Canon LV-7275 review

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This projector’s design catches the eye immediately, largely thanks to the smooth curve downwards to a sturdy carry handle at the rear. While this may not exactly excite, it certainly made life easy when moving from room to room during testing. Beneath that handle sit DVI and VGA inputs, as well as both 3.5mm and stereo RCA audio connectors and an Ethernet port for easy remote management.

Canon LV-7275 review

It’s a polysilicon TFT projector with 2,600-lumen brightness, which leads to vivid colours and an inviting image. The black level isn’t quite as deep and immersive as some here, but an even and neutral white is ideal for presentation slides. As with several other TFT models here, reds appear orange and greens a little too yellow, but the menu system is one of the most intuitive of the group, so we managed to get a picture to our satisfaction with a bit of tinkering.

From just 2m the Canon produces a monstrous 66in 1,024 x 768 image, which adds appeal for small meeting rooms, and the built-in 7W speaker is one of the loudest and fullest of the group. This adds to its credentials as an occasional movie projector too, although the colours lack the accuracy of the DLP projectors. Auto-keystone correction is also available, and worked quickly and accurately in our tests.

But as pleasant to use as the LV-7275 may be, if you’re anything more than a light user there’s one large stumbling block we haven’t yet mentioned. Added to a high £686 exc VAT purchase price is an astonishing replacement lamp cost of £429, so when your brightness has faded after 3,000 hours you’ll find yourself shelling out a sum higher than two of this month’s projectors cost to buy outright. Plus, there’s only a paltry 90-day warranty on the lamp; we can forgive this on a projector such as the dirt-cheap Acer, but not after spending so much here.

If that 3,000-hour mark is beyond the reach of your likely daily usage the Canon certainly deserves to go on your shortlist as a well-designed, all-round office projector. But a busy office with regularly-used meeting rooms will find itself better served by one of the more economical projectors on offer.


Image quality5

Basic specifications

Projector technologyLCD
Resolution1024 x 768
Lumens brightness2,600 lumens
Contrast ratio500:1
Keystone correction?yes
Speaker typeMono
Speaker power ouput7W


Dimensions317 x 336 x 111mm (WDH)


Max diagonal image size7.6m
Measured image size at 2m66.0m

Lamp & running costs

Lamp power230W
Lamp life, standard mode3,000hrs
Lamp life, eco mode4,000hrs
Replacement lamp cost

Power & environment

Typical power consumption295W
Peak noise level35.0dB(A)
Idle/eco noise level29.0dB(A)

Video inputs/outputs

VGA inputs1
DVI inputs1
S-Video inputs1
Composite video inputs1
HDMI inputs0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1

Data ports and connectors

Front panel memory card readerno
Other memory media supportNone

Audio inputs/outputs

3.5mm audio input jacks1
3.5mm audio jacks1
RCA (phono) inputs1


Carry caseyes

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