A new 4K (3840x2160) laser projector—the UHZ50—has been released by Optoma. With an estimated street price of $2,799, the UHZ50 is among the least expensive 4K laser home theater projectors available rated for at least 3,000 ANSI lumens. (Only the dual-purpose ViewSonic LS700-4K, a less-advanced projector that we reviewed in 2020, costs less.)

Optoma UHZ50 NPA product

The UHZ50 uses Optoma's DuraCore laser technology, which guarantees no maintenance and a light source life of up to 30,000 hours in Eco mode—not to mention no costly lamp replacements. As mentioned, the projector is rated for 3,000 ANSI lumens and a contrast ratio of 2,500,000:1, presumably with Optoma's Dynamic Black function enabled that adjusts brightness output based upon what's happening in each frame. It has a 1.3x zoom and four-corner keystone correction.

Optoma CinemaX P2
4K Home Theater Projector

An enhanced gaming mode provides low input lag, one of the most important things in a gaming projector. With a 4K/60Hz signal there's a 16 ms input lag time, and that can get as low as 4 ms with a 1080p/240Hz signal. The projector has two HDMI 2.0 ports (both with HDCP 2.2 support, one with eARC), so 4K/120Hz isn't supported.

Optoma UHZ50 NPA lifestyle

Included with the UHZ50 is built-in streaming support. If you already have your own streaming, or have a preferred streaming OS, two USB ports on the back can supply power. Additionally, videos and pictures can be shared wirelessly over 5GHz Wi-Fi via the Optoma Creative Cast app.

HDR10 and HLG are both supported with 100% coverage of both Rec. 709 and the DCI-P3 wide color gamut. A HDR brightness mode adjustment allows you to fine tune the setting for the source material being watched.

The Optoma UHZ50 is available now for $2,799.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Optoma UHZ50 projector page.

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Comments (16) Post a Comment
Benevolent Posted Nov 1, 2021 9:53 AM PST
When should we expect to see HDMI 2.1 4K 120Hz with VRR Freesync premium support in a projector with 16 ms or less input lag? There are a lot of games on Xbox Series X that support this.
John Higgins Posted Nov 1, 2021 11:28 AM PST
Maybe an announcement of a low-input lag 4K/120Hz projector at CES (if we do see one I'd expect a price around $3,000, or maybe more). And we're just starting to see VRR-supported projectors (the Acer GD711 will support VRR, but only at 1080p resolution I believe). Hopefully more of those soon.
Mike J Posted Nov 1, 2021 12:54 PM PST
When can we expect a review?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Nov 2, 2021 9:02 AM PST
We are expecting to receive a sample soon but can't peg a timeframe for a finished review until we get it. It's an important projector so we'd like to get it out as soon as we can.
Grodnyc Posted Nov 2, 2021 9:11 AM PST
Will this have lens zoom memory for a widescreen setup?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Nov 2, 2021 9:23 AM PST
Manual zoom on this projector, so no lens memories.
Yug Posted Nov 2, 2021 10:32 AM PST
From reviewing the user manual, low latency gaming mode is only available on the HDMI 1 input, and Pure Motion (CFI) only on HDMI 3. So unless your receiver has two HDMI outputs, this is going to be a lot of manual switching. Or am I missing something?
Anyhony Posted Nov 2, 2021 11:54 AM PST
Are they finally going to include HDMI-CEC? Don’t understand why they’re so allergic to it!
Yug Posted Nov 2, 2021 12:43 PM PST
CEC? Yep, from the manual:

When you connect HDMI CEC-compatible devices to the projector with HDMI cables, you can control them on the same power on or power off status using the HDMI Link control feature in the projector’s OSD. This lets one device or multiple devices in a group power on or power off via HDMI Link Feature in a typical configuration, your DVD player may be connected to the projector through an amplifier or home theater system.
Christoph Posted Nov 3, 2021 6:30 PM PST
Specs sound impressive. These built into a UST projector would be amazing.
Greg Posted Nov 4, 2021 4:23 PM PST
Will this have an RGB colorwheel like the P2?
Mike Posted Nov 4, 2021 4:26 PM PST
Downloaded the manual and noticed an RF Emitter Port for VESA 3D which is great news for 3D fans. High lumens coupled with the the superior VESA 3D format (don’t loose sync like DLP-Link sometimes do) should result in a fantastic 3D experience. Nice to see Optoma bringing it back for this 4K projector. Looking forward to the review.
Jipp Posted Nov 7, 2021 10:01 AM PST
Looks like the noise level is roughly the same as the UHD30? Can anyone confirm how it sounds? No have the UHD30 and the noise (even on eco) drives me nuts!! :(
Jose Luis Posted Nov 9, 2021 1:52 PM PST
Will this new laser projector use the new DMD from Ti (DLP471TE DMD) chip? I read improvements in the black level control:

"The major differentiation of this chip, in addition to its very small size, is the increasing degree rotation of the mirrors from the last 12 ± ° of DC4 to ± 17 °, which will surely increase and black levels which is the Achilles heel of this technology."
Jose Luis Posted Nov 11, 2021 9:34 AM PST
I think that this laser technology needs two color/phosphor wheels, unlike the two-laser system from LG that use only one "mirrors" wheel, in relation to the rainbow effect related to DLP technology.
Vishu Posted Nov 26, 2021 7:23 PM PST
How does the 3D viewing campare with viewsonic LS 700 4K?

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