Film fans will have a good excuse to stay at home this summer with two new home cinema projector releases from Optoma.
Although Optoma already offers 3D-capable DLP projectors, they were all limited to 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution. However, the new models will be the first full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) projectors with 3D capabilities.
The HD8300 features the latest 1,080p DarkChip3 DLP technology from Texas Instruments, as well as a 30,000:1 contrast ratio with DynamicBlack, 1,300 lumens, True 10-Bit Full HD processing and 3-Stage Optoma Image processing.
This projector also boasts more than 1.07 billion colours and has the PureMotion2 processing engine, which ensures judder-free images for an improved overall viewing experience.
As it is a 1,080p full HD 3D-ready projector, it is compatible with 1,080p 3D, 720p 3D, HD (1,080i/p, 720p), EDTV (480p/576p), NTSC, PAL, and SECA.
The second model, the H33, is set to be released after the HD8300 and will also have a 1,080p DLP imaging engine. It will support 3D sources but initial specifications suggest this will be limited to 720p resolution.
The HD33 will be compatible with NTSC, PAL, SECAM, SDTV (480i), EDTV (480p), and HDTV (720p, 1,080i/p) formats. Plus, with the compatible 3D glasses, it can do 120Hz Frame Sequential 3D for resolutions up to 720p and 60Hz Field Sequential 3D for resolutions up to 480i.