posted on Friday, 26th October 2012 by Steve May
The latest range of JVC D-ILA projectors are now shipping through AV distributor Invision UK. Comprising the DLA-X95R, DLA-X75R (pictured above), DLA-X55R and DLA-X35, all bar the entry-level model boast 4K e-shift2 optical image processing, and offer the highest native contrast yet (130,000:1 on the DLA-X95R), thanks to a new polarising wire grid and improved lamp. Both the DLA-X55R and DLA-X35 are available with either black or white cabinets.
Mark Taylor, business manager at Invision UK, describes the quartet as "a fantastic boost to our portfolio," adding: "Home cinema technology keeps moving forward in terms of performance and features." While not native 4K, the projectors use an ingenious optical process to project an image with 3840 x 2160 pixel density.
In what will be a boon for installers, the new models use RF rather than IR to sync active shutter glasses. A small RF dongle slots into the back of the projector. It's worth noting that the new PK-EM2 RF emitter and PK-AG3 RF 3D glasses can be used with previous D-ILA models from the brand.
The new projectors offer additional lens memory settings, ten for the DLA-X95R and DLA-X75R and five for the DLA-X55R and DLA-X35. These can store custom focus, zoom and horizontal/vertical lens shift position, and allow a constant height display of 4:3, 16:9, 2.35:1 or any other scope content without an additional anamorphic lens. There's also pincushion adjustment to help calibrate images when used with a curved screen.
The two range toppers also offer full colour management, with ISF certification and advanced calibration functionality. They are currently undergoing THX certification for 2D and 3D.
JVC debuts handheld 4K camcorder too
It's worth noting that these new projectors are part of a much wider JVC strategy on 4K technologies. The brand's professional division has launched its first native 4K handheld camcorder, the GY-HMQ10. Aimed at film makers who want to be able to shoot and edit in 4K (3,840 x 2,160) images up to 60p. It also functions as a Full HD camcorder capable of recording 1,920 x 1,080 at 50/60p or 50/60i in the AVCHD format.
The GY-HMQ10, which retails for approx. £4,000, records to inexpensive SDHC/SDXC memory cards. In 4K mode, video is recorded simultaneously to four loaded memory cards, each handling a quarter of the image. A JVC software utility is then used to merge the four separate images into a single 4K one that can be edited in Final Cut Pro (or comparable package). The camcorder can output a 4K image directly to a 4K display (also available from JVC professional) via four HDMIs.
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