Monday, September 15 2008
Leica unveils compact Pradovit D-1200 projector
Leica today announced the Pradovit D-1200 digital projector, noteable for its diminutive size and light weight (7.5 pounds), claiming it's the smallest projector in its class. But despite its liliputian dimensions, the projector offers 2500:1 contrast ratio with images offering resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, and can project from 3.5 to 50 feet with pictures measuring from 2 to 36 feet diagonally. The projector features a Leica Vario-Elmarit-P f/2.8-3.1 33-42mm lens and has interfaces for laptop, DVD, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD player, HD camcorder or HDTV. S-video and LAN and VGA cables are also included. Expect the Pradovit D-1200 to be available in November.
For details, read the Leica press release:
LEICA PRADOVIT D-1200 – The smallest and lightest digital projector in its class for photorealistic reproduction
GERMANY - 15 September 2008 – The LEICA PRADOVIT D-1200 presented by Leica Camera AG, Solms is the first digital Leica projector for high-end applications%3B a high performer in an elegant body of high-quality magnesium. With its extra compact size and weight of less than 7.5 pounds, it is the world’s smallest and lightest projector in its class. The LEICA PRADOVIT D-1200 makes operation even easier with a clearly designed menu and an additional remote control for the main functions. The application potential of the LEICA PRADOVIT D-1200 is wide and varied, ranging from high-quality large-format projection of digital photos to the display of films in full HD quality, private video recordings, television programs and computer games. Viewing is an enjoyable experience for the whole family due to the projector’s extremely quiet running.
“Projectors have been an integral part of Leica’s product range since 1925. Ambitious amateur photographers and public speakers alike appreciate the precision and optical quality of Leica projectors and lenses. By venturing into digital projection, Leica has added the final link to its performance chain, providing Leica photographers with outstanding products for excellent photography and brilliant reproduction – all from a single source and therefore ideally attuned to each other,“ says Björn Dietzler, Product Manager for Projection at Leica Camera AG.
Integrating DLP (Digital Light Processing) display technology from Texas Instruments, the LEICA PRADOVIT D-1200 has optimally matched color management for photorealistic image reproduction in 16:10 format. This reflecting chip technology enables an actual resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Even at the photorealistic setting, the contrast ratio is more than 2500:1 with a brightness of about 1400 ANSI lumen.
The LEICA VARIO-ELMARIT-P f/2.8-3.1/33-42 mm high-speed lens of the LEICA PRADOVIT D-1200 ensures superb brightness and contrast. The optics can be used in a projection range from roughly 3 ½ ft to 50 ft, which is equivalent to a screen width between approximately 1.6 ft and 22.3 ft. The picture diagonals run from 2 to 36 ft, and the projected image can therefore be optimally adapted to many different types of rooms and situations.
The LEICA PRADOVIT D-1200 is equipped with the latest lamp technology, including a 220W FusionPlus VIDI UHP lamp from Philips with a working life of approx. 3000 hours in standard mode and about 2000 hours in high-power mode. The pleasantly quiet operating noise is under 28 dB, ensuring minimal disruptions during a restful evening of projection.
The Pradovit D-1200 offers various options for connecting playback devices. In addition to a component input port, it provides HDMI1.3 and DVI digital interfaces for linking a computer, laptop, DVD, Blu-ray or HD-DVD player, HD camcorder or HDTV receiver. Besides the customary composite and S video interfaces, there are also ports for LAN and VGA cables.
The LEICA PRADOVIT D-1200 will be at authorized Leica dealers from November 2008.
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