Canon has unveiled its latest high-end projector, touted as a powerful and flexible unit for professional presentations.
The WUX4000 is the latest model in Canon's XEED projector range, and comes with a native WUXGA 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution and a brightness of 4,000 lumens.
The device has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and is capable of displaying 1080p full HD content, and has DVI and HDMI cables for output. The projector can be connected directly to a network or controlled using a remote handset.
The remote can be programmed to operate on one of four infrared channels, allowing multiple WUX4000 projectors to be controlled independently in the same room, or on all four channels simultaneously, Canon said.
The WUX4000 can be fitted with three lenses: a standard zoom (RS-IL01ST), a long zoom (RS-IL02LZ) and a fixed-focus wide angle (RS-IL03WF).
Canon is marketing the device as its most flexible projector to date, as it can operate in a wide range of installation environments. The modular design, meanwhile, simplifies maintenance by allowing customers to replace certain optical filters without extensive dismantling.
A motorised horizontal and vertical lens shift allows the projected image to be repositioned without a reduction in image quality, Canon claimed.
The device can be installed without having to precisely align the lens axis with the centre of the screen, the firm said, meaning that obstructions such as light fittings or air conditioning outlets will not hamper installation. The projector can also be installed vertically, enabling direct projection onto a floor or ceiling, the manufacturer added.
A Quiet Mode allows the WUX4000 to operate at 36dBA, and the lamp has a claimed lifespan of up to 4,000 hours.
Julian Rutland, visual communication products and solutions director at Canon Europe, described the WUX4000 as an important entry into the high-resolution installation projector market.
"The WUX4000 offers levels of image quality and brightness that rival higher priced WUXGA installation products lack, providing resellers and integrators with a real alternative in this highly competitive market segment," he said.
"Initial feedback received during our recent partner briefings has been extremely positive, suggesting that this is the kind of product that many resellers have been waiting for."
Pricing is expected to be confirmed early next year. The WUX4000 will be available to buy across Europe from April 2011.
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