Originally Posted by nightfly13
Yeah Lumen ratings can be surprising. I think mine's rated at 25 lumens or something (my HT projector is 1500 lumens) and - while not super bright, it is quite usable in reasonable lighting situations. I've read the explanation about the way the human eye perceives light and you have to like double before you see an appreciable difference or something like that. Bottom line, while these aren't recommended at all as primary HT PJs, they're quite fun and useful
Samsung P400 user opinion
I have owned many portable projectors before like the Viewsonic pj551... My first look at the projector when I unpacked it today was the external power supply for the unit. Bulky and big was not what anyone would be expecting. Only good news on the external ps is the rating 14vDC at 4amps which should make some people in the R.V. or mobile market happy that it could run of the automotive battery.
OK- On with the good's... Picture is cleaner than my Viewsonic pj551 and is on par with my more expensive Sanyo PLV-Z5. Contrast and color accuracy blew me away. The DLP chipset with the LED package coming from Phatlight & T.I simply rocks. I would rate the contrast around even with 5,000:1 when comparing it to my 10,000:1 Sanyo not the 1,500 rated. Also lumen output of the samsung sp-p400b only rated at 150 but puts out near identical levels of light with my viewsonic and sanyo's when configured for movie watching. I know this projector wasn't designed for the movie people but does have enough light output to shine on my 100" screen with no visible issues. The speakers work very well and will work any small - medium conference room.
Summery of my rant...
-Color accuracy is amazing for the price of the pj
-Headphone jack is a big plus
-Sliding lens cover instead of one that pops off
-Brightness is good for lit rooms up to 60" range
-Black's are almost at black as pj's costing Thousands more.
-Front / Ceiling / Rear / and Rear ceiling support
Can't wait for next years model and one for the Home Theater.
Only things wishing for more...
-No s-video or HDMI input
-No Zoom for the lens
-No supplied VGA breakout cable for component input
-Only 800x600 720p would be nice or 1080p option
-Only one pivot foot up and down not side balance
-Buttons on pj are VERY sensitive and take a wile to get used to so the remote is a must for the first experience."
Opinion of Tripneye - Aug 26, 2008 From projectorcentral.http://www.projectorcentral.com/part...inion_id=11668