A new realm of digital art projection from Artograph…
Digital projectors operate from images stored on your computer, smartphone, flashdrive, or tablet. It can also project live images from, for example, your phone’s camera, and play videos, project PDF files, PowerPoint files, or Word docs. You can manipulate the image right on the projector, for example change it from color to black & white and back, or enhance edges. Digital projectors are also bright and most can work in reasonably well lit rooms.
Which one should I choose?
The FLARE100™ Art Projector sets the artist free with a battery-operated projector in a size to go anywhere. The Flare100 projects a sharp image from as close as four inches from your surface. Artists need never be without their art portfolio or client demos with the Flare100 and a flashdrive, or using the wireless screensharing feature with Android devices. The Flare100 finds a happy ground between price, size, and power. Though less powerful in terms of lumens of brightness than the Inspire800 and Impression1400, the Flare100 weighs barely more than half a pound, is only 4 inches wide, AND operates on built-in rechargeable batteries for 2 hours, or plugged in to wall current. We’ve successfully projected images from the Flare100 as close as 4 inches from the surface, for an image less than 2 inches high, to as far away as 30 feet from a wall in our warehouse generating a useful, though grainy, image with the lights only dimmed, not shut off entirely! The Flare100 is your choice for a budget-friendly art projector for smaller, closer projections, and for miniatures, or where you can dim the room lights for larger projections.
The INSPIRE800™ Art Projector continues upgrading the Artograph projector line stepping up from the popular LED500 with 800 lumens of brightness and enhanced contrast range. The addition of wireless screensharing for Android devices makes the Inspire800 more versatile than ever. Portrait sized work is well served by the Inspire800. With greater lumen (brightness) power, and higher resolution, than the Flare100, yet still in a compact, portable size, the Inspire800 is the perfect choice for most canvas and watercolor sizes, but has enough lumens of brightness to handle most indoor mural sizes.
The IMPRESSION1400™ Art Projector is the powerhouse projector with full HD and 1400 lumens of brilliance. Powerful enough for even well-lit projection areas, this is the studio and workshop projector for your largest scale, most detailed work. The Impression1400 adds a new dimension of skew control, with edge adjust acting with both vertical and horizontal keystone control. The Impression1400 is the big fella to use for large and outdoor murals. Strong, direct light will wash out any projected image, but we’ve had muralists do 2 and even 3-story tall building murals with the Impression1400 in situations where they couldn’t shut off nearby streetlights. The greater power of the Impression1400, plus the higher resolution, will give you a stronger, sharper large image. For maximum detail in your image projections, or if you’re doing large murals, or are in lit areas, you’ll need a brighter, higher resolution, more powerful projector like the Impression1400.
Each of these new projectors includes Artograph’s built-in grids for design and composition. The Flare100, Inspire800, and Impression1400 include 22 custom grids with a bonus set of border patterns and geometric shapes. Use the grids and patterns alone, or superimpose them over your image for precision layout.
LED Digital Art Projectors – Compare:
|Native Resolution||WVGA 854 x 480||WXGA 1280 x 800||Full HD 1920 x 1080|
|Brightness (ANSI Lumens)||100||800||1400|
|Projector Size||4.23 inches x 4.06 inches x
1.72inches / 108 x 103 x 44 mm
|5.5 inches x
2.0 inches x 5.5 inches / 140 x 51 x 140 mm
|8.7 inches x
5.2 inches x 3.3 inches / 221 x 132 x 84 mm
|Projector Weight||0.6 lbs / 0.27 kg||1.3 lbs / 0.6 kg||3.3 lb / 1.5 kg|
|Minimum Image Size||1.75 inches x 3 inches at 4 inches away||6.5 inches x 10 inches at 15 inches away||4 inches x 7 inches at 9.75 inches away|
|Maximum Image Size||49 inches x 87 inches at 143 inches away||53 inches x 85 inches at 128 inches away||59 inches x 105 inches at 146 inches away|
See: Flare100 projecting a 9 foot high image in a dimly lit area
|Lamp Life||30,000 hours||30,000 hours||30,000 hours|
|Battery Life||2 hours||N/A||N/A|
|Wireless Screensharing||Android devices, 4.2 and newer versions||Android devices, 4.2 and newer versions||Android devices, 4.2 and newer versions|
|Miracast Screensharing||Miracast-capable Win 7 & 8 devices||Miracast-capable Win 7 & 8 devices||Miracast-capable Win 7 & 8 devices|
|Apple/Mac (iPhone/iPad) Screensharing||Via HDMI cable (included), digital AV adapter required (not included)||Via HDMI cable (included), digital AV adapter required (not included)||Via HDMI cable (included), digital AV adapter required (not included)|
|Inputs||USB, HDMI||USB, HDMI, RGB, Component||USB, HDMI (2), RGB, Component|
Use the Flare100, Inspire800, Impression1400, LED500, and LED1000 for drawing, painting, and display. The photo on the above left is an example of the kind of accurate drawing layout you can create projecting a photograph. Projection options let you see aspects of your image you need at various steps in the creative process. Expert settings let you save the view you need, with high or low contrast, grayscale to see tonality, and edge enhancement to emphasize details. (shown with Inspire800)
The Picture Mode settings let you preset your image for every aspect you need to see during your art creation. Each of these settings can be customized to what you need to see while you work. Then hit BLANK to white out the projector and see your artwork. (shown above with Flare100)
It’s difficult to show the relative brightness of the three projectors in photographs or video, but we’re attempting here to show how they compare projected over white and black surfaces. We’re in a well-lit room, with a bright window right next to the projector. The projectors were equal distance from the wall. We show the projection on a white and black surface at the same time (quite a few people use our art projectors for chalkboard art, such as you might see in a coffeeshop). We’re trying hard to keep the exposure honest, so you see above as we could see it with our eyes.
Each of the projectors did a credible job. The Inspire800 and Impression1400 did a great job, especially over the black surfaces. The Flare100 worked, but would be better if the room lights were dimmed. When we worked with the settings, especially on the Flare100, and pushed the brightness up to maximum, shifted the projector into black and white with maximum contrast, its image showed up quite well over the black background.
What you may notice most distinctly above is the relative size of the projection of each. The Flare100’s sweet spot is in close-in, smaller sized artwork (though as you’ve seen in our warehouse photos, it can do a good job at large sizes and distances). The Inspire800 is the ideal choice for most canvas and watercolor sizes, but has enough lumens of brightness to handle most mural sizes. The Impression1400 is the big fella to use for murals. We’ve had muralists do 2 and even 3-story tall building murals with the Impression1400 in situations where they couldn’t shut off nearby streetlights.
The Flare100 warehouse test. The Flare100 will focus clearly as close as 4 inches from your surface, producing a sharp picture only inches high (left panel). In our warehouse, we projected the same image, with the same projector operating on battery power (plugged in it’s a bit brighter). We only shut off part of the overhead lights, so the area was dim but not dark. You can see our engineer standing below the projection (right panel) to get an idea of the image size. The Flare100 focused clearly at this size and distance. The image was a bit grainy and pixelated as we were beyond the Flare’s stated spec projection range, but it was still an image that could be successfully used to trace an outline or establish a layout.
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