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Canon REALiS WUX10 High Resolution
Multi-purpose Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, February 4, 2009

Powered zoom/focus with Auto Adjust. In terms of ease of use, powered zoom and focus stands head and shoulders above the manual variety, especially in a portable projector. However, Canon took things one step further by including Auto Adjust. With the push of a single button, the WUX10 will evaluate its surroundings and automatically adjust focus, keystone, and active input in a matter of seconds. When you have an audience waiting for you, seconds can count, and the WUX10 saves you quite a few of them.

The auto-keystone on the WUX10 works by evaluating the angle of the projector's body, not by "looking" at the screen - so if your projector is level but your screen is canted, you will get an accurate focus, but an inaccurate keystone adjustment.

Keystone correction on the WUX10 is very clean. When displaying a spreadsheet full of information, engaging keystone did not detract from legibility in any way. That said, when displaying native 1920x1200 content, many people would prefer to avoid keystone correction. In this case, there is an option in the menu system to disable the keystone correction portion of the Auto Adjust function, so the WUX10 will only check for the active input and adjust the focus.

Versatile zoom. The WUX10 has a 1.45:1 powered zoom lens, which is impressive for this class of projector. The added range allows the user some extra flexibility in placement when installing, or allows for a variety of image sizes at a given throw distance.

Great video performance. The WUX10 was not designed as a home theater projector, but it is a very capable video projector. Our testing showed it to be a solid performer when using 1080p/60 Blu-ray content. It is not spec'd to be compatible with a 1080p/24 signal, and if you feed it 24p you'll see quite a bit of frame tearing. But as discussed elsewhere on this site, 1080p/60 introduces less motion judder than 24p when displaying a 24 fps source like Blu-ray anyway. So the lack of 24p compatibility is not significant.


Moderate contrast. When we last talked about projectors for photography, we primarily spoke about 1080p home theater projectors due to their relatively low cost and high contrast. The WUX10 has a stated 1000:1 contrast ratio, which is quite low by home theater standards. However, in a room with low to moderate levels of ambient light, the WUX10's 3200 lumens are of primary importance, while its 1000:1 contrast almost ceases to matter. Since projectors cannot project black, but merely an absence of white, any light in the room destroys on-screen contrast ratios. High lumen output is the only thing that can create contrast in these situations, and the WUX10 has lumens to spare. For its intended purpose, the WUX10 has plenty of contrast sparkle. Believe it or not, when placed next to the Epson Home Cinema 6500UB (rated at 75,000:1 contrast), even low levels of ambient light in the room will make the Canon WUX10 appear to be the more brilliant and higher in contrast of the two projectors.

No lens shift. Lens shift makes it easier to set up a projector in difficult situations with which presenters sometimes have to cope. The WUX10 does not have lens shift, so you will need to take care to ensure that the projector is parallel to the screen and more or less centered horizontally. And while lens shift would have been useful on the WUX10, adding it may have increased the size, weight, and cost of the projector.

Weak onboard sound. The WUX10's audio performance is not commensurate with its video performance. The WUX10 has an onboard 1.0-watt mono speaker, which is usable in only one situation - when you are in a small room and don't need very good sound. If you have a need for anything other than minimal audio, plan to use an external audio system.


Canon's WUX10 is a fine example of a high-resolution data, graphics, and video projector. It puts out close to 3000 lumens and produces a clean, sharp image with plenty of pop. And it can even handle high definition film and video, if you want to take it home on the weekends.

Canon's WUX10 is quite an accomplishment. It is an easily portable, super high resolution projector that can handle almost any signal you throw in its direction without breaking a sweat. It gives a new, attractive option to medical presenters, photographers, engineers, architects, museums, professors, and a myriad of other people and organizations who need brightness, high resolution, and excellent color balance, all in a portable package. It is easy to give this one 5 stars for performance. We are giving it 4 stars for value only because there is less expensive competition out there in WUXGA resolution that offers more robust onboard audio and lens shift. However, it remains to be seen whether the competition can match the brilliance and balance of the image produced by the Canon WUXG10. As a follow up to this review, we will be doing a shoot-out between the Canon and its primary competitors.

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Comments (2) Post a Comment
Tom Posted Feb 5, 2009 6:06 PM PST
Very good review. Thank you. I am wondering how noisy it is. Is there a db rating?
LeButler Posted Mar 2, 2009 2:15 AM PST
Could you include the Dell 7609WU in the forthcoming shoot-out please? The WUX10 is a little late to market - but does have some advantages over the cheaper Dell.

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