Fujifilm has announced plans to release the FP-Z8000 projector with a folded two-axis rotatable lens intended for use in spatial design installations at art galleries, museums, and other commercial display spaces.
The FP-Z8000 will join the FP-Z5000 (keep an eye out for an upcoming ProjectorCentral review) as Fujifilm's second projector release. As with the Z5000, the Z8000 has a two-axis rotatable ultra-short throw lens that greatly increases its placement flexibility over other UST projectors currently on the market. The lens can moved to direct the image up, down, left, right, and towards the front or rear without having to move the actual projector. This allows for an image to easily be projected on the ceiling or floor. Orientation can also be changed from landscape to portrait by simply rotating the lens. Even without moving the lens, the Z8000 has lens-shift capability of up to 70 percent vertically and 35 percent horizontally.
The laser light engine outputs up to 8,000 ANSI lumens—3,000 more than the FP-Z5000—providing enough brightness for situations with high ambient light. And with a size of only 18.1 x 6.4 x 20 inches (HxWxD) and weight of 41.8 pounds, it's primed to be the smallest projector at that brightness with a throw ratio of 0.4 or below.
Included with the FP-Z8000 is a geometric correction function that corrects any distortion resulting from projecting an image on a curved surface. It also supports edge blending to combine images from multiple FP-Z8000 units, creating a single, large projected image.
Since the FP-Z8000 is still in development, final connection specifications are unavailable, but it is expected to include an HDMI port that will accept 4K signals and achieve up to 1080p (1920x1080) resolution. DisplayPort and 3G-SDI should also be on board. The FP-Z8000 is expected to hit the market at the beginning of 2021 and will come in both black and white.