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Sony Crams A Projector In Its New Handycam HDR-PJ50

Sony Handycam HDR-PJ50 (Image courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

Pico projectors might not provide the same level of image quality and luminance as their larger counterparts, but in their current state they’re certainly good enough in the right conditions. Particularly given their size allows them to be crammed into other small electronics. Nikon led the charge with their projector-equipped Coolpix S1000pj a couple of years ago, and now Sony has decided they want to play too. But they’ve chosen to stick a pico projector inside their HDR-PJ50 camcorder instead.

They claim the projector is able to throw an image up to 60-inches in size on any flat surface, through from experience we know that’s highly dependent on where you’re actually using it. If you’re in a room that’s pitch black I’m sure a projection that size is definitely viewable. But if you’re using it somewhere with even a little bit of ambient light in the room, you’ll want to be a bit less ambitious with the projection size to improve the contrast and visibility. As for the HDR-PJ50’s other features? It captures full 1920×1080 HD video to a built-in 220GB hard drive, though capturing to Memory Sticks or SD cards for easy camera<->PC swapping is also supported. It also captures audio in Dolby Digital 5.1, though I don’t know how impressive the surround sound effect will be with just a stereo camera mounted microphone.

You also get 12X optical zoom which is always one of the advantages of using a larger format camcorder like this, instead of the pocket-friendly Flip variety. Stills are captured at 7.1MP, and to keep your videos as smooth as possible there’s built-in image stabilization as well. As for pricing and availability? While the camcorder was just released in India, B&H does appear to list it (with a basic accessory kit) for $1,201.95.

[ Sony Asia – Handycam Camcorder HDR-PJ50 ] VIA [ TechTree ]

Mr. Beam’s Living Room Concept Makes It Easy To Test Out A New Decor With Projectors

Mr. Beam's Living Room Concept (Images courtesy Mr. Beam)
By Andrew Liszewski

Mr. Beam (Mo Assem & Ruben van Esterik) is a small company based out of the Netherlands that specializes in giant lighting installations that use powerful video projectors to map graphics and animations over large buildings. But they’ve recently taken their expertise indoors with their fun Living Room concept.

Using only 2 projectors and some extremely careful planning and mapping, they’re able to project an entire 360° decor onto a living room filled with white furniture. This includes projected wallpaper and even carpeting. The concept, which is not unlike Michel Gondry’s Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground video for The White Stripes (RIP) could make it really easy for interior decorators to try out an infinite number of pattern and color combinations before committing to a new decor in a room. That is if Mr. Beam ever decides to commercialize it.

[ Mr. Beam’s Living Room Concept ] VIA [ Toxel ]

SANYO’s New Ultra-Short Throw Projector Enables Interactivity On Any Projection Surface

SANYO PLC-WL2503 (Image courtesy SANYO)
By Andrew Liszewski

Today SANYO announced their excitingly-named PLC-WL2503 ultra-short throw projector which allows for interactivity on any surface, no longer requiring a dedicated whiteboard full of sensors. Instead, a camera module located on the front of the projector is able to determine the location of the included IR transmitter-equipped pen or pointer used by the presenter when they press on the projected surface. This positional data is transmitted back to the PC via a USB connection on the projector, allowing them to interact with what’s being presented.

As for the projector’s other deets: It’s able to project an 80-inch, XGA (1280×800) resolution image from a distance of just 34 inches from a wall. Which not only makes it ideal for small spaces, but it also allows presenters to stand in front of the projection without having to constantly look into the blinding beam. And since it’s designed to be used so close to a wall, its 2500 lumens should produce a particularly bright image. Other notable feathers in the PLC-WL2503’s cap include full networking for remote monitoring and operation, an easy on/off function which powers on the projector as soon as it’s plugged in, and a late January price tag of $1695.99.

[ SANYO PLC-WL2503 Ultra-Short Throw Interactive Projector ]

Mini LED Projector With Built-in Wifi

Mini Projector with Wifi + Wireless Remote (Image courtesy Chinavasion)
By Andrew Liszewski

Were we in the market for a pocket-sized projector we’d probably be eyeing the AAXA L1 Laser Pico Projector we reviewed back in the Summer. But admittedly it’s lacking a couple of cool features that this LED-based compact projector has. Like Wifi and that snazzy little wireless keyboard. Powered by a Linux-based custom OS the projector doesn’t really have a full-fledged desktop UI, but it does allow you to access online photo galleries and videos from sources like YouTube, in addition to offline content from an SD card or a USB flash drive.

Chinavasion is currently selling it for just north of $200, which isn’t that expensive. Just keep in mind you’ll have to settle for 640×480 VGA resolution, a limited 10 lumens of brightness and a maximum of 2 hours of battery life, presumably when using it as sparingly as possible. In terms of file format support it’s pretty robust, happily playing MPEG1, 2 & 4 files, VOBs and DIVX/XVID clips, and the included remote makes entering a wifi password far easier than with with the projector’s limited buttons. Oh and that fancy mini tripod is included too, which from my experience will come in really handy.

