Ilse Jurriën : February 22th 2006 - 14:00 CET
Canon Xeed SX6 projector
Canon Xeed SX6 : Canon today launches a new projector: the flagship Xeed SX6. Building on the success of the award winning Xeed SX50, the new model continues the tradition of offering seamless LCOS projection in a compact body at a remarkable price point, achieved through Canon’s Advanced AISYS Optical System. The new Canon projector incorporates greater automatic functionality, increased brightness and quieter operation. The Xeed SX6 tops the Xeed range, with specifications making it suitable for large-scale, professional projection. “Canon has further advanced its projector technologies to create a complete Xeed range, designed to meet the needs of demanding users.” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe.|
Canon Xeed SX6 projector |
The Xeed SX6 projector uses LCOS panels to deliver seamless, lattice-free images. The Canon Xeed SX6 model offer native SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution to produce pin-sharp, highly detailed images. The Advanced AISYS technology in the latest Canon Xeed projector offers a high contrast ratio of 1000:1 - providing rich, deep tones and true blacks in dark areas. With a powerful 3500 lumens, the Xeed SX6 is capable of projecting very bright images even in large venues, such as exhibition halls, or in environments with high ambient light levels.
Canon Xeed SX6 - LCOS panels
Three LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) panels - red, green and blue - allow the Xeed projector to produce smooth picture quality. 90% of panel surface area is active, compared to the 60% (approx.) of typical LCD panels: gaps between the transmissive LCD pixels used in conventional projectors result in images appearing as though covered in a fine mesh. With virtually no gaps between the pixels of LCOS panels, images produced are seamless: diagonal lines, fine details and text in presentations are reproduced with outstanding clarity. The liquid crystals allow LCOS projectors to reproduce fine gradients across the entire brightness range, ensuring subtle gradations are rendered clearly with exceptionally smooth grey scale displays.
Canon SX6 projector - AISYS technology
To overcome the cumbersome size and high cost of traditional LCOS projectors, Canon developed AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System), a unique optical illumination system incorporating LCOS technology into a remarkably compact body. By optimizing the light from the projector’s lamp in relation to the characteristics of the LCOS panels and PBSs (Polarization Beam Splitter), AISYS achieves a lightweight and compact chassis without compromising on brightness and contrast. AISYS not only reduces the size of Xeed projectors, but by integrating Canon’s unique technologies and LCOS panels into a single optimised system, it also overcomes the complications facing other LCOS projectors. With smaller, more effective components and fewer complications, Canon is able to offer the Xeed projectors at a low price.
Canon SX6 projector - Automated functions
Set-up and control of the new Canon Xeed model has been made easier with a host of automated functions. The Auto Focus system measures the throw distance, projection angle and ambient temperature and sets the focus to the optimum position. Automatic Keystone Correction is available on the vertical axis, correcting trapezium distortion up to +/–20 degrees. (Manual correction is also possible on both the vertical and horizontal axes.) With Auto Input selection the projector automatically detects the active input terminal and configures itself accordingly. Auto Screen Colour correction compensates for the colour of the projection surface to deliver a natural colour scheme. Frame Lock ensures correct synchronisation between computer and projector when presenting animated slide shows, eliminating interference and horizontal banding.
Canon Xeed SX6 - Lens excellence & HDCP support
The powered 1.7x zoom lens can be adjusted via remote control, and allows for flexible placement of the projector - achieving strong magnification with little distortion throughout the zoom range. The wide angle projection capability permits large image projection, even from short throw distances. The lens coating prevents ghosting and flare, maintaining optimum image quality. Furthermore, a reduction in fan noise has been achieved, the projector achieves 31dBA in Quiet Mode. With native SXGA+ resolution, the Xeed SX6 is fully capable of projecting High Definition (720p/1080i) images. The Canon Xeed projector is equipped with a DVI (Digital Visual Interface) port with HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compatibility, ensuring that even encrypted digital content is displayed with exceptionally high quality.
Canon Xeed SX6 - Off and Go’ function & sRGB
The new Xeed model features an ‘Off and Go’ function, to reduce waiting time once the projector has been turned off. When the power is switched off, the AC mains cable can be removed straight away, as the projector uses a built-in energy reserve to run the fans for its shut down cycle. In addition to providing outstanding value for the quality offered, the Xeed SX6 is also economical to run - in Quiet Mode the lamp has an ultra-long life of up to 4000 hours. Furthermore, the Canon SX6 projector features an sRGB mode, ensuring colour consistency with other sRGB compliant systems. The Xeed SX6 also supports Adobe RGB, to give designers and photographic professionals confidence that their colours will be projected accurately across a wider colour space. The Xeed SX6 will be available from mid May 2006. Pricing is to be confirmed.
Canon Xeed SX6 - Features
• LCOS panels and Advanced AISYS Optical System
• Powerful output: 3500 lumens
• SXGA+ resolution
• Canon powered wide-angle 1.7x zoom projection lens
• Highly automatic setup and control: Auto Vertical Keystone Correction, Auto Focus
• Auto Screen Colour Correction, Auto Frame Lock, Auto Input Selection
• Price tags remarkably small for the quality offered
• Optional Network Adapter RS-NA01
• Multilingual interface; the projectors’ menu system supports 20 different languages