Sony today launched its new projection technology, based on a laser light source, to deliver a range of performance capabilities and eliminate many of the issues associated with conventional lamp-based projection.
The VPL-FHZ55, is Sony's first lamp-less projector using 3LCD imaging technology to achieve 4,000 lumens of colour light output at WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), to deliver bright and vivid colour reproduction.
The new projector uses blue laser as its light source, which excites a phosphorous material that in turn creates white light. The white light is delivered to the 3LCD optical system, generating full-time RGB colour through a colour splitting process. The resulting 4,000 lumen colour light output produces brightness sufficient for a range of commercial applications.
The projector offers virtually maintenance-free operation for up to 20,000 hours of expected light source, display device and filter use. The HG (mercury) free projector is packed with energy-saving features, including: Auto Light Dimming, which dims light output down to 5 per cent when left powered on without use; and Auto Brightness Adjustment, which eliminates unnecessary illumination when a dark picture is projected. In addition, the Constant Brightness mode allows users to maintain brightness throughout the expected 20,000 hour life by driving the projector at reduced light output.
The use of a laser light source also gives the projector instant "on/off" capability and "tilt- free" capability for installation in nearly any setting or position. It also features horizontal and vertical lens shift with built-in edge-blending and geometric correction for flexibility and better commercial integration.
The new model is planned for availability in August 2013.