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Canon REALiS WUX500 Review

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2000:1 Contrast Ratio
5000 Lumens
$3,250 Street Price
$4,099 MSRP


Price: The WUX500 is priced somewhat higher than competing units with the same 1920x1200 resolution, and similar lumen output and weight specs. However, it has features such as edge blending and picture in picture that the others may not have. And if you need to use the long end of the throw, you don't need to up-spec the lumens to get the same level of brightness. If these things are of value to you, then the higher price is justifiable. If not, it may not be.

24p Judder: Since there is no frame interpolation circuitry in the WUX500, some judder can be observed in certain slow-panning 24p movie scenes.

No Power Zoom/Focus: The WUX500 has manual zoom, focus, and lens shift adjustments.

Single HDMI Input: Although there is a DVI input in addition to one HDMI input, it would have been helpful to have a second HDMI input given that interface's popularity.

No 3-D: The WUX500 has no 3-D capability.

High Altitude Fan Noise: Kicking the WUX500 into its high altitude mode substantially increases fan noise, and it is not particularly quiet to begin with. The good news is that the spec calls for this mode to be activated only at altitudes above 7,500 feet.


The Canon WUX500 is a solid new offering in high brightness, relatively compact WUXGA projectors. The long 1.8x zoom provides a key competitive advantage in that it does not lose up to 40% of its light at the long end. The WUX500 is priced a bit higher than some competing units but it has features the others do not have. If those features are keys to the success of your installation, the WUX500 may be the ideal solution for you.

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Comments (1) Post a Comment
Prae Thian Posted Jul 23, 2015 8:12 PM PST
From what I can see it looks like a reasonable option for a living room projector although currently priced a bit higher than I would like.

In Eco mode, is the sound from the fans smooth or harsh?

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