Selecting the right Projectors for churches can be time-consuming due to the multiple sizes and different lighting conditions present wherever you are going to place.
Some churches are small, like chapels where few people gather for prayer or a cathedral where lower brightness or lumens power projector works perfectly fine.
On the other hand, if you are going to place it in Cathedral then a projector with higher lumens will be required to present sermons, community events, and visual aids.
So, in these scenarios, it became harder to select the best projector for church due to different brightness, contrast ratio, image size, etc.
In this guide, we have covered everything from brightness, resolution, different price, and picture size, which will help you in making an informed buying decision.
Best Projectors For Church 2023
Below we have listed the top projectors for churches currently leading in the market in terms of image quality and budget-friendly price.
The Epson EX10000 is perfect for a medium-sized church with a widescreen display that can display an image size 100″ inches from 11 feet away.
This model comes with a powerful 4000 lumens lamp that will display brighter images on the screen with ambient light in the church.
In this unit, the manufacturer has used an RGB three-chip three LCD technology to eliminate any rainbow effect on the screen, giving you more natural picture quality.
Also, it has an aspect ratio of 16:9, which will match a widescreen display.
The Epson EX10000 also comes with an inbuilt 16 w speaker, which might produce enough audio when there is less gathering inside the church.
But if there are multiple people, you will require an external speaker so everyone can hear the prayer.
With the help of the picture skew sensor, this Epson church projector will automatically detect the picture and adjust the vertical keystone to square the image for better viewing.
With multiple connection ports behind the device, it will help you to connect various devices like Chromecast, firestick, Apple TV, Roku, etc.
This unit will give a contrast ratio of 100000:1, providing a deeper black level useful when there is dim light in churches, mostly during prayer.
The life of the laser lamp is 20,000 hours both in eco and normal mode, which will easily last for 10+ years depending on how long you daily run the projector.
Now while using this unit, one thing this projector lacks is its inbuilt wifi system which sometimes wasn’t able to connect to the mobile device that we were trying to connect wirelessly.
This Epson model comes with a warranty of 1 year and excellent customer support.
- 20,000 hours lamp life.
- Excellent picture quality and brightness even in a well-lit church auditorium.
- Perfect for medium size churches.
- The automatic keystone feature helps you adjust the picture on the screen.
- The speakers produce less sound in comparison to other models.
- This model does not have 4k or HDR support.
2). 1080P Projector By BenQ MH733
Next, we have on our list is Benq MH760 which is ideal for those churches where lighting conditions are good and you want to project a brighter image in these conditions.
This device has multiple features and supports screen sizes of up to 150″ inches with a short throw ratio of 12.5 – 16.3 ft.
The Benq comes with 5000 lumens power with a contrast ratio of 30,000:1, where images will not fade when the room is well-lit with lighting.
Also, the projector will turn on automatically as soon as the HDMI cable is connected.
In terms of connectivity, the back panel of the Benq has multiple connections such as an HDMI port, Ethernet connection, USB, and an in-built wifi system.
It has a manual zoom range of 1.3x, where you can adjust the image while sitting near your projector, and a throw ratio of 1.15-1.5.
The inbuilt ten-watt speakers sound low, so you will need a powerful speaker to get excellent sound if you use it in front of a large gathering.
Also, if you run the Benq in normal mode, the lamp has a life of 2000 hours, and if you run it in an eco mode where brightness is less, it will have a life of 2500 hours.
You can control all the options from the top panel of the device, where you will find eco mode, menu, power on/off button, etc.
This device will also get a lens cover that protects the lens from dust particles when the unit is not in use.
- 4000-lumen power capable of producing brighter videos even in ambient lighting conditions.
- Eco mode increases the lamp life.
- Auto-detection as soon as the HDMI is connected to the projector.
- You can cast streaming devices like Apple TV & Chromecast with multiple connection settings.
- Average speakers.
- The lamp has a life of only 2000-2500 hours which is significantly less according to its price.
