Epson is challenging the notion that great 4K HDR home theater projection needs to cost a lot with its Home Cinema 4010 4K Pro-UHD Projector.
The Epson Home Cinema 4010 4K Pro-UHD projector ($2000) is a new offering from Epson that possesses the same image processing and pixel shifting technology as the recently announced Pro Cinema 4050. It achieves DCI/P3 gamut, supports HDR, outputs 2400 lumens, can achieve 200,000:1 contrast, and has a 15-element motorized glass lens with wide adjustability.
According to Epson, this projector delivers 100% of the DCI/P3 color gamut. What’s more, the lens offers “powered focus, 2.1x zoom, up to ± 96% horizontal and up to ± 47% vertical lens shift, and 10 preset positions.” Image processing is performed in 12 bits and this projector’s final output is 10-bit video (for proper HDR support).
Here’s the full feature rundown from the press release:
Epson 4K PRO-UHD Technology – Utilizes dedicated hardware processing to precisely control three-individual 1920 x 1080 LCD panels that accepts a maximum input resolution of 4096 x 2160.
HDR10 High Dynamic Range and Rich Black Contrast — full 10-bit color output and a contrast ratio up to 200,000:1 deliver an extraordinary range of color and detail in both bright and dark scenes.
Advanced 3-Chip, LCD Technology — Sophisticated parallel pixel processing and a state-of-the-art 3-chip architecture deliver amazing color accuracy, color brightness and color gamut.
Epson’s Advanced Projection Lens — State-of-the-art 15-element glass projection
lens displays a bright, uniform image with virtually no hot spots or chromatic aberration
L*a*b* Ultra Wide Color Gamut — Delivers 100% of the 3-dimensional DCI-P3 color
gamut, the digital cinema standard, with 50% wider color gamut than Rec. 709.
3-Axis Precision Motor — For powered focus, 2.1x zoom, up to ± 96% horizontal and
up to ± 47% vertical lens shift, and 10 preset positions.
Professional Level Color Accuracy — Low Delta E, for extremely accurate color
100% Balanced Color and White Brightness — 2,400 lumens of color and 2,400
lumens of white brightness for vibrant, rich color.
Smooth, Crisp Images and Transitions — 12-bit digital color processing chip with
Frame Interpolation and proprietary Advanced Motion Control.
No Color Wheel — Images are free from any distracting rainbow effect; balanced color and white brightness means no white segments.
“Epson’s new Home Cinema 4010 4K PRO-UHD projector represents a new type of 4K experience for home theater projection,” said Rodrigo Catalan, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America. “Utilizing proprietary resolution-enhancement technology, along with advanced forms of HDR and image processing, the Home Cinema 4010 produces incredible brightness, color accuracy, and image detail for the ultimate 4K experience.”
For those familiar with how Epson positions itself in the projection market, the introduction of the Home Cinema 4010 4K pro-UHD might not come as a surprise. For others, this is absolutely a shock, it’s a price point for a feature set that makes projection appealing to anyone on a tight budget, that’s looking for a bigger picture than a TV can provide.
Mark Henninger, Senior Editor at AVS Forum
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