The Leica Cine 1 will be a projector capable of displaying a 4K image by being placed only a few centimeters from a wall or a projection screen.
Leicathe German manufacturer of high-end cameras and lenses, has announced its first Ultra Short Throw (or UST for short) laser projector. Ultra-Short Throw) during the IFA 2022 event. Named the Leica Cine 1it will be able to produce an image up to 100 inches diagonally in 4K resolution and will feature a Dolby Atmos sound system.
A projector at the foot of your wall
This isn’t Leica’s first foray into the digital projectors since the German manufacturer was already marketing it under the brand name Pradovit. The company had also collaborated with other projector manufacturers.
Little information emerged from the announcement of this Leica Cine 1, but we know that Leica is actually working on two versions, both using branded lenses. A high-end model will be able to produce around 2500 lumens to project a 100-inch diagonal image in 4K resolution and 60Hz, all at a distance of 30cm from the display wall or projection panel. As for the second model, it will produce 2100 lumens to project an 80-inch diagonal image at a distance of 15 cm from the projection surface.
Leica specifies that each model is calibrated for its display size and advises against bringing them closer or farther from the projection surface. The German brand also highlights the fact that its ultra short throw projectors have an optimized rendering with its ALR screens (Ambient Light Rejection).
Leica has partnered with Hisense for its triple RGB laser light engine and the Cine 1 uses a DLP chip from Texas Instruments. The latency is around 30 ms, which may be suitable for occasional practice of gaming.
As for inputs/outputs, the prototype has a total of three HDMI ports including an HDMI 2.1 port with eARC technology, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, an integrated TV tuner and a Common slot Interface (CI or CI+). On the audio side, the Leica Cine 1 should be Dolby Atmos 4.2 certified.
Leica is targeting a release of its ultra-short-throw projector in the second quarter of 2023 in Europe.