Canon has announced a brand-new compact laser installation projector, which the company says is ideal for academic institutions and corporate environments. Dubbed the LX-MU500Z, this DLP projector boasts 5,000 lumens of brightness and a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Canon has built quite a family of laser projectors in recent years, but the LX-MU500Z benefits from compact dimensions, which should make it suitable for a range of installation options. That opens up the possibility of installing this projector in classrooms or meeting rooms.

The laser light source should ensure that the LX-MU500Z can continue running for 20,000 hours. A long-life should ensure a low total cost of ownership, which should entice schools and colleges into investing in the projector. Pair that with DLP technology, which promises to deliver better imagery than traditional LCD projection thanks to the removal of the lattice effect, and this should be a pretty robust projector for smaller installations.

The LX-MU500Z’S high 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio allows deep, pure colours and a true reproduction of black areas, creating an enhanced viewing experience. Its compact and lightweight structure should make it easy to install, without making it hard to move around.

For ease in any 360° orientation, the LX-MU500Z has a large lens shift of +/-50%, portrait projection and four corner keystone correction. This means that at whatever angle it is installed, even off axis, its images and geometry can be corrected. The LX-MU500Z comes with HDBaseT, a standard for transmitting HD images, audio and control signals over long distances and a CAT5e cable can be used, spanning up to 100m. These features ensure the LX-MU500Z can be installed in any venue with long-range projection requirements, such as large conference rooms or lecture halls. The built-in LAN port can be leveraged for monitoring and control. This is particularly beneficial for resource-restricted education establishments as it enables IT staff to easily diagnose faults – saving time and expense on maintenance.

With five image modes and two definable user models, the LX-MU500Z guarantees that all projected media is reproduced to an accurate and beautiful standard – vital for detailed technical or medical teaching presentations. The LX-MU500Z is also capable of receiving various types of 3D signal, permitting clear and immersive 3D content to be displayed.