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Sanyo Projectors Show Two Images at Once

Sanyo North America Corp. has introduced four new WXGA-format projectors to the U.S. market. Targeting environments such as large conference rooms, lecture halls, and digital signage applications, the PLC-WM5500 (with standard zoom lens) and PLC-WM500L (with optional lens) have a brightness of 5,500 ANSI lumens.

Sanyo North America Corp. has introduced four new WXGA-format projectors to the U.S. market. Targeting environments such as large conference rooms, lecture halls, and digital signage applications, the PLC-WM5500 (with standard zoom lens) and PLC-WM500L (with optional lens) have a brightness of 5,500 ANSI lumens. The PLC-VM4500 (with standard lens) and the PLC-WM4500L (with optional lens) offer 4,500 ANSI lumens. Each projector features two new modes that enable the simultaneous presentation of two images. All four projectors use WXGA panels in 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio, with 1280x800 resolution, allowing for the display of more information than typically possible with 4:3 XGA panels and 1024x768 resolution, according to the company.

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Picture-by-Picture Mode allows the display of two images in fixed screen locations of equal size. Picture-in-Picture mode displays an inset image within the full-frame image, with size and position of the smaller image specified by the operator. In either mode, video material can be displayed adjacent to an accompanying slide show, for example, or live videoconferencing can be displayed alongside a video presentation viewed by all conference participants.

"Within their wide aspect ratio and new functions, like our Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, [these new projectors] provide users with not only a larger display palette, but the ability to simultaneously display in more than one format," said Sam Malik, vice president and general manager of the presentations technology group in Sanyo North America's Consumer Solutions Division, in a statement. "Further, their high brightness levels mean they can be used [in] a wide of ambient lighting conditions and environments, including very large spaces."

Each projector includes an HDMI 1.3 input as well as a DVI-D, Composite video, RGB D-sub 15, Video/Y-Pb/Cb-Pr/Cr (both BNC and RCA) and S-video inputs. A Power Vertical/Horizontal Lens Shift control facilitates image alignment to the screen without moving the projector, and Sanyo's Lens Centering Design is meant to simplify installation. The WM5500 and WM4500 models have remote controllable power zoom and focus, and both WM5500 models have a corner keystone correction function to eliminate geometric distortion resulting from projector placement at an angle to the screen. A mechanical shutter assembly provides a convenient method of stopping light projection on the screen. When required, the projectors can display an image on floors or ceilings through a vertical 360-degree tilt angle projection capability, says the company.

The PLC-WM5500 and PLC-WM4500L have a scheduled availability of July 2010 at $5,645 and $4,095, respectively. The PLC-WM4500 should be available in August for $4,545, and the PLC-WM5500L is expected to be available in June for $4,995.



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