For use in tight quarters, the 2800-lumen XGA short-throw Panasonic PT-ST10U LCD projector can project 80-inch-wide images from only 2.7 feet, making it an ideal solution for photographers who like to get up close and personal during presentations. It includes a few features for working best in trade show environments and classroom settings, like the White Board Mode that adjusts brightness to the surface of the screen, and Daylight View technology measures ambient illumination to correct images accordingly. A wired LAN connection allows remote operation. Estimated Street Price: $1,099.
Projection technology has come a long way in recent years. Physically, weight and size are going to matter a lot, especially when frequent travel is involved. The weight of the average projector has dropped considerably thanks to smaller, more efficient components and better technology, but these models, built to be almost pocket-sized, trade lumens and features for convenience and price. While these cameras don't pack the power for being able to display images in their full high-resolution potential, it's hard to argue with the convenience of carrying a portable portfolio in your pocket.
The BenQ Joybee GP1 mini-projector packs a relatively large (for a pocket projector) 100 lumens into a portable package that weighs a little less than 1.5 pounds. With the ability to output in SVGA resolution of 800x600, the Joybee GP1 includes a USB reader for photos and movies and a 2-watt built-in speaker. The LED bulb has a lifespan of 20,000 hours and can project images at up to 80 inches. There's also an optional iPod/iPhone dock for working with media directly from your media player. Estimated Street Price: $399.
Nikon announced the S1000pj, the first camera to also offer an internal projector in August 2009, giving consumers and photographers a way to share their snapshots to groups of people without having to crowd around the LCD screen. Building on the S1000pj with a 40% brighter internal projector, the COOLPIX S1100pj features a built-in single lamp that can present images and HD movies up to seven feet away, and you get a backup camera, to boot! Slideshows can be shown dynamically with music, and the camera can project the contents of a computer screen via the USB connection. Projector brightness offers up to 14 lumens with image projection in sizes from 5 to 47 inches. As a camera, the S1100pj includes a 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor, a 5x 28-140mm zoom lens, ISO up to 6400, 720p video capture and 5-way VR Image Stabilization. List Price: $299.
Measuring 2.75x1.5x2.75 inches, the palm-sized Samsung SP-H03 DLP projector weighs less than half a pound and includes a bulb with 30,000 hours of lamp life. With a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and WVGA resolution of 854x480, the 30-lumen unit can accommodate an 80-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It includes a built-in Document Viewer application for projecting photos and files directly from the mini-USB port, and there's a composite and PC port, as well. The rechargeable Li-Ion delivers up to two hours of battery time. List Price: $299.