrops and lighting that are unique to you. 

Some things to bear in mind is the colour temperature of the image you are projecting.  Select  an image that’s nice and bright, with large sections of white, and just project that as your background. It will take a couple of trials to get the best shots and exposure to the projector settings, so you should keep practicing and trying different camera settings. .

According to Projector Photography – How to Use a Projector for a Creative Shoot, some techniques you should try are Try Long Exposures for Creative Effects, Movie Magic, and Use Unique backdrops. 

Living Room Setup with 4K Projectors

For a lot of people, finding the perfect spot for TV can be tough considering the many factors like the lighting and limited space. With the increase in popularity for 4K home entertainment projectors, many people are switching to 4K projectors instead of traditional 4K televisions. The benefits of a 4K projector setup is that you can go from 50 inch to 150 inch screen without taking up any space in your living area. It is also cheaper to buy a flat 100-150 inch screen than it is to buy 100 inch televisions. 

Projectors are increasing in all aspects including throw ratio, allowing users to display 100 inch screen size with the projectors only 3-4 inches away from the screen. It used to be much more expensive to get a projector with a high lumens brightness, but now it is much more affordable. The number of lumens needed for a room is determined by the amount of ambient light in the room. If there is a high amount of ambient light then the projector will need higher lumens to properly light the screen. With modern 4K projectors ranging from 2000-5000 lumens, there are many options out there that will work best with your home setup. 

When setting up your projector for your home setup, there are many options to mount or place your projector. Most will mount the projector, place it on a table, or mobile projector stand. Mounting the projector is the most common because of the fixed location and the option to hide cables into the ceiling. Mobile home theater entertainment is also becoming popular with new mini portable 4K projectors like AAXA 4K1 Projector, allowing the user to not be limited to just the living room with the size and portability of the projector. 

The built in sound quality of internal speakers in the 4K projectors are good, but not movie theater experience good. To add to the home theater experience, most people will include external speakers to the setup. There are many types of external speakers that you can use, like sound bars, bookshelves speakers, or Bluetooth speakers. Sound bars are popular aesthetically because of the form factor, allowing users to install under or near the screen without taking up much space. One good cheap sound bar is the Bose TV Speakers with options to connect using HDMI or optical audio. For wireless Bluetooth connection, the Sonos One  is a mid-priced smart speaker with the option to control audio from your phone, without the hassle of running long cables from your speakers to the projector.