Canon expands its range of 4K installation projectors with the XEED 4K501ST
Stephan Jukic – July 22, 2016
Canon Europe has expanded its 4K installation projector range with the new launch of the XEED 4K501ST model projector, which is an upgrade to the XEED 4K500ST. The new device will be available as of October 2016 and comes with quite a wealth of robust features and specs built into it for assorted home and office uses.
For starters, this is a relatively compact (if rather boxy looking) and lightweight projector for simulation, design and exhibition uses being its primary areas of focus. However, the new projector does also offer up improved functionality options via HDMI 2.0 connectivity additions and 4K video playback through a single cable, thus making it possibly usable as a 4K home theater projector as well, even if this isn’t Canon’s primary focus with this model.
In basic terms, the XEED 4K501ST is built more with medical conferences, business and engineering conferences and interactive academic lecture procedures in mind instead of home entertainment.
The HDMI 2.0 connectivity of the 4K501ST offers up the capacity to deliver 4K video content at 60 frames per second smoothly while HDCP 2.2 support also comes hardwired into the projector for 4K media from a wide variety of commercial sources. Again, the inclusion of HDCP gives even more weight to this model’s usability as a home theater device if required.
In terms of its display specs, the 4K501ST is no slouch either, offering a maximum luminosity of a hefty 5000 lumens across its entire zoom range and an HD 4,096 X 2400 LCOS panel which allows for projection of content at a resolution which in fact exceeds that of most 4K digital cinema with its more commonly native resolution of either 3840 x 2160 pixels or 4096 x 2160 pixels (the standard Digital Cinema resolution for 4K).
Canon has also given the 4K501ST their AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical technology, which is designed to deliver what Canon claims is true reproduction of black areas with superior overall contrast ratios and enhanced viewing as a whole.
We should also note that Canon is claiming this to be a native 4K projector, meaning that the device delivers actual 4K resolution instead of just upscaled 4K from Full HD video sources as is the case with other projector models, particularly from JVC. Currently, the only true native 4K home theater projectors on the market belong exclusively to Sony in the company’s VPL line of models.
According to Andreas Herrnbock, European business development manager for visual communications at Canon Europe,
“The launch of the XEED 4K500ST last year marked a significant step in our journey to becoming the leading company in the 5,000-10,000 lumen 4K installation market. With today’s launch of the XEED 4K501ST, we are opening up further installation opportunities to cater for a wider range of applications to help us achieve this aim.”
Herrnbock also explained that the inclusion of advanced cutting edge 4K digital video technologies like HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 in particular, the company can provide users of the XEED 4K501ST with a solution that not only delivers excellent connectivity for varied installation and media needs but also does so with “exceptional brightness and resolution” in the hardware of the projector.
Canon hasn’t yet released a price tag for the XEED 4K501ST but the projector likely won’t be particularly affordable given its specs. It will however come with a guaranteed 3 year warranty on parts and lamps.
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