Canon WUX7000Z - The Test
Earlier this month we were lucky enough to be lent a Canon WUX7000Z by RGB Communications. The idea was to have a shoot out with another projector but also to test it in a challenging environment.
The WUX7000Z is part of the new high brightness laser projector range from Canon…….yes, LASER!!! With 6 lenses to choose from and being virtually maintenance free this is a no brainer for installs. It comes in the install ready case used by the non-laser projectors so will look smart and fit in with other kit already installed.
The projector arrived with a Canon RS-SL06UW lens (in a separate box). This is their ultra-wide, short throw lens with a spigot fitment. We tested the projector and lens combo in two locations. In our office we enjoyed a short film, front projected onto a drop down screen, and in a large warehouse style sports centre we rear projected onto a 11 x 6 Stumpfl monobloc. The test in our office was easy to ‘pass’ with lots of room to set up, dimmable lights and high contrast content. This is why we choose to take the kit to an event; we’ve covered this symposium before and each time the bright lights and lack of contrast in the presentation slides have been a challenge. For health and safety reasons the lights in the centre can’t be dimmed or turned off so the projectors are always battling against huge LED panel lights, not only that but space is at a premium with 400+ guests squeezing in for the event where normally just a few people would be training.
▼▼If you just want specs and aren’t worried about hearing our tales of tireless testing scroll down to the technical section ▼▼
We set up the projector as rear projection and at a severe angle, not because we like making things hard for ourselves but because the space we had to set up in was very tight and was a weird shape. The projector and screen was used for a sports conference during the day and a panel discussion which was live streamed with RedBull in the evening (Check out our sister brand Technative Live if you’re interested in live streaming).
Before anything could be plugged in we needed to connect the lens. Never a difficult job, Canon have made it even easier, with a spigot fitment. The lens was quick and easy to fit and detach, with a smooth action lever to hold and release the lens. The RS-SL06UW protruded a long distance once attached so if possible get the projector into location before adding the lens as the system will be easier to manoeuvre without the lens. If aesthetics are important to the client then ensure everyone is aware of the look with the lens if you are using the short throw option.
The angle of the projector to the screen meant an aggressive use of keystoning was needed (the correction range is good at +/- 20° in both vertical and horizontal) and as with all the Canon projectors this is simple to do using the remote or the buttons on the side of the projector. Running to the back of the room for checking the sound and alignment was the first time we got to see how good this projector was going to be.
During the conference most speakers used standard PowerPoint slides but there were also a number of short videos. The contrast on the slides varied wildly which in the past has caused some issues with visibility but the WUX7000Z cruised through each and every slide and handled the video content beautifully.
Canon market the new range as High Brightness, High Definition, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that the picture quality was very good, but with the challenges mentioned previously we have to admit we were expecting to be a little disappointed. However bright lights and chalk filled air were nothing to this behemoth of the projector world. Our event tech’s were very impressed with both the brightness and sharpness of the picture. We definitely know what to use next time we’re heading to a bright room and have already started to contact clients who might be interested in an upgrade to laser. Come on who wouldn’t!
Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make all the difference and although brightness and sharpness were ultimately the most important factors for this test, there were a couple of other factors which make this a must have for us. We’ve already mentioned the ease of lens change which is the first win but the second is that the shutdown time is almost unperceivable, meaning no waiting around at the end of a long day or meeting before being able to pack away or turn off.
THE TECHNICAL BIT
Sound and Audio
The 7000z is the brightest in the range, with options for 5800 lumens and a 6600 lumens also available. Each of the projectors also have quiet modes which in the 7000z reduces the brightness to 4900 or 3500 lumens depending on just how eerily silent you need your projector to be. It’s worth noting here that the projector is very quiet anyway giving out just 36dB in standard mode and 32dB or 29dB in quiet modes 1 and 2 (according to the loudness comparison chart that’s equivalent to between a bedroom at night and a library!).
There are a plethora of connections on the WUX7000Z.
15-pin Mini D-Sub
Audio Input: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Adio Output: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack (variable level)
Service Port: 9-pin Mini D-Sub
You can connect via WIFI from up to 25m away (with clear view to access point).
Operation and Ratings
At 480mm x 196mm x 545mm the Canon WUX7000Z isn’t a shrinking violet, and all that size tips the scales at 17Kg (without the lens).
Just in case you were thinking of projecting on to the walls of an igloo, it’s worth noting that the operating environment needs to be between 0°C and +45°C (but you can store it all the way down to -20°C!).
The 7000Z uses a modest 540W during use and just 0.3-2W in standby.
The projector comes with a whopping 5year warranty and each lamp will last an incredible 20,000 hours, in layman’s terms that’s the equivalent of watching Mission Impossible 10909 times, or having the projector on full blast for 833 days!
Would we buy one?
You’ve probably guessed by now that we liked the Canon WUX7000Z. The only downsides are the size, weight and if you’re using the short throw then the protrusion of the lens but these are small prices to pay for what is an excellent piece of kit. We’ve already recommended it to clients who have found standard projectors aren’t up to scratch or who have had to use stacked systems.
We’ll definitely be purchasing a few of these.