Sony has introduced five new medium- and high-brightness laser projectors that are sure to be in the crosshairs for the K-12/higher education, worship, conference room, museum, sports bar, and other markets that need punchy pictures in ambient light environments.
All the the new projectors, which are on display in Sony's virtual booth at Projection Expo 2020, are 3LCD models courtesy of Sony's late-generation BrightEra chips, and all except one offer WUXGA (1920x1200) high-definition native resolution. They range in rated brigthness from 5,000 to 13,000 ANSI lumens.
Additionally, Sony is promoting a new short-throw zoom lens option for the three models that accept interchangable lenses.
At the top of the new models is the VPL-FHZ131L ($23,000), with WUXGA resolution and 13,000 ANSI lumens. To fit a wide range of installs, Sony offers a choice of seven bayonet-mount lenses, starting with the new VPLL-Z4017 short throw zoom with a 0.75-0.94:1 throw ratio, and ranging up to the VPLL-Z4045 zoom with 5.56-7.50 throw ratio. Notably, the VPL-FHZ131L offers what is said to be the industry's widest lens shift, up to +107% vertical depending on lens selection. Lens memories are also available when the VPLL-Z4111 zoom lens is in use.
The VPL-FHZ131L's Z-Phosphor laser light engine has a life of 20,000 hours, and the projector is said to deliver 100% of the sRBG color gamut (essentially the same as Rec.709). Notably, Sony includes the Intelligent Settings feature first introduced in its VPL-FHZ70/FHZ75 6,000/7,000 lumen installation projectors, which speeds setup with presets that adjust several key color, power, detail and noise parameters based on the type of installation environment. Installers can select the "Classroom" or "Museum" option, for example, and either leave it as is or do additional adjustments to further customize the setting. Like those earlier models, the projector includes Sony's Reality Creation technology for enhancing image detail.
Two more new models, the VPL-FHZ101L at 10,000 lumens ($20,000), and the VPL-FHZ91L at 9,000 lumens ($17,000), offer essentially the same features with lower brightness.
Two smaller laser models, both with 5,000 ANSI lumens, are targeted more at small-to-mid size classroom/lecture-hall and conference room installations. The WUXGA-resolution VPL-PHZ12 ($4,000; $2,499 street) which has been recognized with a Projection Expo 2020 Best of Show Award, is an update to Sony's popular VPL-PHZ10. It adds the Intelligent Setting feature to that model's compact form factor, flexible 1.45x zoom lens with vertical and horizontal shift, HDBaseT connectivity, and excellent image quality from a trio of 0.76-inch LCD panels.
The VPL-CWZ10, with WXGA (1280x800) resolution ($2,700; $1,599 street), was also honored with a Projection Expo 2020 Best of Show Award due to its compact form factor. At just 12.57 × 14.61 × 3.94 inches (LWH) and 12.6 pounds, it is said to be 40% smaller and 35% lighter than other 3LCD models in its brightness class. Set-up is facilitated with a 1.6x zoom lens and both vertical and horizontal keystone correction. There's a built-in 16-watt speaker as well.
All the new models are either available now or shipping imminently from leading projector resellers.