At Sony’s press conference today, the company unveiled several new products, including the Sony VPL-VW675ES projector, which supplants the VW665ES introduced just last year. Like the company’s other high-end projectors, the imaging panels in the VW675ES are true 4K—4096 x2160—using reflective SXRD (Silicon X-tal [crystal] Reflective Display) technology, which is Sony’s version of LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon).
Also like other Sony projectors, this one supports high dynamic range (HDR) in the form of HDR10. But it’s also the first to support hybrid log gamma (HLG), the HDR format developed by the BBC and NHK for use in broadcast. This capability will be delivered in a firmware update as soon as the HDMI spec for it is finalized.
Sony claims a peak light output of 1800 lumens and a dynamic contrast ratio of 350,000:1. The light source is a long-lasting lamp with high brightness retention and a rated lifespan of 6000 hours in Low mode. For 3D buffs, the VW675ES provides RF-based 3D capabilities.
The VPL-VW675ES will be available in November for a list price of $15,000, the same price as the VW665ES it replaces. Not bad for true 4K, HDR10, and HLG!