Originally Posted by dangc
Panasonic AX100 is the only affordable choice which I know is below the price of this forum but just wanted to suggest it.
I use this projector in fairly high ambient light and it can fight through it, even with direct sunlight shining from the back of the room onto the screen when watching bright vivid HDTV programming.
For movies however, please don't expect to have a great picture with ambient light as it simply destroys the blacks and washes out dark scenes and no amount of lumens will help that. A gray screen with extra lumens will help but still not great...
Look in the <$3000 forum for plenty of information on this projector.
I'm yet to see any FP that's worth a crap when direct sunlight is hitting the screen... period.
With that said, dangc has a valid recommendation with this PJ... it offers a lot of bang for the buck and is quite impressive. The other one I'd suggest you look into is the Mits HD1000U. The HD1000U is basically just a bright as the AX100 in real world use and offers a picture that's nearly as good (the AX100 does have slightly better black levels because it has a DI... which is a trade-off in itself). The real beauty of the HD1000U is it can be bought for under $900!!! Don't let the price fool you though, it's a very impressive PJ that just happens to be very inexpensive... Don't write it off until you've seen it, it's that good! I can say the same about the AX100, but for half the price the HD1000U is hard to pass up. The AX100 is certainly a more flexible PJ as it has a lot more bells and whistles, but if you don't need the lens shifting and powered features, the HD1000U is a far better deal.
Here a review that's worth reading which gets into more details if you're interested:http://www.projectorreviews.com/Manu...000U/index.asp
Sorry, I didn't mean to get into a less than $3000 discussion in this forum, but I think many just assume that PJs in the <$3000 forum just aren't worthwhile to even consider (and I WAS one of those people) until they've seen what the star performers can really do. The AX100 and the HD1000U are both very bright PJs that throw a great picture, the same can't be said for a lot of more expensive models...