Optoma PK301 Pico Pocket Projector


Optoma PK301 Pico Pocket Projector

Optoma PK301 Pico Pocket Projector

  • MicroSD card slot allows for memory expansion up to 16 GB
  • Project large widescreen images of up to 120″ diagonal
  • LED light source lasts over 20,000 hours while producing excellent color
  • Full assortment of I/O ports, including USB, VGA, HDMI and video, allow for easy connection to most analog or digital devices
  • Extended power battery pack, iPod kit-share the fun from iPods and iPhones,Female USB adapter -project images and videos from USB ,Mini HDMI cable

Optoma’s PK301 Pico pocket projector provides projection power anywhere. Featuring up to 50 ANSI lumens and native widescreen WVGA resolution, the palm-sized PK301 enables you to easily share videos, photos and graphics at home or on the road. Enjoy unlimited content playback at your fingertips with the microSD card slot, HDMI and VGA connectivity. Compact and robustly-featured, the PK301 sets a new standard for mobile projecting.

List Price: $ 399.99

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Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)

Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)

  • 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for poster-size, photo-quality prints
  • Large 2.5-inch LCD display; includes Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
  • DIGIC III image processor provides fast, accurate image processing; Live View Function
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning system and Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit, plus Dust Delete Data Detection in included software
  • Stores images on SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Ideal for a wide range of photographers from first-time digital SLR users to veteran photo enthusiasts, the new Canon EOS Rebel XS camera is designed to embody what you have come to expect from the EOS Rebel series — a fast, non-intimidating, lightweight, easy-to-use camera that produces excellent images and starts emerging photographers off on the right foot. Immediately, photographers will take notice of the camera’s Optical Image Stabilized kit lens for crisp focus, compensating for camera shake from unsteady hands or a moving vehicle. The new Rebel model also incorporates Canon’s DIGIC III image processor, 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, Live View, Auto Lighting Optimizer, 7-point wide-area autofocus (AF) sensor and 3.0 frames per second continuous JPEG burst rate where the number of consecutive shots in a burst is only limited by the capacity of the flash memory card in the camera.

List Price: $ 649.99

Price: $ 449.99

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  1. 249 of 252 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wow Certainly worth the wait!, July 21, 2010
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    This review is from: Optoma PK301 Pico Pocket Projector (Office Product)

    I had pre-ordered this projector for almost a month before it was shipped, which gave me time to contemplate my purchase decision. I went around to the shops and checked the PK 201, 102 models and other brands like the 3M pico projector and the Samsung palm sized LED projector. Especially that I have a full size DLP HD projector that i bough last year. The inconvenience of having to setup the screen and the speakers in the garden to watch a nice cinematic experience on giant screen reduced these occasions to just a handful through a year. I had high hopes for the portable battery operated projector but I was aware of the fact that its power was low and can only be used in dimmed rooms.

    It finally arrived, and much to my surprise it beat my expectations just out of the box. it looks and feels better than any of the other ones i have examined first hand. The casing is sturdy and compact although the zoom swivel looks fragile.

    The picture quality is very good and can certainly beat the quality of a regular TV. i used it with a nokia micro SD card from my old mobile and i ran a slide show on the ceiling with short videos it took my breath away. i hooked it up to my iphone and watched a full movie in my bedroom in full widescreen mode, you will be in for a good surprise :) you only need the AV cable for the iphone or ipad and a bluetooth or wired earphones and you have you 100% portable cinema box that fits in your pocket. I also tried it with apple TV connected through the HDMI link. It delivers a very nice picture. the built in speaker is good enough for my kids to watch cartoon while sitting just behind the projector.

    Although I love this projector i have a few comments to make.

    The battery life is not enough for one full movie and does not charge well if you operate the projector while it is plugged to power source.
    It heats up a little too quickly, i know it is summer time but in 10 minutes it’s casing is hot.

    With that said, my final verdict is still excellent and highly recommended.

    I also recommend the following accessories:
    1) A small tripod is very important for ventilation and also positioning
    2) The remote is very handy because the buttons on the projector are small and as they dim you cannot make out which button you are pressing. also good for slide shows and short videos off the memory card.

