Canon introduces new compact installation projectors

Canon U.S.A., Inc. has introduced a new multimedia projector category that combines the picture quality of larger installation projectors with the convenience of portable models. Known as Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) Projectors, the new product category consists of the Canon REALiS WUX450, REALiS WUX400ST, REALiS WX520, and REALiS WX450ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors. All are under 14 lbs. each.

The new Canon REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WX520 projectors offer placement flexibility with their lens that delivers a consistent fixed aperture of f/2.8 allowing for no light loss across its 1.8x zoom range.

Designed for short-throw use, the new Canon REALiS WUX400ST and REALiS WX450ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors are equipped with a 1.35x zoom lens with horizontal and vertical lens-shift adjustability for distortion-free image quality in environments where the projector must be located close to the screen or display surface.

The REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WUX400ST provide WUXGA (1920 x1200) resolution imagery with 4500 and 4000 lumens of brightness, respectively. The REALiS WX520 and REALiS WX450ST provide WXGA+ (1440 x 900) resolution imagery with 5200 and 4500 lumens, respectively. All models deliver a 2000:1 contrast ratio, 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio images, connectivity and management controls, image-processing and edge-blending capabilities, energy efficiency, and a lower total cost of ownership as compared to previous models.

Approximately 25 percent smaller than previous Canon Pro AV Series projectors, the new projectors feature a new heat-exhaust design and a flat chassis which allows for a wide variety of installation-placement choices. Optional feet can be installed on the top of each projector for inverted ceiling-type mounts. Two units can be stacked to double light output, yet still fit into a compact space. The 1.8x zoom lens built into the REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WX520 includes a mechanical lens-shift feature for increased installation flexibility, enabling both projectors to be installed vertically, pointing up or downwards.

Networking features include a content-streaming capability, which allows one or more PCs to connect to a projector over a standard LAN to share content. The NMPJ (Network Multi Projection) system has the ability to display content from four different PC’s on a single screen. The NMPJ system allows for video streaming (without audio) through the LAN to the projector in four ways:

  • Meeting mode – to share a participant’s screen with everyone (or share between remote sites via the Internet).
  • Classroom mode – allows an instructor to select which PC screen to project; up to four PC screens can be shown simultaneously.
  • Broadcast mode – images can be projected at multiple sites simultaneously.
  • Direct mode – enables a projector to be connected directly to a PC using a LAN cable.

Input terminals on the projectors include a USB port for “PC-less” presentations of JPEGs and other content directly from a thumb drive or other USB-equipped flash-memory data storage device (and for firmware updates). Other inputs include DVI, component video, HDMI, and two mini-jack audio inputs. A Picture-by-Picture Processor allows for the simultaneous use of HDMI and DVI in split-screen mode. A 5-watt mono speaker is built-in for audio playback without peripheral components.

Price and Availability

The new Canon REALiS WUX450, REALiS WUX450 D, REALiS WX520, and REALiS WX520 D Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors have suggested list prices of $5,499.00, $6,199.00, $4,999.000 and $5,699.00, respectively. All are expected to be available through authorized Canon dealers by September 2013.

The new Canon REALiS WUX400ST, REALiS WUX400ST D, REALiS WX520ST and REALiS WX450ST D Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors have suggested list prices of $6,899.00, $7,499.00, $6,299.00 and $6,899.00, and are expected to be available by September 2013.

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