updated 12:20 pm EDT, Tue June 3, 2008
Canon REALiS projectors
Canon this morning launched two new projectors to add to its flagship REALiS line that make use of liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) technology with the REALiS WUX10, and REALiS SX80. The WUX10 becomes the company's top-of-the-line offering in the category; at just 0.7 inches, the WUX10's three LCoS panels are the smallest in any projector with a 1920x1200 (WUXGA) native resolution.
Both new products feature Canon's new optical engine, AISYS, that more uniformly disperses the light from the lamp to provide gains in brightness, contrast, resolution and compact packaging. Canon's new 1.5x powered zoom / focus lenses are found in either REALiS projector, the 10:0 lens offset of which makes it less necessary to turn to the Auto Setup feature where tilting or keystone correction (up to 20 percent on each) can be performed.
The WUX10 is rated at 3200 lumens brightness and 1000:1 contrast ratio, while its 16:10 aspect ratio can show the entire wide screen of a Mac or PC. The size of the image the WUX10 is capable or projecting ranges from 40 to 300 inches. Inputs include DVI-I, HDMI, RCA, VGA, D-Sub9 (IBM PC video, UPS), and three RCA audio inputs as well as an RJ-45 network jack. The output side includes one RCA audio output and a VGA port.
The SX80 achieves a maximum resolution of 1400x1050 pixels (SXGA+) thanks to its three 0.55-inch LCoS panels, with the company claiming it's the world's first to offer PictBridge connectivity (though it shares that honor with the WUX10) that allows it to display images and video originating from devices such as digital cameras or USB and Flash drives via a USB connection, not requiring a computer. With 3000 lumens brightness and a 900:1 contrast ratio, the SX80 sports a standard 4:3 aspect ratio and shares the same type and amount of inputs and outputs as the WUX10.
The WUX10 is scheduled for an October, 2008 release, priced at nearly $13,000. The SX80 will launch later in June and carry a $4,000 sticker.