[ Mini Projector with Wifi + Wireless Remote ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

AAXA Updates Their L1 Laser Pico Projector

AAXA L1 Laser Pico Projector v2 (Image courtesy AAXA Technologies)
By Andrew Liszewski

We only just posted our review of AAXA Technologies’ L1 Laser Pico Projector back in July, but already the company is introducing a 2nd version. If you missed our review of the V1, we pretty much summed it up as being the pico projector to beat not only because the laser light source produced vibrant, saturated colors, but the image was always in focus so you never had to worry about adjusting some wheel or slider every time you moved it.

Now the V2 doesn’t do much to improve the V1 when it comes to tech specs, it still kicks out 20 lumens at a resolution of 800×600, but the company has apparently improved the “thermal efficiency of the PCOS laser light engine.” On one hand it unfortunately means the L1 V2 is actually just a bit thicker than its predecessor, but on the other it also results in a price drop of $200 since the V2 now sells for $399.99, compared to the $599.99 price tag of the V1. Still not exactly an impulse buy, but it’s nice to see how quickly the prices are dropping with this technology.

[ AAXA L1 V2 Laser Pico Projector ]

AAXA Releases Their New M2 Micro Projector, The First Micro Projector With XGA Resolution

AAXA M2 Micro Projector (Image courtesy AAXA Technologies)
By Andrew Liszewski

AAXA’s micro projectors may not be as small or pocket-friendly as their pico projectors, but they compensate with vastly superior tech specs and capabilities. But don’t get me wrong, they’re still surprisingly compact when compared to the video projector you probably have at your office. The latest addition to their family, the M2, is the first to boast an XGA or 1024×768 resolution with an impressive 110 lumen light source. In comparison, the M2’s predecessor, the M1, could only muster up 800×600 at 75 lumens.

And because it’s designed for travel and as a sort of, all-in-one multimedia device, the M2 also features 1GB of built-in storage with an SD card slot and USB ports for connecting and playing back media directly from an external storage unit. And like your office projector is also sports a VGA input for connecting a laptop, as well as composite AV inputs and HDMI for connecting other multimedia devices. $369 available directly from AAXA.

[ AAXA M2 Micro Projector ]

AAXA Technologies’ M1 Ultimate Micro Projector Boasts 75 Lumens And A New Aluminum Housing

M1 Ultimate Micro Projector (Image courtesy AAXA Technologies)
By Andrew Liszewski

While not as pocket-friendly as some of their other models, AAXA Technologies’ new M1 Ultimate Micro Projector is still pretty damn small, particularly considering its capabilities and price point. We’ve reviewed a couple of the company’s pico projectors in the past, and while the P1 featured a usable 12 lumens of brightness, the L1 boosted that to 20 lumens which produced very nice results in a suitably dark room. However, if you’re willing to accept a bit of a compromise when it comes to extreme portability, the M1 Ultimate Micro’s 75 lumens should produce some really nice results, even with the lights on.

The M1 Ultimate Micro is still ridiculously small, don’t get us wrong, it just won’t be squeezing into your shirt pocket. That’s ok though since the 75 lumens is also accompanied by an 800×600 resolution, 1GB of on-board memory and a built-in SD card reader, a new aluminum housing with touchpad controls and an included tripod making it easy to prop-up and aim. It’s also currently available for just $299, which makes it a tempting alternative to larger briefcase sized models for those who travel.

[ M1 Ultimate Micro Projector ]

3M’s Shoot n’ Share Camera Projector

3M Shoot n' Share Camera Projector (Images courtesy 3M)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you can’t wait until you’ve had a chance to edit down that 3 hours of birthday footage before sharing it with the family, then 3M’s got 2 1/2 words for you: Shoot n’ Share. Their new Flip-like camcorder is able to capture 720P video clips to a microSD card (up to 32GB supported) since the 14MB of built-in memory sets a new standard for being laughably low. It can also capture 5MP stills but surprisingly seems to be lacking the pop-out USB connector that have become ubiquitous to these types of video devices.

But what it’s lacking in pop-out USB connectors it makes up for with a built-in pico projector allowing you to immediately share videos and photos with more than just a small crowd huddled around its LCD display. Now the projector is limited to 640×480 and a not-so-bright 12 lumens when running off its rechargeable battery (14 lumens on AC) but hopefully it’s the first appearance of a handy feature that will hopefully one day be commonplace. $299, available around the beginning of October.

[ 3M Shoot n’ Share Camera Projector ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

AAXA Technologies Introduces The Affordable P1 Jr. Pico Projector

P1 Jr. Pico Projector (Images courtesy AAXA Technologies)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for pico projectors, but having reviewed a couple of AAXA’s offerings in the past I’ve noticed that the price tags haven’t exactly been dropping over the years like I’d hoped. And I have to assume that AAXA feels the same way since today they introduced their new P1 Jr. pico projector which currently sells for a very reasonable $119.99.

It’s billed as the “world’s smallest LCOS pico projector with onboard MP4 player” and from the product shots it definitely looks the part, but keep in mind that the old ‘you get what you pay for’ adage applies the same to pico projectors as it does to everything else. The 10 lumen LED light source means you’ll really only be using it in a dark room, and given the size of the projector, the compact rechargeable battery inside is only good for about an hour of use. Still, it’s got an SD card slot allowing you to natively load up and play back multimedia files and breakout cables allow you to connect it to an external AV source like an iPhone or a DVD player.

[ AAXA Technologies P1 Jr. Pico Projector ]