Sony goes Vivid with VPL-D200
Sony has put an emphasis on colour and brightness with the Vivid Mode in its VPL-D200 family of 3LCD projectors. Aimed at offices, meeting rooms and classrooms, the family is an upgrade from the VPL-D100 series.
The range comprises the VPL-DX220 (2,700 lumen), VPL-DX240 (3,200 lumen) and VPL-DX270 (3,500 lumen) in 1024x768 XGA resolution, as well as the VPL –DW240 (3,000 lumen) in, 1280x800 WXGA resolution. Each projector in the series has seven available picture modes and three brightness modes.
In terms of physical connections, each projector offers two HMI ports and one USB power supply port, meaning PCs and dongles can now be concurrently connected. An audio out terminal is featured, offering speaker system connection, while a presentation timer function provides easier time management.
The series is TCO certified and, according to the manufacturer, equipped with a long-lasting lamp with a replacement time of 10,000 hours. Auto power saving functions such as Auto Mode and Lamp Dimming are also included, which automatically adjusts lamp brightness depending on picture content, as well as gradually reduce lamp brightness after a pre-set time or if no input signal is detected. These features avoid unnecessary power consumption.
In other news, new capabilities for High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 4K production applications have been added to the second generation BVM-X300 OLED master monitor. The monitor is equipped with an updated Version 2 firmware, including additional HDR EOTF and function support, new hardware with HDMI input, allowing connection with cameras and Blu-ray players, and a second 3G/HD-SDI 4K input.
The V2 firmware update adds new display functionality for HDR production, including a Hybrid Log Gamma HDR EOTF setting, which supports the new ITU-R BR.1200 standard, new EOTF S-Log 3 (Live HDR) which offers camera control for live production, one-touch relative contrast modes, allowing display of HDR images with higher peak luminance, and faster access to the status menu page.
Should users wish to include the HDMI and second SDI inputs on their monitors, they will need to contact a Sony service centre, as implementation will require hardware and software modifications. The alternative to only upgrade the firmware is also possible, the company stated.