Pixel Shifting Projectors

Pixel shifting, sure sounds techie, and it is.  Perhaps five-six years ago, we saw the first pixel shifting projectors.  They are used in both home theater projectors and commercial ones, as a technique to produce a seemingly higher resolution image, than the native resolution of the DLP, 3LCD or LCoS panels that are in those projectors.  The most common application is to use pixel shifting technology to allow projectors to display content from 4K sources, with a perceived sharpness that is higher than the same panels/chips could do without shifting.
Most pixel shifting projectors use 1080p (1920×1080) or the similar WUXGA panels (1920×1200 – the usual resolutions below 4K).  Because the actual chip or panel fires more than one time. When it fires the second time, that pixel is physically shifted Open to the right by half of pixel, creating overlaps. Combining that with fancy image processing, the end result is the ability to show more detail, than the same projector not using pixel shifting. Most pixel shifters have the option of turning off the pixel shifting. On DLP projectors that’s often referred to as the Silence mode, but a fancy name isn’t needed. Pixel shifting works, and you don’t need a higher resolution content to use it. Many commercial projectors use pixel shifting even when not using 4K content because the data can be interpolated to emulate higher resolution, so the projector can improve the perceived sharpness of the picture, even if it’s 1080p content.
There are a great many DLP projectors using pixel shifting, they’re all referred to as 4K UHD projectors capable of putting 8 million pixels on the screen, because 8 million pixels is that you HD standard. Do not mistake 4K capable pixel shifters whether they are referred to as UHD or UHD Pro, or other names, for native for 4K projectors.  Native is still better, and a good bit more expensive, for example the least expensive need a fork a projector on the home side is a $5000 Sony at this time, where is 4K capable pixel shifters start at about $1000. Image processing though is the key. For example, a non-UHD projector like an Epson pixel shifter may seem sharper than a UHD model, because of the image processing. You could say it even seems sharper than a native 4K projector. But there are always trade-offs. A pixel shifting image, for example, may seem a little hard looking compared to a native resolution one. The bottom line, pixel shifting provides a much lower cost method primarily for handling 4K content and delivering sharpness approaching that of a native 4K projector.

