Sony's Ultra HD 4K Projector Isn't Quite 4K

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This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

First covered by us way back in the Johnson administration, the Sony Silicon X-tal Reflective Display (SXRD) technology gives projectors a max resolution of 4096 x 2160, which if you do the math, is 8.8 megapixels. Their newest projector using this technology is the SRX-S110, a device more at home in professional workspaces than actual homes.

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Projector enthusiasts say that "true" 4K resolution is 10-megapixels or higher, but unless your eyes can see as well as Daredevil's ears can hear, you probably can't tell the difference. The 4K of this isn't enough to display the 4K of the Red One, which is 4520 x 2540, but it's close.

The new Sony 4K SXRD video projector [Akihabara News via Crunchgear]

DISCUSSION

This projector is meant for large exhibitions such as casinos or movie theatres. It WOULD burn a hold in your wall at full power at 7 feet.You wouldn't install it in you home unless you had 220vac and a server capable driving it, there are few that can sustain the data rate.

Both the Red One and the Sony SRX-110 projector are 4k devices. Professional capture equipment captures more information than will be shown in the final cinema distribution. This allows for easier shot composition and postwork. So the RED camera had better have slightly more information.

In all Sony did a very good job in creating this projector. It is visually impressive. Here in LA there was a theatre using this projector to show a 4k digital screenings of the Da Vinci Code. It was a much cleaner image than a traditional film distribution print. People will have to learn how to make B & C units shoot better quality footage, you could really tell in 4k.