Digital cinema projection specialist Christie has revealed details of the latest generation of 4K-ready DLP cinema projectors. The Christie Solaria series kicks off with the CP2220 model.

Featuring Christie Brilliant3D technology, the projector is described as providing the "ultimate, most realistic 3D experience" with the lowest cost of operation.

"With the spectacular success of 3D movies like Avatar, exhibitors realise that digital cinema is no longer an option, it is a strategic imperative," says Craig Sholder, Christie's vice-president of entertainment solutions. "The Solaria series is the most practical, cost-effective solution today, based on time-tested, highly reliable DLP cinema technology."

Vince Butler, a specialist in new cinema installations, upgrades and projection-booth maintenance, adds that exhibitors must now be proactive when deciding which projector to buy if they want to remain competitive.

He explains that "upgradeability to the right 4K technology" is important: "The main advantage of Christie DLP 4K vs. LCOS 4K is its light output capabilities. The DLP chip can handle the heat build-up better. LCOS technology does not allow for extreme heat to be dissipated, and this can affect the light output in larger venues."

As well as the CP2220, the Solaria series of 4K-ready digital cinema projectors includes the CP2210 and CP2230 models.