LAS VEGAS, USA (AVING Special Report on 'infoComm 2008') -- <Visual News> Sony displayed its LCD compact projector 'VPL-E' series at the infoComm08 in Las Vegas.
Sony is expanding its family of entry-level LCD front projectors with four new models, including its first compact widescreen version. Each is designed for commercial applications, and specifically suited for use in classrooms and conference rooms.
The new projectors represent the latest generation of Sony's VPL-E series. They range from the VPL-EX50 model with 2500 lumens to the VPL-EW5 widescreen, VPL-EX5 and VPL-ES5 models all with 2000 lumens each.
The VPL-EX50 and VPL-EX5 models offer native XGA 1024 by 768 resolution, while the VPL-ES5 unit features SVGA 800 by 600 resolution. For widescreen projection, the VPL-EW5 model has WXGA 1280 by 800 resolution. The design of each model's body shape broadens towards the front, and each automatically projects images upwards on the screen, requiring minimal tilt adjustment.
Each projector comes equipped with a short focal-length lens that allows large-screen projection from a very short distance, ideal for smaller meeting rooms or classrooms. For example, an 80-inch image can be projected from a distance of approximately 7.5 feet by the VPL-EX50, VPL-EX5 and VPL-ES5 models, and 8.2 feet by the VPL-EW5 projector.
The new projectors use a combination of two imaging technologies. First, 3LCD technology is designed to make projected images brighter and more natural. The technology provides high light transmission, excellent color reproduction and smooth gradients in dark areas. It even helps to prevent color break-up.
Complementing this in the VPL-EX50, VPL-EX5 and VPL-EW5 models is Sony's BrightEra technology, which is based on an inorganic alignment layer that produces a stronger bonding of molecules. This makes the panel more resistant to damage from UV rays and increases light resistance. As a result, brightness and panel reliability are increased.
The projectors allow presentations to begin quickly and end just as fast. The time from power-up to display of the first image is only about four seconds. When finished, presenters can use Sony's 'Off-and-Go' feature to simply turn the projector off and unplug the AC power cord, without waiting for the fan to turn off.
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