3). Optoma ZH403 Church Laser Projector
The Optoma ZH403 is perfect for those who like to do more with their projector system, like using it in church, watching movies, and even want to take it at a friend’s place.
This projector supports the resolution of Full HD & can also support 4k videos thanks to its HDR technology.
With a distance of only 11 feet, you can project the image at 120 inches which is perfect for medium-type churches with a space problem.
The Optoma comes with IP6X certification, which keeps the dust away from the unit and increases its life.
It also has a lumen power of 4000 with a contrast ratio of 300,000:1. In this lumens power, the images are much brighter even though you are using it in daylight conditions.
You can also portray the images at 360° with a horizontal axis and rotate the picture at 90° to display it in portrait mode on the projector screen.
It comes with a laser lamp and filters with a life of 30,000 hours which cuts the cost of changing a bulb frequently in a few years.
The Optoma comes with a 2-year warranty on parts and a 5-year warranty or 12,000 hours (whichever is first) on the lamp.
If you want to buy this unit for a small church with low lighting conditions, we suggest you look at other projector models.
This is because the Optoma ZH403 is much brighter in darker conditions. Also, it’s not a true 4k projector; it only enhances the image quality in 4k resolution.
- Low-cost maintenance device which has a lamp life of 30,000 hours.
- It comes with an IPX6 dust resistance which increases the life of projector parts.
- You can also display pictures in 360 or 90 degrees in portrait mode.
- 4000 lumen & 300000:1 contrast ratio display picture extremely clearly even in daylight situations.
- It is not an actual 4k unit.
- The fan makes lots of noise when the unit runs on full power mode for too long.
4). 5000 Lumens WXGA By ViewSonic
If you are looking to project the blessing in front of a larger audience in a big auditorium, then it can be wise to go with WXGA by ViewSonic.
The ViewSonic can project a picture size of 300 inches with a lumens power of 5000 and a contrast ratio of 50,000:1.
But still, I would recommend you not to extend the image more than 150″ inches. After that distance, the content on the screen will start getting fade.
You can also select a wide range of colors and control the dynamic lamp system with an exclusive 6-segment wheel situated at the top of the projector.
You can also adjust the picture on the surface up/down with the help of the vertical lens shift feature.
The inbuilt dual speaker provides a sound ranging from 20HZ – 20khz that is powerful enough in front of a small audience.
There is also a hidden compartment where you can plug in your favorite streaming device like Firestick, Roku, or Google Chromecast.
You can also configure the Auto on/off in your ViewSonic projector, which will automatically turn on when any video input is detected.
Also, when the unit is kept ideal for a few minutes (time set by you), it will turn off automatically, saving the lamp life and electricity.
Remember, in this unit, you cannot adjust the videos horizontally, so you might have to adjust the projector screen according to its projection.
It has a maximum through a distance of 32.7 feet for the screen size of 300 inches, and for a 120″ diagonal screen, you will need to place the projector between 10ft to 12ft away.
- The auto on/off feature saves lots of electricity and lamp life when sitting idle.
- You can also control the main function with the help of remote provided by the manufacturer.
- Built-In speakers are louder due to their SonicExpert technology.
- With the integrated Crestron e-Control system, you can monitor and control the network right from the remote.
- No horizontal keystone feature.
- There is no WIFI system enabled in the ViewSonic projector for the church.
Next, we have a budget-friendly projector for the church where you can project the video in a screen size of up to 230″ with a wider viewing angle.
On GooDee, you can connect devices such as apple tv, Chromecast, and Roku with the help of multiple HDMI ports.
The manufacturer has provided a lens cap that keeps the dust away from the lens when the unit is not in use.
Also, in terms of brightness, it has a lumens power of 9500 and a contrast ratio of 3000:1 so the images will be clear and brighter in a well-illuminated environment.
In terms of cooling, this unit removes the heat with the help of its advanced cooling system, which makes the projector warm even if it’s running for a longer period.
