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Canon unveils new compact laser projector

The LX-MU500Z is aimed specifically at academic institutions and corporate environments.

Canon Europe has launched the LX-MU500Z compact laser installation projector. The new model includes 5,000 lumens, native WUXGA resolution, DLP panel technology and 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

The WUXGA resolution (1,920 x 1,200) delivers a sharp image output with easy-to-read text, and smooth graphics and video. This native resolution is advantageous for clear and impressive presentations, as well as digital signage and entertainment environments. High-quality DLP technology removes the lattice effect found on traditional LCD projectors. The high 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio allows deep, pure colours and a true reproduction of black areas, creating an enhanced viewing experience.

The LX-MU500Z is compact and lightweight, making it easy to install or move around, even in challenging installation spaces. With a laser light source, the LX-MU500Z does not need to be moved to replace consumables. Operating as quietly as 35dB, it can be installed in the quietest of environments to provide distraction free projection.

For ease in any 360-degree orientation, the LX-MU500Z has a large lens shift of +/-50%, portrait projection and four corner keystone correction. This means that at whatever angle it is installed, even off axis, its images and geometry can be corrected. The LX-MU500Z comes with HDBaseT, a standard for transmitting HD images, audio and control signals over long distances and a CAT5e cable can be used, spanning up to 100m. These features ensure the LX-MU500Z can be installed in any venue with long-range projection requirements, such as large conference rooms or lecture halls. The built-in LAN port can be leveraged for monitoring and control. This is particularly beneficial for resource-restricted education establishments as it enables IT staff to easily diagnose faults – saving time and expense on maintenance.

With five image modes and two definable user models, all projected media is accurately reproduced – vital for detailed technical or medical teaching presentations. The LX-MU500Z is also capable of receiving various types of 3D signal, permitting clear and immersive 3D content to be displayed. This can add a new dimension to creative installations or presentations in lecture rooms.

The LX-MU500Z leverages a blue laser diode and yellow phosphor wheel, which can last up to 20,000 hours; significantly longer than lamp-based light sources. With no parts to replace, the LX-MU500Z is easy to maintain and inexpensive to run. Costs for the LX-MU500Z are further controlled by an instant on/off light source and reduced power consumption in both normal and standby mode. Should the LX-MU500Z develop a fault, a free replacement will be provided the next day under Canon’s long-term five-year warranty. This limits downtime and reduces the total cost of ownership.