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Canon WUX10 Full HD Projector
It’s my favorite time of the month, when a nice chunky projector makes it way to our dimly lit, smoke filled labs, behind a digitally processed black and white filter (too much of a noir mood). The guest this time is a new model by Canon called WUX10. It’s from their REALiS series, and is one of the few rare models in the market today with WUXGA resolution, meaning 1920 x 1200, 16:10 image capabilities.
Design and Technical details
This model is an LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) projector, and is one large unit, not exactly portable. But it comes in a proper carry bag and weighs about 5 Kgs, so carrying around is not an issue. We can use this model as a Home projector too, as it's really bright, besides the high res capabilities. The chassis is lead colored with metallic silver accents on the side and around the lens.
Buttons are positioned neatly on one extremity of the top panel, while connections are on the side panel. These include one HDMI 1.2, one DVI-D, Composite Video in and a VGA. Besides we have a RS-232 control in, and a suite of 3 audio ins and one audio out.
The panel comes with a whopping brightness rating of 3200 ANSI lumens, and a more moderate contrast rating of 1000:1. But in my opinion, with such high brightness, the image will have to sparkle, considering it’s a projector, and projectors never project black, it’s just absence of white, thus contrast should be healthy if kept in a dark room. Canon has a proprietary engine that they call AISYS Engine, a patented optical light engine for achieving brightness and high contrast using LCOS panels.
The lens has a 1.5x powered zoom, and 10:0 lens offset, thus claiming that there is no need for keystone correction as the bottom edge of projected image is in line with the optical axis of the lens. Even the focus is powered, thus no mechanical dials brace the lens from outside.
Setting up was easy, we kept the unit atop a 2.5 foot tall table, and about 14 feet away from the screen. On 1.0x zoom setting we received an optimally focused image of 100 inches. On zooming we could go upto a screen size of 140 inches, as this lens has powerful 1.5X zooming power.
We started off with test patterns, mainly the grayscale charts and individual screens of pure black( 0 IRE) to full white(100 IRE). The luminance curve we gauged was really very accurate, thus signaling quite a neutral grayscale, even at extreme whites and low black levels. Another thing we encountered was some serious lumen power thrown at us, almost haughtily, by the projector. It is really very bright, and can work very well not only in dark rooms but also averagely lit rooms.
Due to its data projection capabilities, we connected it with a PC and threw some 1920 x 1200 images on to see, mainly text on white background. This test too was easily passed, we could read font sizes all the way down till 10, from a good 8 feet. This says a lot about the sharpness and clarity of the image, in which small detailed elements really stood out amongst themselves.
In movies we saw Ratatouille Blu-ray, and just kicked back and forgot that we were reviewing the model. The Full HD image was large and crisp, which made the image look very vibrant. Colors were superlative, even better than the most expensive plasma we have reviewed. In the end we played some full HD downloaded trailers, of District 9 and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, just to see different sorts of video and motion rendition. There was very little issue of motion blur and motion artifacts.
The MRP of 6,79,995 sounds really daunting, but one must understand that this model is a seriously high end, high performance beast of a projector, and will easily suffice even the hardest needs of videophiles and enthusiasts. In a dark room the projector is nothing short of spectacular. The MOP is 6,45,000, if that’s any solace. Had it been a little cheaper, it would have received a rating of 5 from us, as value for money is important at all times. Still, we give this monster a well deserved 4.5.