Posted on February 4, 2014 By Art Feierman
This Sony laser projector was one of the most talked about this year at the trade shows. Sony produces excellent color, from a long life laser engine.
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The Sony VPL-FHZ55 is a high brightness (4000 lumen rating), high resolution (WUXGA – 1920 X 1200) laser light source LCD projector that is targeted for permanent installation use in a larger venue or house of worship. The VPL-FHZ55 uses a blue laser through a spinning phosphor wheel to create white light, which is then sent through a 3LCD system similar to lamp-based LCD projectors. The projector also features great flexibility in installation. It can be placed at any angle, on its side or even upside down, has both vertical and horizontal lens shift and has edge blending for use with an additional projector to create a very wide image.
The FHZ55 also features a constant brightness mode that helps it maintain virtually the same brightness level throughout its 20,000 life by driving the projector at a reduced light output. It also has an automatic brightness setting which adjusts the output level depending on the brightness of the displayed image. Finally, the VPL-FHZ55 has a complete set of connection options for a PC, Mac and other video sources, including the traditional VGA cable, DVI-D, HDMI, 5-BNC component video, S-video, and composite video.
The VPL-FHZ55 is network connectable via its LAN port, allowing for control of one or more networked projectors, as well as monitoring the projector’s status, scheduled maintenance and problem notification remotely. For medical school training and medical imaging presentations, Sony has included a DICOM simulation mode. This is used to provide a clearer picture of X-ray images (see details in the Special Features section).
We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year’s Best Classroom Projectors report, in which this projector is considered.
This projector review is included in our 2014-2015 Best Classroom Projectors Report, which is sponsored by Epson America.
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