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DryFire Version 4.10 is now available.


Question: What Projectors do you recommend for Projection?

Answer: During the development and testing phase of the Projection Add-on we used a couple of projectors to see what results would be produced by them. The first of these was the Kodak V600 Zoom, a more traditional projector, something that you would find in any conference/business/educational environment. Ideally this sort of projector would be fixed on the ceiling, as that would eliminate any shadow that you may cause by standing in front of the projector.

The second type of projector we used was the Panasonic PTCW230 and the NEC UM280WG. These two are short throw projectors which allows you to place the projector closer to the wall while still projecting a large image. As the projector is close to the wall this ensures that you will not be creating any shadows whilst shooting. We recommend a short throw projector with DryFire, the most important specification feature is the throw ratio we would typically recommend a throw ratio of 0.5:1 but this will also depend on the size of your room and how large you want your shooting image to be. To show you a typical set-up using projection, we have photos of our demonstration room using the NEC UM280WG projector.

As of January 2018 we can recommend the Optoma GT1080 Darbee, this new short throw projector has improved refresh rates for more information go to the Projector Shop website Just Projectors, Projector Central and Projector Point, which provide information about what image size projectors can produce from a given distance.

We have listed the specification of our own NEC UM280WG short throw projector below, this is now obsolete model, the latest model is Optoma GT1080 . This is to give you an idea of the specifications you should look for:


NEC UM280WG
Order Code 60003390
Display 3 x 1.5 cm (0.59") p-Si LCD Panel with MLA
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Native Resolution 1280 x 800 (WXGA)
Brightness [ANSI Lumen] 2800
Contrast Ratio 3000:1
Projection Factor 0.36 : 1
Projection Distance [m] 0.45 - 0.85
Projection Angle [o] 53.1
Screen Size (min / max) [cm (inch)] 161.5 / 269.2 (63 / 106)
Zoom / Focus Digital / Manual
Connectors 1 x RGB In, 2 x HDMI, S-Video, Video, LAN, PC Control, 3 x USB, 1 x RGB out, Video, 3 x Audio In, 1 x Audio Out
High Bright/Normal/ ECO/ Stand-by /Power Saving 304 / 235 / 212 / 8 / 0.4
Lamp Life Normal / ECO [hrs.] 5000 / 8000
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm] 378 x 112 x 428
Weight [kg] (5.2
Speakers (mono) [W] 1 x 16