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Hello!
Here is our situation: we need a projector for a 1280x1024 resolution, for a 100" screen, in a meeting room with some ambiental light.

I have seen some SXGA+ projectors that I like (Canon SX6000, for instance (~4500€)), but they are expensive. Since we don't need those 6000 lumens, would it be possible to use a higher resolution projector (WUXGA projector, like Sony VPL-FH31 or Canon WUX4000 (~3500€)), and force them to 4:3 aspect ratio? Would the quality loss be too much? I guess 4000 lumens are enough for my situation... I don't have any experience in this area, so I'd be greateful for any advice you can provide.

Sorry for my English, and thank you very much for your help!
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Any projector that is not 5:4 aspect ratio (1280x1024 is not 4:3) will be more and more rare moving forward.

I certainly would consider a new 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 projector over the now antiquated design which is in place.

It's important to understand that a 4,000 lumen rating on a 16:9 projector (or 16:10) is for the full panel resolution. So, you will lose a fair bit of brightness if you are only using a 5:4 screen size.

Now, the bigger issue is that many projectors don't support different screen sizes. They are typically designed for the screen size they were designed for only. So, if you buy a 16:10 projector, it may be designed only to be used with 16:10 screens. You will need to carefully check the owner's manual for that projector to see if it allows you to set the 'screen aspect ratio' in the setup. I am unaware of any inexpensive projectors which offer this feature.

All said - if you end up having to pay the same amount for a 1920x1200 projector as you would for a 1280x1024 projector with similar brightness, I would get the higher resolution model which would be far more future-proof than the older aspect ratio.
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Thank you for your comment, it has helped a lot!

I also think 16:10 ratio is the future, but since this projector is going to be used mainly with SXGA+, I didn't know if it was worth it.

I have checked the manual, and since it is a professional projector, it allows to change to different screen ratio. The lumens lost shouldn't be a problem.

You really helped me a lot there