Canon REALiS SX6000
SXGA+ Projector Review
February 20, 2013
SXGA+ Resolution. There are plenty of applications that call for both high-resolution display and a 4:3 aspect ratio, yet those projectors are getting harder to find. The SX6000 fills this niche, creating a bright, high-resolution image that is perfect for classrooms, museums, photography, and medical display. Some applications, like photography, require stronger black levels than the SX6000 is capable of producing, meaning that just because the resolution is a good fit does not mean the projector is, too.
The 4:3 aspect ratio can also be easier to use when you want to have multiple projectors on separate screens. Since widescreen projectors use up a large chunk of horizontal wall space, it becomes difficult to place several projectors side-by-side without making their images unusably small.
Interchangeable lenses. The SX6000 has four available lenses which cover a wide range of throw distances. Taken as a whole, the SX6000 can display a 100" diagonal image anywhere between 10.5 and about 48 feet. There is also an ultra short throw lens that can display that same 100" image from 5.6 feet, but it is a prime lens with no zoom capability.
Lens changes are more complicated on the SX6000 than they are on competing projectors, but lenses typically are not changed very often once one is installed to begin with. Since lens installation can be handled well in advance of the actual installation in the room, it is less of a concern for large corporate rollouts and more of a problem for small businesses who have to do it themselves.
DICOM SIM. The SX6000's DICOM SIM mode is meant to mirror the performance of DICOM display equipment used in medical imaging. While the SX6000 is not actually a DICOM monitor (hence the "SIM"), it does come with onboard calibration tools that make its DICOM SIM mode more comprehensive than those of other competing projectors.
High light output. At 6,000 lumens maximum, the SX6000 can light up a room even when ambient light is present. This makes it a good choice for a conference room or classroom where lights cannot be completely dimmed or a large screen size is required. The SX6000 is built around the idea of high light output -- to the point that the projector doesn't include a low power lamp mode at all.