Monday, January 29, 2007
Photography is all about the details. Larger monitors give you a better perspective on your images.
Another important aspect of larger LCD monitors is that they generally have wider viewing angles than smaller LCD monitors. Unlike the smaller LCDs, which require a near-center viewing position, large LCD displays remain visible from the side, above or below. With a spacious LCD, you'll be better able to share your work with friends sitting beside you, and you'll get a more consistent view for image editing.
Amazingly, the 20-inch LCD monitors featured here take up less physical space than even a small CRT. If you're still using one of these older displays, you can get a much bigger virtual desktop while eliminating clutter on your real one.
Projectors And Screens
If you want a really big view of your photos, projectors let you view them in terms of feet, not inches. More affordable than some high-end LCD monitors, they also allow you to display images to great numbers of people at one time.
There are two types of projectors: LCD (liquid crystal display) and DLP (digital light processing). The technology behind them is different, but both offer great image quality.
For the best clarity and sharpness, which is essential if you're planning to use the projector for viewing text in addition to images, you want a unit with high resolution-XGA as a minimum. XGA projectors offer a resolution of 1024 x 768 and are becoming more popular as their prices come down. The higher resolution of an XGA projector produces greater detail, and because there are more pixels used to make the image, each pixel is smaller and therefore less visible on screen.
SXGA projectors go even higher and sport a resolution of 1280 x 1024. They're more pricey than the XGA models, but are the better investment if you plan to use your projector as your primary monitor for viewing photos. The extra expense might be a good decision if you also plan to use your projector as part of a home theater setup.
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