Sony has announced its cheapest 4K projector, the VPL-VW285ES, boasting a “full” resolution 3,840×2,160 and HDR compatibility.
The $ 5,000 projector features the company’s “Light-Up Display” for a wider color gamut and a lamp life of up to 6,000 hours. According to Sony, the VW285 comes with an Enhanced Iris that can also increase contrast.
The VPL-VW285ES is not the cheapest 4K projector you can get. Optoma recently announced its UHD60 at $ 2,000, though the cheaper non-4K model actually includes an upgraded 2,716×1,528 micro-mirror.
To get the most out of HDR content, any display must be as bright as possible but Sony is only capable of 1,500 lumens. For comparison, Optoma can reach 3,000 lumens.
Sony also announced the VPL-VW885ES with a “laser light source” and a brightness of 2,000 lumens at a relative price of $ 25,000.
While the $ 5,000 VPL-VW285ES is capable of displaying images up to an impressive 200 inches, the projector category still lags behind TVs both in their HDR capabilities and the ability to view in well-lit rooms. That said, this latest model could be the starting point as far as affordability is concerned. Surely now the video walls are not that far away.
UK and Australia availability has yet to be announced, although you can expect prices to be around £ 5,000 and AU $ 10,000 respectively.