Canon REALiS WUX10 Projector Review - with 1920x1200 WUXGA Resolution
A detailed review of this Canon WUX10 ultra high resolution LCoS projector. Images and related commentary, added by Art
May 2009 - Mike Rollett
Canon REALiS WUX10 Projector Overview
The Canon REALiS WUX10 is a high brightness (3200 lumen rating), high resolution WUXGA (1920 X 1200) LCoS projector. One of only a handful of WUXGA projectors available, it’s also the first non-DLP projector to offer WUXGA resolution. The WUX10 is quite portable as it weighs in at less than 11 pounds.
In addition to being the first LCoS WUXGA projector, the WUX10 also features Canon’s proprietary AISYS optical engine, which increases light efficiency, uniformity and added depth to colors. The WUX10 has an HDMI 1.3 deep color input and the ability for multiple projectors to be monitored and controlled from a single PC via a network connection.
An auto setup feature allows for easy, one-button adjustment of input and picture display, thus enhancing its ability to be used efficiently in multiple locations.
For applications requiring high resolution projection of graphics, video or photos, the WUX10 provides an extremely sharp and colorful image. Also, it’s priced below most of its competitors, with the Dell 7609WU currently being the price leader.
For those who don’t need the WUXGA resolution of the WUX10, but prefer the other benefits of an LCoS-based projector, Canon offers a number of SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution projectors in its SX series.
Projector Reviews is pleased to award the Canon WUX10 projector our Special Interest Award. Because we don't give out many of those, here's what they are all about:
Editor's Note: Our Special Interest Award goes to projectors exhibiting overall extremely impressive performance. It is similar to our Hot Product award, but differs in that we are reluctant to give a Hot Product Award to products where we have not had an opportunity (yet) to test several of its competitors (as in this case - it's our first WUXGA projector we've reviewed). Special Interest Awards may also go out to a projector that (again, has impressive performance) but is specialized enough that it isn't a mainstay projector with wide commercial appeal.
At this point in time, in the case of this Canon projector, WUXGA projectors tend to be fairly rare, and expensive. This is due to their small market segment, as they are primarily used for specialty applications, including scientific rendering, architecture, command and control, and other applications that require the highest possible resolution.
Canon WUX10 Projector Highlights
Very good brightness – 3200 lumen rating
High native resolution (WUXGA – 1920 x 1200)
Power zoom and focus from remote
Network control and monitoring capability
Advanced color management system
Auto Set-up allows for single button setup of four functions (keystone, focus, input and screen color)
Internal charging system allows for projector to be unplugged immediately after shut off (while keeping fan running) for quick transport
Specs for the Canon WUX10
MSRP: $12,999 Street price: around $9000
Native Resolution: WUXGA (1920x1200)
Brightness: 3200 lumens
Zoom Lens ratio: 1.5:1
Lens shift: None
Lamp life: 2000 hours (high brightness), 3000 hours (low brightness)
Dimensions: 11.2" x 4.5" x 13.2"Weight: 10.8 lbs.
Warranty: 3 years Parts and Labor on projector, 120 days on lamp
Canon WUX10 Special Features
The WUX10 offers a setup feature by which a single button push sets four different parameters. Auto set will adjust the input to the currently active one (digital PC and HDMI excepted), adjust keystoning to square the picture to the screen, focus the picture and correct the color for the type of screen (ie: white or greenboard).
I purposely set the projector at a slight tilt and defocused it to try this out. Pushing the Auto set button caused a white screen to appear for a few second while focus and keystone were adjusted. The resulting picture was very well focused and sharp, while also being square to the screen. While I would still recommend manually focusing the projector and placing or mounting it properly to avoid keystone correction, the Auto Set feature worked very well and could easily be used for a quick and temporary setup.
Advanced Color Management System (CMS)
A feature usually found in high-end home theater projectors, the WUX10 has a six-axis (RGBCMY) color management system. This allows the user to adjust saturation and hue for each of the three primary colors (red, green and blue), as well as the three secondary colors (cyan, magenta and yellow). While proper adjustment of a CMS requires the proper equipment, it is still a nice feature to have even if it’s just used to tone down oversaturated colors in certain videos or photos.
Custom Screen Color Correction
In addition to a Normal and Greenboard screen setting, there is the ability to fine tune the image colors (red, green and blue) to look natural on any colored surface.
Network Control and Notification
The WUX10 can easily be connected to a network via a wired connection. Once set up and connected, it (and additional WUX 10s) can be monitored from a single PC. Information such as the projector’s startup status, lamp, cooling fan and lamp cover can all be monitored. It can also be set to email warnings of problems with the monitored items to a networked computer.Networked control of the WUX 10 includes many of the functions found on the remote control, such as turning the projector on and off, selecting inputs and aspect ratios, image mode, blanking the screen, muting sound Auto Set and Auto PC.