Canon U.S.A. ( has expanded its notable line
of LCD multimedia projectors with a first-ever native WXGA-resolution
(1280 x 800) widescreen model, a 3,000 lumen XGA model and a 3,500
lumen XGA model.

The new Canon LV-8300 Multimedia Projector provides a native
WXGA-resolution and aspect ratio of 16:10 that allows it to support
data and imagery from widescreen notebooks and desktop computers. As
a result of the projector’s native widescreen format, this model
supports popular WXGA-resolution computers in their native format,
avoiding the need for compression and/or unsightly distortion,
according to Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general
manager, Consumer Imaging Group at Canon U.S.A.

The 1.2x Zoom Lens offers a wider range of throw distances, allowing
these projectors to fit multiple screen sizes, whether in large or
small rooms. In addition, the high brightness these projectors emit
ensures they can be used in environments where excessive ambient
light exists and cannot be controlled, and in classrooms/meeting
rooms where notes need to be taken and turning out the lights to
darken the room is not preferred, says Ishizuka.

These projectors support notebook/desktop computers, Blu-ray and DVD
players, VCRs, digital cameras and camcorders. The DVI-I interface
ensures a digital connection supports the HDCP and high-definition
contents available today (HD signals supported include 1080i and
720p). The image settings offer five modes to select from (Standard,
Presentation, Cinema, Video and sRGB). Also included in the image
settings is a function that allows users to adjust the aspect ratio
according to the type of projection desired.

These projectors offer a Whiteboard Mode to dramatically reduce
reflective white spots when projecting on a whiteboard. For those
projecting on to more traditional surfaces, the Screen Color
Correction will automatically adjust and compensate for wall or
screen colors.

The new projectors’ ergonomic design includes a built-in carry
handle, Quick Startup and Shutdown functions and simplified control
panel buttons, remote control and easy tab-style on-screen menus
(which are available in 21 languages). The Auto-Keystone Correction
feature also plays an important role as built-in sensors
automatically detect any tilt in the projector, in relation to the
screen, and quickly correct any vertical image distortion, says

Other features available on all three projectors include closed
captioning and a seven-watt speaker. A color management feature
allows for the manual fine-tuning of colors and black tones.
The new Canon LV-8300 Multimedia Projector is scheduled to be
available in mid-March at a manufacturer’s suggested list price of
US$1,399. The new Canon LV-7375 and LV-7370 Multimedia Projectors are
scheduled to be available in mid-March for $1,799 and $1,299,