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Sony Uncorks Two 4K Laser Projectors

Sony Electronics announced its new VPL-GTZ270 and VPL-GTZ280 4K (4096×2160) laser projectors for large-format viewing.

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Sony Delivers Two New 4K Laser Projection Options for Large-format Viewing

New 5,000 lumen models expand the immersive experience: one targets planetariums, theme parks, retail, and museums; the other flight simulation, visualization, and training

PARK RIDGE, N.J., June 2, 2015 — Sony is adding two new models to its line of projectors that combine 4K imaging with a laser light source.

The new projectors are the VPL- GTZ270, designed for entertainment use including planetariums, theme parks, museums and retail; and the VPL- GTZ280 for simulation, visualization and training.

Both 5,000 lumen models have native SXRDTM 4K (4096×2160) resolution, and join Sony’s  VPL-GTZ1 model to create a family of versatile 4K laser light source projectors  designed for a range of B2B and commercial applications. Both can also operate in 4K 3D mode.

Like all Sony laser projectors, the VPL-GTZ270 and the VPL-GTZ280 are designed to deliver up to 20,000 hours of operation with virtually zero maintenance (up to 40,000 hours in low brightness mode) without the need for a lamp exchange, translating to a substantial savings in time and money and reducing the costs normally associated with bulb replacement. This also means staff can avoid the risk of climbing scaffolding and ladders to perform maintenance on lamps and filters.

Constant brightness mode and periodic auto calibration further 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 quiet with operational noise of less than 35dB. The new projectors offer flexible installation options with complete tilt angle free capabilities including clockwise or counterclockwise, portrait or landscape orientation, forward or back.

The VPL-GTZ270 is designed to create an immersive reality viewing experience in the entertainment market, with image enhancement functions including “Reality Creation” upscaling and compatibility with High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, giving users the ability to view the entire range of an image accurately and clearly. 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.

The following is planned availability for the two new projectors:

VPL- GTZ270 – 1st Quarter 2016

VPL- GTZ280 – 2nd Quarter 2016

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