Sony Adds More Laser-Phosphor Projector Models, Including Portable Ones

Sony is expanding its range of laser light source (Z-Phosphor) projectors by introducing two new LaserLite models aimed at making laser technology more cost-effective for the installation market. Aimed at commercial applications, including classrooms and meeting rooms, the new VPL-PHZ10 (WUXGA) and VPL-PWZ10 (WXGA) projectors bring the benefits of laser technology — image quality, color reproduction and virtually zero-maintenance — to customers who previously may have only been able to experience lamp-based projection.

The new fixed wide zoom lens models provide users with a lower-cost, high-quality option for installing laser projections in rooms traditionally geared toward lamp-based technology. The new projectors’ light source have a total constant brightness of 4500 lumens for up to 12,000 hours depending on usage environment, enabling users to experience the projectors’ original level of image quality over five years in standard use, while achieving a maximum 5,000 lumens of brightness when the constant brightness mode is off.

With these two new introductions, Sony’s laser-based professional projector family now grows to a total of 11 models, with lumen levels starting at 2,000 and resolutions ranging from WXGA, WUXGA up to 4K.

The new projectors inherit many features from Sony’s existing laser models such as BrightEra 3LCD panel technology, which reproduces red, green and blue components of an image separately to ensure natural-looking and vivid colors. The new models are designed to deliver enhanced picture quality with features such as “Reality Creation,” a technology already in use by Sony’s home theater projection systems for high-end consumer entertainment. The Reality Creation engine analyzes and processes every input signal to refine detail, clarity and sharpness for naturally up-scaled images. This provides higher-resolution perspective, even in the lower-resolution WXGA series. The Contrast Enhancer feature expands the perceived dynamic range of the signal by refining light and dark areas of the image in real-time.

Sony’s laser light source means there’s no lamp that needs to slowly warm up or cool down, no lamp to limit tilt angle and no trade-off between high brightness and high resolution. The laser projectors are designed for up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, depending on the usage environment, which contributes to reducing users’ total cost of ownership.

Planned pricing and availability: VPL-PHZ10 (WUXGA), June, $3,000 and the VPL-PWZ10 (WXGA), August, $2,200. Here are all the specs.