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Epson announces VS220 and VS320 budget projectors

By dpreview staff on Feb 12, 2013 at 20:50 GMT

Epson has announced the VS320 and VS220 budget projectors offering SVGA and XGA resolutions respectively. Both the lightweight models deliver 2700 lumens of color and white brightness and include features such as USB Plug ‘n Play, 3 inch LCDs and HDMI connectivity. The projectors are available at retail prices of $429 and $359 respectively.

Press Release:

Epson Introduces Bright, Value-Priced Projectors for Small Businesses

Epson VS220 and VS320 Deliver High-Definition Performance with 2,700 Lumens HDMI Connectivity

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Feb. 12, 2013 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, today introduced new VS-series projector models, designed to provide small businesses with high-brightness at low costs. The VS220 ($359) and VS320 ($429) offer SVGA and XGA resolution respectively and deliver high performance with 2,700 lumens of color brightness and 2,700 lumens of white brightness2 and HDMI connectivity for high-quality audio and video with one cable.
 
“These new VS models break the mold for affordable business projectors,” said Brian Savarese, product manager, Epson America, Inc. “Designed with budget conscious small businesses in mind, both the VS220 and VS320 deliver high-brightness along with HDMI connectivity to deliver compelling, high-impact presentations.”
 
The VS220 and VS320 offer easy-to-use connectivity and control features, including USB Plug ‘n Play for instantly projecting video and audio from a PC or Mac computer via a USB connection, as well as automatic vertical keystone correction for easy image alignment and fast setup. The VS320 offers additional features, including a horizontal easy-slide control bar for enhanced image correction, allowing for a rectangular image from any angle, as well as an A/V Mute slide which stops the sound and picture to allow for a quick pause in the presentation.
 
The new VS models also feature Direct Power On and Off for wall switch power control and Instant Off which instantly powers the projector on and off with no cool down time. Both models are lightweight and travel friendly for ease-of-use when on the road.
 
All Epson projectors feature the latest 3LCD, 3-chip technology to deliver amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful presentations. 3LCD technology provides an energy-efficient and reliable light engine which uses available lamp light to create stunning images, and in contrast to 1-chip DLP technology, 3LCD requires, on average, 25 percent less electricity per lumen of brightness.

Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance 

The new color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue) published by the Society of Information Display (SID) allows consumers to compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side shootout. With today’s high definition content, businesses require tools to display content with higher quality in brighter environments. For a truly impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high white brightness. High color brightness enables an even better image for larger screen sizes and on a larger variety of screen materials. Without sufficient color brightness, images may be muddy, soft and lose detail, even in a dark room. Whether projecting a presentation or spreadsheet, Epson’s line of value-priced projectors deliver consistent color brightness and white brightness, allowing businesses to view bright content in nearly any environment.

Availability and Support 

 The Epson VS220 and VS320 are currently available through national resellers, mail order and distribution. Epson’s projectors come with a standard one-year limited warranty that includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine® phone support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line via a phone card included with the product, and a Road Service projector replacement program that includes projector exchange in two business days with paid shipping. For additional information about the VS-series, visit www.epson.com/projectors.
 

Comments

Total comments: 24
SiPat
By SiPat (Feb 20, 2013)

Comprehensive database for projectors:

http://www.projectorcentral.com

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Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Feb 17, 2013)

"SVGA"? "XGA"? What year is this?

State resolutions IN NUMBERS. Not the alphabet soup that died out in the early '90s.

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Vlad S
By Vlad S (Feb 13, 2013)

This is not a value product, this is simply dumping outdated components. It would have been a value product 5 years ago.

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Banhmi
By Banhmi (Feb 13, 2013)

DPR, I would definitely appreciate you doing more projector reviews, but a single projector review with no benchmark-able image data doesn't really help me much.

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Revenant
By Revenant (Feb 13, 2013)

This is not a review, and DPR didn't write it. It's a press release from Epson.

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HubertChen
By HubertChen (Feb 13, 2013)

A quick search for Projectors on newegg reveals that the best selling model is about the same price as the VS320, but deliver 720p. Now lets compare resolution by the numbers:
720p = 1280 x 720 = 0.92 Mega Pixel
XGA = 1024 x 768 = 0.79 Mega Pixel

Not an awful difference on paper. I have a projector. Once you gone through the pain of mounting and re-arranging your room, you will want to watch movies too. Movies are 16:9.

