A Closer Look at the Differences Between LED, LCD, and DLP Projection

By XGIMI Tech - 2022-12

What Sets LED, LCD, and DLP Projectors Apart?

When buying a projector, there are several details you ought to take into account, like throw ratio, resolution, brightness, and other specifications. Yet, one of the most important things you must consider is the projection technology used in the manufacturing of your projector. Modern projectors are usually manufactured with LCD and DLP imaging technologies, and LED lighting technology.

DLP projectors use DMD chips, a device made up of millions of microscopic mirrors, for video projection. In contrast, LCD projectors leverage liquid crystal display technology and can boast higher color accuracy than DLP projectors. LED refers to a lighting technology which LCD or DLP projectors may come with. When LCD or DLP projectors use light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs instead of lamps as their light source, they are also called LED projectors.

In this article, we will explore LED lighting, LCD, and DLP projection technologies and outline their unique advantages and drawbacks. Also, we will paint ideal user scenarios for each type of projector (DLP, LCD, and LED) and recommend smart projectors from XGIMI that are excellent options for you.

DLP vs. LCD vs. LED Projectors: Key Differences

LCD ProjectorsDLP ProjectorsLED Projectors
Full MeaningLiquid Crystal Display

Digital Light Processing Light Emitting Diode
Type of Technology Projection/Imaging Technology Projection/Imaging Technology Projector Lighting Technology
Mode of OperationUse a series of liquid crystal displays, involving dichroic mirrors and LCD panels, similar to the ones you can find in some electronic watches, for video projection.


Utilize a digital micromirror device (DMD) to create the projected image. 




Use a series of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to create the projected image and may depend on LCD, LCoS, or DLP for their projection technology. 

Here are more comparisons between LCD projectors and DLP projectors:

LCD ProjectorsDLP Projectors
Image QualityCan deliver sharp and clear images with excellent color accuracy.

But Pixels on the LCD panel are prone to image burn-in if the same image is projected for a long period. 
Immune to color decay and do not suffer misalignments that do occur with LCD projectors.

But inability to deliver highly accurate colors like LCD projectors.
Where to use 
Are compatible with lens shifts and zoom lenses, making them ideal for large room and home cinema setups.
Support high contrast ratios and refresh rates, making it ideal for scenarios where high-quality video is a priority.
Product Price
Are generally affordable and less expensive, making them ideal for people who are on a budget.Usually more expensive than LCD projectors.
Maintainence Cost
Have a high maintenance cost, needing regular dust filter changes, as dust can affect their image quality.Cost less to maintain compared to LCD projectors, due to their sealed-chip design that does not require filters.
Lamp PerformanceDepreciate with time and high temperatures that they are not environmentally friendly.Won't depreciate with time
SizeAre usually large and heavy, and are prone to image misalignments.Are usually lighter than LCD projectors.

Which Projector Type is Ideal for You?

When purchasing a projector, your choice should be based on a particular application and the specific needs and requirements of the scenario you have in mind. Here's a guide on the ideal scenarios for each projector type:

Again, please remember that an LED projector may utilize DLP or LCD projection technology.

Purchase LCD projectors if:
● You are on a budget, and you need an affordable option;
● You need a projector for large room settings like in home cinema setups;
● You prioritize high-quality videos with crisp and clear images and highly accurate colors. They're great for movie nights.

Purchase DLP projectors if:
● You need a portable option to carry along on a camping trip or a backyard movie night;
● You want to spend less time and effort on maintenance since DLP projectors use a sealed-chip design that protects the image projection setup from dust;
● You have limited space for setup, as they are ideal for smaller spaces like bedrooms.

XGIMI DLP Projectors For You

XGIMI Horizon Pro (4K Home Projector)

XGIMI HORIZON Pro is a DLP projector with a 0.47" DMD chip. More key specs:

  • Low blue light TÜV certification
  • 4K resolution / 2200 ANSI lumens
  • Intelligent Screen Adaption technology (autofocus, auto keystone correction, auto screen alignment, auto obstacle avoidance)
  • Max 200" screen
  • Android TV™ 
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XGIMI Halo+ (1080p Outdoor Projector)

For outdoor projection setups like backyard movie theaters or camping movie nights, XGIMI Halo+ is a perfect fit. The DLP projector has a 0.33" DMD chip. More key specs:

  • Built-in battery for 2.5 hours of video and 5 hours of music
  • 1080 FHD / 900 ANSI lumens
  • Intelligent Screen Adaption technology
  • Max 200" screen
  • MEMC/HDR10
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XGIMI Elfin (1080p home projector)

Elfin is a DLP projector with a 0.33" DMD chip that is perfect for watching movies and sports in your home. More key specs:

  • 1080p FHD/ 800 ANSI lumens
  • Built-in Harman Kardon speakers
  • Intelligent Screen Adaption technology
  • 972g light weight
  • MEMC/HDR10
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DLP vs. LCD vs. LED Projectors in a Nutshell

Projectors that use DLP, LCD, and LED technologies are different from one another. LCD projectors use liquid crystal display panels to produce images and can deliver high-quality displays. DLP projectors use DMD chips and are generally more expensive than LCD projectors.

LED projectors can utilize both DLP or LCD projection but employ light-emitting diode light sources, which have a longer lifespan than lamps used in DLP or LCD projectors. XGIMI Halo+, Elfin, and HORIZON Pro have excellent features like MEMC, low blue light emissions, automated technology, and excellent sound that make them perfect for several setups and uses.

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HORIZON Pro

£1,649.00
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