Epson released a new HD projector today that's a bit late to the game but does successfully fall below the $800 mark, though just barely. The PowerLite Home Cinema 700 sports numerous features and works hard to keep it high-end for a fairly reasonable price tag.
This projector is 720p and features a 3LCD lamp that can output at 2,000 lumens. It is equipped with a 1.2x zoom lens and can project up to 28.6-feet away with an image size of up to 270 inches. Interestingly enough, this model is being sold as a computer projector and uses a VGA adapter to receive PC input. HDMI, RCA and S-video jacks are also included, as are a USB port and an SD card slot.
A sub 4-inch viewing screen is about the perfect size for mobile devices, the 3.5-inch Iphone rides just right in my pocket and has plenty of real estate for casual gaming and browsing though emails. If I were to wish for an improvement, the viewing angle could have done better; something like the Epson 3.5-inch aTFT LCD with company’s Photo Fine Vistarich Neo wide viewing angle Technology that can deliver up to 80 degrees viewing angles.
The Epson 3.5-inch display has a HVGA resolution (320x480) and 164ppi like the Iphone, but unlike conventional mobiles LCD screens, the display is capable of 1000:1 high contrast and measures up to 460 of luminance in brightness when viewed directly with minimum color shift. The contrast drops to 650:1 as viewing angles tilt at ± 30 Degrees and up to 100:1 at ± 80 Degrees.
Epson Imaging Devices will exhibit this new LCD at the Epson Group booth at FPD International 2008, Pacifico Yokohama, Japan. Shipping of the new a-TFT LCD samples will start in February 2009.
Novice user of camera on a phone are less likely to know the relation between shutter speed and blur images. In general, the faster the shutter speed the more accurately you can freeze actions to avoid blur image. Unfortunately most camera phone doesn’t allow basic operation like aperture, shutter, and ISO control - images shot at low light condition are potentially blur. Epson Toyocom Corp has developed a new anti-shake technology based on the relation without the high cost of optical or sensor-based image stabilizer.
It's not just entry-level all-in-one systems; Epson have also announced a "proper" projector at IFA 2008, the EH-TW3000 with full 1080p high-definition resolution, a 20,000:1 contrast ratio and 2000 lumens brightness. The EH-TW3000 uses the company's latest D7 3LCD panels with a 10-bit Pixel Works video processor chip to improve smoothness and clarity during fast-moving scenes.
Epson have announced a new all-in-one projector, the EH-DM2, that couples a 1200 lumen projector with a DivX-capable DVD player and integrated 8W stereo speakers. Intended to be highly portable, the EH-DM2 does not appear to be high-definition - Epson only say it supports an "HD compatible" resolution - rather it's targeted at the entry-level crowd who want a way to enjoy their movies and home media on a bigger screen.
Epson will be releasing the next projector in their MovieMate line, the MovieMate 55 and it looks like this one will be packing more features and a lower price tag. With a brighter light, this projector is sure to pique many a projector enthusiast's interest.
If you're in the market for a new printer, the Epson Artisan 700 and 800 are two fantastic choices that take the all-in-one printer to a new level of sophistication. With a black finish that practically makes them look as good as furniture, these printers are stand outs.
You could be forgiven for thinking E Ink have cornered the e-paper market; after all, their Vizplex displays are currently used by Amazon's Kindle, Sony's Reader and eBook ranges from multiple other dedicated manufacturers. Seiko Epson might give you cause to think again, however, having just unveiled a 13.4-inch, A4-sized screen at SID 2008. That's almost twice as large as the company's previous display, which measured in at a mere 7.1-inches.
Following their huge success on D7 1080p announcement in August last year, Seiko Epson Corporation unveils two more D7 LCD panels at entry level resolution of 1280x800 to start in production level at mass scale. The L3D05X series 8-type 0.56 and 0.74 type L3D07X-8 series are both high-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD panel that capable to produce high lumens count of 2000-3000 lumens.
The 3 latest and greatest LCD projectors based on Epson-manufactured D7 Panels with C2 Fine Technology are selling at below $3000 with no rebate. The lowest price is Sanyo PLV-Z2000, street price at $2450 + $300 rebate and it’s going for much quiet operation at 19db, Dynamic CR of 15,000:1 and 1200 lumens. This is their first entry in 1080p LCD, least aggressive spec compare to the rest but has a neat direct access to blow dust blob on the go.
So Epson is trying to increase their market share in the projector market, blah, blah, blah. I don’t know about you, but all I really care about is the projectors, so, onto the projectors!
The first, the EMP-TWD10, is sporting a 1200 ANSI lumen brightness, a 720p native resolution, a respectable 1000:1 contrast ratio. It also has a base that the projector rotates on top of and a horizontal/vertical lens shift which allows you to adjust the screen to whatever you need.