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Canon U.S.A. Defines a New Category of Pro AV Compact Installation Projectors with the Introduction of New REALiS Models

  Canon U.S.A. Defines a New Category of Pro AV Compact Installation
  Projectors with the Introduction of New REALiS Models

      Outstanding Picture Quality, Installation Flexibility, Operational
      Convenience, and Affordability Among the Advantages of New Compact
             Installation REALiS Projectors for Multiple Markets

Business Wire

MELVILLE, N.Y. -- May 29, 2013

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced a
new multimedia projector category that combines the exceptional picture
quality of larger installation projectors with the plug-and-play convenience
of portable models. Known as Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS (Liquid Crystal
on Silicone) Projectors, this new Canon product category consists of the Canon
REALiS WUX450, REALiS WUX400ST, REALiS WX520, and REALiS WX450ST Pro AV
Compact Installation LCOS Projectors. All feature a trim design under 14 lbs.
each, installation flexibility, easy set-up, and sophisticated operational
advantages strategically designed for higher education, boardroom
installations, museums, and many other professional markets.

Drawing on Canon’s expertise in optical and imaging technologies, the new Pro
AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors feature newly designed built-in
Genuine Canon projection lenses engineered to address a broad range of
image-display requirements. The new Canon REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WX520 Pro
AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors offer placement flexibility with their
advanced Genuine Canon projection lens that delivers a consistent fixed
aperture of f/2.8 allowing for no light loss across its entire 1.8x zoom
range. Designed for short-throw use, the new Canon REALiS WUX400ST and REALiS
WX450ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors are equipped with an
advanced Genuine Canon 1.35x zoom lens with generous horizontal and vertical
lens-shift adjustability for distortion-free image quality in environments
where the projector must be located close to the screen or display surface.

“Canon’s new REALiS WUX450, REALiS WUX400ST, REALiS WX520, and REALiS WX450ST
Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors blend the high-quality and
exceptional detail, clarity and contrast of large projector models with the
portability of smaller models,” explained Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice
president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group,
Canon U.S.A. “The demand for installation projectors is growing across many
professional markets, and Canon is demonstrating its commitment to these users
by developing this entirely new category of the Pro AV Compact Installation
LCOS Projectors, which integrate the latest technologies to provide
exceptional user benefits, convenience, and affordability.”

All of Canon’s new Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors employ a new
Canon AISYS 5.0 optical engine that helps improve the management of light
through the projectors’ next-generation Canon LCOS display panels. The result
is the projection of high-resolution images with intricate detail, crisp
contrast, high brightness, deep blacks, precise color, and reduced blur during
fast-moving movie scenes. The REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WUX400ST deliver WUXGA
(1920 x1200) resolution imagery with 4500 and 4000 lumens of brightness,
respectively. The REALiS WX520 and REALiS WX450ST provide WXGA+ (1440 x 900)
resolution imagery with 5200 and 4500 lumens, respectively. All models deliver
a 2000:1 contrast ratio, 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio images, versatile
connectivity and management controls, sophisticated image-processing and
edge-blending capabilities, energy efficiency, and a lower total cost of
ownership as compared to previous models.

Markets for the new Canon REALiS WUX450, REALiS WUX400ST, REALiS WX520, and
REALiS WX450ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors include large
classrooms, lecture halls, and auditoriums, houses of worship, museums and
galleries, corporate boardrooms and conference rooms, ad agencies and photo
studios, video and motion picture post-production facilities, training
simulators, government command and control rooms, medical training and
conference rooms, and videoconferencing sites.

Installation Flexibility

Approximately 25 percent smaller than previous Canon Pro AV Series projectors,
the new projectors feature a new heat-exhaust design and a flat chassis which
allows for a wide variety of installation-placement choices. Optional feet can
be installed on the top of each projector for inverted ceiling-type mounts.
Two units can be stacked to double light output, yet still fit into a compact
space. The 1.8x zoom lens built into the REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WX520
includes a mechanical lens-shift feature for increased installation
flexibility, enabling both projectors to be installed vertically, pointing up
or downwards.

The REALiS WUX400ST and REALiS WX450ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS
Projectors for short-throw environments include a built-in 1.35x
distortion-free zoom lens and a 0-75 percent vertical and ± 10 percent
horizontal lens-shift adjustment feature. This combination enables these
projectors to be used for short-throw display applications, including both
front- and rear-projection installations. Short-throw projection applications
can include environments where the presenter and the display screen must be in
close proximity because of room size, design, or other unique factors, such as
a ceiling that is too low for mounting a projector.

Canon’s new Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors have a long-life lamp
that provides up to 4000 hours of operation. Easy access lamp and filter
covers help simplify lamp replacement and filter cleaning, even while
installed. Power consumption for the REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WX520 projectors
equals less than .081 watts per lumen at its brightest mode.

