The lens of the NP-P474U is located on the front of the projector, is recessed, and is positioned slightly off center and to the right. The focus ring and zoom functions are manual and located on the lens itself. That’s a 1.6:1 zoom ratio, which means more placement flexibility during installation, especially when combined with the lens shift controls.
Those lens shift controls can be found on the top of the projector, under an easy-release door. The NEC NP-P474U has both horizontal and vertical lens shift – that’s +/- 20% for horizontal, +/- 30% for vertical. These controls are, like the lens, manual, but you’ll likely only be using them once, during installation. Now, if the projector is to be used across multiple classrooms (it’s certainly portable enough), that would be a different story. However, I think it is more likely that the NP-P474U will be installed where it will stay for a long time.
Lens shift is a great feature to have, as it allows some room for miscalculation when mounting the projector, whether that be ceiling, wall, or table mounting. The lens shift moves the image to be in alignment with the projection surface, which definitely helps if you’re a few inches off. That does it for this leg of the Hardware Tour! Time to move on to our discussion of the control panel, remote control, and the menus.