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NEC LT30 Portable DLP Video Projector Review

Manufacturer: www.necdisplay.com

NEC LT30 Portable DLP Video Projector
NEC LT30 Portable DLP Video Projector
MSRP: $1,999

Basic Specifications

  • 2600 ANSI lumens
  • XGA 1024x768 native resolution
  • 1600:1 contrast ratio
  • World's first automatic projector
  • Quick set up and cool down
  • Automatic focus and keystone correction

Projector Review

The first thing you’ll notice about the NEC LT-30 video projector is how good it looks. It’s sculpted white that really stands out in a presentation. The second thing you’ll notice is how incredibly easy it is to set up, doing nothing more than pushing a few buttons (using the automatic features). The third thing is how great the image quality is.

Set up with the LT-30 projector can be very simple – point it at a wall and turn it on. Adjust the lens throw for image size and you’ll hear the Auto Focus doing it’s job. NEC’s Square Shot will set your keystone levels with the push of a button.

Using Digital Video Essentials by Joe Kane Productions, we calibrated the unit using the following settings

Brightness 33
Contrast 31
Sharpness 5
Colour 40
Hue 16
Gamma Black Detail
Colour Temperature 9300
White Peaking 4

The white peaking feature was especially interesting. We were able to improve the “punch quality” of the white levels, very handy for the occasional hockey game (no more grey ice). Combined with really good color processing and decent black levels, over all image quality was very impressive.

A calling card of NEC displays are great skin tones and the LT30 was no exception. With minor tweaking we improved image quality to rival that of several HT models we’ve used in the past. That, combined with the ease of set-up, makes for a very strong projector at a very reasonable price.

Input options are limited to a single VGA, S-Video, and composite. We tested using a VGA to Component break-out cable for 480P and HD feeds. The user interface is primitive, but casual users will probably never need to even look at menu, given the level of assistance provided by the projector.

It’s small size and light weight make it very easy to transport. It’s also relatively quiet (33 dB econo mode) for a projector in this class.

The LT30 projector costs a little more than it’s direct competition. The extra money is immediately apparent as soon as you actually use it. We recommend this unit highly.

Pros and Cons


  • Sleek and stylish
  • Exceptional image quality
  • Ridiculously easy to use
  • Small and quiet


  • While the blacks are good, they could be better
  • Limited inputs
  • Primitive user interface


Excellent choice for business, although it can be used for casual home theater use.


Key Points Automatic focus
Quick set up and cool down
Automatic keystone correction
Unique Features Advanced video processing
Lamp saver technology - built-in heat sensor
Direct power off
Display Technology 0.7" DMD DLP
Native XGA 1024 x 768
Maximum SXGA+ 1400x1050
Light Output (lumens) 2600 normal, 2200 eco
Contrast Ratio 1600:1
Lamp Type 200W AC
Lamp Life (up to) 2000 hours normal, 2500 hours eco
Screen Size (diagonal) 30-300 in, 762-7620 mm
Throw Ratio 1.8 - 2.2
Projection Distance 3.51 to 43.6 ft, 1.07 to 13.3m
Projector Angle 9.7 to 10º tele/11.6 to 12.1º wide
Zoom Manual
Focus Automatic/manual
F-number, f-number F=2.4 to 2.6 mm, f=25.7 to 30.8mm
Shift -
Keystone Correction Automatic +/- 16º
Signal Compatibility/Connectivity
Scan Rate
Horizontal 15 to 100 kHz
Vertical 50 to 85 Hz
Supported Video Standards NTSC, NTSC4.43, PAL, PAL-60, PAL-M, PAL-N, SECAM
SD/HD Video Signal Compatibility 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480i, 480p,Y/Cb/Cr component (with optional adapter – ADP-CV1)
PC Signal Compatibility VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA, SXGA+
Macintosh Compatibility Yes
Input/Output Terminals
RGB 1 (analog) 15 pin
RGB 2 (analog) -
RGB 3 (digital) -
Video 1 RCA
Video 2 S-Video
Video 3 -
HD Video 1 -
HD Video 2 -
Audio 1 mini
Monitor out -
Audio out -
Audio 1W monaural
External Control RS232, IR
Sync Compatibility Separate Sync/Composite Sync/Sync on G
Networking None
Power Req. 100 - 240VAC, 50/60Hz
Input Current 2.8/1.3A
Power Consumption 260W/230W
Installation Orientation Floor/Front, Floor/Rear, Ceiling/Front, Ceiling/Rear
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.2x8.2x3.5 in, 259x208.3x88.9 mm
Net Weight 4.4 lbs, 2.0 kg
Fan Noise 37 dB normal/33 dB eco
Regulations USA UL 1950 FCC Class B, Canada CSA950 (C-UL), NOM
Operational Temp. 41° to 104°F / 5° to 40°C
Humidity 20-80% (non-condensing)
Storage 14° to 122°F / -10° to 50°C
Warranty Registered owners receive a 3-year limited warranty including InstaCare. Includes three year limited warranty on parts and one year limited warranty on labor. The lamp is covered for one year or 500 hours - whatever comes first. InstaCare provides the original owner one year of either limited 3 business day repair/return or next business day exchange.
Additional Features
SquareShot Instantly project a square image even when the projector is set up at a steep offset angle to the screen.
VORTEX Technology Plus No
Autosense Automatically syncs with any computer signal and features one touch image optimization.
SweetVision II No
3D Reform No
Automatic keystone correction Ensures an instantly square image is projected even when the projector is set up at a steep offset angle to the screen.
Built-in Wall Color Correction Presets provide for adaptive color tone correction to display properly on non-white surfaces.
Advanced AccuBlend Ensures detailed images when non-native resolution sources are connected to the projector.
Kensington Lock Slot Enables security cable to be attached to projector.
Image Magnification 64-step image magnification with location control
Sleep Timer Count down timer can be set to automatically turn off the projector
Eco-Mode Technology Extends lamp life, lowers audible noise and reduces total cost
Discreet Source Keys No
Computer free presentations No
High speed wireless No
Direct Power Off Protects lamp from being damaged even if projector is accidentally unplugged
In the Box Carrying case, remote control, batteries, power cord, RGB signal cable, lens cap, user’s manual on
CD-ROM, quick start guide,
product registration card

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