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Sanyo intros ‘Variable Iris’ 1080p Projector

Justifiably or not, all-things-1080p is all the rage these days, and that technical (and marketing) attribute has now been extended to HD projection systems. Sanyo is ramping up a “Full HD” (translation: 1080p) LCD projector for consumer home theater systems.

The entry-level unit (model PLV-Z700) comes with a “3LCD panel” which Sanyo calls an advanced lens-shifting technology that includes a “variable iris” and a 3D color management system. (The iris offers rapid adjustments that control the amount of projected light every 1/60th of a second.)

The projector provides 1920x1080 resolution for Blu-ray disc, HD camcorders, and other HD-worthy sources, and its lens-shifting function, in effect, can adjust the equivalent of three screens vertically and two screens horizontally, Sanyo said. It also has a 2x zoom lens for long- or short-focus capabilities.

The PLV-Z700 will ship in October, according to Sanyo. The company said that, at an MSRP of under $2,000, it is one of Sanyo’s least expensive projectors.