Sony has been a leader in the projector industry for decades, manufacturing both home theater and business/education projectors. This year at InfoComm, Sony had five projectors on display ranging from entry level to high end. Sony is well known for their superior black level performance – something that extends beyond their home theater projectors to their high-end business/education projectors – and great color, right out of the box.
This video features the five projectors Sony had on display at their booth for InfoComm 2019. Those are the Sony VPL-PHZ10, VPL-FHZ75, VPL-FHZ120L, VPL-GTZ240, and the VPL-GTZ270. Let’s take a quick look at each projector before diving into the video:
We reviewed the VPL-PHZ10 in April of 2017, and it was included in our Affordable Laser Projectors article written just a few months prior. The Sony VPL-PHZ10 has a street price of right around $2,500, depending on where you look, and is a WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution projector boasting 5,000 lumens and a laser light engine with a lifespan of up to 20,000 hours. It has an excellent warranty – 5 years or 12,000 hours, whatever comes first.
The Sony VPL-FHZ75 is a brand new 6,500 lumen laser projector that we will be reviewing in August. We reviewed its predecessor, the FHZ61, last year. Compared to that model, it’s got upgraded processing and new 3LCD panels. The FHZ75 has 7 interchangeable lens options with up to 70% vertical lens shift and 360-degree projection, giving this projector a lot of placement flexibility. It features Reality Creation, Edge Blending, Auto Calibration, and Auto Filter Cleaning.
The Sony VPL-FHZ120L is a heavy hitter – 12,000 lumens, WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution, and a laser light engine. It, too, has upgraded processing with Reality Creation (a Sony signature), and is well suited for large venue environments such as auditoriums, lecture halls, entertainment venues, and houses of worship. It has interchangeable lens options, with up to 107% vertical lens shift! That’s impressive. Speaking of impressive – so is the price tag: $27,000.
The Sony VPL-GTZ240 is a 2,000 lumen, 4K projector (4096x2160) with a laser light engine that has a lifespan of up to 20,000 hours. It features Reality Creation, which upscales lower resolution images to 4K using advanced pixel shifting technology. The GTZ240 also has Motion Flow, Advanced Motion Blur Reduction, 3D, a high contrast ratio, and up to +80% lens shift (it has two interchangeable lens options). Though it looks like Sony’s typical home theater projectors, this one is listed under their professional product line, and goes for $34,000.
A beast of a projector, the Sony VPL-GTZ270 boasts 5,000 lumens, native 4K resolution (4096x2160), and a laser light engine that lasts up to 20,000 hours. Like the GTZ240, this projector features Reality Creation and support for HDR. It even tackles the expanded BT.2020/P3 color space for deeper, richer colors. A projector like this would be well suited for large venue environments such as auditoriums, lecture halls, and scientific applications such as viewing engineering renderings. It also features nine calibrated picture presets, sealed optics, Edge Blending, Motionflow, Auto Calibration and 3D capabilities.
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