When it comes to making a big statement with video, it’s hard to deny: projection is still king. Sure, LED is becoming more and more accessible, but there are myriad applications where projection always has the upper hand. How else can you turn a listed building into a giant movable screen? Or bring the floor of the basketball arena to life for a pulsating pregame show?
To promote these unique experiences, manufacturers have pushed the boundaries of innovation with new projector models that are brighter and more efficient than ever. Below are some of the newest devices in this category.
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Barco’s new UDM-4K22 is designed to deliver immersive experiences in a light and compact form factor. With a brightness of 21,000 lumens, the projector offers a robust design, 4K resolution and a wide color spectrum and thus surpasses the Rec. 709 color space.
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Thanks to its configuration flexibility and the wide range of peripheral devices available, such as a motorized frame and the high-quality glass TLD + lens series, the UDM enables a variety of setups. Barco Pulse Single Step Processing technology handles warping, scaling and 4K UHD processing in just one step, resulting in sharper images, lower latency and less dark time. The UDM is also the first fully networked projector in the Barco range. The Barco Projector Management Suite dashboard and remote access to the log file make troubleshooting faster and more effective. Users can manage the brightness settings of a fleet of projectors and track operating conditions through a secured cloud-based platform and built-in 3G connectivity.
Canon REALIS WUX7000Z LCOS
The REALiS WUX7000Z LCOS projector combines long-lasting performance, high brightness and a wide range of interchangeable lens options and advanced functions in a compact design. With 7,000 lumens of brightness and native WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), the REALiS WUX7000Z is well suited for universities, corporate applications, advertising and marketing, places of worship, simulations and training courses, museums and galleries and more.
The laser light source provides 20,000 hours of continuous projection, and a vertical 360-degree rotation enables omnidirectional projection and portrait orientation. The REALiS WUX7000Z features a central lens design and is compatible with six original Canon interchangeable lenses for a variety of applications. Lenses include the RS-SL06UW Ultra Short Fixed Lens, which is compatible with Marginal Focus for accurate projection onto a curved surface and has a throw ratio of 0.54: 1.
Christie Griffyn 4K32-RGB
The Christie Griffyn 4K32-RGB combines Christie’s electronics that deliver native 4K at 120 Hz and the option to upgrade to 2K at 240 Hz or 480 Hz, and the company’s proprietary RGB laser lighting architecture with built-in cooling and a sealed optical path.
The Griffyn 4K32-RGB is the first Christie projector to offer digital convergence, allowing users to individually select red, green or blue and remotely adjust each color for precise image orientation. Griffyn 4K32-RGB produces an exceptionally wide color space, reaching over 96 percent of the Rec. 2020 color space for an immersive audience experience. Ready to illuminate any surface with 34,000 lumens while operating at full brightness at less than 46 dBA, the projector is designed for demanding applications in large venues.
Digital projection M-Vision 23000
According to the company, the new M-Vision 23000 projector from Digital Projection is the brightest single-chip DLP laser phosphor projector in the world. With 23,000 lumens of brightness, a contrast ratio of 10,000: 1 and direct red auxiliary lasers, the new M-Vision model offers bright three-chip imaging performance.
Using DP’s ColorBoost + Red Laser technology, this compact, lamp-free projector has been optimized to provide realistic Rec. 709 standard colorimetry at single-chip luminance levels. The M-Vision 23000 was developed to stand out in places with strong ambient light through sharp and color-accurate images. The M-Vision 23000 is capable of displaying 4K UHD with frame rates up to 60 Hz as well as HDMI 1.4b for side-by-side, frame packing and top-bottom 3D formats and is well suited for a Range of uses for large venues.
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Epson Pro L30000UNL
The Pro L30000UNL, Epson’s brightest, most technologically advanced projector to date, is designed to project content and engage audiences in large venues. The 3LCD Pro L30000UNL has native WUXGA resolution with 4K Enhancement Technology to deliver high-contrast, lifelike images with a brightness of 30,000 lumens.
The Pro L30000UNL offers a full range of features to withstand the rigors of stage and live events such as: B. a mechanical shutter, a sealed optical engine and compatibility with the lens family from Epson. The projector is also equipped with a built-in camera that gives users access to configuration tools and simplifies applications such as edge blending or stacking multiple projectors. The Pro L30000UNL from Epson is operated by a practically maintenance-free laser light source with up to 20,000 operating hours and combines high-quality graphics with a range of functions for high-performance applications.
The Optoma ProScene ZU720T is a compact fixed lens laser projector with 7,500 lumens of brightness and WUXGA resolution. The ZU720T offers 4K and HDR10 compatibility and a host of built-in installation functions, including image blending and distortion and four-corner correction for complex installations.
With its fixed, telecentric lens design, fully motorized lens shift and 1.8x manual zoom, the ZU720T offers the flexibility of interchangeable lens projectors in a compact all-in-one solution. As a short throw alternative, the Optoma ZU720TST offers the main features and benefits of its predecessor, including high brightness with 7,000 lumens, color precision and quiet operation, making it well suited for hallway digital signage, edge blending and projection mapping applications. Simulation and immersive installations.
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Panasonic’s PT-RQ35K is designed to deliver high quality images for the themed entertainment industry, offering 30,000 lumens of brightness and 4K (3840 x 2400) resolution quality in a small and lightweight form factor. The PT-RQ35K eases logistics and installation problems with several new features and workflow improvements, including intelligent projector control and near field communication. These functions make it easy to read and change basic projector setup functions without turning on the projector. The Remote Preview function enables users to check the content signal remotely via multimedia control software or a web browser. The PT-RQ35K series offers virtually 20,000 hours of maintenance-free 24/7 operation thanks to its filterless design for uninterrupted projection in a range of high-performance applications.
Sharp NEC PH series
The Sharp NEC PH series includes the 4K RB laser projectors PH3501QL (40,000 center lumens) and PH2601QL (30,000 center lumens). The flagship of the PH series uses both laser phosphor and RGB laser technologies to achieve advantages in terms of cost, operational efficiency and image quality.
The projectors combine high brightness, precise details and wide colors beyond Rec. 709 space with flexible installation for an immersive visual experience. The use of a red and blue laser light source goes beyond the color and brightness performance of conventional laser phosphor projection systems and delivers a bright image with high uniformity. The efficient light processing system has lower acquisition costs than RGB laser projectors and lower operating costs than xenon-based projection systems, since lamp and filter changes are avoided. The PH series is designed for permanent installations in multipurpose sports and event halls, theaters, museums and amusement parks, as well as for the most demanding mapping applications.
The Sony VPL-GTZ380 is a native 4K (4096 x 2160) SXRD projector with 10,000 lumens. The model combines high contrast and brightness as well as high dynamic range with a large color space to provide an immersive visual experience in almost any lighting condition, making it well suited for a wide variety of corporate, entertainment and simulation applications. Weighing in at 112 pounds, the flagship projector packs the latest technology into a small form factor for installation flexibility and quiet operation.
With a newly developed 0.74-inch native 4K SXRD panel, the VPL-GTZ380 offers detailed images with a high contrast ratio of 16,000: 1 that delivers deep blacks and enables the projector to be used in both light and dark environments . The VPL-GTZ380 achieves a large color space of 100 percent DCI-P3 without loss of brightness and supports HDR formats such as HDR 10 and HLG for more natural color reproduction.