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  2. 180 of 187 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Suprising performance in such a tiny package, October 10, 2010
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    I use this projector for video and image files. In my opinion, it is best suited for impromptu displays for groups of 5 people or less. I always load all my materials on a 16GB class 6 Micro SD card which I leave plugged into the projector. I seldom use it connected to my linux gear, tho it works fine with all my ‘nix machines including my Nokia N900. It’s great for quickly displaying something on a white board in someone’s cubicle. You don’t need a lot of complicated equipment and a laptop because everything is thoughtfully self-contained.

    Although software does come with the projector for converting PowerPoint presentations to a portable format that can be loaded to an SD card (as well as converting videos), I don’t use that software because it’s for windows and I’m not a windows user.

    The PK301 is larger than my 3M Pro120 with greater resolution and a significantly brighter/sharper picture. I don’t notice any of the rainbow effects that are sometimes a nuisance on my 120. It throws a 32 inch diagonal 16×9 aspect picture from 4ft away which is bright enough to be enjoyed in most office lighting conditions (overhead florescent). Usually, I’m just holding the projector at belly button height. The focus-ring is great and makes it easy to get a tack-sharp picture. You can operate all the controls with your thumbs because they are centered on the top of the machine with the exception of the on/off button which is on the side. It accepts a camera tripod (not included), and I bought a mini-one to set on a desk/table top for when I connect to my netbook or something.

    Battery life is much, much less than the 3M (I get about 30-40 mins), but unlike many projectors, you can use the power cord while the projector is running for unlimited working time.

    I use Mpeg 4 video formats with this projector when playing programs from the Micro SD card. I experimented with several tweaks and bit rates and discovered that the internal video player software cannot play variable bit-rate MP4 encodings. It does, however, play constant bit rate, quality, or quantization videos very well. I settled on MP4, Level 5, 720x408p (yes, 408 – remember it’s 16×9), 29.97fps, constant quality 13, with 128kbps AAC 48khz audio. You need a class 4 or above SD card because the video will stutter if played from a class 2.

    While you’re playing a video, the < and > buttons allow for RR and FF, and the up and down buttons control the volume. The remote (sold separately here at Amazon) has an additional volume control on it as well as a mute button. You can shut off the projector from the remote, but you cannot turn it on. And order yourself a CR2025 lithium battery for the remote (it doesn’t come with a battery). I got mine at Target, but they can be hard to find.

    And at the end of the day I set the projector on the hotel nightstand and flip the tripod head to vertical. Then I can lie in bed and watch a movie or music videos on a 50″ video picture projected on the ceiling (which is almost always white in hotels). I can shut off the projector and there’s no lingering cooling fan to keep me awake.

    — UPDATE

    The internal media player cannot play Video files > 2,048MB. If a movie exceeds that, the directory shows a negative size (meaning the code doesn’t use long integers) and you’ll get an error message about an unrecognized format. You must break the movie into smaller files or reduce your encoding quality to constrain the movie to 2GB.

    — UPDATE

    This projector finally failed. It was a rather slow death. The image started to display a few dead pixels. They eventually spread until the picture was unusable. It did this over a period of three days, which was good because it gave me a chance to make other arrangements rather than just quiting in the middle of a presentation.

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  3. 88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent projector for what it does., July 11, 2010
    David Fitzgerald (Cincinnati, Ohio) –

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    I bought this to replace the TV in my bedroom that was moved to my living room (a 42″) when my living room Toshiba 52″ LCD (14 months old-don’t buy a Toshiba flat panel TV) died. I originally bought the PK-201. My complaint with that and the reason I returned it was that the focus had issues. It always seemed like one side was focused and the other corner wasn’t. Well, the PK-301 exceeded my expectations. The picture is huge. It claims it will go to 120″, but I am about 100″ with my throw. Not sure what the max throw is. I didn’t see that spec. I am using it in my bedroom (yes I said bedroom) and it is projecting on my wall. I have Dish Network plugged in with the Mini-HDMI input (cable was not included). Picture quality is amazing, especially considering I am using my bedroom white wall as the screen! The focus works much better and is easier to dial in than the 201, as it has a nice ring on the lens. I didn’t have to adjust the color as it looks great. I only have 2 complaints and they are actually tied together.
    Complaint #1-The power button on the side of the projector is too small. It’s very tough to turn on and off, especially without moving the unit out of it’s place from the mini tripod it’s sitting on.
    Complaint #2-No remote. It should have came with a remote. They do sell one separately but it’s not a great remote, yet it’s useful. There’s no on button on the remote, only an off. Weird, I know.
    Now I know most people aren’t using this for a TV in their house, but every projector should have a remote, regardless.
    Brightness is pretty good on it, although you really need a dark room to fully enjoy the quality of the picture.
    Looked up the life expectancy of the projector/bulb, and amazingly it’s 20,000 hours of use. If I use this 3 hours a day, that’s about 18 years. Pretty impressive. My $1200 Toshiba lasted 14 months.
    If it came with the remote, I would have given it 5 stars.

