Canon LE-5W WH
Portable LED Projector Review
August 2, 2013
Brightness and Uniformity. The LE-5 exceeded its brightness specification in Presentation mode with a measured value of 565 lumens. The other presets yielded: Standard - 400 lumens, sRGB - 360 lumens, and Movie - 320 lumens. Eco mode lowered brightness by about 20%, and uniformity measured a very high 93%.
Image Size and Offset. Projecting a 100" diagonal image requires a projection distance of 8'2" from the screen. The centerline of the lens is a few inches below the bottom of the image at those distances, so tabletop mounting works well. In well-lit conference rooms, it is advisable to limit the image to less than a 60" diagonal to avoid image washout.
Color Brightness. Unlike lamp-illuminated DLP projectors, the LE-5 has no color wheel and no Brilliant Color option. Still, it loses about 40% of its brightness when switched to sRGB mode, so be aware that for highest color accuracy, there is a brightness penalty to be paid.
Fan NoiseIn normal illumination mode, fan noise is high enough to be distracting to those seated within five feet of the projector. Since Eco mode has a small impact on brightness, it is recommended as a means of lowering fan noise to an acceptable level for nearby audience members.
Focus. On our test model, focus was not uniform across the image with corners slightly blurry when the center of image was in focus.
Presets. Presets need higher brightness and contrast settings and better color balance to improve viewing enjoyment, but the User mode allows for the image adjustment necessary to get an excellent image.
The Canon LE-5 is a big step forward in light, inexpensive LED projectors. At less than $800, it fits many budgets, and its video performance is excellent for such a small projector. Even its 5-watt audio output is unusually high for its class although its fan noise can be a distraction. For home and portable environments where ambient light can be controlled, the Canon LE-5 is a solid performer, particularly when projecting video images. It richly deserves our highest value rating.