Calculating Throw Ratio from Focal Length
The throw ratio of a projector can be calculated from the focal length of the lens and the diagonal size of the LCD/LCoS/DLP panel.
Note that a zoom lens has two focal lengths, one corresponding to the wide-angle position and one to the tele-position.
For a 16:9 screen, the throw ratio is approximately: 1.15 * focal length / panel diagonal
For a 4:3 screen the throw ratio is approximately: 1.25 * focal length / panel diagonal
The focal length and panel diagonal must be expressed in the same unit (e.g. mm)
Note that this formula is an approximation. Always check the actual throw ratio with the manufacturer.
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Using a 16:9 screen, and a projector with a lens with focal length 28mm - 38mm, and a 0.9" LCD panel, what is the throw ratio range?
0.9" = 22.9mm
Smallest throw ratio = 28 / 22.9 * 1.15 = 1.41
Largest throw ratio = 38 / 22.9 * 1.15 = 1.91
The throw ratio range is approximately: 1.41 - 1.91