The Viewing Experience
Canon LE-5W WH
Portable LED Projector Review
August 2, 2013
The Canon LE-5 is packed in its own travel pouch and sets up quickly up out of the box. Connectors are clearly marked, and the unit warms up in less than five seconds and shuts down immediately with no cooling period required. Like most small projectors, the LE-5 has no zoom lens so it has to be placed at a singular distance for a particular image size. Focusing is accomplished with a knurled ring, but the focus uniformity leaves something to be desired. When the center of the image is in focus, the corners of the image tend to be slightly fuzzy. This is no problem for video presentations, but PC material like spreadsheets might be an issue if small fonts (less than 10 pt.) are displayed.
As you might guess from the preceding, the LE-5 is a better video than data projector. In fact, it is an excellent video projector with saturated, well-balanced colors and a slightly soft look that mimics a theater presentation. Advancements in color accuracy have been slow in coming in the small LED projector class, but Canon has made a nice improvement in that category. With a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, shadows and highlights are rendered nicely, and flesh tones are excellent in User mode where color temperature can be adjusted. The preset modes are not quite on the money for viewing video material, and the best video images are achieved in User mode at the Low color temperature setting with brightness and contrast slightly elevated. At these settings, the video image is impressive.
The LE-5 really does fit both the portable and home entertainment markets well. It is light and small enough to satisfy road warriors, and its input versatility (everything from HDMI to game consoles and SD cards) makes it a popular choice for family gatherings. At 500 lumens, it is not the first choice for brightly lit rooms, but where ambient light can be controlled, it is a winner.