Formovie Theater, Leica Cine 1, and Epson LS 800 are all hot UST 4K projectors released in 2022. In this guide, we will compare the three projectors from different perspectives and help you to make a wise decision. As Leica Cine 1 has two versions (80” version and 100” version), we take Leica Cine 1 100” version to compare the three projectors in this post.

Formovie Theater vs Leica Cine 1 vs Epson LS 800

In this section, we will compare the three projectors from different perspectives, including appearance, image, throw ratio, system, connectivity, and audio.

Formovie Theater vs Leica Cine 1 vs Epson LS 800: Overview

From the side-by-side parameter comparison table below, we can see that Formovie Theater has the lowest pricing; Leica Cine 1 has the longest lamp life; Epson LS800 has the best image performance.

Formovie Theater vs Leica Cine 1 vs Epson LS 800: Appearance

In terms of design, the three projectors have similar shapes, which are typical of UST laser projectors. Regarding color, Formovie Theater adopts Cosmos grey, and Leica Cine 1 is in silver grey color, while Epson LS 800 is black.

The three projectors all have their lens module in the long groove on the top panel, but only Leica Cine 1 has a slide cover to protect the lens from dust.

What makes Leica Cine 1 different from the other two projectors is the perforated cover design, which is better in terms of heat dissipation. Formovie Theater and Epson LS 800 are both decorated with fabric on the front panel.

The overall styles of the three projectors are brief and elegant.

Formovie Theater vs Leica Cine 1 vs Epson LS 800: Image

The three projectors have the same 4K resolution, but they are different in terms of brightness, display technology, and projection size.

Formovie Theater and Leica Cine 1 have the same DLP display technology while Epson LS800 has the renowned 3LCD technology. Compared with DLP technology, 3LCD is better in terms of color performance and not vulnerable to the rainbow effect.

ModelsFormovie TheaterLeica Cine 1Epson LS800
Brightness2,800 ANSI lumens2,100 /2,500 ANSI lumens4,000 Lumens
Resolution  4K (3840×2160)4K (3840×2160)4K (3840×2160)
Projection Size  80-150 inches80/100 inches80-150 inches

Though the three projectors all adopt laser as the light source, they have different brightness. Epson LS800 features 4,000 lumens (in accordance with ISO 21118:2020), and Formovie Theater has 2,800 ANSI lumens, while Leica Cine 1 100” version has 2,500 ANSI lumens. You can use the ANSI to lumens converter to convert different lumens units.

In other words, Epson LS800 is brighter than the other two projectors. A projector with high brightness projects a bright and clear image during the daytime.

Regarding image size, Formovie Theater and Epson LS800 have a max screen size of 150 inches while Leica Cine 1 has a max image size of 100 inches.

Compared with the other two counterparts, Formovie Theater supports Dolby Vision, which enhances the viewing effect. Formovie claims that Formovie Theater is the world’s 1st Dolby Vision & Atmos UST projector.

Formovie Theater vs Leica Cine 1 vs Epson LS 800: Throw Ratio

As for throw ratio, Formovie Theater, Leica Cine 1, and Epson LS 800 have ultra-short throws, but Epson LS800 has the shortest throw followed by Formovie Theater’s 0.23:1. In other words, if the image size is fixed, it takes the shorted distance to project the image for Epson LS 800.

ParametersFormovie TheaterLeica Cine 1Epson LS800
Throw Ratio0.23:10.25:10.16 – 0.40:1

Formovie Theater vs Leica Cine 1 vs Epson LS 800: System

The three projectors are equipped with smart systems, Formovie Theater and Epson LS 800 have built-in Android TV while Leica Cine 1 is powered by VIDAA 6.0 (a system based on Android). However, Leica Cine 1 has a built-in TV tuner so that the projector can access more broadcast content.

ParametersFormovie TheaterLeica Cine 1Epson LS800
System    Android TV 11.0VIDAA 6.0Android TV

If you prefer Google-related services, then you can choose Formovie Theater or Epson LS 800. If you prefer TV shows, then you can choose Leica Cine 1.

It is worth noting that Formovie Theater has a built-in memory of 2G+32G.

Formovie Theater vs Leica Cine 1 vs Epson LS 800: Connectivity

Formovie Theater, Leica Cine 1, and Epson LS 800 all support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but they have minor differences in terms of interfaces. Formovie Theater and Leica Cine 1 have audio output interfaces while Epson doesn’t.

Models Formovie TheaterLeica Cine 1Epson LS800
Interfaces1 x LAN
3 x HDMI 2.1
2 x USB
Audio Out: Mini Jack
3 x HDMI (HDMI 2.1, eARC)
1 x USB2.0
1 x USB 3.0
1 x Ethernet RJ45
1 x 3.5 mm Earphone 1 x S/PDIF out
3 x USB 2.0-A
USB 2.0 Type B (Service Only)
Jack Plug out
HDMI ARC
3 x HDMI (HDCP 2.3)

Formovie Theater vs Leica Cine 1 vs Epson LS 800: Audio

In terms of audio, Formovie Theater is equipped with two 15W speakers, which are more powerful in terms of sound compared with the other two projectors.

ModelsFormovie TheaterLeica Cine 1Epson LS800
    Audio15W x 2
Bowers & Wilkins
20W x 2 speakers
Dolby Atmos speakers
20W stereo speaker
YAMAHA

Formovie Theater and Leica Cine 1 both support Dolby Atmos while Epson LS800 doesn’t.

Conclusion

Among the three projectors, Epson LS800 has the best overall performance. Formovie Theater is cost-efficient. Leica Cine 1 is eye-catching and impressive in terms of outer design.

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