Leading digital projection and home cinema firm Panamorph has launched a new lens that it claims is its best performing product to date, delivering a truly immersive cinematic experience.

The DC1, said to be the world's first optically sealed, high-performance anamorphic lens, can dramatically enhance 16:9 projectors screening widescreen films with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio.

It provides 80 per cent more image area than widescreen movies shown on conventional 16:9 projector screens of the same height and does not show the black "letterbox" bars seen on LCD, LED and plasma displays.

Designed to maximise light transmission with a new angled corrector, the lens is said to achieve incredible clarity, resolution and image contrast.

Panamorph's sales manager Russell Warnhoff said the new model is the highest-performing product the company has released so far.

"We lead the home theatre industry in delivering a true, immersive home cinema experience and continue to set the benchmark and industry standard with our breakthrough lens technology," he said.

"Contrast is everything in today's high-end projection systems. The DC1 builds on Panamorph's patented optical technologies to dramatically reduce stray light from reaching the image."