Imaging Versatility

Although integrating many unique technologies, the new Canon REALiS WUX450,
REALiS WX520, REALiS WX450ST, and REALiS WUX400ST Pro AV Compact Installation
LCOS Projectors are simple to operate and provide easy set-up features. These
can be accessed using a configurable control panel on the side of each unit
and by using the projected installation and professional-settings menus. The
extensive image-processing capabilities of these projectors provide multiple
user benefits. These include a dozen built-in test patterns (triggered via the
remote control unit and user-accessible onscreen menus) for fast, simple image
calibration without the need for a pattern generator or a PC. An innovative
four-point keystone-adjustment function enables users to adjust each corner of
the image independently while also keeping focus consistent, and to achieve
true diagonal projection as well as moiré reduction.

An easy-to-use built-in edge-blend function with precision luminance ramp
adjustment and pixel-overlap control enables the new Canon Pro AV Compact
Installation LCOS Projectors to be used in multi-projector configurations for
the display of large, seamless images with precisely matched edges. Easy
registration adjustment for perfect edge-blend alignment is further enabled by
the combination of the low “TV distortion” characteristics of the projectors’
zoom lenses and an integrated micro digital lens shift adjustment (a separate
feature from the projectors’ mechanical lens-shift adjustment capability). The
result is pixel-precise image blending for seamless multi-projector displays.

Advanced Management and Connectivity

Built into the new Canon Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors is a full
suite of networking features, including full control over IP and content
streaming. An Ethernet (LAN) interface enables advanced remote control and
monitoring capabilities including power management, usage tracking, and other
control functions. The REALiS WUX450, REALiS WX520, REALiS WX450ST, and REALiS
WUX400ST are Crestron RoomView™-compatible.

Key networking features also include a content-streaming capability, which
allows one or more PCs to connect to a projector over a standard LAN to share
content. This NMPJ (Network Multi Projection) system has the ability to
display content from four different PC’s on a single screen. Content can be
streamed from any point with a network connection to a projector, either
within a room or in multiple locations, simplifying installation. The NMPJ
system allows for video streaming (without audio) through the LAN to the
projector in four ways:

  *Meeting mode – to share a participant’s screen with everyone (or share
    between remote sites via the Internet).
  *Classroom mode – allows an instructor to select which PC screen to
    project; up to four PC screens can be shown simultaneously.
  *Broadcast mode – images can be projected at multiple sites simultaneously.
  *Direct mode – enables a projector to be connected directly to a PC using a
    LAN cable.

Input terminals on the new Canon Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors
include a USB port for “PC-less” presentations of JPEGs and other content
directly from a thumb drive or other USB-equipped flash-memory data storage
device (and for firmware updates). Other inputs include DVI, component video,
HDMI, and two mini-jack audio inputs. A special Picture-by-Picture Processor
allows for the simultaneous use of HDMI and DVI in split-screen mode. A 5-watt
mono speaker is built-in for audio playback without peripheral components.

The Canon REALiS WUX450, REALiS WX520, REALiS WUX400ST, and REALiS WX450ST are
also available in “D” versions (REALiS WUX450 D Pro AV Compact Installation
LCOS Projector, REALiS WX520 D ProAV Compact Installation Projector, REALiS
WUX400ST D Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projector and REALiS WX450ST D Pro
AV Compact Installation LCOS Projector) featuring a DICOM® Simulation mode and
superb 21-step grayscale gradation display capabilities designed to
effectively project high-quality medical images such as X-rays, CAT scans and
MRIs. Please note, these models are not cleared or approved for medical
diagnosis and should not be used for diagnosis purposes.

Price and Availability

The new Canon REALiS WUX450, REALiS WUX450 D, REALiS WX520, and REALiS WX520 D
Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors have suggested list prices of
$5,499.00, $6,199.00, $4,999.000 and $5,699.00, respectively. All are expected
to be available through authorized Canon dealers by September 2013.

The new Canon REALiS WUX400ST, REALiS WUX400ST D, REALiS WX520ST and REALiS
WX450ST D Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors have suggested list
prices of $6,899.00, $7,499.00, $6,299.00 and $6,899.00, and are expected to
be available by September 2013.

For more information please visit www.usa.canon.com/projectors.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business,
and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in
global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall
in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s
Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. received the PCMag.com
Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and
printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the
past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer
satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service
and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated
to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep
apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS
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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark
Office.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their
respective owners.

DICOM is the registered trademark of the National Electrical Manufacturers
Association for its standards publications relating to digital communications
of medical information.

Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change
without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

Contact:

Editorial:
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Ashley Dickerson, 631-330-4286
adickerson@cusa.canon.com
or
Marcomm Group
Brian McKernan, 516-829-0404
bmckernan@marcommgroup.com
or
Canon U.S.A. website:
www.usa.canon.com
or
For sales information /customer support:
1-800-OK-CANON
ccenter@cits.canon.com
 
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