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Canon REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projectors Provide Precision Imagery At Leading Engineering College

Clear, SXGA+ resolution, high brightness, and versatility are among features that met the school?s exacting demands (March 13, 2006)

The REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector uses Canon's patented, proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical engine to maximize next-generation LCoS (Liquid Crystal On Silicon) display technology for SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution images at 2,500 ANSI Lumens and a contrast ratio of 1000:1.

The REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector uses Canon's patented, proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical engine to maximize next-generation LCoS (Liquid Crystal On Silicon) display technology for SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution images at 2,500 ANSI Lumens and a contrast ratio of 1000:1.

San Diego State Universitys College of Engineering is one of the top 100 Ph.D.- granting engineering schools in the country. With degree programs in electrical, computer, mechanical and civil engineering, as well as new programs in bioengineering and construction engineering, the school graduates more than 50 percent of all engineers in California and seven percent of all engineers nationwide. As a learning institution dedicated to precision, it is worth noting that the school recently purchased two Canon REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projectors to provide exacting SXGA+ image quality for critical-viewing applications in two of its Computer Aided Design (CAD) labs.

?The image quality of the Canon REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projectors is stunning, says Dr. James Frazee, Director of Instructional Technology Services for San Diego State University (SDSU). ?The two REALiS SX50s purchased by the School of Engineering for our CAD Labs have been a valuable addition. Students and faculty are regularly working with visually intensive material, and its much easier to understand the subject matter when the detail of fine lines that are typically present in CAD drawings is clearly visible.

At the heart of the REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector is Canons patented, proprietary Aspectual Illumination System (AISYS) optical engine, which maximizes the Projectors next-generation Liquid Crystal On Silicon (LCoS) display technology to provide seamless, SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution images that achieve both the high brightness of 2,500 ANSI Lumens and a contrast ratio of 1,000:1 while also reducing projector size. Weighing only 8.6 lbs., the REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector features Genuine Canon Optics (in the form of a 1.7x Ultra Wide-Angle Lens), and can project a 100-inch image from a distance of only 9.8 feet and display even the smallest details with exceptional clarity and detail.

?The Projectors we selected for our CAD labs had to meet strict criteria, Frazee noted. ?They needed to be bright enough to be clear in minimal note-taking ambient lighting conditions, they needed to be higher resolution than XGA, and they needed to have the best possible image quality. Canons REALiS SX50 met or exceeded the high standards of the College of Engineering in every category.

Designed for versatility, the Canon REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector is capable of not only displaying detailed technical images such as CAD drawings, spreadsheets, and engineering diagrams, but also true 16:9 720p high definition video. The REALiS SX50 also features special 2:3 pull-down circuitry that converts interlaced 480 (NTSC) and 575 (PAL) video to progressive-scan imagery.

?The engineering colleges display needs vary, Frazee elaborated. ?In regular ?smart classrooms, the showing of computer presentations such as PowerPoint, and the display of Web pages is most common, with the occasional use of video from either DVDs or VHS tapes. In those situations, the size of the text and overall size of the image are the most important considerations as opposed to the amount of detail. In the CAD labs, the increased resolution of the Canon SX50 Projectors is a real plus because of the large amount of detail that must be shown on the screen at once.

The REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector also features Multiple Image Modes that provide a wide range of display options, depending on user needs. These Image Modes include four Color-Preset Modes, which are designated as Standard, Presentation, sRGB, and Cinema.

The Standard mode produces images closely resembling the original input source, with an emphasis on white areas.

The Presentation mode increases contrast between bright and dark areas to make it easier to see detailed diagrams and text often used in presentations.

The sRGB mode is the color space used in most digital cameras, which is an international standard to unify color reproduction and color spaces as defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

The Cinema mode is the most suitable mode for projection of moving images; it emphasizes gradations to produce realistic depth and dimension.

Additional Image Modes of the REALiS SX50 Projector include: Dynamic Gamma Correction for optimum contrast balance; Six-Axis Color Adjustment to fine-tune tone and contrast adjustments on both RGB and CMY color axes; a Greenboard Mode to adjust colors for optimal display on green chalkboards; and Memory Color Correction for photo display of colors based on subjective human recollection.

The REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector includes multiple input jacks and connectors, and can accept a wide variety of digital and analog computer-display formats. Other inputs include DVI video and all major component, composite, and S-video inputs. All connectors attach from the side of the Projector housing, making for a more attractive presentation environment. Suitable for front or rear projection, the REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector measures 11.26 in. wide by 11.18 in. deep by 3.78 in. high.

?Canon has a reputation as a company that is in the business of creating high-quality imaging products, Frazee concludes. ?The REALiS SX50 is a high-resolution Projector to be taken seriously.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion.

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