Epson said Monday that it is now shipping “the world’s first native 4K 3LCD 12,000-lumen laser projector.”

The Epson Pro L12000QNL, which was originally introduced at Infocom in 2018, is designed for large-venue applications and delivers 3840 x 2160p native resolution using a 6 micrometer pixel-pitch panel designed by Epson for Ultra HD event applications.

The projector is designed for commerical and institutionall applications and will be out of reach for most consumer applications, but it illustrates the progress Epson is making in bringing native 4K Ultra HD resolution into the projector space.

The company’s 4K 3LCD projectors, like most consumer DLP projectors from competitors, use pixel-shifting technology on native 1080p chips to produce what to the eye appears to be 4K UHD resolution. But the Epson Pro L12000QNL offers true 3840 x 2160p pixel resolution from a 3LCD package for enhanced picture quality on very large screen sizes.

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The L20000QNL features a “compact form factor” in a choice of black or white colors, the company said.

Epson said the Pro L12000QNL outputs 12,000 lumens according to the company’s preferrred measurment standard for color/white brightness. The contrast ratio is listed at 2,500,000:1, and the projector’s laser light engine and electrostatic air filter were designed for low maintenance-free operation for up to 20,000 hours.

The L12000QNL features two interface slots supporting a wide range of inputs for flexible connectivity including 12G SDI and DisplayPort inputs. Other features include a mechanical shutter and a sealed optical engine to withstand harsh live event conditions, Epson said.

To assist in projector setup, the Epson L12000QNL has built-in cameras for advanced projection capabilities. Epson said the projector offers seamless multi-projector displays with Tile Assist that simplifies big screen projections by automatically compensating for overlapping areas and corner positions. In addition, an auto-color adjustment function detects color inconsistencies between multiple projectors allowing the Pro L12000QNL to automatically correct color.

The Epson Pro L12000QNL is compatible with Epson’s existing Pro L lens family including a .35 zero-offset ultra short-throw lens for added installation flexibility. The free Epson Projector Professional Tool (EPPT) software simplifies the setup of multiple Epson networked Pro L projectors from both Windows and macOS devices.

Additional features include:

• High brightness output from a compact, 4K resolution, large-venue projector
• A sealed light source and optical engine for durability for live events and fixed installations
• Advanced tools like tiling assist, Edge Blending and auto-color adjustment for fast installation; free software for multi-projector setup
• Support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) via HDR10 (PQ) and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and up BT.709 color gamut coverage
• Mechanical shutter to protect against damage from external laser lights
• Wide lens shift – from an optimized lens and optical engine design.

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By Greg Tarr

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