Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD
Compact & bright projector that produces a lot of light, but lackluster color performance.
The Epson is the cheaper projector, priced at around $700. The LV-8310 is more expensive, at around $900.
Blacks & Whites
The Canon LV-8310 is the brighter projector, which is important for use in well-lit environments. However, the difference between this and the Epson is not huge: both provide clean, bright images.
The LV-8310 was the better performer in our color tests, with more consistent color temperature and smoother color curves. Both of these translate into smoother, more accurate color on the screen.
Neither projector wowed us with smooth motion on the screen. The 705HD can display 120 frames a second, but it does not seem to use this to produce any smoother motion than the Canon.
Both projectors include 1.2x zoom lenses that provide some flexibility in where the projector can be placed, but we found that the Canon offered a slightly wider range on which it could be placed to fill a particular screen size. We found that the additional lumens that the LV-8310 offers make it more able to cut through incidental lighting, but both projectors are suitable for office use with a small or medium sized screen.
Both projectors offer a number of inputs, allowing for both analog and digital video sources to be connected. The Canon projector does not have a HDMI port, though; it offers a single DVI port in its place. The Epson has no DVI port, but you can connect a DVI device with an additional DVI>HDMI adapter that costs less than $10.
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