ViewSonic has announced a new Full HD home theatre projector — the successor to the Viewsonic Precision Pro8100. The $1999 ViewSonic Pro8200 uses a DLP colour wheel system instead of the Pro8100's internal LCD screen.
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The new Pro8200 uses a seven-segment DLP colour wheel and claims lifelike colour reproduction, using a Pixelworks PW980 video processor that allows 10-bit colour processing as well as a range of other visual enhancements. The Viewsonic Pro8200 is rated at 2000 lumens in its maximum brightness mode, but an eco-friendly mode can also be enabled to cut brightness and extend the projector's lamp life to 6000 hours. A high 4000:1 static contrast ratio means the Viewsonic Pro8200 is suitable for home theatre use.
The ViewSonic Pro8200 has two HDMI inputs as well as legacy analog connectors and a serial port for home automation. Lens shift is available on the 1.5x zoom lens which is manually focused.
The Pro8200 will be available by the end of February.