Sony Unveils SXRD Laser Projector

VPL-GTZ380 delivers imagery and immersive viewing highlighted by 10,000 lumens brightness, 16,000:1 native contrast, DCI-P3 wide colour gamut and HDR support.

Sony has announced the newest professional projector, the VPL-GTZ380, enhancing the company’s lineup of powerful native 4K (4096×2160) SXRD models to include its highest brightness, 10,000 lumen model.

Ideal for a wide range of corporate, entertainment and simulation applications, the VPL-GTZ380 combines outstanding contrast, brightness, high dynamic range and resolution with a wide colour gamut to offer an unmatched visual experience in any distance and lighting condition. The flagship projector provides installation flexibility and enables quiet operation by incorporating cutting-edge technology into a small form factor.

“In a few short years, our SXRD lineup of 4K projectors have become the industry standard with installations at influential customer sites across the world,” said Christopher Mullins, Home Cinema Product Manager, Sony Professional. “The newest addition to the family, the VPL-GTZ380, excels in dark and bright environments and is a direct result of insights we’ve gathered from key clients in training and simulation, as well as at entertainment venues, businesses, museums and planetariums. We’re proud to have developed a new solution that not only exceeds their requirements but fosters users’ creativity allowing them to bring their vision to life with unparalleled image expression.”

The VPL-GTZ380 can be used in both bright and dark environments. By adopting a new liquid crystal material for the panel, its light stability dramatically improves, enabling durability with 10,000 lumens brightness, offering increased versatility and flexibility in installation. Featuring a newly developed 0.74” Native 4K SXRD panel, it provides detailed and radiant imagery with a high 16000:1 contrast ratio*1 that delivers deep blacks.

The VPL-GTZ380’s new laser light source, which incorporates a red laser diode in addition to the two different-wavelength blue laser diodes, enables a wide colour gamut of 100% DCI-P3 without any loss of brightness. The new 4K SXRD model is equipped with a high-performance picture processor optimised for projection, “X1 Ultimate for projector,” which is based on the original X1 Ultimate processor used for Sony’s high-end line of BRAVIA TVs to enable enhanced picture quality. This includes new features such as Dynamic HDR Enhancer and Object based HDR Remaster to enhance dynamic range and achieve deeper blacks. The VPL-GTZ380 also supports HDR formats including HDR 10 and HLG for more natural colour reproduction.

From a design perspective, the VPL-GTZ380 can seamlessly integrate into a variety of installation environments with its compact body size (51kg) for its class, due to the adoption of the small sized panel and patented phosphor wheel design providing efficient heat release. Additionally, the projector achieves 39dB for quiet operation due to the use of liquid SXRD panel cooling system and streamlined air flow design. Its form factor, quiet operation and easily stackable four corner mount design enables multi-projection in domes and for large screen exhibitions. Due to its high contrast and deep black levels, the projector minimises banding, allowing for uniform blending.

Through an optional license, the VPL-GTZ380 can also support 4K 120Hz and low transport delay, which are essential for displaying CG images for training simulators and large-screen displays of eSports events.  The model has additional optional 3D and Night Vision Goggle (NVG) functions for use in VR research facilities and for specialised training.

The VPL-GTZ380 is planned to be available in January of 2021. View more information about this new projector or Sony’s lineup of 2,000 lumen to 10,000 lumen 4K SXRD models here.