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Sony announces two new 4K laser projectors for large-format viewing

Sony has launched two 4K laser projectors for entertainment uses that will be available from early next year.

Sony has launched two 4K laser projectors for entertainment uses that will be available from early next year. The VPL-GTZ270 and VPL-GTZ280 follow the launches of the four laser and lamp mid-brightness projectors earlier this month and will expand Sony’s line-up of 4K laser light source projectors.

The VPL-GTZ270 targets planetariums, theme parks and museums and the VPL-GTZ280 is aimed at simulation, visualisation and training usage. Both are 5,000 lumen models and have native SXRDTM 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution, and join Sony’s VPL-GTZ1 model designed for a range of B2B and commercial applications.

The new projectors aim to deliver up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation and reduce the cost of ownership by removing the costs associated with bulb replacement. Constant brightness mode and periodic auto calibration also contribute to longer life operation. The projectors’ SXRD panel also creates a deep black image with reduced white band visibility for multi-projection blending.

Both models have sealed optics for dust-resistance when used in high-traffic areas, and run quietly with operational noise of less than 35dB. The new projectors also offer flexible installation options with tilt angle free capabilities.

The VPL-GTZ270 has a range of image enhancement functions including “Reality Creation” upscaling and High Dynamic Range (HDR) capability, giving users the ability to view the entire range of an image accurately and clearly. A wide colour space covers the full DCI range and simulates the new ITU-R BT2020 colour gamut.

The VPL-GTZ280 uses high-speed motion functions and new high-speed 4K 120Hz signal processing capability for 4K 3D 60Hz in each eye and reduces blur in fast motion scenes. In addition to smear and transport delay reduction, it has infrared light output for night vision simulation and vibration resistance.

The new VPL- GTZ270 will be available in January 2016 and the VPL- GTZ280 in March 2016.