Canon unveils world's smallest 4K projector
Canon Europe has released a 4K installation projector with a difference - the Canon XEED 4K500ST, which is claimed to be the smallest and lightest projector of its kind.

Weighing just 17.6kg, including the lens, one of the biggest selling points of the XEED 4K500ST is destined to be its size.

Not only does the projector’s compact size allow it to be installed unobtrusively, but it also extends its range of creative applications. As a result, the XEED 4K500ST can be used for simulation training, medical imaging, and engineering, as well as more traditional applications.

This might be Canon’s first foray into the world of 4K projection, but they’ve pulled out all the stops to create a product that performs on all fronts. Not only is the XEED 4K500ST compact, but it boasts impressive specifications.

Thanks to a 4,096 x 2,400 LCOS panel, it reportedly exceeds 4K digital cinema resolution, while Canon’s improved AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical system delivers an increased contrast ratio, deep, pure colours and strong reproduction of black areas.

Another recent development from Canon - a 4K wide zoom lens - also means that the projector is able to maintain constant brightness of 5,000 lumens across the entire zoom. Moreover, its peripheral focusing function allows the projector to project large images onto curved screens - further increasing the range of uses for the XEED 4K500ST.

Andreas Herrnböck, European business development manager projector, visual communications, Canon Europe, said: “Canon’s aim is to establish itself as the leading company in the 5,000-10,000 lumen 4K installation market. Today’s launch is the first significant step on that journey.”

“The XEED 4K500ST is designed to meet increasing market demand for high resolution, high quality imaging performance, even in close range installations.”

He added that Canon’s latest projector is easy to install and manage thanks to its compact casing and ultra-modular design.

The XEED 4K500ST will be available in the first half of 2016.

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