Hitachi have unveiled their latest networked projector, the CP-X3010N. Based on the existing X3010, the new projector boasts 3,000 lumen brightness, a 2,000:1 contrast ratio and 16W integrated speakers, but throws in wired ethernet connectivity and optional WiFi b/g.
Nikon are tipped to be preparing a digital camera with integrated pico-projector, capable of not only snapping images but projecting them at up to a claimed 8 x 12 inches. The upcoming point-and-shoot, believed to be the Nikon VP650, was revealed in French photography magazine Chasseur d'Images.
AAXA have unveiled their new pico-projector, the P2, and at first glance there's plenty to endear the palm-sized device. The resolution gets a boost to 800 x 600 while brightness also climbs to 33 lumens; even better, there's a standard VGA input along with the usual onboard media player, 1GB of integrated storage and microSD card slot. Unfortunately, the thorn in the P2's side is its battery life.
Samsung's MBP200 pico-projector has gone on sale in Germany, coupling a compact DLP projector with an onboard PMP. First announced back at CES, the MBP200 goes a step or two ahead of pico-projectors we've tested such as the BeamBox or AAXA by virtue of its integrated 2.2-inch display, meaning the PMP functionality does not necessarily require the projector be active.
If we told you there was a way you could get a custom HD projector for under €499 ($704) with DVI and HDMI inputs, you might go so far as to give your left arm for such a device. Unfortunately that would be the wrong idea, as you'd probably need that arm to put the projector together: you see, it's a DIY kit, and according to German tinkerer Maxi Huber it's the best piece of home entertainment kit he's bought in some time.
Video demo after the cut
Samsung have taken the wraps off of their latest pocket-projector, the P410M, and while you'd certainly need reasonably-sized pockets to carry it, it perhaps makes up for things by offering higher than usual specs. The P410M boasts up to 800 x 600 resolution and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, together with inputs that include VGA, composite and a USB port.
If you've ever wanted to use your iPhone as a projector, but are too cheap to shell out for a pico-projector like the AAXA P1, perhaps this DIY system is for you. What you gain in price, you lose in flexibility, however; the system uses 35 individual laser pointers to recreate any bitmap font.
Video demo after the cut