Until recently, lamp-free projectors equipped with solid state illumination (SSI) light sources have only been available in the high end of the projector market due to advanced technology. Casio converted all of its projector models to SSI in 2010, and last year launched the Core Series models with a 1.1x optical zoom lens, making it much less expensive to purchase an SSI projector.
Casio is set to expand its affordable-priced Core Series lineup of laser and LED light source projectors by adding three new models featuring a 1.5x optical zoom lens. Five new Advanced Series projectors are also to be expected. The Advanced Series models can also be used to power other devices with HDMI terminal connections.
Casio currently holds an 80% share of the global market for SSI projectors with 2500 lumens or more. This position has allowed the company to develop the extensive new lineup being released.
The new projectors reach a maximum brightness in as fast as five seconds from power on and have a stated lifespan of up to 20,000 hours. No cool down period is necessary after power off — you can switch it back on and get going again immediately. The Instant Light Control feature allows adjustment of projection brightness using the left and right keys on the projector itself or on the remote control. The same feature on the Advanced Series projectors senses ambient brightness and automatically adjusts the projection brightness accordingly.
Casio is promoting its Laser & LED light source technology with the aim of replacing mercury lamp projectors. In doing so, Casio is helping to reduce the environmental impact of projectors by discontinuing the use of mercury and cutting down on power consumption, which helps to reduce CO2 emissions.