Pixel Shifting Projectors

Pixel Shifting Projectors REVIEWS

Image Review
Optoma UHL55 4K UHD Home Entertainment LED Projector Review Optoma UHL55 4K UHD Home Entertainment LED Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 7, 2019
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ HT5550 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Comparison Review BenQ HT5550 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Comparison Review
  • Review Date: September 9, 2019
  • MSRP:
  • Technology:
LG HU85LA CineBeam ThinQ 4K Projector Review – UST Design Brings Quality Home Theater To Your Living Room LG HU85LA CineBeam ThinQ 4K Projector Review – UST Design Brings Quality Home Theater To Your Living Room
  • Review Date: August 13, 2019
  • MSRP:5999
  • Technology: DLP
NEC NP-PX1005QL Laser Projector Review NEC NP-PX1005QL Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 24, 2019
  • MSRP:$24,000
  • Technology: DLP
AAXA 4K1 – 4K LED Projector – A First Look Review AAXA 4K1 – 4K LED Projector – A First Look Review
  • Review Date: May 20, 2019
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ LK953ST 4K UHD Laser Business/Education Projector Review BenQ LK953ST 4K UHD Laser Business/Education Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 29, 2019
  • MSRP:$5,099.00
  • Technology: DLP (1)
Epson Pro L1755UNL Commercial Laser Projector Review Epson Pro L1755UNL Commercial Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 31, 2019
  • MSRP:$33,000
  • Technology: 3LCD
Hisense 100″ Laser TV Review – A 4K UHD, Smart Projector with Screen Hisense 100″ Laser TV Review – A 4K UHD, Smart Projector with Screen
  • Review Date: January 2, 2019
  • MSRP:$7,999
  • Technology: DLP (1)
Epson Home Cinema 4010/Pro Cinema 4050 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review Epson Home Cinema 4010/Pro Cinema 4050 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 6, 2018
  • MSRP:$1999/$2399
  • Technology: 3LCD
ViewSonic PX747-4K First Look Review – Now for $999! ViewSonic PX747-4K First Look Review – Now for $999!
  • Review Date: November 13, 2018
  • MSRP:$1,261
  • Technology: DLP (1)
Epson Pro Cinema 4050 First Look Review – 4K UHD with HDR Epson Pro Cinema 4050 First Look Review – 4K UHD with HDR
  • Review Date: October 23, 2018
  • MSRP:$2,399
  • Technology: 3LCD
JVC DLA-RS3000 First Look Review – With 8K Resolution JVC DLA-RS3000 First Look Review – With 8K Resolution
  • Review Date: October 9, 2018
  • MSRP:$17,999
  • Technology: D-ILA-3
JVC DLA-RS440U Review – A Serious, 4K Capable Home Theater Projector JVC DLA-RS440U Review – A Serious, 4K Capable Home Theater Projector
  • Review Date: August 20, 2018
  • MSRP:$3999
  • Technology: LCOS 3 Panel
Viewsonic PX727-4K Review: An Affordable 4K UHD Home Theater Projector Viewsonic PX727-4K Review: An Affordable 4K UHD Home Theater Projector
  • Review Date: June 11, 2018
  • MSRP:$1499
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ HT2550 Projector Review – The Best 4K UHD Value Yet? BenQ HT2550 Projector Review – The Best 4K UHD Value Yet?
  • Review Date: March 28, 2018
  • MSRP:$1499
  • Technology: DLP
Dell S718QL – A 4K UHD, Ultra Short Throw, Laser Projector Review Dell S718QL – A 4K UHD, Ultra Short Throw, Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 13, 2018
  • MSRP:$5999
  • Technology: DLP (1)
Vivitek HK2288 4K UHD Home Theater Projector Review Vivitek HK2288 4K UHD Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 9, 2018
  • MSRP:1999.00
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 20, 2017
  • MSRP:$4500
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma UHD60 Projector Review and Comparison to UHD65 Optoma UHD60 Projector Review and Comparison to UHD65
  • Review Date: December 12, 2017
  • MSRP:$3799
  • Technology: DLP
Acer V7850 4K UHD DLP Projector Review Acer V7850 4K UHD DLP Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 11, 2017
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ HT9050 Home Theater Projector Review BenQ HT9050 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 23, 2017
  • MSRP:$8995
  • Technology: DLP with LED light source
Epson Home Cinema 4000 Home Theater Projector Review Epson Home Cinema 4000 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 30, 2017
  • MSRP:$2199
  • Technology: 3LCD
Optoma UHD65 4K Home Theater Projector Review Optoma UHD65 4K Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 18, 2017
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: DLP
Epson Pro Cinema LS10500 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review Epson Pro Cinema LS10500 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review
  • Review Date: May 11, 2017
  • MSRP:$7999
  • Technology: 3LCD on Quartz (LCoQ)
The Astonishing Epson Pro Cinema 4040 Home Theater Projector – Review The Astonishing Epson Pro Cinema 4040 Home Theater Projector – Review
  • Review Date: March 16, 2017
  • MSRP:$2699
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 5040UB vs. JVC DLA-RS400U – A Comparison Review Epson Home Cinema 5040UB vs. JVC DLA-RS400U – A Comparison Review
  • Review Date: September 22, 2016
  • MSRP:
  • Technology:
Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, Pro Cinema 6040UB Home Theater Projector Review Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, Pro Cinema 6040UB Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 11, 2016
  • MSRP:$2699
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 8, 2016
  • MSRP:21999
  • Technology: 3LCD
JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 30, 2016
  • MSRP:3995
  • Technology: D-ILA-3
JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 25, 2016
  • MSRP:$9995
  • Technology: D-ILA-3
Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors
  • Review Date: September 9, 2015
  • MSRP:
  • Technology: 0
JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 22, 2015
  • MSRP:12495
  • Technology: D-ILA
Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 13, 2015
  • MSRP:5999
  • Technology: 3LCD on Quartz (LCoQ)
Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Projector Review:  Update Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Projector Review: Update
  • Review Date: February 2, 2015
  • MSRP:
  • Technology: 0
Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review
  • Review Date: September 9, 2014
  • MSRP:7999
  • Technology: 3LCD on Quartz (LCoQ)

News and Comments