Canon has shown a new LCOS projector, with resolution above DCI-4k (4096 x 2400), which will be launched in Q1’16. Specifications are still being finalised.
Named the XEED 4K500ST, the unit is an installation model designed for simulation, medical imaging and engineering. Canon has built its own Aspectual Illumination System into the model, to improve contrast ratio. The lamp consumes 470W in Eco Mode, provides 5,000 lumens of brightness and will last up to 4,000 hours. The lamp is covered by Canon’s three-year warranty.
A wide zoom lens is supplied with the projector, enabling a short throw ratio. The lens also makes the projector capable of projecting images onto curved screens (blending is also supported). Canon claims that the 4K500ST is the only projector of its kind with a constant aperture across the zoom range: it maintains an aperture of F2.6, meaning that brightness remains constant at all zoom levels.
The 4K500ST weighs 17.6kg, which Canon says makes it the world’s lightest DCI-4k projector. It is also intended to be compact, for installation in multiple environments.