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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 Projector Reviews

Hisense C1 Lifestyle Projector Review

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BenQ V5000i 4K RGB Laser TV Projector Review

January 20, 2024

The BenQ V5000i is a $3,499 smart ultra-short throw 4K projector with RGB triple laser source. Ideal for vibrant, bright viewing experiences.

NOMVDIC P2000UST-RGB Triple Laser UST Projector Review

November 13, 2023

The Nomadic P2000UST-RGB is a 4K Triple Laser projector with ALPD 4.0 laser light source, low input lag for gaming, and Harmon Kardon sound system. I

Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS650 Projector Review

November 11, 2023

The Epson EpiqVision LS650 is a 4K UST laser projector with Android TV, 3,600 ANSI lumens, and 10-bit HDR at $2,799 MSRP.

Hisense 100L5H 4K Laser TV Review

November 6, 2023

The Hisense L5H is a 4K Laser TV with Google TV, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos sound for a $3999.99 MSRP. Ideal TV replacement with high-gain screens and gaming features.

Formovie X5 4K UHD Laser Projector Review

October 23, 2023

The Formovie X5 is a new 4K UHD 3,840 x 2,160p HDR-capable video projector that retails for $1,599.99 MSRP.

ViewSonic X2-4K Gaming Projector Review

September 25, 2023

The ViewSonic X2-4K is a 4K (native 1440p) HDR-capable, LED DLP gaming projector that retails for $1,599.99 MSRP.

LG ProBeam BU70QGA Professional Projector Review

August 15, 2023

The LG ProBeam BU70QGA, LG Professional's latest top-of-the-line 4K DLP projector, is priced at $5,499 MSRP.

JVC LX-NZ30 4K DLP Projector Review

July 16, 2023

The JVC LX-NZ30 is an HDR-compatible DLP home theater projector that can deliver 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) priced at $3,499 MSRP.

LG CineBeam PU700R 4K Smart LED Projector Review

July 6, 2023

The LG CineBeam PU700R is a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) Ultra High Definition (UHD) home entertainment projector selling for $1,699 MSRP.

Samsung Premiere LSP9T Laser TV Review

February 14, 2022

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LG CineBeam HU710PW Hybrid LED Laser 4K Projector Review

February 13, 2022

2022 LG HU710PW The LG HU710PW is one of two newly announced CineBeam projectors. We were excited to get our hands on the HU710PW ($2,499.99 SRP) because it is the first LG projector to utilize a hybrid light source system. This new LG system uses an L ...

JMGO U2 Laser TV Review

November 13, 2021

The JMGO U2 is a RGB Laser DLP Ultra-Short-Throw projector offering an amazing range of features and performance at a great price.

OPTOMA CINEMAX P2 LASER TV REVIEW

July 15, 2021

Optoma CinemaX P2 ultra-short-throw smart 4K laser home theater projector also known as a laser TV review.

BENQ X1300i GAMING PROJECTOR REVIEW

February 17, 2021

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Epson EpiqVision LS500 Laser TV Review

December 11, 2020

The Epson LS500 is a laser powered, 4000 lumen, 3LCD projector with an ultra short throw design, and it is bundled with either a 100” or 120” screen.

HISENSE 100L5F LASER TV REVIEW

November 14, 2020

The Hisense 1000L5F Laser TV is a 4K DLP Laser Ultra-Short Throw Smart projector. With a retail price of $3999, the new Hisense 100L5F is the most affordable Laser TV they have ever offered.

Be Amazed: Using Panasonic Commercial Laser Projector For Higher Education and Houses Of Worship Applications. And See Imagery of Panasonic Projectors Doing Incredible Things

June 22, 2020

Panasonic's latest laser projector for education application, houses of worship, digital signage and more!

Optoma CinemaX P1 Laser TV Review: A Smart, 4K UHD Projector For The Really Big Screen Experience

June 5, 2020

Optoma's hot new ultra short throw, 4K UHD laser TV.

BenQ HT3550 vs BenQ TK850: Choose the Best Home Projector for Your Room and Viewing Preferences!

March 5, 2020

Greetings home projector enthusiasts, big screen fanatics, and people just tired of a boring “TV” experience. If you want to up your viewing game – whether a movie addict, sports nut, or a binge TV watcher, BenQ continues with their strategy of offerin ...

HT9060 Projector Review: BenQ’s Flagship 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

February 15, 2020

The HT9060, is a serious home theater projector from BenQ that uses the higher resolution 4K UHD chip set – with native resolution of 2716 x 1528 x 2.

VAVA Laser TV Review: 2500 Lumens of 4K UHD Ultra Short Throw Projector For The Whole Family

December 2, 2019

The VAVA Laser TV LT002 is a 2500 ANSI lumens (manufacturer claimed) at well below the price point of many other ultra-short through projectors.

