When picking the best projector for outdoor movies, there are several things other than cost that you must consider. Also, many of these features and specifications also affect the cost, so it's good to know what you want and how big your space is.
What Should I Look For in a Movie Projector for Outdoor Use?
- Size of Your Outdoor Space
Your space will govern what kind of projector to get. Some have throw distances of 10 feet. Some have throw distances of as little as 5 feet. Generally, you'll want at least a 100-inch screen, which is a little bigger than 8 feet. You should have enough space to put the projector in a safe position where people won't walk into it or knock it over.
Keep in mind, too, that no portable outdoor projector will show movies outside during the day, so be sure your space has something to warm you and your guests on a cool or cold night. Having a canopy or roof over the space would be good, too, because even if your projector is waterproof, you're not.
- Projector Size and Throw Distance
For outdoor movie projectors, size and throw distance are vital. A compact, portable projector is ideal for outdoor setups. This allows easy movement and setup. Throw distance matters too; it's the space between the projector and the screen. A short-throw projector is great for small yards or limited spaces, projecting large images from a shorter distance. Standard or long-throw projectors suit larger outdoor areas, offering flexibility in placement farther from the screen.
- Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio is the proportional relationship between a screen's width and height. Most modern content, including movies and TV shows, is produced in a 16:9 aspect ratio, offering a widescreen viewing experience that aligns with most digital media formats today. WeWatch projectors support both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios and cater to a wide range of content. Whether you're watching the latest blockbuster in widescreen or classic content in the traditional 4:3 format, our projectors ensure that the image fits the screen perfectly.
Brightness determines how well a projector can display images even with varying lighting conditions. It is especially important outdoors where ambient light can't be controlled. The WeWatch V51 Pro is an excellent choice for outdoor use. With its 400 ANSI lumens, images will remain clear and visible, even in areas with ambient light—like a backyard at dusk.
For outdoor movie projectors, resolution is key as it affects how crisp and immersive the projected image is, especially on larger screens. A high-resolution projector ensures that even when the image is blown up to big outdoor proportions, it remains sharp and clear. Choose a projector with a resolution that matches or exceeds the standard 1080p HD for outdoor movies.
- Lamp Life
Lamp life indicates how long the projector's light source will last before needing replacement. For outdoor projectors, where usage might be more intensive and varied, a longer lamp life ensures reliability and consistent performance over time. Choose projectors with a lamp life of several thousand hours so you can be sure that your outdoor movie nights can continue uninterrupted for years.
- Adapters and Ports
Check for available adapters and ports when purchasing a projector. While there are units that allow for wireless connectivity, having a wired connection is a great backup. WeWatch projectors come equipped with a versatile array of ports such as HDMI, USB, VGA, AV IN, and a 3.5mm audio out. This allows you to easily hook up your Blu-Ray player, gaming console, or streaming device to your projector.
- Bluetooth or WiFi Connectivity
Wireless connectivity via WiFi and Bluetooth offers several advantages for outdoor movie projectors. With the WeWatch V53PRO leading the way with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, you get the fastest and most reliable connections available.
Wireless connectivity eliminates the need for a fixed setup. Thus, you are free to place the projector wherever you want without the hassle of setting up the wires. You can also easily connect to accessory devices like speakers, headphones, or a Bluetooth-enabled remote control effortlessly.
- Type of Projection ( LCD, LED, or DLP )
LED projectors, such as WeWatch projectors, use an energy-efficient and long-lasting light source. They excel in outdoor settings as they provide sufficient brightness for a crisp image.
LCD projectors offer sharp, vibrant images as well. But these projectors may require more maintenance they use a complex system of mirrors and color filters to produce images. Lastly, DLP projectors are known for their sharpness. However, they may be more suitable for indoor use due to their sensitivity to dust
- Sound Quality
While many projectors come with built-in speakers, these often lack the power and clarity needed for outdoor use. To achieve full audio immersion, consider adding external sound accessories such as dedicated speakers or a soundbar. These can significantly enhance the audio experience, ensuring that the dialogue is clear, and the cinematic effects are impactful.
- Durability and Weather Resistance
No matter how much you plan, it'll still occasionally "rain on your parade." Your outside projector should be waterproof, and it should be at least somewhat impact-resistant to guard against the aforementioned tripping accidents.
Consider the features you want and then compare them to your budget. That way, based on your needs, you can select the best projector for outdoor movies for yourself. Explore WeWatch Projectors for an exceptional outdoor movie experience!