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  4. 810 of 815 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Canon REBEL XS simply a beautiful experience, November 25, 2008
    Judah Bharath “judah bharath” (Trinidad & Tobago) –

    This review is from: Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) (Camera)

    I spent several weeks reviewing the REBEL XS vs it’s many 10 MP adversaries, I even checked it against the ultra zooms as I wanted the convenience of video as well, but too many good things stood out with this camera and so I decided upon it. I bought the rebel XS and after days of dirt testing this camera I’ve found it a beautiful experience.
    Now I’m a professional videographer attached to a tv station in Trinidad & Tobago, my purpose for this camera was the need for a quick sharp still shot camera that would be impressive under low light and still capture impressive portrait shots to be used for my website and for large prints. I didn’t want to shell out over a $1000. US for a camera body.
    What is tagged by Canon is true: The full auto mode is truly accurate and gives excellent shots always, it makes photography so easy for a beginner or intermediate. The portrait mode isn’t blurry, images are clean, nicely toned, excellent in quality for large size prints. The P ( program mode) I like alot at first because this mode sets exposure so nicely I found it addictive. I shot alot of night pics of cars on a freeway, with bright, sharp, lively colours emerging. Night pics at 800 iso had very very very little noise, and I mean I was searching the pics on 15″ monitors for reason to complain, but was really impressed.
    The auto focus is really quick. Th XS comes with “only” a 7 point auto focus system compared to the XSi 9 point, forgive me when I say there may be no need for another 2 points when the camera focusses so quick and so accurately. I have not gotten a soft image when shot with the auto focus operating.
    Now for those point and shoot cams that boast about “face detection”….5 faces…6,7, some even 15. I also have a 10 mp ultra zoom, this simply matters little if not at all, if the focussing ability of the camera is poor or average, and given the “average lens” quality they’re made of.
    I have learnt clearly that a 10 MP ultra zoom simply cannot compare to a 10 MP D SLR…chalk and cheese.
    I also bought the Tamron 70mm – 300mm, F4-5.6 telephoto/ macro lens. No vignetting at either end of the lens.
    Auto iso is simply magnificent, have not taken a shot where the camera over estimated or underestimated the iso levels.
    The Manual mode of this camera is the most impressive for me. The rebel XS via various magazine testing has come up faster than it’s other 10 MP rivals when it comes to fps shooting, and burst images. It really does shoot 3 fps consistently, it shoots 2.3 fps in low light, worst case is over 1 fps all at 10 MP quality.
    I haven’t used a lower quality since, given I bought a Transcend 8GB SDHC card storage is not an issue.
    Most of my shooting has been at night, for the little done in daylight, it has been amazing. Colours are very bright, depth of field very very nice. Macros works well. Image optimizer simply shocked life out of me. I was in a shaded area and without flash it really improves the subject without over blowing the background, stuff that is almost impossible on point and shoot cams.

    Stuff I disagree with from the “reviews” : 1- “The camera feels cheaply built”….simply wrong, nothing is shabby, buttons are actually easy to press, doesn’t have cheap clicks to them, the lens mount has a secure feel to it, and a proper snap when it is set. Battery compartment is certainly secure. Your finger must intricately open the door for entry, won’t be an accident issue. Rubber door at a.v. ports snap in well. Rubber grip is firm enough, smooth enough to not irritate your hands.
    2- ” XS is “overpriced” compared to the XSi…..Xsi shoots slower than the XS, XSi picture quality is equal to the XS even though the XSi is 12 MP. The XSi may be the 3″ LCD and a few other upgrades, but these upgrades don’t add up when the picture is taken and the quality of both cameras match alike. I may have chosen the XSI if I wanted to spend the extra $150. u.s but for the lesser price, I’m yet to regret.
    3- “The XS “only has a 2.5″ LCD compared to a couple of it’s rivals having 3″ LCD’s”. I can see every thing clearly with this screen, even with Histograms, and grids onscreen. If LCD’s get much bigger then canon may need to install a tv tuner as well….the 2.5″ is more than sufficient.
    4- “The XS doesn’t have SPOT METERING compared to the XSi, so this is a big issue”- haven’t encountered a reason to complain yet, after 500 night shots and 200 day shots.