Lets do the math again on useful pixels for 16:9
720p = 0.92 Mega Pixel
XGA: = 0.59 Mega Pixel -> 64 % of useful pixels of 720p
References: 1024 / 16 * 9 = 576 vertical pixels. 1024 * 576 = 0.59 Mega Pixel

Dpreview: Why did you presented this projector out of the blue?
... see rest of question below:

Comment edited 11 minutes after posting
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HubertChen
By HubertChen (Feb 13, 2013)

Continue post above: ( Question to dpreview: )

Why did you presented this projector out of the blue?
On paper it appears a less than average model. If image rendition is indeed head and shoulders above the crowds, a comparison review would need to show that as marketing pamphlets read great for any projector.

How did you thought this interests photographers ?
In real live the cost of mounting the projector, buying a good screen, mounting light tight curtains to darken the room and mounting black curtains to the wall ( or paint them black ) to increase contrast are significantly more expensive than 400 USD. So if you spend 1000 USD on redecorating the room, then you will choose a better model which can deliver 1080p. And most likely you would go for 16:9.

I appreciate you make posts outside the main stream. But when doing so you may want to show competence by picking a extraordinary specimen with a use case example for photographers considering practical aspects of use.

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HubertChen
By HubertChen (Feb 13, 2013)

In case anybody wonders about making walls black ...
If your room is average size and the walls are of bright color, the light of the screen will reflect to the wall and from there back to the screen. This will ruin your blacks and will make the images look washed out. The effect is pretty bad for watching movies and if you want to use the projector for slide show of your pictures it will take all live out of your images. It is like setting your blacks to 50% white in Photoshop. That bad. Painting the walls black or mounting black curtains solves the problem. You only need to tread the two walls left and right to the projector.

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xMichaelx
By xMichaelx (Feb 13, 2013)

You wrote a f$%^in'' book explaining how this is not of interest to you? Seriously??

Why not just ignore it and move on, then?

As someone who's in the market for business projectors and purchases them for by organization, I say "Thanks, DP!"

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renaissant
By renaissant (Feb 16, 2013)

He wrote this to help educate us. Many of us come to this site just for this kind of info

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SiPat
By SiPat (Feb 12, 2013)

I have an "office-type", IBM-branded InFocus LCD projector with built-in scaling technology displaying at 1024x768 via component connectors. It accepts 1080 video which looks great on it, in fact much better than the budget true-1080 projector my neighbour has.

I bought it for £80 brand new without the lamp, then managed to buy two lamps for just under £200, then bought a 2nd InFocus version for £11.

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Feb 12, 2013)

HDMI connector + SVGA resolution = Z rated tires on your Geo Metro

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joe6pack
By joe6pack (Feb 14, 2013)

Not a good comparison. Many mobile devices only have HDMI ports. Tablets, smartphones, digital cameras to name a few. HDMI being digital is also better for image quality, especially with long cables. I have seen good projector with ghosting all over the image because of long cable run.

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mais51
By mais51 (Feb 12, 2013)

XGA = 1024x768 hardly High definition as proudly announced, to qualify for HD the projector must support 1080P or 1920x1200.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Feb 12, 2013)

Yeah, this is a office type projector. I don't think 36Mp images would look good at 800x600.

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Valentinian
By Valentinian (Feb 12, 2013)

wonder if it woud have been difficult to make it project also the videos...

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Jen Yates
By Jen Yates (Feb 12, 2013)

And how is this a news article related to digital photography?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Feb 12, 2013)

Seriously...?

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steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Feb 12, 2013)

Slow day...

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h2k
By h2k (Feb 12, 2013)

Actually i also think this is not very hot news. For photographers, it should be HD resulotion. Anything lower is ok for movies or maybe Power Pointing, but good photos profit a lot from HD.

Then, any news about good HD or HD 4k projectors would be welcome - also tests!

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Feb 13, 2013)

Ask any digital photography school if they care about projectors.

Also, many wedding and other portrait photographers use projectors as part of the sales process.

A projector is a traditional, conventional form of photographic output. 10 years ago, would you ask what a slide projector has to do with analog photography?

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HubertChen
By HubertChen (Feb 13, 2013)

Agreed. But as a photographer knowledgeable about projectors would you pick this model? I think a model with higher resolution would be more meaningful. See my post above.

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Karroly
By Karroly (Feb 13, 2013)

@graybalanced,
The big advantage of a slide projector over these Epson models is that it has virtually the same resolution than the slide itself...
So, definitely, a slide projector has much more to do with analog photography than these ones to digital photography. It has also much more to do than prints ! Because a slide projector has a much wider dynamic and greater brightness than prints.
Moreover, "bright and vibrant colors for displaying presentation and spreadsheet" does not imply the gamut is optimized for pictures. There is no guaranty either that these models are optimized for displaying "moving pictures" without artifacts.

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semorg
By semorg (Feb 12, 2013)

WOW with XGA resolution too. I'm drooling on the specs-NOT!

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