Canon ships three new LCoS projectors

At InfoComm, Canon announced that its second generation of front projectors using Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) projection technology began shipping. The projectors were first announced earlier this year, and rely on three reflective LCD panels to display images (unlike LCD projectors, which use three transmissive LCD panels).

The three models follow the company's first LCoS release, the Realis SX50. Two of the three units--the US$6999 Realis SX6 and the US$5999 Realis SX60 provide high SXGA+ resolution, while the third, the US$3999 Realis X600, offers XGA resolution.

"Our push with LCoS is high-resolution 1400 by 1050," explains Canon technical marketing and sales training manager Ricardo Chen. "We can do native widescreen. SXGA+--and, with LcoS, we can get higher contrasts and no screen door effect, as you find with transmissive LCDs. And because it's an LCD panel, you can pack more pixels into the panel, and get better uniformity of the image."

The two high-resolution models are aimed at users who are running laptops and desktops at high-resolution and widescreen aspect ratios. The units can accept native 1080p video over its DVI input, with some compression; they can handle 720p video natively.

The new models have auto-sensing capabilities to detect whether the image is coming from a PC or a DVD player, and to change the optimization settings accordingly. And they have a color management system built-in, for better color reproduction.

Each of the new models is targeting a different market. The SX6 is aimed at the photography market, and includes an Adobe RGB filter as a menu choice, so you can achieve that color space for displaying brilliant digital still images. The SX60 has HDCP-compliant DVI input, and is intended for use in a home theater, and has a cinema filter to increase the contrast ratio of the unit and to balance the color to better match film. The SX60 also has a lower brightness (2500 lumens, to the SX6 and X600's 3500 lumens), which in turn makes the unit quieter and increases the lamp life. The X600 down-sizes the maximum resolution you can get from LcoS panels to XGA, to optimize the unit for use in business settings where XGA-resolution notebooks are still the norm.

Each of the three models weighs in at just over 10 pounds, making them appropriate for fixed room installations, or moving about within a company--but not for toting on the road.

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