Epson has introduced the Epson Home Cinema 4010 4K PRO-UHD Projector, a sister product to the recently announced Epson Pro Cinema 4050 4K PRO-UHD Projector aimed at the installer/commercial market. By omitting the additional lamp and projector mount that accompanies the commercial package, Epson can sell the Home Cinema 4010 to consumers for $400 less, bringing its price down to an attractive $2,000.
Both projectors otherwise offer the same features, most notably a new and improved version of the company's pixel-shifting technology, HDR compatibility with a more advanced tone-mapping algorithm than has been seen in prior Epson models, and automated lens memory to allow constant image height display of multiple aspect ratio sources on 2.4:1 screens without an external anamorphic lens. The latter, as well as fully motorized lens adjustments, are rare features on home theater projectors in this price range.
The Pro Cinema 4010's 15-element all glass lens is also an unusual bonus for such an affordable projector. This model offers a long zoom ratio of 2.1:1 as well as exceptionally extensive horizontal and vertical lens shift (±96 percent on the horizontal axis and ±47 percent on the vertical axis) to expand placement options. The remote-controlled powered lens allows easy adjustment of zoom, focus, and lens shift after the projector is mounted.
Epson Pro Cinema 4010 key features:
The Home Cinema 4010 uses Epson's next-generation 4K PRO-UHD pixel-shifting technology, which is said to further sharpen resolution from the projector's 1080p native LCD imagers. An increase in the speed of the pixel-shifter and associated refinements in video processing are said to render a more precise 4K approximation than was achieved by earlier Epson models.
The Pro Cinema 4050 is HDR10 compliant to take advantage of high dynamic range content. It uses a new tone-mapping algorithm to better utilize the additional brightness available with 1080p imaging devices versus denser native 4K chips. Meanwhile, color gamut has been expanded to allow reproduction of the full DCI-P3 color gamut in its Cinema mode. The projector delivers equal color and white brightness. Contrast is specified as 200,000:1. Reproduction of 1080p 3D content is supported.
The Epson Pro Cinema 4010 4K PRO-UHD Projector carries a suggested retail price of $1,999.99 and is available for sale now. It carries a 2-year limited warranty plus a 90-day limited warranty on the lamp.
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