Leica has just introduced its first ultra short throw projector (UST) called the Cine 1, which can project an 80 or 100 inch image while parked just 15cm from a wall. While it might seem a bit odd for a camera company to build a projector, UST models require precise optics to produce a square image while beaming straight up – and that’s exactly what Leica does.
The company said it uses its Summicron lens technology with aspherical elements “made to Leica standards. It also uses a triple RGB laser with a lifespan of 25,000 hours (built in collaboration with HiSense, according to The edge) and a DLP chip from Texas Instruments.
Leica has two versions of the Cine 1, designed for 80-inch and 100-inch screens, with the former positioned about six inches from the wall and the latter positioned about 12 inches. Leica recommends placing them in these exact positions and using the suggested screen sizes as the optics are designed for them. To that end, it also sells 80- and 100-inch Ambient Light Reduction (ALR) screens. They put out 2,100 and 2,500 lumens for the 80 and 100-inch models, respectively.
On the audio side, it offers built-in Dolby Atmos speakers for surround sound. It comes with a TV tuner for linear TV and HiSense’s VIDAA OS as a smart TV platform. You can also install external storage, Blu-ray players or consoles via the HDMI and USB inputs.
Other important specifications are still missing, such as color space coverage and HDR support. However, the price is reportedly $6,900 for the 80-inch and $7,900 for the 100-inch model, so expect all sorts of bells and whistles. The most advanced UST projectors on the market right now are Samsung’s LSP7T 4K with HDR10+ starting at $3,500, Formovie Theater with Dolby Vision at $3,000 and HiSense’s L9G laser TV projectors with 3,000 lumens and Dolby Vision at $5,000. dollars with a 100 inch ALR screen.
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