Our favorite intermediate class LCD projector - Panasonic PT-VW440U
We like it. It's bright - 4800 lumens, great color accuracy, wide-format projection, it has an HDMI input, and it's reasonably-priced.
It's easy for people who sell products for a living to get excited about something they sell, but just 5 years ago, we were excited about another projector that was just as much of a relative bargain by comparison to what was out there at the time.
At the end of 2007, my own church needed new projectors and Sanyo had just introduced the PLC-XU48. 3000 ANSI lumens, and an analog VGA interface. 3000 lumens for $1699?! At half of what we would have paid the year before for something similar, we said "we'll take two!" They're still doing a nice job for us on 6x8' screens. At the time, the PLC-XU48 was one of the brighter ultraportable projectors, a class of machines that were more typically used in a boardroom than a worship space, but that's what we could afford. And as it turned out, they were exactly what we needed.
As we approach the end of 2013, I'm hoping to get another year or two out of those old Sanyos (and expect that we will). But if I were choosing a new projector today, the Panasonic PT-VW440U would get my vote.
You can read specs until you're fully informed (or confused), but let me tell you why I'd pick it. First...