Canon LV-8310 WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review

Canon LV-8310 Projector: Bottom Line

Overall, the LV-8310 is neither a stellar or poor performer in its class.  It does a lot of things (good color, brightness and portability) well and nothing poorly.  If this were a year ago, it would be among the better performers in its class.  However, over the past year, other manufacturers have upped the ante in the multimedia projector class.  Today’s sub-$1000 projectors regularly display good color, higher contrast ratios, increased brightness, longer lamp life and longer warranties.  As a result, the LV-8310 tends to fall in the middle of a very crowded field.  Even its implementation of a digital input uses DVI, which has generally been replaced in the market with HDMI.  It’s a solid performer, but doesn’t stand out in today’s market.  There is certainly nothing about the LV-8310 that will disappoint the Canon faithful, but it may be hard-pressed to bring in new customers who are unaware of Canon’s reputation for accurate color reproduction.

Nonetheless, the Canon LV-8310 does still provide the traditional Canon strong points of very good color, intelligent design and ease-of-use.  Canon has also been noted for their reliability as well.  For those who need a reasonably bright projector, that maintains good color at higher brightness, the Canon LV-8310 would be a solid choice.

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Canon LV-8310 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

Canon LV-8310 Projector: Pros

  • Maintains good color even in its highest brightness mode
  • Image sharpness is quite good at any resolution
  • Lamp accessible even when ceiling mounted
  • Up to 5000-hour lamp life
  • Digital video (DVI) input
  • Lightweight – 7.28 lbs.
  • Good audio output capability with built-in 7W speaker

Canon LV-8310 Projector: Cons

  • Manual on CD only
  • Lower than average contrast ratio and mediocre black levels
  • Has two dust filters that must be maintained
  • No network display capability or wireless networking

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