Canon REALiS SX6000
SXGA+ Projector Review
February 20, 2013
Difficult lens installation. Most projectors with interchangeable lenses use some variant of a "bayonet" mount system, where you insert a lens into the case and twist to lock it in place. These systems have the advantage of being tool-free and typically make it easy to swap lenses without unmounting the projector, should that need arise for some reason.
The SX6000 uses a different, more complex lens attachment system. Lens installation involves the partial disassembly of the projector (the lamp cover must be opened and the top cover removed) and the removal of eleven screws, eight of which are not captive -- meaning they come completely free of the projector and could be lost or misplaced. There's also a cable that must be connected from lens to projector in order to engage the lens's powered adjustments. While lens changes are not usually a common occurrence once a projector is installed, other projectors have managed to make the process much easier than it is on the SX6000. For support staff who have many projectors to roll out, this may significantly increase install time.
No Eco-mode. Eco-mode, also called low lamp mode or low power mode, reduces lamp power (usually by about 20-30%) and usually increases lamp life as well. However, the SX6000 does not include this option. As such, there is no way to reduce lamp power on the SX6000. Instead, users must select different image modes to reduce brightness when required.
Expensive lamp replacements. The SX6000 uses a single lamp to create its 6000 lumens, and as such that lamp is placed under an immense strain throughout its operational life. Lamp life is estimated at 3,000 hours, and lamp replacements cost $579. Several competing projectors produce the same amount of light but have replacement lamps that cost up to $200 less. Over time, this can add up.
Black level. The SX6000 is certainly better than its predecessors when it comes to black levels, but it does not deliver home theater performance in this regard. So it is not the strongest choice for the display of photography or movies.