2019 Holiday Guide To Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000

November 22, 2019

‘Tis the season to be shopping for your next home entertainment or home theater projector! Welcome to our annual shopping guide, the Holiday Guide for Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000. In this guide we’ve selected some great projectors f ...

2019 Holiday Guide To Five Great Home Theater Projectors Over $2000

November 22, 2019

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Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review

November 15, 2019

Epson’s flagship home theater projector, the Pro Cinema 6050UB is a 4K Capable projector that uses special high contrast 3LCD panels.

Optoma UHL55 4K UHD Home Entertainment LED Projector Review

October 7, 2019

The Optoma 4K UHD UHL55 is an all in one home entertainment solution with 1500 lumens and a contrast ration of 250,000:1.

Casio Laser/LED Projectors Simply Provide a Better Value Proposition Than The Competition

October 2, 2019

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BenQ HT5550 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Comparison Review

September 9, 2019

Comparing Benq’s HT5550 with Epson’s Home Cinema 5050UB is a project I have long been looking forward to. For the first time in years, we have a reasonably priced DLP projector in the $2,000+ range that is a worthy challenger to the latest of Epson’s U ...

LG HU85LA CineBeam ThinQ 4K Projector Review – UST Design Brings Quality Home Theater To Your Living Room

August 13, 2019

The LG HU85LA is a Laser TV, also known as Ultra-Short Throw projectors, with a list price of $4999.

NEC NP-PX1005QL Laser Projector Review

July 24, 2019

The NEC NP-PX1005QL is a 10,000 lumen, large venue, 4K DLP projector with WQXGA, 3840 x 2160, resolution that can accept a full range of 4K content.

BenQ LK953ST 4K UHD Laser Business/Education Projector Review

April 29, 2019

The BenQ LK953ST is a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) laser projector that pixel shifts to meet the resolution standard for 4K UHD.

Epson Pro L1755UNL Commercial Laser Projector Review

March 31, 2019

The Epson Pro L1755UNL is a 15,000 lumen, large venue, 4K pixel shifting laser projector with WUXGA resolution, that can accept a full range of 4K content.

Epson Home Cinema 4010/Pro Cinema 4050 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review

December 6, 2018

The new Epson 4K Home Cinema 4010 and Pro Cinema 4050 projectors represent another step in the evolution of 4K capable, pixel shifting projectors.

ViewSonic PX747-4K First Look Review – Now for $999!

November 13, 2018

The ViewSonic PX747-4K is a 4K UHD projector. ViewSonic has long been a leader in some of the lowest-cost home theater projectors, and they’ve done it again!

Epson Pro Cinema 4050 First Look Review – 4K UHD with HDR

October 23, 2018

Epson's new Pro Cinema 4050 home theater projector offers improved pixel shifting from their previous models.

JVC DLA-RS3000 First Look Review – With 8K Resolution

October 9, 2018

The JVC DLA-RS3000 is one of the first home theater projectors to support 8K resolution.

JVC DLA-RS440U Review – A Serious, 4K Capable Home Theater Projector

August 20, 2018

The JVC DLA-RS440U is a 4K capable home theater projector with 1800 lumens.

Viewsonic PX727-4K Review: An Affordable 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

June 11, 2018

Review of the ViewSonic PX727 4K UHD ome theater projector at an affordable price.

Vivitek HK2288 4K UHD Home Theater Projector Review

February 9, 2018

The Vivitek HK2288 4K UHD projector uses the 2716x1528x2 pixel shifting DLP chip to produce 2,000 lumens in its brightest mode.

Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review

December 20, 2017

Optoma’s new UHZ65 home theater projector is positioned at the top of Optoma's lineup of UHx6x models of UHD projectors sporting the first Texas Instruments consumer 4K UHD chip, and targeting home users.

Optoma UHD60 Projector Review and Comparison to UHD65

December 12, 2017

Review of the Optoma UHD60 home theater projector and how it compares to the Optoma UHD65.

Acer V7850 4K UHD DLP Projector Review

November 11, 2017

The Acer V7850 is one of three new 4K/UHD projectors that Acer has introduced this year.

BenQ HT9050 Home Theater Projector Review

October 23, 2017

The BenQ HT9050 LED home theater projector is a 4K UHD DLP chip projector with an exceptionally sharp image.

Epson Home Cinema 4000 Home Theater Projector Review

July 30, 2017

The Epson HC4000 is an affordable native 1080p pixel shifting projector that's 4K capable.

Optoma UHD65 4K Home Theater Projector Review

July 18, 2017

Optoma's new UHD65 home theater projector is one of two new models sporting the first Texas Instruments 4K UHD chip, and targeting home users.

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