Optoma Shakes Up Market Again with $1,500 4K UHD Projector

Optoma has announced the Optoma UHD50, a ‘state-of-the-art’ 4K UHD home theater projector, the latest addition to its portfolio of mid-priced beamers. Although first announced at CES back in January, the UHD50 includes the latest Texas Instruments DLP technology and integrates innovations in color and 4K resolution, coming in at a cool $1,499.

The PJ features 2,400 lumens and a claimed 500,000:1 contrast ratio, which will produce razor-sharp images with exceptional clarity and vibrancy. The UHD50 sports an RGBRGB color wheel, HDR10 and Rec.2020/DCI-P3 color gamut compatibilities for ‘cinematic’ experiences in the home. With vertical lens shift and a 1.3X zoom for easy installation, the projector should also be capable of a 4K UHD image of up to 300 inches diagonally. Typical for this class of kit, the unit also includes two HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2 support, allowing compatibility with HDR at 60Hz refresh rates for image smoothness.

“Continuing our success with the launch of the Optoma UHD60 and UHD65 and Optoma ProScene UHZ65 4K projectors this past fall, Optoma is once again putting the industry’s most innovative and cutting-edge 4K technologies into the hands of consumers with the UHD50,” said Brian Soto, head of product management at Optoma Technology. “As leaders in the ultra-high-definition home theater market, we’re happy to introduce the next generation of 4K resolution projectors to continue providing our customers cinema-quality viewing experiences at incredibly accessible prices.”

The Optoma UHD50 can be snapped up at Amazon, BestBuy.com and Fry’s Electonics for an estimated street price of $1,499.

Features of the Optoma UHD50 include:

  • Resolution: 3480 x 2160 4K UHD
  • Brightness: 2,400 ANSI lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 500,000:1
  • HDR10 with WCG (Wide Color Gamut)
  • Color Wheel: RGBRGB 6 segment color wheel
  • Lens Shift: 15% vertical
  • Connectivity: Two HDMI 2.0 ports with HDCP 2.2 support
  • Price: $1,499 estimated street price

Optoma has also taken this opportunity to announce two more projectors, the HD143X and HD27e, the next iterations of the HD142X and HD27, two of the biggest selling consumer projectors in the market to date. Both the HD143X and HD27e deliver 1080p hi-def images and retail for $549 and $649 respectively. Both PJs are available from authorized resellers including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo and Fry’s Electronics.

 

 

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  1. Martin Dew

    Martin Dew

    Optoma Shakes Up Market Again with $1,500 4K UHD Projector
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    Optoma has announced the Optoma UHD50, a 'state-of-the-art' 4K UHD home theater projector, the latest addition to its portfolio of mid-priced beamers. Although first announced at CES back in January, the UHD50 includes the latest Texas Instruments DLP technology and integrates innovations in color and 4K resolution, coming in at a cool $1,499.

    The PJ features 2,400 lumens and a claimed 500,000:1 contrast ratio, which will produce razor-sharp images with exception clarity and vibrancy. The UHD50 sports an RGBRGB color wheel, HDR10 and Rec.2020/DCI-P3 color gamut compatibilities for 'cinematic' experiences in the home. With vertical lens shift and a 1.3X zoom for easy installation, the projector should also be capable of a 4K UHD image of up to 300 inches diagonally. Typical for this class of kit, the unit also includes two HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2 support, allowing compatibility with HDR at 60Hz refresh rates for image smoothness.

    "Continuing our success with the launch of the Optoma UHD60 and UHD65 and Optoma ProScene UHZ65 4K projectors this past fall, Optoma is once again putting the industry's most innovative and cutting-edge 4K technologies into the hands of consumers with the UHD50," said Brian Soto, head of product management at Optoma Technology. "As leaders in the ultra-high-definition home theater market, we're happy to introduce the next generation of 4K resolution projectors to continue providing our customers cinema-quality viewing experiences at incredibly accessible prices."

    The Optoma UHD50 can be snapped up at Amazon, BestBuy.com and Fry's Electonics for an estimated street price of $1,499.

    Features of the Optoma UHD50 include:

    • Resolution: 3480 x 2160 4K UHD
    • Brightness: 2,400 ANSI lumens
    • Contrast Ratio: 500,000:1
    • HDR10 with WCG (Wide Color Gamut)
    • Color Wheel: RGBRGB 6 segment color wheel
    • Lens Shift: 15% vertical
    • Connectivity: Two HDMI 2.0 ports with HDCP 2.2 support
    • Price: $1,499 estimated street price

    Optoma has also taken this opportunity to announce two more projectors, the HD143X and HD27e, the next iterations of the HD142X and HD27, two of the biggest selling consumer projectors in the market to date. Both the HD143X and HD27e deliver 1080p hi-def images and retail for $549 and $649 respectively. Both PJs are available from authorized resellers including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo and Fry's Electronics.

  2. Given that DLP projectors with RF transmitters totally nail 3D projection I find it extremely disappointing that Optama has chosen to omit support for 3D Blu Ray thus far on their 4K projectors. Those 3D LCD TV's with their mediocre 3D performance have jaded the consumer. Discarding my 3D Blu Ray collection or setting up two projectors are not options. Optoma's previous 1080P 3D projectors offer a better 3D experience than I have ever experienced in a movie theatre.

    1. My Samsung LCD is never mediocre 3D, it’s either spectacular or what the hell is going on 3D. If a projector works much better than that I definitely want one. The sammy will do for now until I get a projector. I hope they don’t stop make projectors with 3D like they did with LCDs.

  3. I already have two projectors, one for 3D and the other, which I bought earlier, for all other duties. Assuming this new 4K projector is up to Optima’s usual very high standards, it might persuade me to go 4K.

  4. The $1,499 is a really cool price for a 4K projector, but I’m afraid the UHD50’s 2000 Lumen brightness might limit the display effect of the 4K source materials. According to my observations, 4K projector’s price can be reduced to about $1500 but the brightness must be under 2000 ANSI Lumen, or a 3000 – 4000 ANSI Lumen projector can be priced at $1500 but the native resolution will be 1080p or 720p.

  5. Wayne_j

    The upcoming Optoma UHD51a supports 3D blu ray.

    3D is a must for me as well – it really is a great experience, and it's disappointing that it seems to be fading away (not that every "3D" movie is worth it, but when done right it's awesome).

    I'll also be very curious how the HDR performance is on these. I have a 3D capable HD Optoma and just the other day I assured my wife it would be a while before a projector came out that did 4K that I would want to upgrade to. 4K alone isn't enough for me, but if it has decent HDR *and* 3D for under $2000??

    Dammit.

  6. I have been eyeing the UHD60 for my next projector. For a few hundred dollars more you get better brightness, and contrast ratio.

    the exclusion of 3D doesn't bother me. I already have two projectors that handle 3D content just fine.
    I guess I'm a "brand loyal" type person. This will be my 3rd Optoma projector.

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