New Sanyo “4LCD” Projector Released

The new Sanyo PLC-XP200L has a newly developed optical system that includes a new color wrinkle… yellow. LCD systems have previously been built with 3 panels – 1 of each red, green, and blue. The new panels introduce bright, sunshine yellow. Here is a drawing of the new engine :

Why add a yellow panel?

To make a long story short – to improve color accuracy. Because of the way LCD technology works there can be a shortcoming of red and yellow in some images. This is related to the short-arc lamps which favor blue and green over yellow and red. Adding the yellow panel helps to bolster those colors in the image produced. (see the whitepaper for more on this) Here is a visual for you :

Side-by-side comparison of images projected with new 4LCD technology (left) and 3LCD technology (right)

How Interesting!

This was a new one for me, so I thought I would pull out a tiny bit from the whitepaper I keep mentioning and share it with you here. Here’s the blurb :

Would it surprise you to know your eyes are not equally sensitive to all colors? The 1931 CIE chart shows exactly that, expressing human color sensitivity to 59% green (with some yellow added), 30% red, and 11% blue. The NTSC color television systems developed in the 1950s uses this exact same weighted system – 59G+30R+11B – to carry the signals from transmitter to home. [ source : Sanyo 4LCD whitepaper ]

Who Wants Perfect Color?

Not all users are super particular about color, but in some industries color is an integral part of their business. Here are a few examples of those to whom accurate color is an imperative :

  • Packaging and industrial design
  • Cosmetics
  • Broadcast and post-production
  • Medicine and diagnostics
  • Computer-generated graphics and 3D
  • Simulators

You can probably guess who color is so important to users in these markets. But as an example, here is another blurb from the whitepaper about the importance of color for users in the medical profession :

There are subtle color shading differences in everything from CAT scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) displays to microphotography of cells and pharmaceutical compounds. Imaging systems that make use of reds and yellows to indicate heat or cell activity benefit from expanded color gamut spaces.

Blood and tissue analysis also requires expanded color gamut capacity in the yellow and red spectrum, particularly when diagnosing tumors or irregular cell structures, which may otherwise appear
identical to healthy tissue in early stages of development.

What does it all mean to projector buyers who are not reliant on perfect color? Essentially, a projector with better color and more definition in gray areas. And technology marches on.

The Sanyo PLC-XP200L

Sanyo PLC-XP200L

The new Sanyo PLC-XP200L is an installation projector that features new 4LCD. It’s designed for large venues with a sun-like 7000 lumens of brightness and still maintains an impressive 2200:1 contrast ratio for it’s class. It also has a 3-year warranty. This projector does not include a lens which is common in installation projectors of this kind because it allows users flexibility in the installation.

Read more about 4LCD technology in this Sanyo 4LCD whitepaper.

Projector People at Infocomm 2008 – Day One

Cool New Stuff : PP at Infocomm 2008

Projector People has a team of technology investigators that are scouring the showroom floor looking for the hottest new products and ideas in projection technology. Here are a few quick notes. We should have photos and more information in future posts. Whenever possible we will link to other tech sites covering the technology too.

Sanyo Introduces 4LCD

new Sanyo 4LCD

You may have heard of 3LCD technology which is employed in about every LCD projector we carry. The 3LCD panel includes, as you would guess, 3 different panels. One green, one red, and one blue, which through some wizardry create the color you see on screen.

Well new 4LCD from Sanyo does color one better. Sanyo has added a yellow and green layered panel to compliment the red and blue panels which produces about 20% more shades of red and green color than is possible with 3LCD. The image, it is reported, should look more like a CRT monitor than it will a 3-chip DLP projector.

Sounds cool, but what’s the catch? Currently the panel is only available on one very high end Sanyo projector. The Sanyo PLC-XP200L is not exactly portable at 25 lbs., but it packs a wallop with 7000 ANSI lumens of brightness and should produce some great looking rich, saturated images.

The Sanyo PLC-XP200L projector is expected to ship in September and has a MSRP of $9,999. [ Read more here ]

Canon Projectors Even More Photographer Friendly : Add PictBridge

new Canon projector with PictBridge

Already a popular choice for photographers, Canon has added a feature that is sure to please professional picture takers. The new Canon REALiS SX80 will include a USB input that supports PictBridge connectivity. Just plug your digital camera into the projector to display your photos. No computer required. The SX80 uses LCoS technology, has native SXGA+(1400×1050) resolution, and is expected to list for $3,999.

Also new from Canon is the REALiS WUX10 which is reported to be the world’s first WUXGA resolution (1920×1200) projector. List price is expected to be about $12,999

[ read more here ]

New Up-Lifting Screen from Elite

new Canon projector with PictBridge

Elite screen manufacturers are the first screen company to develop a screen (called the Kestrel) that rises up out of its case. Partly sweet for it’s cool factor (your 84-100 inch screen rising up out of your cabinet), but also a nice option for home owners with high ceilings who don’t want to drop the screen from a great distance, and who want to keep their walls looking clean and modern. List price looks to be about $1,599.

Also new from Elite, the Mirage, a high gain whiteboard that comes in sizes of 60,80, and 96 inches. More on this later.

That’s all for now! But stay tuned for more from our roving reports on the floor at Infocomm 2008!