It wasn't too long ago that Sony kind of introduced us to its inaugural Laser Light Source Projector with 3LCD technology, but now it's time for the company to let us know a little more about the device. For starters, Sony's officially dubbing it VPL-FHZ55, and it's also emphasizing that it's indeed the world's first laser projector to be powered by 3LCD imaging tech. Just as we'd heard back in January, the lamp-less VPL-FHZ55 can deliver 4,000 lumens of color light at a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,200, which Sony says should be more than enough steam to "deliver bright and vivid color reproduction." The VPL-FHZ55 is expected to be available later this August, however there's no word on how much you'll have to spend to add one of these to your setup. But, while we wait for those details to come to light, perhaps you'd be interested in perusing the gallery below.
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Sony unveils the world's first 3LCD laser light source projector
VPL-FHZ55 laser light source projector delivers WUXGA 4000 lumens colour light output and up to 20,000 hours maintenance-free operation.
Basingstoke, UK – June 3, 2013: Sony today launched its ground-breaking projection technology, based on a laser light source, to deliver a range of performance capabilities and eliminate many of the issues associated with conventional lamp-based projection. The VPL-FHZ55, is Sony's first lamp-less projector using 3LCD imaging technology to achieve 4,000 lumens of colour light output at WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), to deliver bright and vivid colour reproduction.
"Sony has always been about innovation, and this unique laser projection technology continues that tradition," commented Robert Meakin, Business and Education Product Manager, Sony Europe. "Our experience in projection is far-reaching, and we're applying that expertise to develop a solution for the future."
The new projector uses blue laser as its light source, which excites a phosphorous material that in turn creates white light. The white light is delivered to the 3LCD optical system, generating full-time, vibrant RGB colour through a colour splitting process. The resulting 4,000 lumen colour light output produces brightness sufficient for a range of commercial applications, unlike competitive models based on one-chip imager and hybrid light source technologies.
The VPL-FHZ55 projector expands Sony's efforts to achieve lower total cost of ownership and energy efficiency in its range of projectors. The projector offers virtually maintenance-free operation for up to 20,000* hours of expected light source, display device and filter use. The HG (mercury) free projector is packed with energy-saving features, including: Auto Light Dimming, which dims light output down to 5 per cent when left powered on without use; and Auto Brightness Adjustment, which eliminates unnecessary illumination when a dark picture is projected. In addition, the Constant Brightness mode allows users to maintain brightness throughout the expected 20,000 hour life by driving the projector at reduced light output.
The use of a laser light source also gives the projector instant "on/off" capability and "tilt- free" capability for seamless installation in nearly any setting or position. It also features horizontal and vertical lens shift with built-in edge-blending and geometric correction for flexibility and better commercial integration.
Robert Meakin added: "We work extensively with universities and businesses to understand the challenges they face when it comes to projection. One of the principal concerns across both sectors was downtime. Downtime can mean cancelled lectures or meetings and can be incredibly frustrating for all involved. Thanks to Sony's tried and tested 3LCD technology, the VPL-FHZ55 has no lamp. It, therefore, requires no maintenance and there is no risk of downtime. For additional reassurance, the VPL-FHZ55 is also backed up by a 5 year Prime Support Warranty."
The new model is planned for availability in August 2013. For more information, visit www.pro.sony.eu/projectors.
* When using Constant Brightness Mode with Auto Light Dimming feature enabled. Actual hours may vary depending on usage environment.