Canon announce the compact multimedia LV-S3 multimedia projector. With its extremely compact size and affordable price tag, the LV-S3 is designed to appeal to the education and home markets and is ideally suited to mobile workers who need to give presentations whilst 'on the road'. Boasting 1,200 ANSI lumens brightness, the projector throws a remarkably bright image for its size and is capable of handling a range of lighting conditions.
Supporting high resolution native SVGA, the LV-S3 incorporates a range of features to maximise image quality. These include an Auto Image Mode for automatic brightness adjustment (based on ambient light), Progressive Scan Replication with interlaced video signals for smoother movement and sharper titles, and Auto Grayscale for extra-sharp black and white projection. The LV-S3 comes with a SCART connection lead along with support for other popular interfaces. The LV-S3 is extremely portable, weighing only 2.2 kg with an ultra-compact footprint.
Trapezoidal or 'keystone' distortion that occurs with all projector images when the projector is angled up or down can be easily adjusted using the LVS-3's Keystone Correction function.
Six image settings for superior image quality
The LV-S3's data projection and video projection modes have three options for image settings. Data projection can be set to custom, standard or high contrast, for sharper graphs and photographs. Video projection can be set to custom, standard or cinema, for watching movies in darkened rooms. The custom mode for both data and video allows a range of settings, including gamma and brightness, to be manually adjusted to suit a specific environment.
Auto image mode handles variable light conditions
The LV-S3's powerful lighting is very useful for office-style presentations, where it may not be possible to switch off the lights in order to make the projected image visible. For low light or darkened room conditions, however, areas in the projected image that are supposed to be jet-black can be tainted with light grey if the lamp is too bright. An Auto Image Mode automatically compensates for this effect by measuring ambient light and adjusting lamp output accordingly. This result is perfectly balanced brightness - even in constantly changing conditions - without the need for manual adjustments.
Progressive scanning for smooth, clean images
Image flickering often visible in conventional projectors is generally caused by a method of projection known as 'Interlaced Scanning'. This process merges two fields to produce a single frame. Canon's new projector uses progressive scanning, which draws the entire frame continuously from top to bottom. This greatly reduces flicker and produces cleaner diagonal lines, titles and sub-titles.
Extra-sharp black & white projection
The projector's Auto Grayscale function brings greater clarity to black and white projection by increasing contrast across the entire picture, producing a visibly crisper image. This is a handy tool for when the original looks either washed out or overly dark.
Silent mode for unobtrusive operation
The LV-S3 incorporates a new silent mode for exceptionally quiet operation in hushed settings. When selected, the silent mode prioritises low ambient noise over brightness by limiting lamp output and reducing fan noise to just 32 dB.
User-friendly controls and flexible operation
An IR receiver and presentation remote controller come with the LV-S3 in addition to a standard controller, enabling easy control of all mouse functions and the projected image.
For added customisation, a company logo can be projected whenever the LV-S3 is turned on. As well as adding impact to presentations, this feature is designed to discourage unauthorised use.