Sony Unveils Pair Of WUXGA 3LCD Projectors For Pro Applications
Sony Electronics’ professional products department introduced Monday a pair of 3LCD laser projectors with WUXGA resolution for combined brightness and efficiency benefits.
Sony projector models VPL-FHZ85 and VPL-FHZ80 are said to provide installation flexibility and advanced operational capabilities, while the VPL-FHZ85’s size and weight make it the smallest and lightest in the company’s “mid-range projector class.”
Sony said the new models, which will be available starting in January at prices to be announced later, offer a wide range of applications and uses but are primarily targeted at corporate, education, faith and e-sports user communities.
The VPL-FHZ85 and VPL-FHZ80 incorporate a number of improved picture quality benefits, include peak brightness of up to 7,300 lumens (8,000 lumens center) for the VPL-FHZ85 and up to 6,000 (6,500 lumens center) peak lumens for the VPL-FHZ80. Both units are said to be capable of “rich imagery in demanding lighting conditions and environments.”
“As we continue to bring more robust and purpose-built projection solutions to market, we’ve addressed our customers’ struggle to find options that provide both brightness and exceptional image quality,” stated Theresa Alesso, Sony Electronics Pro Division President. “With the VPL-FHZ85’s 8,000 lumens center, we’ve done just that, while building on Sony’s legacy developing feature-rich laser projectors that are easy to install, operate and maintain, all while presenting an optimal, authentic picture.”
Both models also features Sony’s Reality Creation signal processing, mapping and analysis technology for sharp, natural-appearing imagery of content originated from diverse native resolution levels.
Both new models support 4K/60P input for compatibility with 4K video sources, Sony said. The Reality Creation processing is able to enhance the overall sharpness, resolution and quality to fit the WUXGA (1920 x 1200) native pixel count, including readable graphics and text material.
A new Reality Text feature is said to produce clearer letters and lines for enhanced legibility.
The projectors also feature advanced Intelligent Settings to optimize images to the usage environment, and the addition of customized Bright View functionality enables colors with consistently well-maintained contrast and saturation, even in brightly lit rooms, Sony said.
To that effect, a new “Ambiance” feature automatically measures the room’s brightness using an ambient light sensor, and further calibrates the Bright View, color gain and Reality Creation settings accordingly.
Additionally, the new models offer an automated filter cleaning system and an efficient cooling system to ensure long-term, reliable and low-maintenance operation.
The designs for each model were intended to blend-in with the surroundings while accommodating a range of lenses with up to 70% wide vertical lens shift, providing great versatility for diverse installation and usage environments, as well as mounting configurations, the company said.
In addition, the projectors provide flexibility of input support with ports provided for USB power supply to enable wireless presentations, auto power-on, auto input selection and a data cloning feature that allows a user to copy a projector’s settings onto a USB drive for easy replication to additional projectors.
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By Greg Tarr
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