    THE DOWN SIDE: the EOS software for uploading the photos to computer, and remote controlling the cam via computer is AWFUL. It’s a task to upload, as it is beach balling when you hit “upload”. Digital professional software is non responsive. I have not been able to use the software past the install point. Mac version here.
    Better use i-photo and photoshop.

    I highly rate this camera, and as a videographer who’s accustomed to t.v…

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  5. 309 of 317 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Affordable DSLR (Canon XS vs. Olympus E-510 or Nikon D40/60), December 1, 2008
    J. Gallo (USA) –

    This review is from: Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) (Camera)

    I want to save you the time and uncertainty in choosing the best affordable DSLR. For those considering the Canon EOS Rebel XS, the Olympus E-510 or the Nikon D40 / D40x / D60, I believe the Canon XS is the best choice. Also, at the price difference between the XS and the SXi ($150-200 as of December ’08), the XS is an excellent alternative–both take exactly the same high quality pictures, save the 2MP difference, which is negligible at the end. Please note that the XS’s new lens kit comes with the better quality EFS 18-55 Image Stabilization lens (they are better engineered); and that Canon is offering nowadays generous rebates on telephoto lenses when coupled with the purchase of the XS (I bought mine with the entry-level Canon EF 75-300mm III lens with a generous instant Canon rebate. Don’t buy from anybody different from B&H Photo, directly from Amazon, Adorama, Buydig/Beach Camera; stay away from Broadway Photo and TriState).

    Canons are popular for the excellent image processing. Nikons for their Nikor lenses. Olympus, some say, for the color of some of the pictures they take.

    The Olympus E-510 has important flaws, e.g., the average performance in high ISO speeds and highlight blowing. Also, its inconsistency with good results is worth noting.

    The Nikon D40 lacks important features, e.g., image stabilization in their kit lens. The D60 is lacking the high picture quality ratings of the Canon XS. Both Nikons are nice looking, which is a selling factor I usually consider; but picture quality should be your top criterion for the long run.

    Don’t go through the extensive research I have already done (months, and intense debating). The Canon XS is a winner (specially with the new IS lens kit), even more with its current price (Dec. ’08: $480). It is feature rich (you can even add 3 of your preferred defined Picture Style modes), good/professional looking (black body), even the sound of the shooter is nicer than the others. Bottom line: Excellent picture quality, high ISO/low light remarkable performance, and relevant features and space for customization make the Canon XS a winner for months and even years to come.

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  6. 189 of 192 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent starter DSLR, December 4, 2008
    Brandon White (Cleveland, OH USA) –

    This review is from: Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) (Camera)

    This review is geared toward complete newbies (such as myself) who are coming from the point-and-shoot world.

    I purchased this camera due to a budget constraint and after reading numerous reviews. For what you features you get, you simply cannot beat the price for an entry level DSLR camera. You may have looked at the XSI (as I have) and have been tempted to put forth the extra $100 or so to get that one. If you get down to the nitty gritty between the specs of the XS and XSI, you’ll find that they are very minimally different, and more importantly, those “extra” features will have no bearing on you as a DSLR newbie.

    This XS (1000D) model is oft overlooked because so many are praising its “bigger brother” the XSI. But take a look at a side-by-side comparison and you’ll notice not much has been scaled back for this XS. Save that extra money for better glass. I would even be willing to speculate that a future firmware release will address some of these scaled-back features.


    -Currently the best bang for buck you’re going to find (at this time).
    -Canon didn’t scale back very much from the XSI
    -Some report that the lower MP (10 vs XSI’s 12) gives better image quality because of the sensor (DigicIII).
    -Excellent image quality even with the supplied kit lens.
    -Easy to use (with some research-effort on your part)
    -Canon compatibility — nuff said.


    -Not crazy about the build materials (some sort of plastic). When I purchase things, I plan on owning them for a very long time, regardless of how “outdated” it may become a few years down the road.
    -Some button placements for me seem counter-intuitive, but remember, I’m only a newbie.
    -Has crop sensor like all of the rebels.
    -Live View usefulness is questionable.

    In short: If you’re coming from P&S, you will not be disappointed with this purchase. It will meet or exceed your expectations of photo quality and features.

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