Sony Announces Two New 4K Laser Projectors

sony laserSony is adding two new models to its line of  4K Laser projectors. The first new projector is the VPL- GTZ270, geared towards entertainment venues such as planetariums, theme parks, and museums. The second new model is the VPL- GTZ280, which is designed for simulation, visualization and training.

Both 5,000 lumen models have native SXRD 4K (4096×2160) resolution and can also operate in 4K 3D mode. Features include constant brightness mode and periodic auto calibration, which contribute to longer life operation. The projectors’ SXRD panel also creates a deep black image with reduced white band visibility for multi-projection blending.

Both models have sealed optics for dust-resistance in high-traffic areas, and run at a quiet 35dB. Installation options include complete tilt angle free capabilities (clockwise or counterclockwise, portrait or landscape orientation, forward or back).

The VPL-GTZ270 boasts image enhancement functions including “Reality Creation” upscaling and compatibility with High Dynamic Range (HDR) content. A wide color space covers the full DCI range and simulates the new ITU-R BT2020 color gamut. A new chassis design enables easy handling and stacking of multiple projectors.

The VPL-GTZ280 uses high-speed motion functions and new high-speed 4K 120Hz signal processing capability for 4K3D 60Hz left eye/right eye and reducing blur in fast motion scenes, in addition to smear and transport delay reduction, infrared light output for night vision stimulation and vibration resistance.

Availability for the VPL-GTZ270 and the VPL-GTZ280 is expected 1H2016. Pricing has not been announced.

PMA Research has been following the laser projector market for some time now. Since mainstream and high-end laser projectors started shipping a few years ago, the market has doubled each year. PMA expects that trend to continue for at least the next few years as more manufacturers enter this market.