The side of the projector has a latch that can be removed to clear the filter from any dust, which will help keep the temperature of the device at a normal level.
While testing the GooDee at a full-screen size of 230,” the video pixels get smeared out, and it looks like the device is not showing Full 1080p resolution quality.
When using the GooDee in front of a large gathering, it is recommended to use external speakers because the inbuilt speakers have average sound quality.
This projection device offers a lamp life of 50,000 hours and comes with a 5-year warranty with 2 months replacement or refund policy.
- Upgraded cooling system
- Longer lamp life of 50,000 hours
- 5-year warranty
- 1080p resolution
- The pixels lack when projected at 200″ inches on a screen.
6). AuKing Mini Projector – [Budget friendly]
If you are looking for a projector below $100 and planning to use it in the chapel on Christmas, then you may check the AuKing model.
This unit is upgraded from its previous model with an increased image quality of 35%, supporting a resolution of 1080p.
The AuKing can project the video on the wall or surface up to 170 inches at a distance of 5m. It also delivers a contrast ratio of 2000:1 with a brightness level of 2600 lumens.
You can also use this unit daily for at least 6 hours for your other work, like watching movies or playing games, due to its lamp life of 55000 hours when running in eco mode.
You can control basic settings with the help of remote control, which comes in handy with this device.
The back of the unit comes with plug n play option where you can connect any device directly inside the ports (HDMI, USB, AV input) to view any content on a larger screen.
You might need an extra pair of speakers while using this device as the speakers deliver average sound quality.
On this unit, the Native Resolution is 800*480, so it’s not a true HD projector, but in this price range, it is acceptable.
Also, there is no inbuilt Wifi, so you cannot directly cast your mobile content on the screen with the help of AuKing.
Remember, you won’t be able to stream the content of Netflix and Hulu due to copyright reasons. Rest you will get a 2-year warranty with excellent customer support.
- It can be used in other multiple works also.
- You can project video (170″) at a distance of 5m only.
- Better image quality from its previous models.
- The remote is very handy as you control the basic settings of the AuKing.
- Lower brightness with less pixel quality.
- No Wifi & Bluetooth feature.
If you are a pastor of a small house church where a gathering of people is below 50, here is a portable projector from Benq specially designed for your needs.
This device has a true 1080p resolution, giving excellent image quality even with a projected screen size of 150″ inches.
Now in terms of connectivity, it comes with BlueTooth and wifi connection system and multiple connectivity ports.
You can simply connect your Android or Apple device with the help of a built wifi system and cast all your mobile content directly on the screen without the need for any wiring system.
The Benq provides a brightness level of 3500 lumens and comes in three normal energy modes, eco, lamp saver, etc.
Running the projector in normal mode will provide a total of 5000 hours of life. Whereas in eco and lamp saver it provides 10000 to 15000 hours.
This device might lack brightness when projected in front of a larger audience in bigger churches with lots of lightning.
Also, if you run the Benq EH600 in full brightness mode, then the noise of the fan might irritate you.
With the inbuilt Apps and internet browser (Firefox) this portable projector will be very much handy apart from use in a small worship place.
- Comes in three energy-saving modes.
- Wifi & Bluetooth connectivity option.
- Built-in Android operating system.
- Adjust images vertically with the help of the keystone feature.
- No remote control is provided to manage the device from a distance.
- It lacks quality when projected in front of large gatherings in brighter conditions.
Next, we bring you the projector, which is perfectly made for a house church projector where the number of gatherings is below 25 people, and the size of the auditorium is small.
This short-throw XGMI church projector lets you project the video 100 inches from only 3.5 ft away.
In terms of features, it has an Android 9.0 operating system with over 5000+ apps and games equipped in this projector.
You can also connect other streaming devices to play Netflix or Hulu on a larger screen. The best part about the XGMI is you don’t need any power to project it on the surface or screen.
The inbuilt battery of 17100mAh lets you power the unit for at least 2.5-4 hours, depending on which mode it’s running.
