Canon’s first 4K UHD projector, the new Realis 4K500ST Pro AV LCOS goes on sale in April

by on December 2, 2015

Stephan Jukic – December 2, 2015

In a market mostly dominated by 4K projectors from Sony (mostly for home and pro cinema projectors) and Christie (institutional and corporate presentations), a fresh dose of important competition is now coming from Canon USA with its first ever 4K projector the Realis 4K500ST Pro AV LCOS.

Canon’s new projector will be available to select customers as of April, 2016 and according to Canon, the exceptionally high (above 4K UHD) resolution of the new Realis 4K500ST Pro will make it a superb tool for situations in which immersive simulations are needed.

For that reason and some others, this won’t be just another “ordinary” 4K Projector and will instead also offer a native “True” 4K resolution of 4,096 x 2400 pixels, several hundred thousand more pixels in total than 4K UHD at 3840 x 2160 and even more total pixels than typical DCI (digital cinema) 4K at 4096 x 2160 pixels.

According to Canon USA President and COO Yuichi Ishizuka, “Demand for 4K projection display continues to rapidly expand and Canon has responded by developing a unique model that combines 4K resolution and high brightness in a compact form factor.”

And speaking of that brightness, the REALiS 4K500ST Pro offers it at a very powerful 5000 lumens, which is considerably more than what we’ve seen in most of Sony’s digital home theater 4K projectors. This massive brightness factor is designed to ensure that images generated by the 4K500ST Pro can stay in focus and clear even when generated across large domed surfaces.

On the other hand, the 4K500ST Pro comes with a highly efficient design which allows it to provide this brightness without giant lamps or a heavy-duty cooling system. As such, it’s quite light and compact, weighing a total of only 38.8 lbs or roughly as  much as a mid-sized 4K UHD TV.

At 4,096 x 2400 pixels the display resolution of the 4K500ST Pro goes even beyond the DCI 4K maximum shown in the above image

At 4,096 x 2400 pixels the display resolution of the 4K500ST Pro goes even beyond the DCI 4K maximum shown in the above image

Furthermore, the projector comes with a 4K short-focus wide zoom with a throw ratio of 1.0 to 1.3:1 and can thus project a 10 foot wide image from a distance of about 10 feet while still maintaining an excellent level of brightness and a deep, rich contrast ratio of 2,500:1.

There are also some optional extra features enabled for the REALiS 4K500ST Pro. These include:

Three different modes for motion blur reduction during fast action content,

Dynamic gamma which analyzes individual sections of the displayed image for contrast adjustments

A memory color correction technology which enhances a range of colors for maximum realism and high vibrancy where warranted.

Additionally, the REALiS 4K500ST Pro comes with four DVI ports along with two HDMI 2.0 inputs while also being able to project video in 2K and Full HD resolutions, aside from its native 4K resolution.

Of course, with all these features and specs, the REALiS 4K500ST Pro won’t be a cheap device either and it’s definitely designed for institutional users instead of home theater customers. The price tag suggested for its April release sits at about $54,990.

Readers who want to take a look at even more details about the new Canon REALiS 4K500ST Pro AV LCOS projector should also check out Canon’s website or this press release from the company.

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