At InfoComm 2013, Sony showed what it says is its next-generation projection technology, based on a laser light source, not a hybrid light engine. This Sony laser projector, VPL-FHZ55, is Sony’s first lamp-less projector to use 3LCD imaging technology and achieve 4,000 lumens of color light output at WUXGA resolution (1920×1200), to deliver bright and vivid color reproduction.
The new projector uses blue laser as its light source, which excites a phosphorous material that in turn creates white light. The white light is delivered to the 3LCD optical system, generating full-time, vibrant RGB color through a color splitting process. The resulting 4,000 lumen color light output produces brightness sufficient for a range of commercial applications, unlike competitive models based on one-chip imager and hybrid light source technologies.
Sony claims the VPL-FHZ55 projector offers virtually maintenance-free operation for up to 20,000 hours of expected light source, display device and filter use (when using Constant Brightness Mode with Auto Light Dimming feature enabled. Actual hours may vary depending on usage environment.)
The HG (mercury) free projector includes many energy-saving features, including: Auto Light Dimming, which dims light output down to 5 percent when left powered on without use; and Auto Brightness Adjustment, which eliminates unnecessary illumination when a dark picture is projected; and Constant Brightness Mode, which allows users to maintain brightness throughout the expected 20,000 hour life by driving the projector at reduced light output.
The use of a laser light source also gives the projector instant “on/off” capability and “tilt- free” capability for seamless installation in nearly any setting or position.
The laser light source projector VPL-FHZ55 is planned for availability in August 2013 and all the specs are here.