Sony has unveiled its next generation 4K digital projector, which is the first in the industry to use high-pressure mercury lamps.

The Sony SRX-R515 4K digital cinema projection system is being showcased at the CineEurope trade event that is taking place in Barcelona this week. The projector has been specifically designed for use in small or medium sized screen auditoriums and for smaller cinemas with limited budget.

It has also bee tailored to offer new capabilities for purposes that are not yet common for projectors, such as sports theatre and multi-user big-screen gaming.

David McIntosh, from Sony Digital Cinema, said that the compact projector has increased installation flexibility for smaller projection booths, creating more operating space for smaller exhibitors.

“Blacks are incredibly detailed and we believe the picture quality with this projector, although it’s lower cost and although it’s aimed at a different market, the actual picture quality is astonishingly good, literally incredible,” he told Screen Daily.

"The smaller or medium sized screens will be able to assure that their customers are literally seeing the best possible picture on screen of any film that they’re playing.”

The six high-pressure mercury lamps in the projector – instead of the usual xenon lamps – allows for quick and easy replacements and an industry-leading lower cost of ownership of the projector over ten years.