Projector for photography (WUXGA)
I have a slightly unusual application for a projector - I'll be using it essentially to show photographs (I'm a landscape photographer who presents in a variety of venues) - maybe the occasional movie or baseball game, but mostly for traveling slide shows...
One unusual requirement is WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution (or better, of course! - yes, WUXGA is similar to 1080p, but those extra vertical pixels make a huge difference since the camera is 3:2, not 16:9). Even 16:10 isn't quite there, but the black bars are pretty minimal and it's using most of the available pixels - the wider 16:9 format has larger side bars and uses significantly fewer pixels. A higher resolution 16:9 projector would work, since I'd have more detail and could zoom the bars outside of the screen. I'm not aware of any projector past WUXGA that is really portable, though!.
It needs to be portable - under ~10lbs, since I need to be able to fly with it easily.
Color is (very) important, motion is not
I only need a single HDMI input, and no wireless or other frills (in other words, any WUXGA projector on the market will offer far more connectivity than I'll actually use).
It needs to be reasonably priced - under $1500, preferably under $1000.
The screen won't be huge - my own screen (that I'll sometimes drag around if there's no screen in the venue) will be around 80", and the occasional venue I present in that has a screen above 100" generally has a high-end installation projector as well. The university I sometimes teach at has a mixture of classrooms with junky SVGA and XGA projectors, but 80" screens and lecture halls with much larger screens but $10,000 Christie projectors.
Light control will be variable, but sometimes questionable - the lights can generally be turned off, and there are some sort of shades, but often not great ones. Any projector in the 2000-3000 lumen range (in a decent color mode, post-calibration) should be fine, but a home theater model that calibrates to 700 lumens might well struggle!
Right now, my thought is the Epson PowerLite 1286 - an $800 3600 lumen 3LCD WUXGA projector in the 6 lb range that is supposed to have excellent color (from preliminary reviews). Looking higher up the Epson range, I seem to gain lumens and connectivity, not an actually better light engine (I might well stretch to the 2245 for around $1200 if the image were significantly better).
Every DLP model I've looked at is either 1080p (and often dim) because it's meant for home theater OR features the dreaded white segment in its color wheel because it's meant for PowerPoint. Nobody seems to make a WUXGA unit with a RGBRGB wheel?
Even if I stretched to $2000 for a 4K projector, the current options don't exactly seem portable!
Can anyone beat the Epson 1286 for my application???