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Press Release  |  Feb 20, 2002

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Announces S490 ColorView Projector That Offers High-End Features With SVGA Value

IRVINE, Calif., February 20, 2002 — Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Products Division, maker of award-winning, high-quality presentation and display products, today announces the S490 ColorView projector, the only SVGA projector available on the market today with over 2500 ANSI lumens. An economical alternative to XGA projectors, Mitsubishi Digital's S490 ColorView unites the features and functionality of XGA at an SVGA price.

"It's perfect for churches, auditoriums, and other large venues that project simpler applications and don't need XGA resolution," said James Chan, director, projector product marketing, Mitsubishi Digital. "It's also the only SVGA projector available in the market today with over 2500 ANSI lumens."

Other features of the S490 include sRGB-compliance along with Mitsubishi's patented and award-winning ColorView™ Natural Color Matrix, a sophisticated IRIS® (Intelligent Room Illumination Sensor) control, and Smart Hub network connectivity, making it on par with XGA projectors.

The S490 has a unique combination of features that make it an economic, versatile presentation tool in today's projector industry. Known for its color excellence, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics offers its customers ultimate color control and consistency. When colors are reproduced more accurately, presenters are confident in expressing their ideas, creating more dynamic, vibrant, and influential presentations.

Along with the S490, all of Mitsubishi's projectors include its unique ColorView Natural Color Matrix, an award-winning, patented color algorithm that enables truer, more accurate, and more realistic colors for computer graphics and video displays. Offering presenters the easiest way to manipulate and adjust colors, ColorView's most important feature is its six-axis color control function. Unlike any other projector, both display (RGB) and print (CMY) color palettes can be independently adjusted like a graphic equalizer, offering presenters ultimate flexibility in creating more accurate colors and realistic images.

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics is the first projector manufacturer to offer sRGB Color Profile in its projectors, including the S490. The sRGB color standard allows presenters to match their displays without a complicated calibration process—as long as the sRGB profile is selected on the computer and the projector when creating colorful presentations, what one sees on his or her monitor will be the same as the image projected through the S490. A Microsoft®-endorsed color standard, the sRBG Color Profile is based upon IEC Color Profile 61966-2-1 that reproduces the same natural color tones as most CRT phosphor-based color displays, as well as display devices such as LCD monitors, digital cameras, laptops, printers, and other sRGB-compliant products. Flesh tones and natural colors are realistic and vibrant on both computer and video displays, as a result of sRGB colors.

Mitsubishi Digital has always been known for its video and television technology expertise. Now, along with excellent video quality, Mitsubishi Digital also offers its sophisticated IRIS control on the S490, and all its new LCD projectors. IRIS automatically senses room brightness and instantly adjusts the projector's contrast and image controls to create the best image under the detected lighting conditions. If a window shade opens, a light is turned on (or off), or unforeseen changes occur in a rooms' brightness, IRIS allows the user to be confident that his or her presentation will maintain its clarity and picture image integrity, automatically.

The S490 Smart Hub networking capability exemplifies the convergence of information technology with audio-visual prowess. It allows users the flexibility to share files from within a network by allowing itself to be connected actively to a network, or host its own network all by itself. Unlike other projectors, up to five users can simultaneously connect to the S490 through Mitsubishi's unique hub feature and Microsoft Windows® NetBEUI protocol or Apple Computer's AppleTalk®. By sharing files, users can leave their laptops at home or at their desks and access their presentation files on site. And like an electronic white board, they can enjoy print-on-demand convenience, directly from the projector site, before, during, or at the close of the presentation. Presenters can offer their audience hard copies, even if they are modified during the meeting, right from the network.


The S490 is a 3-panel poly-silicon, Micro-Lens Array LCD projector that supports SVGA native resolution with compressed XGA, and over 16.7 million colors; provides 2,600 ANSI lumens in brightness, has a contrast ratio of 400:1, a powered zoom lens, keystone correction, and remote control. At less than 16 pounds, the S490 is perfect for desktop or installed applications in corporate board rooms, schools, auditoriums, churches and hotels. Optional long and short throw lenses for more demanding conditions will also be available.

The S490 has an estimated street price of $5995 and comes with a three-year warranty on parts and labor plus a 90-day warranty on the lamp, as well as Express Replacement Assistance (ERA) Program, a comprehensive service provided for units that offers next business-day replacement for down units when or where available, for two years.

About Mitsubishi Presentation Products Division

Mitsubishi Presentation Products Division, a division of Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., markets an extensive line of presentation and display products and is known for its award-winning, high-quality, accurate color reproduction technology. Products are sold through authorized distributors, resellers and dealers throughout the United States. Mitsubishi Presentation Products is located at 9351 Jeronimo Road, Irvine, Calif., 92618. For more information, please call 888-880-6351 or visit

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Nancy Napurski
Lionheart Communications