Have you ever set up your projector for a presentation and noticed that the image was blurry or grainy?
A blurry image can make viewing difficult and strain viewers’ eyes. However, a blurry projector image is no great cause for alarm
This article lists the possible reasons for a blurry image on your Epson projector. It also contains a guide on how to focus your projector.
Why is My Projector Image not Focused?
To solve a problem, you must first learn the cause of that problem. There are several reasons for your image to appear blurry and easy solutions to each one.
For most Epson projectors, a blurry image may be a result of one of these:
- Poor Image Focus
Most often, the image needs focusing. The following section contains a detailed explanation of how to focus the projector’s image.
- Long Projection Distance
When you consider its throw ratio and image size limit, your projector may be mounted too far from the screen.
You can fix this by shortening the projection distance.
- Distorted Angle
Your projector may be angled incorrectly, causing it to blur. Check to see if your image is wider on one side than the other.
- A Wrong Computer Setting
If you’re using a computer as your media source, check its resolution settings. We advise that you set it to match the projector’s native resolution.
- Dusty or Damaged Lens
The lens of your projector may be dusty or blurry from moisture. Luckily, you can clean your projector lens or replace a damaged projector lens.
You can make your projector’s picture clear by troubleshooting and looking out for the problems listed above.
A Step by Step Guide: How to Focus the Image on Your Epson Projector
There are several ways to adjust the focus on your projector image depending on the Epson projector model and lens type.
The various methods can all be classified as either manual or digital focusing. We’ll explore them below.
1. Manual Focusing
Projector Lens Adjustment
Most Epson projectors come with a Focus dial on top. This dial is located above the lens and in front of a Zoom dial.
Some other Epson projectors have a Focus lever which you can slide upwards or downwards to sharpen your image.
Here are the general steps to guide you:
Step 1: Turn on the projector and allow it to warm up.
Step 2: Project an image onto your screen.
Step 3: Slowly push the Focus dial to the right or left until the image is focused.
If your Epson projector does not have a Focus dial on top, look for a focus lever instead.
Step 4: Open the projector’s cover. Depending on the projector, the cover may be in front or at the back.
Step 5: Locate your projector’s Focus lever. It is a small plastic or metallic piece under the cover.
Step 6: Slide the lever up or down until the image on the screen is focused to your satisfaction.
Step 7: Close the latch properly to keep dust out of the panel.
Interchangeable Lens Adjustment
This method is for Epson projectors that have interchangeable short-throw lenses attached to them.
These lenses have a manual focus feature. You can correct image focus via their distortion and focus rings.
Step 1: Connect the projector to a power outlet and turn on the projector.
Step 2: Wait for the projector to warm up and then project an image on the screen.
Step 3: Gently twist the distortion ring counterclockwise, all the way to the end.
Step 4: Turn the focus ring slowly in the opposite direction until the center of the image is focused.
Step 5: Slowly turn the distortion ring clockwise until you notice the edges of the image are just as focused as the center.
Step 6: Alternate between adjusting both rings as many times as it takes to focus the entire image.
Note: Cradle the lens in one hand and use the other to adjust the rings. This practice will keep the lens from shifting out of place and throwing the image off.
2. Digital Focusing
You can adjust the focus of your projected image using the Lens button on the projector panel or the Focus button on the remote controller.
For accurate results, turn on your projector and wait for 20 minutes before adjusting the focus.
Projector Control Panel
Step 1: Turn on the projector and allow it to warm up.
Step 2: Project an image onto the screen.
Step 3: Press the Lens button repeatedly until a Focus Adjustment option comes up on the screen.
Step 4: Use the Left and Right arrow buttons to increase or reduce the focus.
Step 5: When you achieve your desired focus, press Esc to exit that screen.
Step 1: Turn on your Epson projector.
Step 2: After the projector warms up, display an image on your screen.
Step 3: Point your remote controller at the projector and press the Focus button. A Focus menu will come up on the screen.
Step 4: Use the remote’s Left and Right arrow buttons to correct the focus until you get your desired results.
Step 5: Press the Esc button on the remote to exit the Focus menu.
Note: With short-throw Epson projectors, a message might pop up on your screen telling you to correct the distortion.
Find the Distortion button on the control panel and press it. Use the arrow buttons to focus the edges of the image.
You can correct Distortion with your remote controller too. Locate and use the Distortion + or – buttons.
Most times, the problem of blurry images is easy to fix. You only need a detailed guide which we have provided in this article.
It is best to focus your projector’s image early during installation. Focusing increases the clarity of instruction texts on the screen, and this will help during setup.
If your efforts to correct the focus fail, we suggest you calibrate the lens, then try focusing again.
Gabriella ‘Diogo is a content writer with a vested interest in tech hardware and equipment. She shares her knowledge and processes in an easy-to-grasp, lighthearted style. When she’s not testing or researching device performance, you’ll find her writing short stories or rewatching episodes of her favorite sitcoms.