Smart Phone Projector | Review

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Basic Script:
Hello YouTube, hope you’re all doing okay. Today we are going to be taking a look at something a little bit different – a smart phone projector. I’m sure a few of you have seen these things on the interwebs but how easy are they to make and how good is the end result – just using your smartphone as a light source.
Without any further delay, let’s get going by opening the box. Once we have removed all the components that we are going to need to build this thing, you may notice that on the inside of the packaging are all the instructions we’re going to need to put this together. Now normally on this channel, we don’t read instructions but this time, I think we might need to make a tiny exception to the rule. If you do accidently throw them out however, there are YouTube videos showing you how to assemble this thing.
Taking a look at the contents of the box, we have three distinct parts – the main body, the sliding smartphone holder and then a bag of the lens assembly and extra bits and bobs. The only extra things you’re going to need to get it up and running is a smart phone and some strong glue. Now lets build this thing
Assembling the projector is really easy following the instructions. It is mostly all labelled tabs and flaps that need sticking together and holding tight while the glue dries. It probably took fifteen to twenty minutes to do in total – the most fiddly bit being making the lens assembly. Try sticking one hand inside to make it easier while putting the lens on. I used Locktite Super Glue which works just fine however other brands are available.
Now complete, I am really impressed with the quality of the design and build of this smart phone projector. Despite being made of cardboard, it really does hold its shape and has a decent quality feel to it. It works quite simply by placing your phone into this back compartment, closing it up and then sliding the compartment back and for in order to focus the image. I love how there are holes to allow you to plug your phone in to either a power source or speaker while using it in the projector. I also love all the artwork on the outside such as fake audio ports, control knobs and focus rings. Being made of cardboard, none of these work, but all add to the aesthetics, making it feel more like a real vintage film projector.
Image quality and brightness will always be where this projector suffers as it relies on your phone’s backlight and screen to do all the work. Firstly you’re going to need to download an app and change some of your settings in order to keep the screen locked upside down, the brightness and volume on max as well as the image being flipped the wrong way so that when it passes through the lens, it is projected correctly. All this is easier said than done. At first, I was terribly ambitious and tried to use my own Motorola phone under studio lighting however, I couldn’t see anything at all. After several tests, I found that shutting off all other light, including using blackout blinds on the windows as well as using a higher quality phone such as the iPhone 5 here, I was getting a better image that was about 3 times bigger than the phone screen from a distance of about one meter. I would also add that you’re eyes do get a custom to the dark image after a while and that connecting your phone into an external speaker adds to the movie experience.
So is this product worth buying. Yes, it’s a great, easy DIY kit that doesn’t take too much time to assemble and the results are better bigger than a few of you crammed round a smart phone screen.
If you have any questions about this product, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video.

Cameras Used:
Canon HF G25

Audio Equipment:
Zoom H1

Edited on Custom-Built PC:
AMD FX 6100 6-core 3.3GHz processor
8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Motherboard
ASUS Nvidia Geforce GT 610 Graphics Card
128GB Kingston V300 SSD (Operating System)
480GB Kingston V300 SSD (Video File Storage)
1TB Western Digital Hard Drive (Documents Etc.)
For more info on my PC: http://youtu.be/E0PP7lRwwA8

Software:
Sony Vegas

Comments

mohamad nasir says:

How do you keep your iphone upside down ??
Plz I need the answer 🙄

Jodi and Heather Gray says:

ypu could just make it out of a box

babu lama dong says:

how much projecotr

Isabel Windsor says:

how bright is the projection

Hannah Vonk says:

Is the projection sharp?

Emily Lifestyle says:

How do you keep your phone upside down on a iphone?

Miss LexiLou says:

How do you keep your phone screen upside down

Robert Bull says:

nice flag poster

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