If you are using it in front of a few people (15-20), then the integrated Harman Kardon 2 x 5W is loud enough for a smaller room.
Also, as soon as you power the projector on the wall, it will automatically adjust the screen with its autofocus feature.
You cannot accept the higher brightness level as it provides only a lumen power of 800 with a contrast ratio of 1000:1.
So, if you project the image in a lighter room, I suggest you go for other models, as in this unit, the image will fade away.
The XGMI will deliver excellent video quality in a dark room with a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and a maximum supported resolution of 3840 x 2160.
You can also use this portable church projector for camping or while traveling.
- The XGMI can fit anywhere due to its compact design.
- Supports the resolution up to 3840 * 2160.
- An in-built battery that runs for 2.5 – 4 hours lets you project the blessings without needing additional power.
- It has a Wifi connectivity option that lets you connect your mobile device to the XGMI.
- Not made for large gatherings.
- The manufacturer should have provided a carry handle for easy portability.
- No physical buttons are provided on XGMI.
Buyers Guide For Best Projector for Church
So, without the proper guidance, you might buy the wrong projector for your church due to a lack of knowledge while selecting the right device at Lord’s house.
First, you should know that brightness and resolution play different roles while projecting pictures on the screen.
So, according to our research, projectors with a resolution of 1080p can display excellent image quality even if you are projecting an image size of more than 200″.
But if you’re using the device only to display prayer lyrics or ritual text, then going with a 720p device can be perfect.
But still, we would suggest you go with a higher pixel ratio that will give a more crisp image on a wider screen.
There are four types of aspect ratios in which the projector has its display ratio, which are 4:3, 16:9, 16:10, and 35:1, 2.39:1 to 2.40:1.
The 4:3 and 35:1, 2.39:1 to 2.40:1 are not used in churches due to how their display is projected on a screen.
- 16:9: The projector with a display of 16:9 has a format of HD (High Definition) which ranges from 720p to 1080 pixel resolution.
- 16:10: In this ratio, you will get the same pixel resolution up to 1920 x 108o. You will also find this type of resolution in most of the 4k projectors.
Brightness plays the most important role when selecting the church’s projectors, and it also depends on how much lighting and seating capacity the church has inside.
So, if the church has old-style construction with a limited sitting capacity of fewer than 100 people and less lighting, then a lumen power below 3000 is perfect for brighter images.
Also, if you are going to project the images in house churches or you are on a mobile mission where the capacity is less than 30 people, then a below 2000 lumens projector is an ideal choice.
Lastly, if you project the video in a congregation with a seating capacity of more than 300 people, then always go with above 5000 lumens power.
With 5000 lumens of power, the projector will still display brighter images even if it has ambient lighting conditions in the auditorium.
You can skip this section if you use the device permanently in one place. But if you use it at different places, always use a portable projector.
Mounting The Projector
If you project the projector too close to the screen, it will show poor image quality with lots of picture distortion.
So, you should know where you will mount the projector and where the projector screen is located from the stage.
Also, if there is some space problem, consider going with short-throw church projectors to project videos from a shorter distance.
So, in this scenario, if the church is too big where a single projecting device is not enough, then always go with the same model.
Also, consider connecting screens simultaneously and sending the video signal to a wall or screen.
How Many Types Of Church Projectors Are Available?
There are mainly four types of projectors available in the market these are Laser, LCD, DLP, LED, etc.
What kind of projector do I need for church?
If you are on a mobile mission and going to use it in-house churches, we recommend going with a resolution of 720p projector with lumens power of below 3000.
Are 7000 lumens Good For Large Churches?
Yes! It’s enough to project the video visible even in an illuminated auditorium with a size of more than 300 people.
Also, make sure the device can project video at a size of more than 200″ inches.
The above guide is written with my on-hand research and testing to give you the best projector for churches according to the size.
It’s all about how perfectly you place your projector inside your church to show all the blessings in front of many people.
So, we hope you got the detailed information, and it will be easy for you to select the right device for the church.